Monday, April 5, 2021

Keith Haring 1st grade art lesson

 Keith Haring 1st grade art lesson 

Hello! I'm still teaching on a cart because of COVID! 
As you might know many of the classes at my school do not have sinks so I'm trying to come up with messy free art projects for the kids. Believe me it has been a challenge! 
This is one I came up with that is all about Keith Haring. 
I have this board book in my art library titled "Pop Art Baby". It is perfect for my emergent readers (it only has a few words) and it is a board book so it wipes clean!
There are many books available on Andy Warhol as well as kid friendly videos on You Tube. 


We modeled our art project after his "Dancing Figures". Students glued a piece of 6" x 18"  purple paper to a 12" x 18" piece of yellow construction paper. They added lines or dots to show rhythm at the bottom with a black marker. 

We drew stick figures onto  4" x 4" pieces of construction paper and then drew bubbles around them. Remind the kids to draw  fat bubbles! 
Students used red, green and orange paper for the figures. 



The last part was to cut them out, glue them down and add lines to show the movement! Remind students to put glue on the pencil side. 
This student put a disco ball on his!






They really enjoyed this lesson! 

Monday, March 29, 2021

Yayoi Kusama kindergarten mushrooms art lesson

 Yayoi Kusama kindergarten mushrooms art lesson


I'm still teaching on a cart and still racking my brain to come up with ideas that aren't messy and don't require a sink! 

This is one I came up with while I was reviewing the beautiful art of Yayoi Kusama. My kindergarteners absolutely loved her polka dot inspired art! 

Students used paint daubers to press dots all over their choice of 12" x 9" colored construction paper. 

They dry really fast! 
I did a step by step tutorial on how to draw the mushroom by having the students fold a 9" x 12" multi media paper into fours to create a nice grid. 

 They did such a great job with their drawings! 
Students used neon oil pastels to color their mushrooms and outlined them with a black oil pastel. 
The last step was to cut them out and glue to the middle of their dotted paper. 


I'm so proud of the hard work they put into these! 





















Friday, March 26, 2021

The Great Wave 1st grade art lesson

 The Great Wave 1st grade art lesson 

This idea came from the blog The Lost Sock. She did it with her fourth grade class so I needed to change it to fit the needs of my first graders. I'm teaching on a cart because of COVID so I'm scanning the internet daily for messy free art projects! 

Art with Mati and Dada has a seven minute video on YouTube on Hokusai that is age appropriate. It's a great introduction to his "The Great Wave". I think it is so important to introduce students to famous paintings so when they are out and about in the community they recognized these iconic art pieces. Currently, Target has this print in their poster section! 

I provided students with 12" x 9" pieces of drawing paper and did a step by step tutorial on how to draw the wave. Students could add clouds or a sun to the sky. 


They traced their art with a black marker and used crayons to color. They were so proud of their work! 












Laurel Burch cats kindergarten art lesson

 Laurel Burch cats kindergarten art lesson 

Well, I'm still teaching on a cart because of COVID! Many of my classrooms do not have sinks so I'm stressing to come up with messy free art projects. 
I found this idea from Art Projects for Kids. I changed it a bit to fit the needs of my classroom. 
 Growing up as a child Laurel Burch found great comfort in her pet cats. She suffered from a rare bone disease which she died from when she was 61. For this lesson we focused on her cat paintings. 
We used black construction paper and folded it into fours to create a grid. I directed the children on how to draw the cat in each block with a white pastel. They did so well with this!  
Students were encouraged to either use warm or cool colored neon oil pastels to color their cats. They did an amazing job!