March 2 is the birthday of Dr. Seuss; and so with that in mind, since the class will be celebrating his birthday for the month of March, I chose a Dr. Seuss themed art lesson for the Grade One's today. I also wanted to mix in some colour theory. With a review of the colour wheel, I introduced them to the idea of opposite colours. Then I had them draw out their own fish.
Once they had finished their fish and cut them out, they drew a line design of their choice on the paper. And then I had them choose two opposite colours of their choice; blue/orange, red/green, or yellow/purple. They painted their background with these two colours:
The last step was to glue on their fish drawing. They look great!
Just this morning I joined the Grade Four class to share an art lesson with them. I introduced the colour wheel to them; Primary, Secondary, and Opposite colours. Then they got to work creating a winter scene. After they drew the horizon line, I had them put down masking tape wherever they wanted their 'birch' trees to be. Then, they were to pick a colour and using that colour and its opposite colour on the colour wheel, paint in the sky:
The kids were excited when I asked them if they were ready for the 'grand reveal'; to take off the masking tape. Unfortunately the tape was extra sticky and took some of the paper with it. It actually created a nice effect; looked like bark was literally peeling off the trees! :)
I gave the kids the option of adding some classic birch tree details. Some kids really wanted to add in some wildlife; i.e.: squirrels.
A few weeks ago I joined the local grade one class again to do another art lesson. I began the art lesson by teaching them the basic colour wheel (introducing the primary and secondary colours). I then guided them into drawing themselves as though they were catching snowflakes on their tongue. The kids had fun using their own individual ideas as to how that looked:
It was fun finding the completed pictures out in the hallway a few weeks later, with poems that the kids had written about their artwork:
I live in Southern Ontario on a farm with my husband, Dennis, and our two daughters. Painting out of my studio on our farm allows me to stay close to my family and to be surrounded by the natural landscape that continues to influence my work.