Monday, August 8, 2011

Farm Land


Little ones ages 3-5 years old joined me at the OKCMOA for a fun filled class about farms. We were taking a look at farms because of the current exhibition, 1934: A New Deal for Artists. We began the class by taking a look at a small slideshow I put together of real farm landscape photos. We looked at the layers of color and line.

We also talked about farms and why the land on farms is so important. We talked about crops and our favorite grown foods.

To create our beautiful farm landscapes we began by cutting a piece of paper into 4 pieces.

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Now we use a paintbrush to paint the pieces yellow, green and brown.

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The top section of our paper is the sky and we painted our sky blue with cotton balls and used those cotton balls to make white clouds in the sky.

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We visited the gallery while our paint dries. We sat in front of farm paintings and I read the book, Mrs. McNosh and the Great Big Squash.

We return to the classroom and use our glue sticks to put our crops together on a piece of colored construction paper. I compared it to a puzzle, getting the pieces to match up. Now we finish our farm land by adding some details with more paint and q-tips. We add lines and dots and finish them up!

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You will need:
-White paper
-Tempera paints/brushes
-Q-tips
-Cotton balls
-Construction paper
-Scissors
-Glue stick

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13 comments:

Brimful Curiosities said...

The colorful farm landscapes are one of my favorite summertime views! Everything is so bright and alive. Love this project.

Art at Chesterbrook Academy Elementary School said...

What a great project to teach students how to create landscapes in art.

The colors are beautiful.

Fine Lines said...

I love the simplicity of this for little ones!!

Hope Hunter Knight said...

i'm a sucker for a good abstract landscape! thanks for sharing

Phyl said...

Love, love, LOVE!!!

Erin Laughpaintcreate said...

Thank you everyone! Cutting the landscapes into portions and giving them a little bit of paint at a time really helps control the outcome with little ones. :)

partycraft secrets said...

Simple yet effective - a good wet-weather activity for sure.

littlebirdstudio.org said...

Your blog is just perfect for an art teacher like me! Thanks for the never-ending great ideas.

MulticoloredPieces said...

I DO enjoy your blog. As I live on a farm, I found your farm-theme class great. And as I used to teach, I find your pedagogical skills to be excellent and very creative. Bravo!
best, nadia

sanju said...

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Wendy said...

Love love love this!! We will be doing this for art tomorrow afternoon. :D

krk realty said...

Wish i could be part of it someday. So fun to be with these groups.

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