2nd Grade Minions!

Yellow tempura paint, fat brushes
Black Sharpie marker
Silver Metallic Sharpie marker
Extra large wiggly eyes
Thick drawing paper
Silver & red washable metallic tempura paint (background)

To start, I had the kids place their wiggly eyes on the paper.  Then, we did a directed drawing lesson around the eyes.  A minion is really just a big bean shape.

Before adding paint, make sure to finish any detail with the Sharpie markers, including coloring in the goggles with Silver Metallic.  We painted the blue overalls and background first, as those paints were thinner and dried faster.  Last, the kids added yellow paint.  I took a chance and didn’t use washable, as the color isn’t as rich.

Feb 14 - Minions in the hallwayWe did these in February.  All lined up, they made a great Valentine for the kids’ teacher.  A couple of kids who finished first made the sign – complete with Minion duct tape as a border – and all of the kids signed it.
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3rd Grade Bugs: Art & Yoga

Or, activity ideas for a Brownie troop earning their Bugs Badge.

Cursive Bugs
Watercolor paper, folded in half lengthwise and black oil pastels yield the best results.  We used liquid watercolors for brilliant color, but basic trays would be fine, too.

Have each girl write her name in cursive* in black oil pastel, pressing pretty hard, so that her name is resting above the fold.  Fold the paper over and rub, transferring the pastel to the other side, for a symmetrical bug.  She can go over her original name if she needs to, to get enough pastel to transfer.

When she can see the mirror image, have her go over those lines and then step back to take a look.  Any loops that would make good eyes?  Flourishes that look like antennae?  She can add those elements and close up any open ends, to minimize paint spreading outside of her bug.  The coolest results are usually the most simple “bugs,” where the name is still legible.

Then, paint!

*Our third graders are learning cursive, so this exercise was timely.  I wasn’t sure of everyone’s comfort level  with cursive, so I provided a handwriting worksheet with each girl’s name and pencils for practice.  But, as is always the case with pencils, a few girls spent too much time erasing, and not enough enjoying the freedom of art!  I quickly encouraged them to commit with oil pastel.

Bug Yoga Poses
My daughter had fun teaching “bug yoga” to the girls at the end of the meeting.  We’re not sure there’s actually a “moth” pose, but the butterfly pose is a good chance to mention how to tell the difference between a moth and a butterfly at rest – wings (or legs!) up and it’s a butterfly.  Down, or open?  It’s a moth.

Oh, and we played crickets chirping in the background.

Soggy Doggies

Really fun watercolor dogs by some very imaginative 1st graders!

Watercolor Paper (12×18, cut in half because I was running out!)
Oval noses pre-cut from an adhesive foam sheet
Bone template (Google search), printed on cardstock
Black Sharpie markers
Washable markers
Brushes, tubs of water, paper towels

Getting Started
Each child started with paper, a Sharpie and (3) noses.

I asked that they make at least one dog in the middle of their strip.  The rest was up to them.  We walked about how the nose and mouth could also be a bunny or a mouse, depending on the ear shape.  Long whiskers would make it cat-like.

The room grew loud quickly because all 25 kids were so excited about which dogs they’d draw and what they would name them!

Watercolor Effect
They had the option of brushing water onto their artwork to make the washable marker bleed.  Not everyone wanted to (which was fine) but most did, at least for the background.

Dog Bone
I really just printed these to give the kids who finished early something to do (cut them out).  But by suggesting they use them for a title, or to write their dogs’ names – well, creativity unleashed!

The impetus for this project, by the way, was the kids’ song, “Chihuahua.”  I’m a Zumbatomic® instructor, and when I asked my son if he had an idea for this lesson, he said, “Make a chihuahua and do the dance.”  Well, of course!

We didn’t get to the dance (search “Chihuahua dance” on YouTube), but that or the Skippyjon Jones books would be a fun accompaniment.

LOVE these!

1st Grade Heartwork

1st graders loved the freedom of this Jim Dine art lesson.  11×15 watercolor paper, Sax liquid watercolors, oil pastels and a lot of paper towels.  Cardboard hearts and stencils were available but not everyone used them.

Easy and beautiful!

I Heart Mustache Art

Having way too much fun in our craft room today, I was inspired by the FABULOUS Salvador Dali lessons at Use Your Coloured Pencils andThere’s a Dragon in my Art Room, plus the cutest Valentine I’ve ever seen – from my son’s kindergarten classmate Lola.

Still chuckling, I think I’ll have to use some version of this for my Art Parent lesson in my daughter’s 3rd grade class next week.

Sharpie marker, 12×18 construction paper, 2 pieces antique-tan cardstock (1 for portrait, 1 for speech bubble), scissors, brown or black pipe cleaner and hot glue gun.  Cardstock scraps for embellishments.

For my son’s 1st grade class, oil pastels, at his request.  Maybe a watercolor resist.  I was thinking kissing fish – did you know there really is such a thing?  Or Jim Dine hearts.

I’ll update with the results!

2/12 Update
I should’ve stuck with one project, perhaps – either the original, awesome Dali portraits, or a lesson on facial proportions or a make-your-own Valentine.  Instead, I presented them all as possible directions, with varying degrees of interest from the kids.  Some great tongue-in-cheek results below.

A couple of highlights:
1. Mustache on a Stick, which I offered as an activity if the kids finished early.  Black cardstock, double-stick tape and 3/16″ wooden craft dowels at Michaels.  Great yearbook photo opp!

2. Several kids really appreciated the puns!  This gives me great joy.  They came up with: “My favorite nut is a mustachio.” and “I mustache you a question…but I will shave it for later!”