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Part 2: Compiled art ideas with books

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MaryAnn Kohl (maryann)
Fri, 27 Aug 99 12:48:19 -0700

Part 2 (of 2): Compiled art ideas to go with children's books:

Old Black Fly (3)
by Jim Aylesworth Illustrated by Stephen

There is a bothersome fly buzzing around the house and we follow his travels from one mess to another. In the end - he gets his just desserts -
A fly swatter. Illustrations are colorful and whimsical Flyswatter Painting with Flies

We look at the fly swatters I have. The old plastic kind. Discuss the printing process. Students print with the fly swatters on large white paper. Overlap. angle, off the page. Let dry. Next students add drawn on huge ol' black flies buzzing around the page. Also, had students write the Bzzzzzzzzzzzz Bzzzzzzzzzz sound on page to correlate with the letter they were on that week (B) The outcomes are wonderful and also integrate literature and allow students to practice writing skills.

Old Black Fly (1)
by Jim Aylesworth
Henry Holt
and Company in New York; 1992.

It is an alphabet book that follows the mischief of a fly! It has a terrific rhythm to it and fun language "He lapped up the milk in poor kitty's bowl. He nibbled on noodles in the casserole. Shoo fly! Shoo fly! Shoo."

Splatter Painting
Materials list
watercolor paints (or tempera), toothbrushes, popsicle sticks, water, markers, white paper, Paintshirt
1. Have children draw a picture using markers on white paper.
2. Place a few drops of water in each color of paint to be
3. Put on paintshirt. Dip toothbrush in paint/water mixture.
4. Holding bristles upward, use popsicle stick in other hand (perpendicular to brush) to scrape paint off of brush and splatter paint all over picture. Change colors as you wish.
Extensions: 1. Have students do their own illustrations to go with the author's text. Share with others.
2. Have children make another alphabet book or an original book utilizing this technique. Donate
book(s) to younger students.

Old Black Fly (2)
author Flyswatter Painting
plastic fly swatters
paint smocks

The children's favorite page is the last one, SPLAT!
I use my easel outside. Put the paint in large trays, and let the kids splat the paper.

Oliver's Vegetable
by Vivian French
Potato Prints

The illustrations are interesting and the story line holds preschoolers from cover to cover. The story follows a finicky eater visiting at his grandparents for the week. They make an agreement to cook his favorite food - French fries AFTER he has found the potatoes in their large vegetable garden. If he chooses incorrectly , Oliver must eat THAT vegetable for dinner! It's a must read. This book is a great intro. for potato printing! Children could be encourage to use a variety of colors as Oliver was encouraged to try new foods.
white art paper.
Potatoes/cut and washed! Laurel

a variety of paint in shallow pans.
Dip and go!!

by Denise Fleming

watercolor markers
spray bottle

Children draw fruits, vegetables, favorite foods, etc. with markers. Spray with water bottle until colors run together

Sam's Slamwich,
author Clay Sandwich

In the book Sam's sister,(who is mad at him) makes her brother a sandwich. She starts with bread, which has a small weevil hiding in a corner, and each additional thing she adds has some kind of bug on it. Sounds digesting, doesn't it? The boys just love it. Anyway she builds this sandwich and in the end she starts remembering nice things about her brother and feels guilty. Just as brother is about to take a big bite- brother is called away and leaves his sandwich.

With ceramic clay, although you could use model magic or playdough, and had the kids make a "clay" sandwich of their own, keeping an eye out for texture and realism. Swiss cheese has holes, ham has a pattern, bologna is round, etc. We also mounted some of our sample in cardboard scrapbooks we had made and included some drawing of sandwiches and bugs. I did a drawing lesson on insects to give them some ideas on body parts, antennae, etc.

Six Crows
by Leo Lion¹s
Van Gogh Crows
compare the artists Leo Lion¹s book, "Six Crows rendering to Van Gogh. I do this with my second graders. We read the story and talk about the collage techniques of Lionni. Then we look at the painting by Van Gogh of Crows in a Wheatfield. We talk about how Van Gogh uses paint to create texture while Lionni uses tearing paper to create texture. Combine the 2 artists styles to create their own renditions of Crows in a Wheatfield. We paint the background talking about foreground, middle-ground and background and using lots of painting techniques to create texture. The next week we come back and use construction paper to create the crows, scarecrow and other things from the story by tearing paper to make the shapes .
Materials needed: Paint, brushes, found objects to create textures in paint, paper 12x18 or 18x24 for background, glue, colored construction paper, black for crows, colors for other things, hole punches, scissors

by Lois Ehlert
Junk Pictures
Children collect assorted junk from home and from nature walks. Use this to create "pictures"

Snow people
When snow is available go outside. If not, children pick snow (I've used tissue, rice, packing peanuts, cotton balls, batting, toilet paper balls) Children made snow children for a snow class.

