Native American Buffalo Hides

NAME OF PROJECT:  Native American Brown Paper Buffalo Hides

BASED ON ARTWORK BY:  Nampeyo (Hopi) and Kicking Bear (Sioux)

MAIN ARTWORK USED: Hopi Bowls by Nampeyo and Battle of Little Big Horn by Kicking Bear

SUBMITTED BY:  Luisa Dugas

GRADE LEVEL: 2/3

MATERIALS: 

Brown Paper bags (free at the Super market)

Acrylic Paint in red, turquoise, black, white and orange

Pencils and Black Sharpie

INSTRUCTIONS: 

STEP 1:  Scrunch up your brown paper bag, open and smooth it flat. Repeat. Then, tear brown paper bag to resemble the shape of a buffalo hide. Show example.

STEP 2: With black sharpie make a border around your whole hide. It is a good idea to create a repeating pattern. Show examples. If children want, they may draw it in pencil first, but it takes a lot of time.

STEP 3: Draw in pencil your Native American inspired designs. Make sure your designs are big and fill your hide. Designs should not have a lot of detail.

STEP 4: Use ONLY 3 of the 5 colors and color your designs. Set aside to dry.

STEP 5: When dry, edge all designs with black sharpie to make them stand out.

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American Flag inspired by Jasper Johns

BASED ON ARTWORK BY:   Jasper Johns

MAIN ARTWORK USED:  Flag 1961

SUBMITTED BY:   Luisa Dugas

GRADE LEVEL:   2/3 and 4/5 (Project done in 2 sessions)

MATERIALS:   Newspaper, Mod Podge,

Masonite cut in rectangular pieces either 8X12 or 10 X15

Blue cardstock cut to size of “Union” according to flag dimension

White foam stars or punched stars 0.5” from star punch

Red acrylic paint

INSTRUCTIONS

STEP 1:   Have children tear a page of newspaper in long strips, use only the pages that are in black & white and no pictures, just writing.

STEP 2: Background. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to masonite and glue down newspaper strips. Try overlapping them to create an interesting pattern. Add more Mod Podge if edges are dry. Cover all masonite and set aside to dry.

STEP 3: Make “Union”. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to blue cardstock and start gluing down your white stars. (If using foam stars, just peel and stick) Stars don’t have to be in perfect order. The flag has changed 26 times and no one will count to see if you have exactly 50 stars.

STEP 4:  Glue down “Union” to upper left corner of background.

STEP 5: With red paint- paint the stripes. This will be free handed work. It does not need to be perfect. To get exactly 13 stripes, first paint the stripe that goes on the bottom right corner of the “union” to the edge of background on the right. Then paint the very top stripe to the right of the “union”. Then paint 2 red stripes in between. This will give you exactly the 7 stripes that surround the “union”. Then paint another red stripe at the bottom of the background. Last paint two more stripes in between. This will give you exactly 13 stripes total.

STEP 6: Let paint dry for a few hours and then coat the whole picture with a couple of layers of Mod Podge for shine and protection. Volunteer can do this after the project is completed.

Dreamy Watercolor Inspired by Chagall

NAME OF PROJECT:  Dreamy Watercolor inspired by  Chagall

BASED ON ARTWORK BY: Marc Chagall

MAIN ARTWORK USED:  I and the Village

SUBMITTED BY:  Luisa Dugas

GRADE LEVEL:  2/3 but can be adapted to K/1 and 4/5

MATERIALS:  Heavy weight Watercolor paper  (I used Canson, size 11 X 15, 140 lb); Crayons and pencil; Watercolors (I used the school type); Brushes, trays, water cups and paper towels

INSTRUCTIONS

STEP 1:  Have each child write name on back. With light lines make two diagonal lines from point to point dividing the paper into 4 triangles.

STEP 2:  On bottom triangle draw a tree. Just some branches and clusters for leaves. You do not need to do details, just the outline.

