So today was our big professional development day and I just had to share this fabulous art lesson! My morning was about math games from the company Boxcars and One Eyed Jacks. They have a lot of neat math games involving cards, dice, and dominoes. The afternoon session I attended was put on by a grade 1/2 teacher called "Creating Art Through Children's Literature" and it was FANTASTIC!! She showed us a bunch of different ideas then let us have some make and take time to create some of the art projects.
This was my favourite project: Splat the Cat!! So simple, yet so cute! I am definitely doing this with my firsties.
Students take a teaspoon of black acrylic paint and dump it in the middle of the paper. Using their finger, they spread it around to make an oval (the body). Then they dragged the paint out from the oval to make the arms, legs, and tail. You can talk about the different ways to "pose" Splat. He's never in the same pose in the book. Then, while the paint is still wet, use the end of a piece of pipe cleaner to scratch around the edges of Splat, to give him that scruffy look. Then just add details using coloured paper: white for eyes, grey for muzzle, pink for ears and tongue, and black sharpie to draw details. You can stick the paper right on the wet paint or wait until it dries to glue the pieces on. It was very simple and a lot of fun! I love how mine turned out. :)
That's it for now! Happy weekend!