In this lesson we worked on our drawing skills and created a turtle stack. Kindergarteners first drew their turtle stack starting with the largest turtle at the bottom and then work their way up gradually drawing smaller turtles, learning about proportions. The kinders were free to use their imagination to decorate their turtles with line and pattern. Colored pencil was used to add bright bold color. Then the children mounted their 'Turtle Stacks' to a chosen colored piece of paper and finished it off with an artist signature. This was a fun project that reflected individual imagination. The kindergarteners were so excited to see how high their 'Turtle Stacks' could go.
Laurel Burch inspired Printmaking
In 1st grade we looked at and discussed the Artist Laurel Burch. She mostly paints cats in a funky creative style filled with design and pattern. Starting off with sketching we practiced drawing either a cat or dog filled with pattern and texture in the style of Laurel Burch, but using our own imaginations. 1st graders then learned how to carve into styrofoam plates to create a relief of their cat or dog sketch. Another step in this project was to use sponges dipped in gold paint to print onto a separate piece of paper, creating a gold texture. The following art class the golden printed paper was cut and mounted to a dark blue piece of paper. Now for the fun part, using brayers to apply ink to our carved printing plates. 1st graders made 4 prints of their carving. Printmaking can be messy but its worth it, the process is fun and the results are so cool.
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