STEP 3: Turn paper around so tree will be upside-down. On what is now the bottom triangle, draw your neighborhood, a street with houses on it. Some of the houses can be upside down too.

STEP 4:  Turn paper again so tree is facing you again, on the left triangle draw your favorite animal or pet using all the space. Draw larger than life like in the inspiration picture. It doesn’t matter if it overlaps the diagonal lines. We will erase those later.

STEP 5:  Turn paper around once more, so houses are on the bottom. On the triangle that is left, you will draw a sideways face. Make sure to use all the space.

STEP 6: Then with crayons, you will outline all the figures. Using bright and different colors. Lines must be heavy so when we apply the watercolor, they show. Do not outline the triangles lines, just the drawings.

STEP 7: Using bright watercolors, color all your drawings. When you’re done with your design, color the background. Use a different color for each triangle.


Jungle Collage Inspired by Henri Rousseau

ON ARTWORK BY:  Henri Rousseau

MAIN ARTWORK USED:  Surprised! Tropical Storm in the Jungle

SUBMITTED BY: Ingrid Piccirilli

Grade Level: K/1 and can be adpated to 2/3

MATERIALS:           

  • Gray square card stock (appr 8×8 or 10X10)
  • Crayola oil pastels in various shades of green, grey, and white
  • Brown construction paper or card stock
  • Fake leaves and grass
  • Images of tigers and lions downloaded and printed from the internet

INSTRUCTIONS

STEP 1:  Have children draw tall green grass in up/down strokes on the bottom half of the paper and then give them grey to lightly draw the slanting rain and finally white to draw the lightening.

STEP 2:  Give them the pieces to be collaged one at a time.  Start with animal and tree trunks and branches (note that the trees can be made of pipe cleaners, paper stock, real branches, etc).  Have them glue the tree to one side on the top half of the page and the animal on the bottom half where the grass is drawn.

STEP 3:  Then progress to giving them the tall fake grass you have bought and the leaves.  Please remember to peel the back stem off of any fake plant material or it won’t stick.

STEP 4: Elmer’s glue works, but a lot is required so make sure to use the clear drying kind.  Allow overnight to dry before you stack the artwork for safekeeping!  You may  need to touch up a bit with a glue gun…just depends.

**Note:  A Presentation document is available on the blog for your use.  You just need to print and use on a tri fold presentation board.  Click on the link to access: Presentation doc Henri Rousseau-1

**Note: Other Project Ideas for higher grade levels can be found at:  www.incredibleart.org.  (link on sidebar) Once on the web page, go to:  FREE LESSON PLANS and pick an age group.  Then scroll down on left side to:  LESSON IDEA PAGES.  Then find Henri Rousseau in the box in the middle of the page.

A Study in Still Life Flowers

BASED ON ARTWORK BY:  Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh

MAIN ARTWORK USED:  Monet “Bouquet of Sunflowers” and Van Gogh’s “12 Sunflowers”

SUBMITTED BY:  Ingrid Piccirilli

GRADE LEVEL: 2/3 and can be adapted for K/1

MATERIALS:     

  • Thick Blue poster board cut in half
  • Crayola (or other brand) Oil Pastels, provide children with the following colors only: shades of yellow, shades of orange, brown, white for highlighting, blue and green.
  • 3 Vases (dollar store!),  9 sunflowers (buy 1-2 days before so they open), greens from the garden
  • We presented this on a tri-fold presentation board, using half to display facts on Monet and the other side for facts on Van Gogh.  We included printed images from the internet of each of the artists paintings on the board as well.

INSTRUCTIONS

STEP 1:  Prep by MTM Volunteer:  You will need to cut the poster board ahead of time. Additionally, it would be a good idea to paint the vases if they are clear…rustic colors best.  No need to be careful so it should take only 15 minutes.  Finally, arrange three sunflowers in each vase and insert greens you can get from your garden.  We recommend 2-3 vases as this allows you to provide the still life object throughout the room and kids don’t have to get up to see.

