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.


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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.

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.