The first day students and I reviewed what they know about colors - which colors mix to make others, which ones work well together, which ones make brown... etc. Then we passed out liquid watercolors (honestly, never going back to cake watercolors), and two coffee filters per student. Students were in charge of folding their coffee filters in half, twice, getting a paint brush and painting them. This seems easy and perhaps 'boring' but the kiddos LOVED it. The coffee filters absorb and bleed the colors around and into each other - something paper normally won't do. It was fascinating. The first class I introduced this to, I also planned to have them cut out their black paper - but only two kids got that far, so for rest of the classes we just enjoyed the painting.
|Pumpkin patch and skeletons coming out of graves!|
|Knee-high by the Fourth of July|
|The simple added detail of a house number.|
"Find yours on the board. When you have found it, please point at it so I know you found it."
|And the field goal is good!|
"Look at the projects and find one, that isn't yours, that captures your attention. For some reason out of all of them you keep coming back to this particular one. Raise your hand when you have one. (wait for hands). Now look at it more closely, maybe compare it to others around it - what about it captures your attention? Notice I didn't ask which one you liked - I asked which one captured your attention and why. When you share please use your artist words to describe what captured your attention for example: Ava's really captured my attention because the texture of her grass makes it look like its blowing in the wind. NOT: I like Ava's because it is pretty. Share with your neighbor about which one captures your attention and why."
|Snow angles and the Aurora Borealis.|
"Point at one that you feel used color really effectively -- find another"
"Point at one that you feel is very unique."
"Point at one that you feel has strong craftsmanship"
"Find yours again. Look for something that you would change or add. Maybe you were inspired by another student's idea or use of material. Tell your neighbor. Does anyone want to share out what they would change?"
|Those shadows and highlights!|