Sunday, November 1, 2009

Fall Lesson Photos- and a very special drawing!

Before I talk about the photographs from recently completed primary lessons, I just had to show this drawing! One of my first grade students created this lovely picture for me, I am on the right and she is on the left. So sweet.
This is one of the Kindergarten fall projects. I was a crazy leaf lady for a couple of weeks, out late at night and early in the morning wandering the streets and yards in my neighborhood picking up different kinds and shapes and sizes of leaves. I showed the Kindergarten students how to create rubbings by putting the leaves with the veiny/bumpy side up underneath paper and rubbing a crayon sideways on top of the paper. It was hard for some students to understand holding the crayon a special new way to make it work. Students used any color they wanted and were encouraged to fill in the whole space. In the next class period, I showed the students how to put watercolor paint over the crayon to create a wax-resist. I missed a couple weeks with my Friday classes because of a workday and conferences so two classes just had the plain rubbings which I still think looked cool.
This is one of the better examples of the third grade leaf project. I job shadowed an art teacher when I was in high school and I remember her doing a project similar to this. The students traced leaves, filling in the entire paper. The leaves had to overlap. We talked about positive and negative space and I showed them 35 Logos brilliantly using Negative Space from (found the link on After the space was filled with the overlapping leaves, students were supposed to use two markers to color in the abstract leaf shapes, alternating colors. Most of the students were confused by the alternating and colored in two or three sections at a time instead of one, which threw off the whole pattern. I will probably try a little different version of it next year.
I talked to the first grade students about AB patterns they learned in math class. We thought of opposite adjective pairs to describe pumpkins- tall/short, wide/skinny, normal/jack-o-lantern, etc. I showed the students a couple ways to draw pumpkins and they picked one of the pairs to create an AB pattern.
I was trying to figure out how to fit more artwork into less space for hallway display. I thought it would be awesome to hang the artwork glued to butcher paper to get a nice black background and give it a cleaner look. It was a great idea until I found out that it is just slightly against fire code. My principal explained that it was an innocent mistake so it looks really nice for now but I will have to take it down soon. You live, you learn.


  1. katie, how do you find the time to get so much artwork hung? it looks great!

  2. I spent a whole work day and then some time hanging! I had artwork hung for every student for open house in the beginning of September so I thought I would switch it out for parent teacher conferences. I'm gonna have to come up with a new plan because it took forever!

  3. For the complementary leaves project, why don't you have them use a colored piece of paper and then the complementary color in a marker? Then they wouldn't have to remember which sections to color which color.

  4. I would do that to simply save time but I don't think it would cut back on the confusion. Most of the students get the color figured out fine since I ask them to do one color all the way through before they do the other. The problem with some is that they either want to skip around on their papers and it doesn't match up or they look at the shape of the whole leaf instead of the smaller shapes made by overlapping.