I read the story "Snowmen At Night" by Caralyn Buehner to my students. We talk about the illustrations in the story and how the illustrator shows value with highlights and shadows. For this simple, one day project, students drew their snowman doing something with oil pastels and experimented with highlights and shadows.
I read the story, "Owl Moon" by Jane Yolen to my kindergarten students. On the first day we used white paint to paint our ground, cardboard to print our trees and added fingerprints for our owls. On the second day when the paintings were dry, students added frames and details to their owls!
For this project my third graders explored abstract art by drawing organic shapes. Students were encouraged to created patterns in as many shapes as possible with black Sharpies and white crayon. We used liquid watercolors to add color!
1st grade artists have been learning about all of the different types of lines we can use in art. For a one day project, students made line drawings. First they drew a vertical, horizontal and diagonal line to break their paper into sections. Then they used construction paper crayons to practice drawing a different type of line in each area.
For the second day of this project students made line sculptures using Model Magic, pipe cleaners and wire!