This Winter 2nd graders created beautiful winter wonderlands by combining a couple of different watercolor painting techniques and then collage. We reviewed warm and cool colors as well as overlapping in this lesson. Finally details were added with silver marker to give a boost of twinkle in these beautiful landscapes.
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!
In the last couple of Kindergarten art classes we talked about lines: straight lines, zig zag lines, wavy lines, squiggly lines, dashed lines, scallop lines and dotted lines. We used black oil pastel and created our own lines going from one side of the paper to the other.
Then we listened to and sang along with a fun song about ROYGBIV ! The final step to our art piece was to use watercolor paints and create our very own ROYGBIV color spectrum.
Here's the song:
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