This lesson was inspired from Natalie's pumpkins over at smART Class blog. I did this lesson with 1st grade. I am on a cart and only 2 of my 4 1st grade classes have sinks...so I only could do it with the 2 that had 'em : /. I really wish all of the classes could have had the "batik" experience, but you now how it is..life on a cart..you must be flexible!!
I did something I almost never do...used tracers! I wanted this to be a one week lesson...drawing them never would have allowed that. I made a few different kinds of leaves out of oak tag (12x18). I made several sets, the less kids sitting around waiting the better. After tracing their leaf and adding the veins with black crayon I asked them to pick 2 colors from the craypa basket. The only colors they could not pick were black, blue, and pink. ANY other 2 color combinations for their leaves were fine. After coloring we crumbled : )..they loved this part! Then we painted them black and I washed them off. I did a small group of painters at a back table. While the next group painted I washed the first groups off.
As you can see from the pics they came out pretty cool! I am loving the size and bright colors. As for the display..those trees are going to stay up till June! I think I am just going to change what's on them and around them: )!
As an Art Educator I wanted to create a blog that had links to site and blogs that I thought would be helpful to other art teachers. You will also find links to my weekly lesson plans. The lessons may have been created by me or they may be a twist on others teachers ideas. As Art Educators we all have the same goal ..to Make Art Work in the classroom! Enjoy and thanks for reading :)!
Art provides unique opportunities to explore and develop ways of knowing, doing, and being. As such, art, as a core subject, …is a critical component in the development of every child and in multiple ways permeates every aspect of human existence. –U.S. Department of Education