I had a blast with this project. It was similar to my leaves project that I did at Black River Falls but I took it a little further this time. we started off reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I then talked to them about texture. After having a kid run his hand up my calf and proclaim "Mr. Calvert's texture is hairy!" We finally got to work. We used large sheets of butcher paper and went outside on a texture scavenger hunt. They filled their whole paper with different texture crayon rubbings. The next class, we read Waiting for Wings. Then we talked about symmetry and painted the outline to a huge butterfly, making sure that our wing designs were symmetrical. On the last day, we used liquid watercolor to paint the butterfly, making sure that the colors were symmetrical between the wings. The liquid watercolor had mixed results depending on what color the paper was because the butcher paper has a slightly waxy coating and doesn't take the paint super well. They then used Q-Tips to add white dots on the black outline.
This was another one of Cassie Stephens' projects. We talked about what self-portraits were and then drew ourselves. Then we outlined ourselves in black crayon and painted using tempera cakes. Then we painted a pattern using tempera paint onto the background, cut ourself out and glued ourself on. Lastly, we cut out a shirt (with a folded collar) and art apron for ourselves.
This was a quick two day project for us. The first day, I set out bins of blue watercolor paint that had soap in it. The students took straws and blue bubbles into the water until it had a bunch of suds. They then laid their paper on the suds to create bubble prints. The next day, we talked about printmaking and gyotaku. We then inked up some rubber fish and printed them on top of our bubbles.
For this project, we practiced our cutting skills by cutting out shapes for our shape robots. They glued them down and created a robot. Then we took gel markers and added some details to the robots. Lastly, we glued on buttons and used stamps with silver paint to add a border.
Harmony and Consolidated Elementary Art Teacher in Milton, WI. UW-Eau Claire graduate. WAEA President. Apple Teacher.