When I look back, almost every project we did was huge like that. In order to make room, students had to work at the counter, on the floor and spread out in every direction. You could tell I was used to having smaller classes at the elementary level....now my classes are quite a bit bigger and it is harder to spread out that much.
When I first moved to the middle school, I really thought we would primarily be using fancy supplies like charcoal, paper mache and acrylic paint...forget crayons and tempera....but a lot of my students were still at the same level the 4th graders I was used to so it should not have been a surprise that charcoal was really messy and somewhat foreign to them.
In the photos below, you will see chalk and charcoal on the floor. Yes, we made a mess. And I felt bad as the new band room wasn't finished and each day during my prep, the percussion team would use my room to practice, getting dust and crumbs all over their brand new instrument cases....Oops.
I am sure I got the idea from Art Dish with MJ. For references, I photocopied photos of owls and put packets on the tables. I also had one bulliten board with owl photos on display. The photocopies helped them recognize values and textures. We tried to stick to black and white for the bodies, yellow or orange for the eyes and one solid color for the background.
- Seat Work: Complete the value scale from dark to light. The bottom strip. For the top strip, draw different textures, dark and light together.
- Explain that today we will be using texture to create value.
- Have students make a mini owl on the back of their value scales. This is a THUMBNAIL sketch of their design. Next time, we will use CHARCOAL to make the owl on BIG paper.
- Some students MAY have time to finish landscapes, point out oil pastels and class boxes.
Supplies: Value scales, pencils, visuals of owls.
- Before students enter, have paint shirts at the door and encourage them to wear today, it will be super messy!
- Use charcoal to draw an owl BIG on big paper. Try not to smear the black everywhere. Use black to make some dark areas, but also leave some areas lighter (value). Students may want to stand today.
- Explain how to do clean up and drying wracks, and wiping down tables, and chairs.
- Select two (or 3) spots to use color on the paper: eyes, background and/or beak. Use CHALK PASTELS.
- Make sure names are on back.
- Put in drying wrack. CLEAN WELL!
Stress following procedures, remind them of some things they are doing well or could be improved. Give them a list of options for their ‘free day’. We are almost there!
- Students should use the time today to complete their landscapes and their owls.
- If both projects are completely finished, give them the option of adding an INK wash on the landscapes. Owls will go in the class box if they finish.
- Clean up really well!!