Happy Thanksgiving break, friends! Today I'm sharing our first venture into in-class art: watercolor paintings. Enjoy the mess and adorable pictures. :)
It terms of supplies, there is a considerable initial cost to art in the classroom.If you don't have classroom money left or personal funds to use, consider posting an arts-based project on Donors Choose! Under the influence and direction of Katie King (Queen of the First Grade Jungle) I ordered a class set of Prang Watercolors and 80 pound paper from DickBlick using a 25% off coupon. I also snagged black permanent markers and individual water bowls from Amazon under the direction of The Wonder Teacher.
We started drawing using pencils. I drew on the WhiteBoard and my friends drew at their seats. We used a "Monkey See, Monkey Do" method. In terms of directions, I really just winged it. I started with a triangle for the nose and a gobbler. Then, we added a circle for the face and a body for the turkey. Next, we added feathers. As we drew together, we talked about using the WHOLE page, and going with our gut (so we did not leave too many pencil marks). After students drew their turkey, they traced their lines with black permanent marker.The Wonder Teacher's terminology, we talked about making our paints really juicy with water. This was a HUGE learning curve for my students as their tendency was to dig in the paint and not add enough water. We chanted, "Swirl, swirl, swirl in the water. Puddle in the paint." a lot. ;)
Beware, this is a messy process and the first time it does require a solid chunk of time. We had to press pause for specials/lunch, and this is our art-tornado.
Overall, it was the most wonderful day. My friends absolutely loved the chance to work with watercolors, and they LOVE art. They worked so intently and quietly to get everything 'just right'. Plus, it was a fabulous lesson in flexibility and going with the flow.