Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Papier Mache Snowmen

This is also a hit every year with first grade. We make the painted snowmen (posted below) and then make 3-D snowmen. We talk about how the two artworks are the same/different. This really helps sink in the difference between 2D and 3D and shape and form.

Dream Snow Snowman Paintings

In Art class, first graders read the book, Dream Snow by Eric Carle. Students created art like Carle by painting snow over their snowmen on a transparency like Carle did in his book. Students learned how Carle creates his art and also learned the difference between authors and illustrators.
I do this lesson every year and it always turns out so cute!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Alligators and Crocodiles

Do you know how to tell the difference between an alligator and a crocodile? My third graders do! In Art class, the third graders have been learning the similarities and differences between alligators and crocodiles. They learned what it means to be cold-blooded, what a habitat is, and what the characteristics of a reptile are. Third graders worked on many art skills when creating their reptiles such as; drawing, cutting, gluing, weaving, stamping, and painting! Students put forth great effort in creating these giant works of art! Thank you Paintedpaper blog for this idea!