Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Snowman Collages

What do you get when you cross Arcimboldo with a snowman?

Inspired while reading one of my daughter's favorite stories last night. I think it was this illustration that really did it:

Working on a two day lesson plan.

Monday, December 9, 2013

All Winter Long

This will be the go-to activity for early finishers.

Draw a snowflake on the window and watch it crystallize.
These wipe right off with a wet paper towel or sponge.
Great practice for symmetry. And, can you beat the novelty of drawing on a window? I think not!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Small Pond

Second grade is finishing their Small Small Pond Pictures this week. We had to put them on hold while glazing our snowmen (which I hope to post next week).

Some of my quick finishers today were given the option to add a strip of green around the pond. Lesson plan available here.

Small Small Pond

Second grade is currently reading "In the Small, Small Pond" so I created a lesson plan for them to think about science and nature while creating art. It starts with a discussion about water. What does it look like? How is still water different from moving water. The students have been great in their discussions about what will float and sink. They make predictions about what the water will do and look like.

We're tying this into the impressionists and what artwork could be better than Monet's waterlilies?

Using watersoluble crayons, they've started making the backgrounds for their floating lilypads.

Next week they will choose a lily or a frog to paint, which will sit on their lily pad among the rippling water.