These were done by my high school class, and they had a pretty good time with it. They used a flour/salt/water mixture to make squeezable goo that dried to a nice, hard, thirsty bunch of lines on their paper. It really soaked in the water colors well!
Once the lines were dry, they used chalk pastels to finish the insides of the shapes. Finally, a splattering of paint finished it off.
My 5th/6th class had a good time with this one adapted from Dynamic Art Projects for Children. It’s very colorful, and it gave me a chance to emphasize warm and cool colors as well as shapes. This is their first time with me, and I want to make sure everyone has the fundamentals. I have to also remind myself that these are kids who have often had NO exposure to art of any kind. That makes it a little difficult when they are entering into a class with former students, but this class was all kinds of new, so I get to mold them however I want! I think they did a great job, for the first project of the year.
Somehow, he knows what’s coming…
Somehow, he knew what was coming….
I passed out a sheet of cartoon eyes that depicted emotion to my 7th/8th grade class. Then, I asked the kids to think about the idea of the Thanksgiving turkey having a smartphone, and on that smartphone would be pictures. What would the final selfie of the turkey look like? Did he (or she) know what’s coming, or was he completely and blissfully unaware?
At first, we make this all about the turkeys, and used chalk pastels, with the black oil pastels to outline and fill-in, on orange paper. They were fine like that, but I felt like it could use something else, so we made backgrounds of the turkey farms and they REALLY came alive! The backgrounds were made using colored pencils and watercolors.
Caution… the expressions of the turkeys and their unique farms are pretty dang funny.
Here’s the feedback I got from the students; everyone seemed to like it. All names have been removed to protect the innocent.
You can see the Sugar Skulls project here.
You can get your own copy of the Art Project Report here.
– Because it was super colorful . . . and ethnic!
– I loved using chalk pastels and I love how we did this project for Halloween.
– I liked this project because it went with the season we are in right now. I also liked it because it was from a different culture.
– I enjoy using chalk pastels. VERY FUN!
– I was good with it
– Because it had sugar in it. (note: I think he’s referring to the title.)
– It was fun!!!
– It was fun using the chalk
– I liked tracing with glue and smearing the pastels
– Because we made a skull.
– I liked the colors and chalk pastels are fun to use.
– I liked it because it taught us how to blend chalk and it was fun just decorating it with our own kinds of technique.
– Because it was SKULLS!!!!!!!……..!
– I liked the creativeness that I was able to add to my project.
– I can use a different variety of colors. Also you can get messy.
– I liked it because it was unique and cool and I like using chalk pastels
– We haven’t used chalk pastels before. I felt it was a simple, hands-on way to introduce us to them without trying to be super technical.
This was such a great project to do after spending time on our cows (a post yet to come). I never imagined my kids would make these as colorful as they did! Usually, when they have a big, blank spot to color in, they use one color, but almost every one of them did something completely challenging to them! The project reports for these were all positive, as well.
They started with a dark blue piece of construction paper. We went over the Mexican history and tradition of the sugar skull, and I showed them how to make a basic sugar skull shape. Almost everyone made it too small, so after a few adjustments, they each had a skull that was nice and big. The glue was also a challenge. Some lines were too thin, and if they got the lines too thick, the glue would spread and fill the space. I worked on getting them to think about nice, even lines, and making large spaces.
Once the glue dried, the getting-your-hands-dirty part started. They busted out their chalk pastels and got to work coloring, smudging, and blending.
Here are some of the fabulous results!
These chalk pastels using the glue resist method turned out brilliantly!
Here are the 4th-5th grade pieces:
The ones below are from my 6th grade – high school ages. They did theirs in themed panels, and they turned out great!
Makayla went with a floral theme.
Emma decided on an ocean theme. There’s even a mermaid tail sticking out!
Gavin’s space theme includes a rocket, a planet, and a sun.
This is one of my favorites because Katie’s jungle theme has such cute animals!
For all you Sci-Fi fans, Max’s Dr. Who theme was so much fun! The panels are a bow tie and a fez, because (according to the Doctor), they’re both cool.
Mia’s beach theme was so fun!
Claudia’s happy face was so vibrant!
Cozzi made a beautiful floral print.
In this theme, Dominic wanted to convey freedom. He’s got a flag, a map, and a chicken breaking out of a gate!