♠ Posted by ArtMuse in 1st Grade Lessons
I just finished a unit on Paul Klee with my first graders. Both projects were based on the artwork The Golden Fish.
The first project was a 2-dimensional one. I had the kids begin with 12x12' white paper folding in half two times to create four rows. The kids filled in each row with a different pattern in oil pastel and then painted watercolor over the top. I was hoping the patterns would be a little more dynamic and a little less straightforward, but since I don't teach kindergarten, this was the first project I'd ever done with this group of children.and wasn't sure where they were at developmentally.
The fish and patterned background alone didn't look like it was enough for me. You know when you look at the outcome of a project and it just doesn't look "done"? That's what I was feeling, and so, I used 18x18" construction paper, and created some fish stencils from oak tag using the dye cut machine we have on our main office. The kids first traced the fish with a marker (no pencil), and could overlap or crop the fish as they saw fit. After that, they used chalk pastel to trace and then gently smudge the outline to give a decorative effect. Overall, the border really helped make the project look complete, and gave it some "oomph".
I used amaco"crystaltex glaze in Milky Way (the speckled dark blue) and Mayco ''Stroke & Coat" and 'Candy Apple Red, Dandelion, and Blue yonder. I've also done a few other lessons on Klee:
4th grade Klee Heads
1st Grade Around the Fish
1st Grade Mixed Media Klee Trees
4th Grade Painted Klee Heads
3rd grade Sinbad the Sailor