This year's theme in the art room is "Animals in Art". I try to have a new theme each year to guide some of our lessons. The first main project we started with 4th and 5th grade students, as well as my 3/4 split class, is an animal painting with zentangle-like designs.
We spent an art time drawing out an animal of their choice. My goal this year is to give students as much creative choice as possible within the confines of what I want them to learn or be able to do by the end of each project. So the choice of animal was extended to include imaginary, combined, or "creatures" of any kind they wished to create. We ended up having some very creative drawings - I love it!
Once their drawing was done, I went over a few different watercolor painting techniques. We went over wet into dry, wet into wet, and adding salt to obtain different results.
When the paintings were dry we discussed line quality and I showed some examples of zentangles. I showed the students some parts of YouTube videos by the artist Milliande that I have on my video page. I also showed them my finished giraffe. I had a blast making it and wanted to let them know that.
Students are still working on their animals but here are some sneak peeks of them in progress -
I'm very excited to be again teaching at Roosevelt this year! The students and I have such fun, creative classes together. I love the enthusiasm of our Roosevelt Bears!
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