And don't let art with a bunch of five year-olds intimidate you. I can't keep up with lessons that require too much prep. I don't have the adult help for it (or the patience). Here's a quick blog entry on our Georgia O'Keefe inspired flowers. And they are sooo easy!
white construction paper*
water color paints
paint brushes (good quality)**
cups with water
salt to sprinkle
*I don't have the budget to supply watercolor paper, but did find a stash in the storage room once and tried it. It was beautiful! Since that supply didn't last long, I returned to our regular LAUSD issued construction paper and it works just fine.
** Never use the plastic brushes that come with the watercolor trays. These are terrible. They don't hold any color and are too rough on paper. Our district paint brushes are actually not bad. I prefer the medium sized brushes for this project.
Students then go to their desks and share a tray of water colors and one cup of water (half full) with their desk partner. They each get their own paint brush. Students begin with the flower center (circle shape). After the flower center is painted, we move on to the flower petals. I encourage them to use contrasting colors for their center and petals. Again, we use the wet paper technique to paint each petal, one at a time. And in the style of Georgia O'keefe, we focus massive size even allowing for some petals to go off of the paper. I caution students to not let the petals touch because the water colors will run and mix together as in this photo to the left. A quick Kleenex can fix it by soaking up the excess water.