Painted Penguins

This lesson comes from Deep Space Sparkle.  As an Art Parent, I have about 40 minutes to complete a lesson, plus a few minutes on either end for set-up and clean-up.  Painting is always ambitious, but the kids love it – it feels special.

I followed Patty’s step-by-step instructions with only a few changes.

To save time and get the size right, I gave each child a cardboard oval template to trace for the body.  They also made the drawing with a black Sharpie, since they wouldn’t be able to outline them after the paintings dried.  I hoped that the Sharpie would show through enough.

I also found out when I made the painting myself first that washable tempura worked well for the blues and oranges,  but it wasn’t as dark as I would’ve liked for the white tummy and black wings.  So I gave the kids regular Black and White tempura for those parts and crossed my fingers that nothing would get stained!

Finally, I didn’t think the children would be happy if they couldn’t see their penguins’ eyes, so I brought along my favorite self-adhesive jewels from Oriental Trading.  The kids had fun picking out their penguins’ eye color and figuring out whether they should get one or two eyes based on where they’d placed the beak.

It was a giant mess to clean up when I got home - I  scooped 22 messy paintbrushes, palette trays and plastic cottage cheese containers (for rinsing brushes) into a garbage bag to get them out of the classroom quickly.  But I’ll absolutely do it again.  The subject matter was perfect for first grade, every kid was proud of his painting and the teacher was thrilled to have winter-themed art to hang in the hall outside of the classroom.

Thank you, Deep Space Sparkle!