As this first 16 week session of art classes draws to a close we ended with a multi step project that included beginning symmetry.(I will recap results of this class at the end of this post)
I had these huge coffee filters lying around that I wanted to use for a real long time. They’re not actually real coffee filters as I can’t imagine any coffee machine large enough to hold them, 🙂 but they are the same material and same configuration as coffee filters so that’s what I call them.
We started by dripping a few different colors of watercolors onto the large filters. Liquid Watercolor Paint are the best type of paints to use for this. If you happen to have Watercolor Paint tubes lying around, you can always mix those in water to get the same effect.
I also had some gold watercolor paint which added to the excitement.
We used droppers to get the paint onto the filters but, since we didn’t have enough for each child we also used some paintbrushes.
I made sure to tell the children that we were just creating backgrounds to make flowers out of and they were not each creating their own coffee filters.
When these were all done we put them aside to dry (for the next week).
I then told the children that we were going to create vases and flowers to put into the vases.
I hung up a few pictures of vases along with one real vase I had nearby.
I showed them how each side in a vase is almost always the exact same shape as the other side in a mirrored fashion. (If I had more time I would have gone into mirrored activities in more detail)
They were told to draw a large vase on a black paper with a pencil.
You may think that you can’t see any marks on a black paper, but it really does show up.
Some of the children were making very small vases so I had to make some dots for them to at least give them the scale of what size the vases should be. All I did was put 2 dots at the top of the paper to show them the size the top of the vase should ideally be.
They chose which vase they wanted to make. With some, I had to emphasize the neck going first and one girl noted that not all the vases had necks, which was correct.
After they drew the vases they used Oil Pastels. Oil pastels has become a favorite of mine especially on black paper. The colors are so rich and vivid and you don’t get that same chalky feeling as the regular pastels.
After the were done with coloring their vases they cut them out and pasted them on a large sheet of white tagboard.
They then went back to the large coffee filter that they had painted and drew flowers with a black marker.
Some of them had already made flowers the week before so they used those and/or added more.
They then had to cut out their flowers, decide if they needed stems and paste them down to fit into their vases.
Many of them used a combination of pasting and drawing and coloring their own flowers.
Not everyone wanted to use the coffee filters so this young lady found some mylar material I had and drew one large flower out of it for her vase.
This girl got really ambitious and asked for a really large piece of paper after to put her vase and flowers on. She cut it all out and the paper I had available wasn’t stiff enough so we added some cardboard behind it.
She then drew a whole room behind her vase with, table, ceiling and windows. (not all visible here)
This was the last week of a 16 series art class that I ran out of my home.
Part of why I did this course was to lay the foundation for a course I am working on called “How to Teach Your Child to Draw & Do Art Even if you can’t Draw Straight Line”
This class is over and I learned a lot from working with this group of 14 first grade girls.
I am going to continue with a much smaller group concentrating on real learn to draw skills. I hope I can get them advanced enough to be able to use different media with the skills of drawing and planning out their artwork.
I will keep you posted. Thanks for following along. (Please share if you enjoyed this series and let me know in comments below if you have anything to add)