Week 1: We watched the Pete the Cat 'I love my white shoes' video on Youtube.
I explained that we were going to be painting Pete the Cat and the kids were very excited! They love Pete!
Demonstrate how to draw a 'portrait of Pete' from the 'shoulders up'. I gave everyone a yellow 9X12 paper, that was folded in half like a book.
Students drew along with me, step-by-step, drawing the head, neck, ears, eyes, nose, etc. On the other 'half' of the fold, we drew Pete's body. I explained that this would be 2 versions, or two different poses. I had a copy of the book, and I pointed out images that showed a close-up portrait, and an 'action' shot of Pete walking in his shoes.
Students wrote their name down the fold, and slid the drawing into the middle of the table. This yellow paper is the practice paper. Students had to choose their best version for their painting, which we would be doing next. If the action shot was hard, choose the close-up portrait. I picked up all of the yellow practice books while students put on paint shirts.
WEEK 2: Finish painting Pete the Cat, and make a Pete the Cat book to take home.
Step 1 Demonstrate how to color Pete's eyes with a yellow oil pastel. I also encouraged students to add any other 'tiny' details with oil pastels BEFORE we painted. If they forgot whiskers, draw them with a black oil pastel, if they wanted flowers or a sun or rainbow, draw those things with oil pastels. If they wanted pink inside the ears or ANYTHING, do it before we paint.
Step 2 Paint Pete with blue tempera paint. I demonstrated this whole thing in front of the class and explained thoroughly, that the blue tempera was ONLY for Pete's body, not the whole paper. Some still painted the whole paper blue. It happens.
Step 3: Use tempera cakes (watercolor would've been better), to color the sky, ground, etc. I demonstrated how to do a wash, getting the paper wet with water before putting the color on. It worked out OK, but some of the black smeared a tiny bit...that was frustrating. Watercolor would've been a little more vibrant.
Step 4: When students were finished, they had a chance to make a little Pete Collage to take home the same day. YAY!
After trying to explain how to make a collage cat head, right before painting, and failing miserably to convey that the tan 'head' shape in the supply bucket was a "TRACER", mean to trace around to make a blue 'copy'....many, many, many of my 'tracers' were covered with whiskers and eyes....
I gave up trying to 'tell' and decided to 'show'....I made a poster, that I pointed to, while I demonstrated every step of this little cat head. Students could much more easily grab the supplies and complete this on their own after we were finished painting, once I had modeled HOW to do it.
Did I mention that I have kindergarten for 50 minutes?....and in September, it seems like I need multiple activities to keep them busy.
Once they had started the cat heads, I went around the room, and dropped off the yellow practice 'books' from the week before...students could glue the cat head to the front, and color the pictures and even write a sentence inside: I like my blue shoes.