Tag Archives: painting

2nd Grade Pumpkins (and Sunflowers).

I brought in some pumpkins for life drawing lesson. They get pretty excited about having the real thing there to draw. The assignment for 2nd grade was to draw the pumpkins, add a horizon line, and a background of their choice. Then, they needed to paint their work using realistic colors. However, I also happened to have sunflowers in my room for another class so gave them the choice to add the sunflowers to their picture.

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Sunflowers (part 2)

About a week ago, I brought in real sunflowers for my classes to draw from life. Kindergarten talked about the shapes they seen in the real sunflowers and in Van Gogh’s Sunflowers. Then, they were able to draw and paint their own!

I posted some last week, this is a sample of more sunflowers:

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Kindergarten Dots (part 2)

Kindergarten read The Dot, then made their own dots!

I recently read an article about artmaking through choice. Typically I do let students have some choice in their work. But this time I really let them go! I let them chose how they wanted to approach making marks. I gave them large paint brushes, sponges, and a dish of paint. Their only direction was to make marks on the paper. They could use either tool or both! I overheard students talk about how they made colors, I seen students trying out both the brush and the sponge, and not one behavior issue once we started painting! They had a good messy time!

The paintings are dry so I was finally able to photograph them:

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Kindergarten Creates The Dot!

Kindergarten read The Dot, then made their own dots!

I recently read an article about artmaking through choice. Typically I do let students have some choice in their work. But this time I really let them go! I let them chose how they wanted to approach making marks. I gave them large paint brushes, sponges, and a dish of paint. Their only direction was to make marks on the paper. They could use either tool or both! I overheard students talk about how they made colors, I seen students trying out both the brush and the sponge, and not one behavior issue once we started painting! They had a good messy time!

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