Wednesday, June 4, 2014

"Where's Waldo?" Mural Collage

I am sooooooo excited about this project. I love it. It's practically fail safe...which is awesome.

This is my "end of the year" project for the "beginning of next year" just makes sense to have a small project everyone can work on that you can display for the upcoming year. I've done Monochromatic Owls in the past that were adorable...but this year, I started noticing how amazing Where's Waldo books are...for the millionth time. And I left this plan for a sub a couple of weeks before school was out and was so impressed with the results that I decided to keep it going and make it a big mural collage!


Here's the poster I made for the sub...let me say this is an experienced sub that our school loves and uses all the I would not leave this if you plan on using it a sub plan with just "anybody". :)


I planted the "Real Waldo" after all the kids left for summer break. He's not pictured here so you can relax a little.


Here's a great link to coloring page and some Waldo facts...perfect for early finishers or subs to use for extra time activities.



I was inspired by the "Land of the Waldos" page in "The Fantastic Journey" Waldo book.




3rd Grade Still-Lifes

I needed an end of the year project and this turned out really well. I hadn't really taught still-lifes this year...I did some last year with these kids as second graders and I think it had been just long enough for them to want to do them again.




*Extra Credit*

At the end of class, I told the kids I would give them extra credit if they set up a still-life and draw it at home...I got one the next day!


Teacher Sample: Outline in black sharpie and paint with watercolors. This is one of the many reasons why I love my job. Sometimes you just sit down and paint.



Cezanne Inspired Still-Life with Apples

We look at several still lifes by Cezanne and Matisse for this 1st grade project. Day one is drawing the plate (I let some trace large butter lids...) and we draw at least 4 apples from a "bird's eye view"...

I put out trays of warm colors in tempera and they paint their apples after outlining with black sharpie or black oil pastel.

Day two we paint the plate and the table with contrasting cool colors. I used watercolors this year...and I demonstrated how to add shadows. I love how younger kids almost grasp the idea of a shadow but they inevitably make it wayyyyy to dark and it takes over whatever they so carefully painted earlier that week. Oh shadows....ruining paintings for years now. :)

I love these though.

Technology Inclusion: I use the ladibug (document camera) to project a still-life from my desk onto the screen. This really helps them all see the same viewpoint and they can observe realistic colors in the apples while they're painting.



Here's my watercolor drawer. I use Prang watercolors...with a couple of Crayola refills mixed in there. Each student gets their own tray and returns it when they are finished. On this particular day, with one of my worst classes, I walked by this drawer towards the end of class after everyone had cleaned up and noticed the watercolors were all perfectly returned and all in very neat rows. I applauded them for being so considerate with the art supplies and was genuinely proud of my little monsters!


Love some of these creative backgrounds/tablecloths by FIRST GRADERS!


Here's some of the Cezanne and Matisse paintings we describe, analyze, compare/contrast at the beginning of this lesson.