If you are like me, you are ready for the children to go outside! There are plenty of art activities they can make or draw outside. Plenty of children of all ages like to draw with sidewalk chalk. Children can be inspired by drawing a large circle or square and adding a variety of lines and shapes and colors. Older ones can print out abstract paintings of Picasso with noses going in one direction and eyes in another. Tomato Soup cans of Warhol can be inspirational.
Mizz Mac’s Easy Artsy Jungle Animals Art Projects is a group of 9 art projects organized from the beginner to the more advanced student. The jungle animal art of Henri Rousseau, Albrecht Durer, and the Oxacans is mentioned as artists in history to view. The projects begin with working with shapes which can be used to reinforce the geometric common core standards of math. Science and nature are also reinforced with the inclusion of observation drawing of jungle flora and fauna. These projects can be visual presentations of what has been learned academically.
The group contains a content page, an introduction, a list of jungle animals, supply lists, and examples of each finished project.
Animal Shapes Collage- creating natural shapes (animals) from geometric shapes(cut construction paper)
Animal Shapes Paintings-create animals using blob shape painting method
Brightly watercolored animals-create using the wet on wet watercolor technique
Night wanderers- creating shapes using a variety of media
Papier mache animals https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Jungle-Animal-Art-Projects-1122694
Have you ever wondered how to draw a leprechaun? They are such wee folks. Saint Patricks Day is right around the corner. Wear green at school or get pinched! My art lesson, Leprechauns, Pots of Gold, and Rainbows, contains directions for drawing leprechauns, pots of gold , and rainbows. It also contains a wee bit a of the legends of leprechauns. Click on the image to go to my store.
Many teachers use the farm theme for fall. It is a good one to teach children about animals and where our food comes from. October is a good month for corn and corn mazes and scare crows. Art teachers can teach color mixing with paint. Little ones can learn red and yellow make orange pumpkins. Creating art with warm colors can be taught with an “On the Farm” theme.
Plastic farm animals can be bought at the dollar stores or the dollar bins at the big box stores. These are great for children to use to draw and create their own symbols or art style. Of course the internet is full of farm animal images to choose but sometimes these are difficult to draw and there may be copyright issues.
Fall landscapes of farms can also be taught. Artwork by artists such as Grandma Moses or Grant Wood can be found and projected and analyzed for colors used, how texture is created, and how was depth (close-up and far away) achieved.
I have created an On the Farm product with art lessons and examples of the steps. Here is the link:
I have some cool intro to art lessons based on the first element of art design: the line. For those of you who don’t know all art is made up of the elements and principles of design. The elements are like the puzzle pieces in a work of art and not all of them go in but they do need to be put in the right places for the work of art to make sense. The principles of design are the structures or how the elements are arranged in the work to create interest or mood.
I usually start off my class teaching the line because most children can draw a line even if its a crooked line. There are five kinds of lines in art: horizontal, vertical, diagonal, zigzag, and curvy. When we draw we use these lines to make shapes. And there are only two kinds of shapes in art: geometric and natural. So when we use lines and shapes in our art, it makes creating works of art very simple and easy.
After creating art designs with lines and shapes and patterns, we need to create a nice picture. Animals for the subject matter is an easy beginning art project. My art project can be bought in my store.