1. Draw a poppy
Check out what the artists at Buffalo Elementary are creating!
I saw this project on Pinterest, but the link is broken so I am unable to share the source. It was a quick project that took less than a day. With the daffodils blooming outside and the warm weather finally here, I thought it would be a great in-between project painting.
1. Draw a poppy
We looked at photographs of real poppies and described the kinds of lines and shapes we saw. The students used an oil pastel to draw their poppy. They did a great job using curved lines! Their flowers looked very organic.
We used warm-colored watercolors to add color.
3. Cut and glue
This project is from Ann, the art teacher at Washington Elementary in Davenport. I spent an afternoon in her room a few weeks ago and saw her first grade students completing this project. She gave me the directions and we tried it out at Buffalo! I'd say it was a success.
1. Create the person using pipe cleaners
We used 1 whole and 2 halves to create our person. Ms. Zinn's class was so excited about this project that they clapped after each step!
2. Make our person stronger with straws
We talked about how our bones make our body stronger. In this case, we used straws. 2 on each arm; 2 on each leg. A joint was created in between the two straws.
3. Choose a movement
Running, dancing, handstand, karate, surfing...these are just a few examples of the creative movements these artists thought of. Once they chose their movement, they taped it down on a piece of cardboard.
4. Add color
I cut squares of tissue paper and the students glued them to the "floor" and also added clothes.
5. Add hair and a label
Hair was optional. If students wanted to tie some yarn on the head to make some crazy hair (or for any other purpose), they could. Everyone was required to label their sculpture with their name and movement.