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.

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.

Totems

Based on: Northwest Native North American Tribes

Artwork Used: Personal copies of totems copied from online researched articles (4/5 curriculum covers a multicultural curriculum every other year)

Submitted by: Dawn Forsberg

Grade Level: 4/5

Materials:

  • 2 coconuts per person
  • Assortment of seeds, berries, acorns, sticks
  • Acrylic paints (red, blue, black, yellow)
  • Assorted paint brushes
  • Glue gun and/or tacky glue

Instructions: 

  • STEP 1:Following the North American totem design tradition, students are instructed as follows: the top layer of the coconut should be designed to represent an animal that is meaningful to the student.  The bottom layer of the coconut totem should be designed to represent an important event or important people in the students’ life.STEP 2:Students write their names on the bottom of the coconut totem. Students first paint the two layers of the totem with the acrylic paint following the guidelines from step 1.STEP 3: (Optional): Students then glue the natural materials (seeds, sticks, acorns, etc) to add further detail to their individual totems. The glue gun works better for the heavier materials.

Cave Art

Based on: Origin of cave art by unknown artists throughout the world (parallels the 4/5 curriculum which covers a multicultural curriculum every other year)

Submitted by: Dawn Forsberg

Grade Level: 4/5 (could be adapted to 2/3) 

Materials:

  • Pieces of natural or concrete stones (Home Depot will donate or discount broken/damaged stepping stones from their garden center),
  • colored chalk, oil pastel crayons, or colored charcoal sticks

Instructions: 

  • After the presentation, students are presented with one of two scenarios:

    OPTION 1

    If people discover your art 1,000 years from now, what would you want them to learn about you? Draw symbols, pictures, colors, numbers, and pictures to represent you.

    OPTION 2

    If you lived 10,000 years ago, draw an activity or animal that would have represented you.

    STEP 1:  Students write their name on the back of their stone.

    STEP 2:  Students draw their art on the front surface of their stones using chalk, charcoal, or oil pastel crayons

    STEP 3: (Optional:) MTM presenter sprays or paints each surface of the finished stones with polyurethane once the stones are taken home.