STEP 2:   Provide kids with their ½ piece of  blue poster board and a white, yellow, and orange (various shades) oil pastel.  Recommend they use the white first to outline their artwork, pressing very lightly and then filling in a bit.  This will make it easier to cover the blue background.  TELL THEM TO FILL THE PAGE WITH THE FLOWERS!!!

STEP 3:  After the design is somewhat sketched out, they can start using the yellows and oranges for the flowers and the greens for the stems and leaves.  Browns would be for the inner circle of the sunflower.

STEP 4: If this is for a younger grade like K/1 and even 2/3, we recommend you sketch out a “how to draw a sunflower in steps”.

**Note:  For Monet/ Van Gogh comparison you can use:  the PDF document called:  “Monet Van Gogh comparison still life” (PDF pending/ will be updating soon)

For Van Gogh only,  you can use the following Power Point presentation Van Gogh Presentation for Still Life

Cave Art (2)

Based on:  Prehistoric Man, Lascaux Cave in France

 

Submitted by: Ingrid Piccirilli / Pandora Argue

Grade Level: 2/3

Materials:

  • Long rolls of brown paper that you can buy at any art store (same texture as brown grocery bags).
  • Black and terra cotta color charcoal sticks  (We cut up the charcoal sticks into 2 or 3 pieces to reduce cost of buying one for each child.  Also if you cannot find the charcoal sticks you can use oil pastels for the black and terra cotta, but they don’t spread as easily…)
  • White and brown oil pastels

Instructions: 

  • STEP 1:  MTM Volunteer should first present the online video of the LasCaux Caves and go through the Pre Historic power point presentation so that they get a feel for the simplicity and “story telling” aspect of cave art.

    I used a power point presentation on the following website titled Prehistoric Art (there are several):

    http://earlyhumans.mrdonn.org/powerpoints/caveart.html (link on side bar)

    And the video on the LasCaux Caves on the following link:

    www.lascaux.culture.fr/

    STEP 2:  Prep Ahead:  Cut or tear the brown paper into large (20 by 15 inch piece) rectangular like shapes.  It is better if it is not a clean edge scissor cut or exact triangle.  Then roll the pieces into little balls and massage it so that when you open them up, they will appear wrinkled.

    STEP 3: Tell the kids you want them to draw using earth tone colors (only provide earth tones as they will use bright colors if they are available!)

    STEP 4: They will ask what to draw:  Keep a slide up from the Power Point presentation and use that as a guide.  Also, you can provide a large poster board of sample drawings or print outs from the internet that they can refer to.

    STEP 5:  Encourage them to take up the entire piece of paper and to have at least on very large drawing.

Layered landscape

 

Based on: The Harvesters by Pieter Brueghel

Project Idea: Borrowed from http://www.artprojectsforkids.org/layeredlandscape whom in turn borrowed idea from http://www.artsonia.com

Submitted by: Luisa Dugas

Grade Level: 2/3

Materials:

  • Light charcoal paper
  • Crayons and/or oil pastels
  • Black sharpie
  • Pencil

Instructions: 

  • STEP 1: Students will place paper horizontally on the table. With the pencil they will draw three lines from left to right to divide the paper into four horizontal sections. A foreground, a middle ground, a background and above the horizon.

    STEP 2: Then they will draw trees starting on the lines for each ground and continuing vertically all the way to the top of the page.  Erase lines inside the trees with white eraser.

    Step 3: Students will also be encouraged to decide on a mood for their painting. Either summer, winter, spring or fall and choose their colors accordingly. They will be asked to add some details to enhance the mood of their landscape, a setting sun, a rising moon, and/or pumpkin patch or snowflakes if they wish.

     Step 4: With a sharpie, mark the lines that divide the different grounds. Erase all pencil lines that are not necessary or break through. Color your landscape with the colors that enhance your mood. Only use 3 or 4 colors per mood. Presenter may demonstrate on the Promethean board.