Laurel Burch Cats
|March 2, 2012||Posted by Cristy under Third Grade|
I stole this idea from somebody (Phyllis, maybe?) and boy, was it successful!
First I made a powerpoint of Laurel Burch’s cats over the years. We looked close at the rich colors and imaginative patterning and talked about the realistic/abstract qualities of her work. Then we got oil pastels (black or yellow. I think next year we’ll all use black) and I had them draw along with me. I started with eyes – I find that ensures a large enough size outcome in the end. Then we drew eyebrows which connected to the sides of the nose, and I let the kids take it from there. Before we painted we watched the” analogous” section from “Getting to Know Color in Art” and talked about warm/cool contrast and how to make analogous colors with watercolor. Finally I harped and harped about “Transparent!! Juicy!! Thin and see-through like Koolade!!” and helped kids to make puddles of transparent watercolor in the lids of the trays, painting wet into wet but never scrubbing thick paint out of the pans. Last thing was cutting out and gluing onto black backgrounds. This simple step totally made the difference between a pretty good looking display and one that’s gotten scads of positive attention from everybody that walks in our school. Definitely a keeper, this lesson!