Thursday, December 11, 2014

One Point Perspective Barnyards

This was a project I originally saw on Pinterest but I've seen it used on several different sites, so I'm honestly not sure where it originally came from.  If anyone does know where it originated leave a comment so I can give credit where credit is due.  

This was a third grade project.  The basic premise is to introduce one point perspective as a means of creating depth in a landscape.  In this case, we created farm fields and a barnyard in the distance.  We drew it first with pencil, outlined with skinny markers creating abstract textures by using a variety of lines, and then shaded with the crayons to match the markers (green marker = green crayon).  The kids loved this project and so did their teachers.  As soon as I sent these home with the kids they got confiscated and hung up on the classroom bulletin boards!

I was still on the cart at the beginning of the year so these were created in their classrooms.  Sorry for the blurriness of some of the photos.  They were taken on the fly with my iPhone as I walked around the classroom.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Textured Owl Collages

This project started with a reading of a non-fiction book about Owls and their habitats.  Any book from your school library will do for an introduction and a nice science link. :)  This project was created with Second Grade but could easily be adapted for higher grades.  I'm not sure you would want to go younger with this particular project as it has a LOT of steps.

 I have an old calender of owls that I took apart and laminated that we used as reference for body poses and for color references.  The calender owls stayed up for the duration of the project.  Kids had a fun time picking out which owl they wanted as "their owl".

More references I had on the board for the kids.

For the feet we used an "M" and then created the leg by doubling it and bringing it up into a rectangle.

Day One:  Read the book, discuss the owls and habitat.  Tell the class we're starting with the habitat first.  We used leaf stencils (bought from and warm colors and stamped our backgrounds.

Day Two:
  We added the construction paper tree, sketched our owl bodies and started tearing paper to fill the owls and create the soft "feathery" edges to make them look like owls.

Creating the owl feathers took quite a bit of time - almost three classes (this is not a project for the faint of heart or the short on time).

Last Day:
We added the eyes, feet and beaks.  Here's a few of the finished owls: