Paul Klee Portraits 3-5

Paul Klee coined the term I use all the time, “a dot is a line that went for a walk!” Geometric and organic shapes, line and texture fill this dynamic piece! Oil pastels were used and a double layer was created with cool undertones to give this a moody look. We played a game using number and shapes to create a unique portrait.

Matisse Skateboards

Middle schoolers got to blend the old with the new in this project. A look into the life of Matisse and his creating with scissors inspired this project. Students were challenged to personalize their skateboard to share a bit of their interests. We discussed organic and geometric shapes, along with texture, sizing and composition.

A girl and a love for her chickens made a skateboard in Mandisa’s honor!

Dandelions-Make a Wish!

I wish we could be together-that was my inspiration to create this piece. This watercolor with salt resist embraced cool or warm colors using primary and secondary colors. Students were challenged to think about composition and placement on the paper. The salt resist added a dreamy texture to the work! This lesson could take 2 sittings: one to create the dandelions and another to paint the background and use the salt resist.

Artist of the Sea

The Whaling Wall, have you seen one yet? There are locations all over the world of life-sized murals of sea creatures. Artist Wyland is an inspiration to young and old. Our project today dealt with concentric circles, value, tints, shades, and silhouettes. Wonderful project for grades 3-5. For materials you can use acrylics or tempera, black construction paper, scissors, glue, heavy paper.

Cutting with scissors takes practice! Love the dabbled water light on this one!

Sea animals vector silhouette creatures characters cartoon ocean wildlife marine underwater aquarium life water graphic aquatic tropical exotic beasts illustration.

We looked at examples of silhouettes to create our sea creatures.

Monsters Inc.

One of my favorite kid movies is Monsters Inc. Students were challenged to create a monster to audition for the next sequel! The littles did a super job on their project! The focus was on the element of line and color, & texture. “A line is a dot that went for a walk,” artist Paul Klee coined. Using oil pastels to create all different kinds of lines going in a horizontal pattern, students then used watercolors to see how the oils resist the paint creating a unique texture. Students could then add barrets, or bowties, or arms to make their monster unique. They flipped over their paper to create a curve and ears/horns to cut out to change the paper shape. This was an opportunity to go over scissor cutting skills. Teaching virtually is challenging but when they send me a photo of their completed work it just makes my heart sing!

I would say they did a fabulous job!