This week my 3rd and 4th grade students kicked off the first week of Fall by making leaf prints!! These leaves came off a sycamore tree and have a sort of fuzz on the back that soaks up the watercolors and allows them to blend beautifully!
I let them paint it however they wanted. This student painted the sky on hers and asked me to take a picture of the leaf against the sky to see the camouflage effect!
We used the crayola 16 color box which is my absolute fav right now!
We tried it with other leaves too
Students learned about craftsmanship and we talked about keeping their paper background nice and clean without smudges.
My younger grades made crayon resist paintings and leaf rubbings with multiple colors. We are ready for Fall and cooloer temps in Houston!
This year my goal is to teach the kids the importance of the process and not just the product. We are doing abstract expressionist artwork this month and the kids are having a blast learning about Jackson Pollock and splatter painting!
We had a professional artist talk to us about abstract expressionist art. Pollock is one of the artist who inspired her work. She talked about several of her pieces and talked to the kids about how they can use art to express their feelings like writing a poem with colors!