Sunday, August 21, 2011

Big Bugs

I created "Big Bugs" with children of all ages at the OKCMOA recently for Drop-in Art. We focused on symmetry, line and pattern.

First we looked at examples on the board of symmetry. We also looked at bugs and parts of a bug's body which includes a head, thorax and abdomen.

To get started we fold our large drawing paper in half and use a black oil pastel to draw HALF of our bug's body. We draw the body parts and add other things like legs, wings, antennae, patterns and designs to create our own unique bugs.

We FOLD the paper closed and rub all over our design. This will transfer the oil pastel using the heat of our hands to the other side of the paper and give us perfect vertical symmetry. Now we go over those light lines with our black oil pastel to make it complete.

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Now we jump into paints. For this project we used Crayola washable tempera paints. The kids really enjoyed watching their creations come to life through color! This project is very adaptable for different ages.

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You will need:
-Big white drawing paper
-Black oil pastel
-Tempera paints, brushes, washout bowls
-Examples of bugs and symmetry

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21 comments:

Art at Chesterbrook Academy Elementary School said...

These are some cool bugs.
Your students did a fantastic job drawing and coloring.

Thanks for sharing

Aimee from Classified: Mom said...

This is fantastic- your students really understood the lesson and did an awesome job.

I run a child centered linky each week entitled The Sunday Showcase and would love it if you linked up some of your ideas! It is a great resource for teachers and parents! http://www.classifiedmom.com/2011/08/sunday-showcase-828-come-and-link-up.html

SunShiny Day said...

Hi there, I just wanted to let you know I really like your blog and get lots of great ideas from it. I love it when you mention related children's books too. I am an infants/primary teacher who is currently not working at school but at home with my own three kids. I love art especially kids art. Thanks again.

priya said...

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This is My Life said...

I love this idea. I am going to do it with my K-2 and 3/4 art classes. We just went over symmetry in math so perfect timing.

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