Bat Socks
We made bats out of black socks...fill with polyfil (or cotton balls), and gather at the open end of the sock with yarn (so the closed part is the top and he is hanging upside down). The kids cut wings out of posterboard, and
eyes, nose, etc. out of fun foam.. We hung them in our room during October!

teach them how to use a mouse to make a bat

Tar Beach
by Faith Ringgold
Fabric Drawing
materials: 12x18 paper
1x1" squares of discarded fabric (ask parents to donate!)
colored pencils

1. Student comes up with a place they'd like to fly over (like in the story)
2. Draw a picture of that place on the 12x18" paper. Color with colored pencils.
3. Using the squares of fabric, students glue a "quilt" border around their illustration. This is really easy and makes a great display!

Ten Black Dots
by Donald Crewes
Black Dot Art
Each page has a number of black dots and a picture of what can be made from them. For example, 4 black dots can make the wheels of a truck. I give the children black dot stickers. They use them to make their own illustrations.

Ten Black Dots
By Donald Crews
Black Dot Pictures

A Number Recognition Book. Each page has a number of black dots ( 1-10) on it with a picture of what can be made with that number of dots. For example, one black dot can make a sun and two black dots can make eyes.
- black circle stickers
- crayons/markers
- construction paper
1 Children choose a number and put that number of dots(black circle stickers) on the paper.
2 Children use markers/crayons to make a picture that incorporates the black dots.
Variations or Extensions
- Children can make their own Ten Black Dots books. They can illustrate a page for each number, 1-10.
- Instead of using stickers, children can use their thumbs and black paint to make the black dots.

The 500 Hats of
Bartholomew Cubbins
By Dr. Suess
Make a Hat
It would also fit "hat themes" or Robin Hood.
1. Materials: one medium sized brown paper bag and materials to decorate such as feathers, sequins, paint, etc.
2. Cut the top 5 inches (this may vary to fit the child) from the bag. Fold the edge of the bag down to form a brim. Then make a crease (pleat) in the top (actually the bottom) of the bag at an angle and staple so that when the hat sits on the child's head, the front of the hat is taller than the back. This will look very much like the hat that Bartholomew wore.
>From there the child may paint or decorate the hat any way he/she wishes.

3. Along with feathers, children can make flowers from construction paper or tissue and add a pipe cleaner stem that can be fixed on the hat. Hats can be worn on a "hat day" or children can have a parade of hats.

The Doorbell Rang
by Pat Hutchins

Materials: 2 inch manila paper circles, paper hole punch holes from red, yellow, brown, blue, green construction paper, foil rectangles,
gluestick and construction paper, colors..
How to-give the child a circle and they decorate the circle to look like a cookie by sticking the hole punches on like M&M¹s or chocolate chips.
Then have them to glue the foil rectangles on the paper like it is a pan. My kids have enjoyed doing this after reading the story.
Variations-make the cookies and have them draw Grandma next to the pan.
Could also crayon resist -color the cookie hard then watercolor over it
and cut it out and put it on a big foil pan on the bullentin board with the caption-Kindergarten cooks like Grandma!
You could also make a cook book for cookies and have each child to illustrate each page with either kind of cookie.

The Great Kapok Tree
by Lynn Cherry
a book on the rainforest with beautiful illustrations and message. I have used it on a lesson having to do with rainforest (clay, drawing, papier-mâché, etc)

The Great Kapok Tree
by Lynn Cherry
Rousseau Watercolor
materials: watercolor paints
watercolor pencils
background info on Henri Rousseau
large white paper
1. Discuss rainforest (layers, types of plants/bugs, etc).
2. Introduce works by Rousseau.
3. Students sketch out a rainforest scene, with lots of vegetation (a la Rousseau).
4. Demonstrate using different watercolor techniques, such as washes and mixing colors.
5. Students paint their scene with watercolors. Emphasis may be added with watercolor pencils (dip in water and draw directly on the page).

