Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Fall Trees and A Rootin Tootin Art Class


 Just a little Fall Fun with my Kindergarten Class- we learned about Warm Colors, as we talked about Fall/Autumn.  A simple tissue paper collage (with a little glitter in the medium) made a lovely fall background for our torn paper trees.  We talked about outlines, and we looked at assorted leaves before drawing leaf outlines over the tissue.

So, my 2nd graders and I have been indulging in a couple of Western Themed art project.  I saw this on Pinterest, and just knew I had to give it a go.  We made "Wanted" posters.  We talked about the old time need for accurate portraits, and I demonstrated how to make a head and shoulders portrait.  We also brainstormed Cowboy details, like hats, badges, vests, bandanas- you get the idea.  The kiddos did a great job with their self portraits.  We attached them to brown paper, and worked on lettering "WANTED" along with thinking up cowboy names, and crimes.  I wanted to steer clear of actual crimes, so we chatted about humor, and exaggeration.  Our crimes are things like running in the hall, spilling milk, and reading too many library books. And, of course, we needed to offer a reward.   If you found one of my rascals, you'd be set for life going by the prices my kiddos set. I'll be honest, the writing took the better part of a class- it was a great opportunity to talk about lettering, contrast and size though.  What I did was I gave each student a card, and as they needed something spelled, I wrote it on their card.  This saved me from writing every word on the board, and allowed me to circulate better.  Today's class had a high ratio of English Language Learners- I'll be curious to see how the other classes do with the writing. We had a great time Cowboying it Up, and it was a fresh look at Self Portraits.  Thank you to whoever I pinned the idea from-it's a keeper!

4 comments:

Sonia Beckmann said...

What? No Indians?

Elizabeth - Dream Painters said...

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best aren't they? Thanks for the tip about glitter in the medium - I wouldn't have thought of doing that :)

Mrs. Fritz said...

Putting glitter in the medium works, but I also love Crayola's Glitter It Tempera Medium. Sax also puts out a glitter medium- I love my glitter :)

Mrs. P, Art Explorer said...

Wanted poster self portraits! Genius! Really one of those "Why didn't I think of that?!" moments for me. Great way to introduce lettering and graphic design as well. So great, thank you for posting this.