Monday, May 3, 2010
2010: Year of the Tiger
To make our cats, I first brainstormed with the kids about what kind of animals are called "big cats". I collected their ideas. And we looked at some reference photos from the library. Next, I did a quick demonstration to get them started. I showed my students how to start big by drawing two dots for the eyes. I showed them how to add the nose, mouth, muzzle, head, and ears. I really emphasized "big", and using the whole paper. We used 12"X18". I showed students how that they could let the cat touch the edges or flow off the paper. I had ready an example that was finished as a tiger, so in my demonstration, I showed students how to add a mane to the basic cat face if they wanted a lion, or spots for a cheetah, or leopard.
Students were given brushes and black tempera, thinned with a little water so it really flowed off the brush. No pencils, just paint and brush. If students felt ready to start on their own the dug right in. I did a step-by- step demo at the board for little ones who wanted the help.
We finished our big cats in three different ways. I loved the way first grade work looked as a brush and ink drawing and these were mounted on orange paper for the art show next week. Second graders finished their cats with chalk pastels and got some experience blending analogous colors. Kindergartners finished their cats with crayons practicing coloring "the kindergarten way", and blending oranges and yellows to get those in-between colors.
Check out the original lesson at http://elementaryartfun.blogspot.com/