The House with the Big Orange Splot
by Calvin Pinkwater
Draw Your House

Amusing and brightly illustrated book I have used with great success. Learn that diversity in thinking and creativity is not only acceptable, but fun! Give them Crayons and paper, and ask them: what would you like your house to look like? Often, the response is, "I don't know how to draw a house." I always respond by paraphrasing from the book, "Your house is you and you are it. Your house is where you like to be, and it looks like all of your dreams." This never fails to bring a big smile, and immediate action. A few will
still look like a standard house -- but most will be amazing!
Š important step in encouraging creativity and acceptance of diversity.

The House with the Big Orange Splot
by Calvin Pinkwater
Perfect House Design
Talks about the importance of being different and your own person. After reading the story my class would always design their own idea of what a perfect house for them would be. The project is simply to draw your idea of the perfect home for you. I always get fabulously creative drawings!

The Kissing Hand
by Audrey Penn
Raccoon Masks
Supplies: black and brown paper, scissors, and glue. Read this enchanting story and then leave out supplies that will encourage youngsters to make raccoon 'masks' or hats.

The Legend of the Bluebonnet
by Tomie dePaola
Bluebonnet Flower
plastic 6-pack holders, cut into individual circles
bamboo skewers
paint in blue, white, green
1. Take one circle of the 6-pack and fold it so it
looks like a figure 8.
2. At the center of the "8" (where the two sides are
overlapping) pierce the skewer through the plastic.
3. Repeat steps 1-2 about 10-15 times, until you have enough to make a bluebonnet. You will alternate the way each one goes on (the figure 8 will kind of rotate, so that you get the fullness of the flower, not just a "stack").
4. Add paint to the flower. White at the tip, blue for the main body and green on the bottom two pieces, for a leaf.
~If this doesn't make sense, I can send you a digital image. It is really a neat activity and it also RECYCLES!!

The Lovables
in the kingdom of Self-Esteem
Flowing Watercolors

This is an adorable book showing different animals romping and rolling and telling about what they each love about themselves. It is a great self esteem booster as the kids realize by reading it that there is something about everyone to love.

White drawing paper
watercolor paints oil pastels & Black thin markers

Read the book. Write words on the blackboard to describe some good qualities about each other. Change course for a while and show famous self-portraits. Teach portrait drawing
Read the book again and point out the style of the watercolor ... flowing colors, etc. Have students draw self portrait on white paper Use oil pastels to color in. Use watercolor paints to make a background in the style of the artist. After it dries use black marker for details.
Variations....add ribbons buttons sequins, etc. for further decorations

The Magic School Bus
Lost in the Solar System
Glittery Solar System
This book is about a classroom that goes on a very adventurous field trip through the solar system. It is imaginative, informative, and creative Painting
Black construction paper
white paint
white paper
watercolor paints

The students spatter paint on black paper with white paint and then sprinkle glitter lightly on top.
Then the kids paint with water colors on wet-white paper.
Let dry.
Next the art students take various sizes of round objects, trace around them
on the water color paper and cut them out...creating the planets.
Glue down onto the "outer space" represented on black paper.

Sometimes I offer foils to cut out rings for the planets or other shapes as per their imagination.

The Paper Princess
by Elisa Kleven
Friends in the Garden

I use a "multicultural children" border around the bulletin board. I have a cut-out for each child already done on a skin-tone colored construction paper - they are about a foot tall each. I have them on the board hand-to-hand (hands
joined). The board is labeled "Friends In The Garden" (the name of my program is Children's Garden). I read a book called The Paper Princess by Elisa Kleven. It is about a girl who draws a princess and cuts her out. The wind whisks her away and she has an adventure, but eventually makes it home to the little girl. Then we begin! Each child gets a cut-out from the bulletin board and we decorate. I have tons of collage materials out, including beads and buttons, fabric for clothing, googly eyes and, of course,
hair! They can use markers, too, if they wish. I try to get them to make their dolls look as much like themselves as possible. When they are put back up on the board, we talk about how they have some similar and some different
features and discuss what they are. I read We Are All Alike....We Are All Different.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
By Eric Carle
Butterfly Collage: Two Ideas
* Drop paint blobs onto paper, fold paper in half to smoosh.
Colors can be layered before smooshing. Unfold and let dry. Use these great colors and textures in your butterfly (or imaginary animal) collage. Be sure to use different papers for each body part, to make it interesting.

