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First Grade Art Kits - Descriptions 


African Painted Rhythms


Students learn about warm and cool colors as they create an artwork using lines, texture and pattern. South African music inspires the rhythm and patterns as students use watercolors to create the final product. 



photo of a colorful painting


Alaska's Bear Dreams

After sharing a book about Alaska's bears, students explore the topic of hibernation.  They create a drawing of a hibernating bear, complete with cut paper shapes representing the bear’s dreams.  



photo of a bear collage


Animal Portraits with Todd Sherman

After sharing a book about Alaska's bears, students explore the topic of hibernation.  They create a drawing of a hibernating bear, complete with cut paper shapes representing the bear’s dreams.  




painting of animal portrait


Box of Daylight

Inspired by watching a video of a traditional story, "Box of Daylight," students create art that explores the concept of dark and light colors, in a tissue paper collage background. Their added illustrations show details and characters that they remember from the story.



tissue paper collage


Clay Math Counters

All around the world, people have made clay counters to use for games and math. In this lesson, students use clay to make their own set of 10 counters.  Their counters artistically show color, shape, texture and pattern.  Students also practice counting to 10 in Tlingit.




photo of little clay pieces


Color Map

Children experience color mixing on paper. They create colored animals, inspired by the Eric Carle book, The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse. Students place their animals on a class “Color Map” mural, showing their understanding of color relationships. A “monoprint” can be made of each child’s animal which later can become a class color book.




large class mural


Color of Our Own

This lesson is based on the illustrations in the book “A Color of His Own”, by Leo Lionni. Students each produce a cut out chameleon in Lionni’s style and two pages of painted paper. They camouflage their chameleons in the painted paper. Both can be made into a class book or a bulletin board.




sample of class book with art


Color Wizards

Students create many varieties of the secondary colors by mixing and stirring the primary colors in Dixie cups. Students paint papers with the secondary colors. These papers can then be used at a later time by the class to create “Eric Carle style” collages. A large “sit-upon” color wheel is included to show the relationships of the colors.




photo of student mixing colors


Color Zoo

Inspired by Lois Ehlert's book, Color Zoo, students make animals out of geometric shapes with can be used as puppets or added to a class zoo mural. 

 


photo of shape animals


Discovering Ovoids

Students create an abstract arrangement of ovoid shapes, by making crayon rubbins from templates.  The designs are painted with red paint to reinforce this important shape and the primary and secondary colors of N.W. Coast art. 

 



photo of student's painting with ovoid shapes


Do You See What I See?

In this art lesson, students look at an abstract (“mystery”) painting done by another child and look for ideas, patterns and pictures in it. They draw their idea so we can see what they “see” in the painting, then make another abstract painting to “pass it on” to students in another class, creating a sense of community.

 



student's painting of an animal


Drawing People: Constructive Drawing

In this lesson students learn a technique, called constructive drawing used by cartoon artists for drawing simple people from memory or imagination. They can use this skill for illustrating stories and ideas all year long! They add written comments in speech bubbles. 

 



examples of two student's drawings of cartoon people


Draw What You See: Obserational Drawing

Students are guided through an introductory lesson to learn the skill of “drawing from observation.” They begin a drawing folder which can be used as a motivational and organizational tool for continuing this drawing practice throughout the year. 

 



photo showing a little boy drawing a turtle


Drawing with Scissors

Students hear a story about the famous French artist, Henri Matisse, and are inspired to create paper cut-outs of their own. This lesson teaches scissor cutting technique, works on art concepts of space, size, color and contrast and shape.  Students enjoy making abstract art and “seeing” things in their art using their imagination.

 



example of a "Matisse" style collage


Eric Carle Mural

After sharing the book Where are You Going? To See my Friend, students discuss real and abstract artwork. They will learn how to use texture rubbings to create tornpaper animals and people. Students then assemble a collaborative work of art displaying characters from the book.

 



student's animal collage


Faith Ringgold Story Quilts

Students learn about Faith Ringgold and consider that art often tells a story. Students explore colored pencils and draw a family memory. In the style of Faith Ringgold, these drawings are surrounded by a border of fabric squares (pre-cut fabric squares included in the kit.)

 



photo of student drawing with quilt squares around it


Family Portraits

Students draw their family members with markers, emphasizing size comparisons and details to distinguish different members. They draw a background on colored paper, then they cut out their drawings and glue them on the background.


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Fish Print Mosaics

Rubber fish made from real local fish are included in this kit.  As students paint and make prints on small pieces of paper, they study the parts of three local species: salmon, rockfish and flounder, looking for similarities and differences. 

 



little painted prints of parts of a fish


Folded Lines

Students learn about two different artists, Alexander Calder and Piet Mondrian. They compare the two types of art they both used--sculpture and painting. They create their own 3D work of art combining these two artist styles.

 



photo of artwork made by folding paper


A House for Me a Community for Us

Students build a simple block house (blocks included in kit), draw a picture of their construction, and make this house their own by adding people and pets.  The drawing is colored with primary colored oil pastels, encouraging color mixing.  Students glue their houses into a class neighborhood and embellish this mural with additional trees, swing sets, etc.

 



photo of students working together on a picture on the floor


Inukshuk: Guide to the Games

Students will learn about the 2014 Arctic Winter Games.  They will become familiar with the Nunavut flag which has an Inuit landmark called an inukshuk.  After hearing the story Hide and Sneak, students will use construction paper to create their own inukshuk and land using cutting and tearing techniques.

