Birdie Illustration

This week I focused a lot on illustration and coloring with the students.  k-2 finished up their turkeys: they outlined their line designs with black marker and colored.  I put a lot of emphasis on coloring Nice and Neat and I showed the little ones how to color in small portions at a time.  Little kids have a tendency to moved their whole arm while they’re coloring – creating those empty white gaps.  I had them try to color by just moving their pincher fingers.

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I gave 4A the choice of learning how to illustrate either a pumpkin or an owl and they voted on the owl.  I, of course, used my handy dandy Elmo camera and projector to guide them step-by-step on how to illustrate the owl.  I call those illustration guidance days- Demo Day.

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I asked that they colored in their owl using either a warm color scheme or a cool color scheme.  So we are definitely getting into the elements of art at this point in the school year.  Quite a few kids have been bringing in their sketch books and several have told me that their sketchbook is ordered and en route.  I’m very excited.


This week I also had the pleasure of visiting the itty bitties at the Skokie Valley nursery school.  I read the little ones the book The Busy Little Squirrel.  It’s a book about this cute little squirrel that is unable to hangout with his forest friends because he so busy collecting food to store for winter.  One of the food items he collects is an acorn.

I had large acorns pre-cut and the little ones assembled and glue the acorn pieces together on a large sheet of white paper.  Next, they used celery sticks as a stamp dipped the sticks into brown paint and stamped them onto the cap of their acorn.

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They all did a great job and I can’t wait to see them again in 2 more weeks. 🙂

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