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Sunday, January 5, 2014


I love Zentangles! While on break I tried a cool leaf design using Zentangle designs inside the leaf pattern. I traced about 7-9 leaf stencils and used a few Zentangle designs in the center of each one. I used a sharpie marker for the outline. Later, I used watercolor for the background and focused on cool colors. I would like to try this lesson out in the future. I can see fourth grade on up doing something like this.

Construction Paper Portraits

This is a six grade unit on portraits. We learned to draw proportionate portraits, paint portraits and lastly used construction paper to create portraits. I like using units that focuses on using more than one form of media. This helps those students who may struggle with drawing but are great at building with paper or students who struggle with painting but are great at drawing. They all get to excel in at least one form of media. Below are a few of the finished paper portraits.

Lines and Patterns and Frogs, Oh My!

Lines and patterns and frogs, oh my! This is a simple drawing and painting assignment that I did with my 7/8th grade students. We started out discussing elements of art and principles of design. We focused on lines and patterns. Our subject was the frog. To help with the drawing portion I created a handout with pictures of frogs on them. Sorry, I don't have my handout on this computer but will try to add it to a later post. When it came to painting, I asked that they use bright colors and focus on placement of colors. They did a great job.