Observing and drawing the details of a red fox in it's natural environment. Using pencil, white oil pastel and blending construction paper crayons to create these fantastic foxes!
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.
In 1st grade art class we read the The Spider Weave: A Legend of Kente Cloth by Magaret Musgrove. A wonderful tale about how Kente cloth started in Ghana, Africa with 2 weavers that observed a very creative spider and her weavings. A great cultural story and introduction to our weaving project.
1st graders began by painting colorful stripes onto a long piece of paper. We talked about how the colors used in Kente cloth represented different things, as an example blue represents 'peace' and green represents 'growth' and 'food.' We also discussed how Kente cloth has patterns of color.
Every year it is a tradition for EWG schools to participate in the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program. This program is designed to combine science and art while raising awareness of nature conservation
Each Kindergarten and 1st grade class were given one of three male ducks to choose from, together each class compared and contrasted the differences between the three ducks such as bill shape and color, feather patterns, eye color, head shape and color and so on. Then we used our best observational skills to draw one of the ducks, adding the details we saw and using realistic colors. While the children worked on their artwork we listened to the calming sounds of a duck pond. All the students enjoyed learning about different duck species and creating a wonderful piece of art.
In this art lesson we captured little fingerprints and adorable expressions in these fingerprint reindeer by the 1st grade classes. We used our thumbs to make a head and body and then added details with sharpie. The children were to try to create a sense of movement in their reindeer. As a final touch we used cotton swabs to dot on glitter paint for snow and maybe a red nose for a Rudolph. This is something Mrs. Ray has done in the past with her 1st graders and I just love it! The 1st grader also loved making pictures using there fingerprints.
Art can tell a story, and stories can inspire art. For this art lesson we read 2 Native American stories Tomie DePaola's The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush and Paul Globe's The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses both with beautiful illustrations. We discussed how artists can be authors too.
The first step was to create a radiating sunset with paint. The following class we practiced drawing horses, we talked about the shapes we could use to draw a horse, and we looked at pictures of horses. Then we learned what a silhouette is: the image of a person, animal, object or scene represented as a solid shape of a single color, usually black, its edges matching the outline of the subject.
These 1st graders did fantastic!, it wasn't easy to draw and cut out a horse.
Did you know our school Wawaloam Elementary was named after the Narragansett Tribe Princess Wawaloam who lived over 350 years ago in our area.
In 1st grade we recently looked at slides of owls. We discussed how owls were nocturnal and had big eyes to see better at night. There are so many different kind of owls! horned owls, spotted owls, owls that look brave, owls that look cute and owls that have patterns . We also described the shapes we saw in an owl, ovals, triangles, and circles.
The 1st graders used pencil to draw life sized perched owls on black paper, drawing big can sometimes be challenging so we have been working on that in Art. 1st graders also had to think about creating patterns and designs to make texture for the feathers. Then the children traced the owls with glue, this gives a nice black outline and keeps colors from smudging together. The next art class we went over using chalk pastels. Chalk pastels blend together beautifully and we have been practicing blending mediums in 1st grade so far with oil pastels and watercolor paints. The children were to decide if they wanted their Night Time Owls to be more realistic looking with natural colors and feather patterns or artistic looking with bright colors and funky designs.
These came out stellar! I am so proud of Wawaloam's young artists and the work they have been creating!
After listening to and looking at the beautiful pictures of the story of 'Fletcher and the Falling Leaves' 1st graders created leaf rubbings. I had a large collection and variety of local leaves I collected and pressed for the children to use. First we talked about the difference between the front and the back of the leaves, so that when we did a rubbing we'd get the best result. With the back of a leaf facing up it is slid under a piece of paper. Using the side of a crayon you begin rubbing it over the paper, and the veins and edges of the leaf magically appear! We wanted our leaves to appear that they were falling through the sky, so the children used many different leaves and made them twist and turn on their papers.
In the next Art class we reviewed painting with watercolors and discussed blending like colors such as yellow and green or orange and red. With a bold blue sky in the background these leaf rubbings came out marvelous!
Recently in 1st Grade we looked at apples and sketched large apples onto our papers. Then the 1st graders took long strips of different kind of red printed papers and tore them into smaller bits. The next step was to glue them down inside of our apple drawing to create a beautiful textured collage. Afterwards the 1st graders outlined their apple with black marker to make them 'pop.' These apples came out marvelous!
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