Monday, July 11, 2011

Painting Owls…

I don’t know about you, but I do love owls (especially colorful ones).  I have been sucked into all the cute art and jewelry there is out there.  I even started an owl board on my Pintrest account. 

I was at a school book fair and ran across this book…
Little White Owl
It is a cute little story about a lonely white owl who meets a group of colorful owls.  At first the colorful owls don’t know what to think because the white owl is “different,” but they soon learn to be friends.  I like the the patterns in the colorful owls.

I read this story to my 1st graders and then we drew a simple owl together on 12x18 paper.  I showed the kids how to make different eyes and beaks.  Once they had their drawing done, I had them outline their owl in black oil pastel.  Then students started painting with tempera cakes.

The next class period they finished painting with tempera cakes.  Then I gave them a variety of regular tempera paint.  Students added details and designs to their pictures. 
I was happy with the cute results.  Each owl seems to have it’s own personality.  My 1st graders always love painting :)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Summer Art Camp...


This past week I taught art camp with my 3rd - 5th grade students.  The morning session was Painting and Printmaking and the afternoon session was 3-D Art.  I used a lot of ideas from my fellow bloggers.  A big thanks to, and for ideas and inspiration!!!

Here are a couple of pieces completed during camp.  Check out my school blog for more pictures....

Landscape of the courtyard at the high school.  Water-soluble oil pastels, watercolors and gouache. 
Folk art painting inspired by artist Karla Gerard.  Thanks Sleepyhead Design Studio. Students painted with tempera and acrylic.
Paintings inspired by Wayne Thiebaud.  We used acrylic and modeling paste. 
Group Mural inspired by circle painting.

Crayola air dray clay.  Unfortunatly a lot of the sculptures broke.  Has anyone else ever had trouble with this kid of clay? 
Wacky sculptures with model magic and wire (a Dick Blick lesson).  I never realized how well the primary colored model magic mixes.  I wish it wasn't so expensive. 

This coming week I will be doing the same classes but with 6th-8th grade.  I hope to share their projects soon.

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