This is a quick successful one class drawing lesson. We did a draw-a-long but I didn't tell my classes what we were drawing. We started with the ears, face shape and then the facial features. I had everyone use a black marker for their drawing so no "mistakes" could be erased. Then I encouraged first grade to use unrealistic colors to color in their cat portrait completely. Then each drawing was cut out leaving a small white edge around the black marker. The final step was glued onto black construction paper. I found this drawing lesson idea from: http://artrageousafternoon.blogspot.com/2010/02/arent-these-fun.html#links
Kindergarten is reviewing pattern, shape and line. We used construction paper strips to draw an alternating pattern of shape or lines and then colored them with construction paper crayons in alternating colors. We then glued them to black construction paper and added short colored paper strips to opposite ends for the carpet fringe. This was a nice two day lesson, I found this lesson idea at http://mnartgal.blogspot.com. My lesson plan can be found here and my instructional video is below.
We have been working on a texture learning objective, tactile and visual. We first created some visual texture on primary color construction paper with sponge rollers and tempera paint, adding pattern. Then we rolled three Model Magic pieces into spheres and gently stepped on them to create our tactile texture. Almost all shoes have texture on the bottom so we don't slip and fall and some shoes have beautiful designs as texture too! Next, we traced some organic/free-form shapes onto the painted paper, cut out and glue onto black construction paper. Finally, we glued our Model Magic pieces onto our paper and paint with Glitter It! paint. This is a lesson most of my first graders remember years later and enjoy. Thanks for Sherry Sanning from Garrett Elementary for sharing this lesson idea with me! You can find my lesson plan here. My instructional video for the second day of the lesson is below.
Second grade is studying the 3-D shapes or forms. We focused on cone, cube, cylinder, & sphere. I asked the class to use those forms to create a robot. They then added many other details like gears, facial features and gadgets to make their robot unique. We traced our drawing with black marker and shaded one side with pencil.
Today we working on our cutting skills and reviewing shapes. This lesson was shared by a teacher from the Hazelwood school district in Mo. I'm sorry that I don't have their name.
We began by gluing a white square onto a long strip of turquoise paper. Then each student used a triangle template to trace a triangle onto a small tan rectangle. I stressed for every student to cut slowly and precise to get a smooth edged triangle. The triangle was glued to the bottom center of the turquoise paper.
The next step was to trace four circles onto two pink square papers and two brown papers. I then showed them how to cut a circle out neatly by keeping their scissor blades pointed toward the ceiling and turning the square slowly so that they stay on their pencil line. They were allowed another paper if they cut a sloppy circle.
Then each circle was glued above the cone in an AB pattern. They were so cute trying to cut the perfect circles.
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