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My first lesson is always distributing portfolios and gluing on the covers. The
portfolios are 12x18" and we glue on legal sized color sheets that I create
that have the elements illustrated as well as a color wheel. I like the
students to have easy access to this information all year. (This is K-6).
Gluing this sheet on requires one TINY drop of glue in each corner, which kids
just don't seem to know unless you tell/show them.
Our first project is usually something fairly simple. I have done color
mixing, which has always been successful. K - divide your paper into 6
sections. Paint 3 sections yellow (cake tempera), now paint 2 empty sections
red, plus paint red over one of your yellow sections. Now paint your last empty
section blue, plus one yellow section and one red section. What colors did you
make? What color is your water? (brown)
2nd grade draws and paints fish using the same idea as above. Upper levels
vary on ideas. I have had them make simple color wheels using 9" design circles
or just on paper. Squirt 3 primary colors of liquid tempera on paper and have
them mix the 3 secondary, etc. I try to keep these pretty much non-objective
except for the drawing of the fish.
> Hi, I teach k-8 in rural Maine. I started school last year with projects
> that seemed too hard...so I'm trying to think of easy ways to ease into art
> this year. Does anyone have successful ways of starting school for any of
> these age levels? Thanks.
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