The first grade classes learned how to draw pumpkins from observation. I set out a pumpkin at each table and the students worked very hard on creating the most realistic pumpkin they could. After they were drawn, they used glue to draw over top of their pencil marks. Once the glue was dry they colored in their pumpkins with watercolor pencils and added water over top of that. These turned out so great!
The second grade class created really fun leave rubbing pictures! We built upon our complementary color knowledge and used crayons and watercolors to create beautiful pictures.
Second graders learned about Optical Illusion art. We looked at different optical illusions and focused on the artist M.C. Escher. They learned about complementary colors and how when these colors are placed together they make each other pop. They "complement" each other. We looked at a purple smiley face image where you stare at it for 60 seconds and when you look away, you see the complementary color (yellow). The kids LOVED that! So we took the idea of complementary colors and optical illusions and created our own op art!