Saturday, November 12, 2016

Little Owl

2 Class Periods
Little Owl, Kindergarten Art Lesson

Day 1
  • As a class we examined photographs of owl and read a non-fiction fact book on owls from our school library.
  • Using follow along demonstration students created an owl drawing.  Shapes were identified and reviewed as they were drawn on the paper.
Day 2
  • Students used oil pastels to color in their owls.  We discussed the color of the feathers and eyes and beak.
Coloring with oil pastels

  • After coloring was completed, a black oil pastel was used to outline the owl.
  • Students used black tempera paint to paint over the composition.  The oil pastels repelled the water leaving the resist.

Painting the owl.

Student Examples:

Burgers With A Taste of Texture

My third graders this year kicked off the school year with one of my favorite lessons that I entitled Burgers With a Taste of Texture.  I saw this project about three years ago at our Youth Month Exhibit and knew that I had to give it a try.  As with most lessons, it usually takes a few years to perfect how you want to teach it and this year, I feel that I finally got it down.  Attached is the link to the first time I blogged this lesson. Burgers With A Taste of Texture

This year, I really concentrated on making sure my students knew the difference between actual and implied textures.  Instead of making this a two day lesson, I increased it to a three day lesson, allowing the last day to be used for the final push of details and some reflective writing.  I had students design a restaurant menu which made them think a bit deeper about the piece they made. This menu was then put on display next to their burger for all to enjoy.

Examples of the Menu Design Worksheet

Examples of Completed Projects: