This is the second year that third grade has made these beautiful painted paper leaves inspired by the secondary colors! I love displaying the leaves at the county fair and at our school's fall festival.
This lesson was inspired by a beautiful lesson from www.paintedpaperart.com/2013/09/fall-leaves-at-lake-george/Painted Paper Art. My version takes about three to four class periods. it takes one class to paint the entire paper a secondary color and another to add the texture. I like having two painting days so that students who miss one class can still complete a leaf. I have students mix directly on the paper and give them only the primary colors, black, and white. On the day we add texture, I do have them work with other students who used the same secondary color and give them a little of that color straight out of the bottle, as well. The other two days of the lesson are used to draw the leaf, cut out the leaf, and paint the black lines. Usually just a few have to finish on the last day.
This year, I did better with making sure students created a shape that would work well after being cut out (not too skinny in the middle). I demo drawing two leaf shapes to help students get started. We look at a few handouts about leaves draw the leaves on the back of the colored paper. The first step is to draw the center vein from the top to bottom of the paper. Once our laminator is fixed, I will laminate the leaves to make them even stronger.
Kindergarten has been working to complete their first project! One the first day of school, we learn the primary colors and color a simple worksheet that allows me to gauge fine motor skills ability levels and ability to follow directions. During the next class, we began these adorable primary color parrots. I was looking to do a different primary color painting lesson this year and our school theme is pirates, so parrots were perfect! I found the basic idea on Pinterest and adapted it to teach additional art skills and make them even cuter!
On the second day of the lesson, we painted the red and blue pieces, focusing on "grabbing" paint, painting technique, primary colors, and clean up procedures. On the final day of the lesson, we drew the eyes, wings, and beak together using black and white oil pastels. The kids LOVE how well these show up on the painted surfaces and how their little parrots come alive once they have faces. I had already stapled the two paper plate halves together. Students selected one strip of paper in each primary color and practiced using glue sponges to attach the pieces as the tail. I displayed some of them for Open House and hung others in the window in the classroom.
Sweet bird nests from third grade! I don't have the space to do clay lessons with more than three grade levels, so third grade is the first time students at my school use clay. This lesson is simple and teaches basic skills, so it is perfect for a first clay lesson. It would be great for even younger students. Creating the nest and eggs takes one day and glazing takes just one more.
Since these pieces are being displayed in the Night of the Arts, I had students make little 5x5 inch tiles with cardboard. This gives their work some color and is a place for their name. We glued a white piece of paper to the cardboard, painted the background colors in "windows" we drew, and added pattern with black paint. They did a fantastic job! I just put a tiny drop of hot glue under the nest and the artwork is ready!
First and second grade students made these beautiful hearts! Together, we made a chart of warm and cool colors and used the chart to help sort the tissue paper squares. It took one 45 to do this and fill a 9x9 inch paper with the tissue paper. They LOVED this part of the project! I was surprised by how much each class enjoyed working with the tissue paper.
On the second and third days of the lesson, students made the painted papers and created new ways to use tools (scrub brush, medicine cups, Popsicle stick, bubble wrap, etc.) to make texture. Second grade continued to focus on warm and cool colors. I had first grade students pick a secondary color for their painted paper.
To finish, we traced a heart on the back of the tissue paper piece and glued it to the painted paper. Then, we practiced our good painting techniques and added the black border around the hearts. My first graders were so great with this step!
Now to get the first grade hearts ready for the Night of the Arts in a month!
We created these turtles for the first time late last school year, and I knew they had to be in the Night of the Arts this year. They are adorable and the kindergartners loved their turtles and the process for making them.
On the first day of this lesson, we made green, and more green, and more green until the paper plates (buy the thick ones!) were filled. Some students took their time and delicately painted every speck, taking nearly the entire forty-five minute class period. I don't want to rush anyone when they are working so well, so we do the printing during the next class. I try to do this lesson after other printing lessons to build on those skills. During the second day of making the turtles, we also trace the shapes for the legs and head. We draw the eyes with oil pastels and cut and glue the pieces to finish up the turtles on the third day of the lesson.
And then if we have a few extra moments, I let them play with their sweet turtles, because what five or six year old wouldn't want to?
Exciting things are happening in preparation for our 5th Annual Night of the Arts! Third grade created a mural for the first time last year, and that was displayed at the event. This year, we are getting kindergarten involved, too!
Third grade has been working hard to paint this mural of the Ichetucknee River and kindergarten has made turtles who will soon be living in it! I drew out the waves and the grasses and students worked together to fill in the pieces and to create patterns. I finished it up by painting the black lines.
Recently, I had the agent at our county's University of Florida IFAS extension office come to talk to third grade students about aquatic plants since we had been painting this local river.
This may just be my favorite new project from this school year! Third grade made these beautiful painted paper leaves in the fall and we displayed them at the county fair art exhibit and outside the classroom for our Fall Festival. And then we hung them inside the art room to show them off for a bit longer!
Fourth and fifth grade students made these beautiful pumpkins back in October and November. This was our big painting project of the year and took just over a month to complete.
To start, we discussed works by artist Romero Britto and how they made us feel. We talked about use of pattern with line, color, and shape. Then, we drew HUGE pumpkins on the front and again on the back of our papers. They chose the best one and then we practiced drawing patterns to fill the spaces.
I taught a similar lesson where students had complete freedom with colors, but decided to limit this project to a monochromatic color scheme to help encourage students to create more complex colors and to save time. It's much faster to continue to alter colors instead of mixing completely new ones.
To finish the pumpkins, students had the choice of painting black lines and/or using black oil pastel. This helped my students to get those tiny details they drew. I was surprised by how many students chose to use black paint for everything, and I was so impressed by their work! I have stressed painting technique from early on with them and I think it is paying off! How gorgeous are these pumpkins?
I am an ninth year art teacher with degrees in Art Education from Flagler College and the University of Florida, living and working in northern Florida. Each week, I teach over six hundred students in grades kindergarten through fifth. Here you will find what we are learning virtually and in the art classroom!