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.
Harmony and Consolidated Elementary Art Teacher in Milton, WI. UW-Eau Claire graduate. WAEA President. Apple Teacher.