1st grade Seahorses

Oh how I LOOOOOOOVE this project! This will be first grade’s Kids Kreations project and I really hope a lot of you parents buy them because I want to see them on t-shirts, coffee mugs, mouse pads, everything!

We read Eric Carle’s Mr. Seahorse. We discussed warm and cool colors, painted the background using cool colors and then made a tissue paper collage of warm colored tissue paper. After that, I demonstrated drawing objects from shapes (we broke the body of the seahorse down into recognizable shapes like rectangle for the mouth, circle for the head, oval for the body, etc). Then they cut out the seahorses and added details like seaweed, bubbles, etc.

Here are their creative masterpieces!




So stinking CUTE!!!! I love them 🙂



Kindergarten – Mondrian

Kindergarten started the year reading the book Harold & The Purple Crayon and have been talking all about lines and colors. We dove right into our first painting project a few weeks ago, which will end up being the Kids Kreations project for them! So, parents, you can be on the look out in Spring for the fundraiser packet and you’ll be able to order different products with your child’s artwork on it. Here is a link to all the artwork LBES does with KidsKreations (past and present).

Students looked at artwork by Piet Mondrian and discussed horizonal lines, vertical lines, and primary colors. They glued 4 lines on and then we painted one section with each of the primary colors. They did a great job using good glue control (THAT.IS.HARD. for kindergartners!!), brush control, and following directions! Here are their sweet little masterpieces:

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Currently they’re working on artwork influenced by Joan Miro! Stay tuned!


3rd grade Peacocks

This was one of my favorite lessons from last year, so I was really excited to do it again this year. We study peacocks and look at their bodies, feathers, etc – talk about the feathers and perhaps why they are designed as they are. We also talk a lot about the color wheel and analogous colors. I made students look closely at the color wheel and choose 4 analogous colors (including primary, secondary, and tertiary colors, they are colors that are next to each other on the color wheel).

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5th grade – Birds

Fifth grade students drew birds for their Kreative Kids artwork. I tweaked this lesson plan from Patty at Deep Space Sparkle. The first week students looked at handouts of how to draw birds, drew their birds in pencil and then sharpie. Week 2 I made them pick color schemes: either A) bird is warm colors and background is cool or B) bird is cool colors, background is warm colors. It was a quick project but fun because they learned about drawing from simple objects, drawing from observations, and using a fun medium – blending chalk pastels!

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1st grade – Chameleons

This is a project I did last year with first graders, and I just adapted to work for the Kids Kreations fundraiser. First, we read A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni and we also watched an awesome video watching real chameleons change colors. The kiddos loved these! Then we did a LOT of art. First we used a sponge and painted using the primary colors, mixing to get the secondary colors – all in ROYGBIV order, to eventually become our chameleon. Then, we did some gadget printing with green and yellow to eventually become our leaves. And lastly, we did a texture crayon rubbing with brown and black crayons to eventually become our tree trunk and tree branches.

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