 



paper collage of an inuksuk


Leaf Prints in Clay

Students discover the texture created by pressing leaves and stamps into clay.  The story Leaf Man is read to inspire students’ designs. A “print” is made of each arrangement to “save” their idea.  If the teacher has a kiln available, small fired tiles or medallions can be made and saved. (optional.)

 



photo of "clay print" picture


Little Brown Bat

Students create art that helps them learn about bat anatomy and behavior.  They draw from observation, use primary colors to mix the color brown, paint the bat, and hear a Northwest Coast Native story about the "first mosquito."  The finished student artwork includes a Northwest Coast "formline" mosquito design.

 



a child's painting of a bat


Mondrian Trees

Students learn about Piet Mondrian who painted trees all his life using different styles. They then draw and paint a tree in the style of Piet Mondrian.

 



a child's artwork of a tree


Mouse Colors

Students learn the primary colors and discover what happens when paints are mixed by experimenting on large paper. While their paintings dry, students read Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh. Then a class graph is created to see which colors they found. Each student traces a “foot” on their dried painted paper, cuts it out and glues it to the color graph in the matching color column.

 



art where students mixed colors


On Mother's Lap

Students view impressionist artwork while discussing the subject of family closeness. Students then share the book On Mother’s Lap, by Ann Hebert Scott. Students create an interactive artwork involving a chair and puppets. Students can tell their own story about their family using their artwork.

 



artwork of a child and mother in a chair


Paper Portraits

Students create a paper self portrait, practicing the paper sculpting techniques of folding, cutting and curling. They consider the concepts of “dark and light” shades of color and “big” and “small” sizes. Debra Frasier?s book helps them reflect on  their birth and students are asked to share where they were born, an important piece of their identity.

 



a paper portrait collage


Patterns All a-Round

Students learn to print small lines and circles, using common objects. Students create a unique pattern, starting from the center of their paper and radiating out. Students observe photos of this kind of patterning evident in the world around them, and give their art a creative name.

 



artwork using cardboard to print


A Penguin Story

Students create a cut paper collage of an Adelie penguin in an Antarctic habitat.  This art project experiments with teh power of color, and also with overlapping shpaes to create perspective.  Studnets consider the habitat needs of real penguins and the work of scientists who study them.  A wonderful story provides inspiration and opportunities for writing.

 



collage of a penguin in snow and ice


 Print, Print, Print!

Printing common objects with reusable modeling clay stamps, emphasizing “repetition”.

 


picture of printed objects


Statue Gallery (Drama kit)

Using a classic acting exercise for understanding non-verbal communication, students will practice sharing feelings and ideas using physical expression. In addition to introducing performance skills and drama conventions, introductory concepts of story can be included.

 



photo of a student reaching their hands up


Tongan Tapa Patterns

Students learn about “Tapa Cloth,” the indigenous art form of Tonga, by examining several authentic tapa related materials. Students manipulate patterned squares and make rubbings of these in the manner used in tapa making.  Students collaborate to make a large class tapa, and a small cloth one on which they add “highlights” of brown and black paint with watercolor crayons.

 



tongan tapa pattern art


Totem Tales with Nathan Jackson

This lesson introduces students to Nathan Jackson, Tlingit master carver.  Day 1, students create painted, textured papers in the three traditional colors used in Tlingit painted carvings. Visuals and books in the kit introduce students to totem poles and “formline design.” Day 2: students create collage animals with their textured papers and create a totem pole with their table group.

 



a student made large totem pole group collage


Under the Sea

Students are guided through a fantasy under the sea adventure as imaginary scubadivers

Students communicate their ideas first in pictures then in words. They are encouraged to be descriptive, by giving their drawings patterns and details. They add colors with crayon to the areas they want to “light up,” then paint with a watercolor wash of blue. Imaginative drawing helps a child to invent a great story.

 



an imaginary painting of an underwater scene


Up in the Air

Students are guided through a fantasy hot air balloon adventure and create original drawings that are exceptionally detailed and interesting. Adding a small amount of one color draws the viewers attention to certain areas of the picture. Students are highly motivated to write or dictate a story about their picture.

 



an imaginary drawing of a hot air balloon


Very Hungry Still Life

Motivated by Eric Carle’s story The Very Hungry Caterpillar, students “draw from observation” a variety of fruits and vegetables. They learn techniques for coloring with oil pastels. They  discuss where their artwork would fit into the story, beginning, middle or end. 

 



drawings of fruit and vegetables


Water Rhythms

Students begin the lesson by enjoying the story and CD “River Song” by Steve Van Zandt. Moving water makes rhythms!  Inspired by water sounds and music, students paint with tempera cakes, then, using these paintings, create a cut paper collage that uses repetition to show rhythm.

 



painted collage of a stream


Whale Carousel

Creating 3-dimensional “sculptures” of whales or dolphins, using paper and watercolor crayons.  Sculptures can be used as puppets or hung, mobile-style.

 



a paper sculpture of a whale


Wind Art

Students learn about Japanese artist and sculptor, Susumu Shingu, and his sculptures that move in the wind. After viewing a brief dvd, students build their own sculpture that moves in the wind. Students exercise art knowledge of shape and color. They explore the science concepts of wind and it?s affects as they test and adjust their sculptures.

 



a boy blowing on his "wind" sculpture


Word Quilt

Students learn about Faith Ringgold’s love of quilting. They create a paper word quilt depicting a theme, such as “Things we Like at School,” or “Our Class Beach Trip,” etc. Students learn painting techniques, make a detailed painting and write a word to describe it.  The display of finished artwork creates a “quilt” of geometric shapes and a word bank.

 



a painting of a guitar
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