* The second way is to use torn tissue paper ~ draw out the
animal/butterfly and glue pieces of torn tissue paper into the
outline. Make the pieces overlap (colors will bleed) and then
coat all with a layer of thinned glue. This makes it kind of
shiny. Cut out with crazy scissors, if desired.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
By Eric Carle
Our Wonderful World Around Us

This story is great for sequencing, visual memory and assisting the children in learning about metamorphosis. (clothespin art project of butterfly)

Materials Listed:
coffee filters ( one per child)
food coloring ( lots of colors)
clothespins (one per child)
eye droppers) for dropping dye on filters)
chenille wires
movable eyes
glue( Elmer's or Tacky)

Depending on how independent your students are, they can do most of this activity with very little assistance. To create the butterfly wings, fold a filer in half and lay on a paper towel. Fill dropper(one for each color) and drop desired about of dye on filter. Depending on how much color you want, you might want to add a little water to the dye to make it more transparent in color. Let this dry.
You will need one chenille wire that you will wrap around a pencil to create the body of the butterfly. Then take a clothespin and glue the body onto the clothespin and let dry. With another chenille wire cut in half, create the butterfly's antennae. You may add movable eyes also. After all of the parts are glued to the clothespin and are completely dry, glue some magnetic tape on the back of the clothespin to create a refrigerator magnet. This activity not only teaches a lot of skills, is lots of fun to make, no one has one like anyone else, and it will last for a long time.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
by Eric Carle
Papier-Mache Fruit
Materials: balloons (one for each piece of fruit mentioned)
strips of newspaper
papier-mâché paste (mix of flour and water)
tissue paper (various colors for each type of fruit)
glue and water mixture

1. Teacher blows up the balloons not filling them the entire way.
2. Students cover balloons using newspaper strips and papier-mâché paste.
3. Let dry overnight. When totally dry, pop balloons. (I have also just left the balloons full--because I was afraid that the whole shape would collapse)
4. Working in small groups, students cover the shape with tissue paper that matches the fruit they have chosen. Teacher assistance may be needed with glue and water mix.
5. Add flourishes to fruit, like leaves, stems, etc. For the strawberries, the kids crumpled black tissue paper into small balls to make the seeds.

Variations: Make a papier-mâché worm
Paint the shapes instead of using tissue paper.

Tiki tiki tembo
Water Color Wash
Two Oriental boys are playing around a well and over a well and they fall into the well.
-water colors
-black shadow of a well
1. Use the water colors and cover the whole paper with light colors.
2. Wash over the paper with more water to blend the colors more.
3. Glue the shape of the well onto the paper when the paper is dry.

Variations or Extensions
-Use it with City Mouse and Country Mouse and glue a shadow of a city on.

Vegetable Soup
by Louis Ehlert water color
tempera paint
cut vegetables for printing

1. Use large sponges and paint the broth, dry and cut out bowls.
2. Vegetable print vegetables into soup.

When the Wind Blows
By Pat Hutchins
Blow-Dry Art
paper (I use newspaper sometimes)
eye droppers
straws or blow dryer ( I have an old one I keep at school)
Children drop blobs of paint on paper (tape down edges). Use straws, or blow dryer to blow paint into designs. When This Box is Full VERY simple, brief text that goes through each mo. with something correlating to that month going into the box. After going through the months. Blow paint red yellow and blue on pre-cut balloon shaped paper, add ribbon and hang in the room.
- star shaped paper, bell shaped (ringing in the new year)
- Plain paper with the year (i.e.2000) preprinted on it/ blow paint OR marble paint;
- older kids could paper punch 'confetti' dots and sprinkle them on the wet paint.

Paper, paint, marble or straw.

Where the Wild things Are
By Maurice Sendak
Wild Crayon Resist
Students listen to the story and then use crayons to create their own version of Wild Things. They outline all the parts with crayon and then do a watercolor resist over the top. They are wonderfully imaginative as they create wild things with an assortment of legs, appendages, multiple eyes and heads. After painting they cut out and mount on colored construction paper and then name them.
Materials needed are pencils, crayons, watercolors, brushes, white paper 12x18, colored construction paper, scissors and glue.

Who Is The Beast
by Keith Baker
It has fabulous illustrations! I have used it for lessons on animals, pattern, printmaking, line, etc.

MaryAnn F. Kohl (WA)