Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Kindergarten and 1st Grade Pumpkin Paintings

We had a lot of fun with paint for this project! The students learned about the three primary colors - red, blue, yellow - and how you can mix any color you can think of using primary colors. Before we started painting, we drew a pumpkin with oil pastel using curved lines to make it look round. We painted the pumpkin yellow. Then, we painted red right over the wet yellow paint and it made orange! We then painted our leaves - first with yellow and then with blue to make green. The next class, we cut the pumpkins and leaves out and glued them onto a black background. We used crayons to make the pumpkin look like it was in a field or any other place we wanted it to be. This lesson was inspired by a lesson found on Deep Space Sparkle

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Kindergarten and 1st Grade Leaf Paintings

For this project, the students worked with maple leaf tracers to trace 5 or more leaves onto a sheet of paper. They learned about cropping and how they can have some leaves appear to go off the page. They filled each leaf in with patterns created with different kinds of lines and/or shapes. When it came time to paint, the students learned about warm and cool colors. Since we wanted the leaves to look like autumn leaves and really pop of the page, we used warm colors to paint the leaves. Since we wanted the background to recede in space, we used cool colors.