Remember those awkward school photos in the 80’s?
Well, obviously my 8th/9th graders don’t, and as we were making these, a friend of mine gave me the idea to turn this surrealism lesson into the laser beam pictures, and thus, “Awkward School Pictures” was born. The kids had a great time finding their animal head and adding the Zen tangle-styled clothing, and they used markers and colored pencils. The background laser beams were done with oil pastels watercolor. Fun stuff!
My 3rd-5th graders had a pretty good time with this, and they came out so nice and bold!
If you’ve never used liquid watercolors, I highly recommend trying it. It gives completely different results!
My 5th/6th graders did piece based on the artwork of Charley Harper. Here’s the picture it was based off of:
First, the students drew a birdbath and outlined it gray oil pastel. Then they used a gray watercolor wash to fill it in. Once it was dry, they cut it out. They lined up the birdbath on the second sheet of paper and made a small mark at the top of it in pencil. They removed the birdbath and drew a cardinal body on the line, like a Hershey’s Kiss. Next, they drew two dots for the eyeballs, and then drew a “U” and connected the dots at the top. Inside of that shape, they drew an upside-down “U”, and then a “V” to create the beak. They colored in the black part with a Sharpie, as well as outlined the cardinal with it. Once they were done with the body, they used a ruler and a red Sharpie to make the “flapping” wings. An orange Sharpie was used to color in the beak. Then they used oil pastels to color in the cardinal and make the branches. They water-colored the background blue and then glued the birdbath into place. Finally, using a mix of glue, shaving cream, and glitter, they added puffy snow to the birdbath, the bottom of the paper, and to the branches. They REALLY loved that part, and it looked pretty awesome!
My Wednesday class is two hours long this year! Yay! This REALLY helps with being able to complete more complex art pieces. Even though it’s two class periods, it actually works out to be as if it were 2.5 to 3 class periods, because we eliminate the need to clean up and set-up time, as well as the “get focused” time. It really adds up!
One of our first projects was a dragon eye. It was adapted from a black and white sketch I found on the internet. I think these turned out so cool!
First, they sketched out the eye. Then, using watercolor pencils, they emphasized each scale, and pulled in the color. They used watercolors to add shading and more color. They also splattered the skin to add texture, and for the pupils they used black Sharpies.
I did this project with my then 5th/6th-graders, so since I have a new group of 5th/6th-graders, I decided it was time to do it again. It was such a success last time, and the kids had a great time with it! Here’s the original posting.
I did change a couple of things this time. First, instead of having each partner draw in the grass, I had the original artist do all of it after the chicken was done. Second, instead of having the partner artist put in the egg, I let the original artist do that as well.
I love these chickens!
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.