3rd grade students looked at artworks from Andy Goldsworthy & learned about land art & using nature as a source of art.
We chose leaves off the trees & narrowed it down to our favorite leaf that would fill the space, was interesting, & laid flat. I told them holes in the leaves were okay, but many opted for leaves with no holes.
Then students learned about pop-art & Andy Warhol. We compared the Andys & their artworks. We then created four tiles with the same image of each leaf. I borrowed 14 projectors from most of my fellow teachers to ensure there was room for everyone to trace. What I didn't consider happening was blowing a fuse! Once we did, I had to rearrange where they were plugged in so I didn't have to worry about it happening again. The students traced their 4 leaves with pencil & then outlined them in Sharpie.
I wanted to expose the students to creating art using more than one medium, so each leaf was a different medium. We used markers, oil pastels, chalk pastels, & watercolor pencils for our leaves. Each medium was only on one leaf. I think this is a good segue for later in the year when we experiment by mixing different mediums... at least I hope.
The students had a really hard time with the chalk pastels. It was really hard for them to use one color in one spot without smearing it. I think next time I might use a different medium Many of them had not used watercolor pencils before & loved them.
Here are some of our results: