Re: Thankgsiving art lessons
- Thanksgiving discovery #1, 2010: Last year the K-1s had just finished their beginning paint units in mid-November. They had mixed primaries to make secondaries, used white for tints, and had been asking, "What about brown?" My students always seem to love color mixing for golds, army green, and other "muddy" colors. We've painted "wizard potions," where we fill up weird, jar-shaped outlines with the results of our experiments and give them funny names. But last year I did a follow-along drawing in black crayon of a turkey (classic full frontal position) on 12 x 18 paper. The students enjoyed painting the turkey with various brown mixes and brown tints. Most used rainbows on the tailfeathers. Don't forget to check out Tricia Fuglestad's "Can't Mix for Primaries" (http://fugleflicks.wikispaces.com/Karaoke_Cant_Mix_for_Primaries), which includes the emphatic "muddy is a color too!"
Thanksgiving discovery #2, 2011: To my surprise, this year I've found that my students are strangely attracted to a cheap wicker basket cornucopia filled with small pumpkins and gourds. The big new thing I've learned about my teaching this fall is that my students really enjoy just drawing and painting these still life objects, whether as a setup or by taking parts to their table to draw.