Monday, November 19, 2012

OIl pastel fish

The Grade 2's are knee deep in a conservation unit with a focus on seas and oceans.  I took the opportunity to brush up their drawing skills.  I finally got to use the wonderful pinterest item that I made a few months back-- it allows you to help a child make adjustments directly on their drawing without of course marking the paper.
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The final product was a fish on black paper with white glue lines.  The kids worked so hard on getting the shape of their fish perfect, it was only natural to let them go crazy (if they wanted) for coloring.  A quick brush up on blending and they were off.

A few changes from last year's Grade 2 Ocean's project,  pastel turtles - we didn't use chalk pastels since I forgot to order fixative spray and I let them choose fish instead of forcing turtles on them!  We are also just beginning a bottle cap mural, since watching Bag It the kids are really into cutting out plastic from the oceans-- more on that to come!







11 comments:

  1. The colors and patterns in these are fantastic! I normally use chalk pastel on black, but I prefer the intensity of color that the oil pastels give.I am going to try this next time.

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    1. Thanks Mary-- yes oil pastels are fabulous in so many ways... also a lot cleaner than chalk pastel!

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  2. Wow, those turned out really nice! They look very refined for elementary school :). Great job! Your students must be so proud of themselves.

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    1. Thanks Jessica, we did a ton of drawing skill front loading before the finished drawings-- mostly the difference between "real" and "cartoon". The kids really appreciated comparing and contrasting a cartoon of a fish with sunglasses reading the newspaper with an anatomical fish drawing! ;)

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  3. The colours are vibrant and the shapes are great. The sea colours are interesting as the black paper sneaks through. Nice Job.

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  4. Great colour and really authentic shape! Please excuse my slowness, but how does your pinterest find work? The results are so great : )

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    1. Thanks Joe, no problem, happy to answer. For example, if a child is drawing a still life and one particular line is way off, i can just put the clear film on top of their drawing and show them how it should be by drawing the one line myself with dry erase marker. then when the film is removed they can fix it themselves on the paper.

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  5. These are fabulous! What is the clear film you used for your teaching tool? I can see the edges are trimmed in duct tape...

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    1. Thanks Rina, the photos are the ones I found on Pinterest and a lot fancier than the ones I made. :) I just laminated a piece of A3 laminating film and put cut a cardstock frame to put around it. Very easy.

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  6. What are the materials made out of for the clear screens?

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