Woo Hoooooooo!!! It's Fall/Halloween time! I love how excited the kiddos get over art projects inspired by this fun time of year. They really got a big kick out of this mixed media project! Our Halloween Owls are part paint stamping + part collage + ALL fun! I do this project with my 3rd grade artists and I keep it very open-ended; my 3rd grade artists flourish through creative freedom! This is also a fabulous project for younger grades; just 'reign' in a few of the options for ease of following instructions. That being said, this is also a fabulous and fun open-ended project for 4th, 5th and even higher grades.
INCLUDED IN THIS LESSON: Thorough step-by-step descriptive instructions, sample standards, modification/extension ideas, supply list, images of supplies, work in progress and sample artwork.
NEEDED SUPPLIES (supply list described in more detail in lesson plan): Construction paper (preferably heavy weight), liquid paint, flat container for paint dipping (old tupperware lid), matboard (or chipboard or other material of similar thickness/strength), sponges, toilet paper rolls, Q-tips, pencils, scissors, glue.
I do not use templates in my art classroom (except for the optional cups that students can use for their moons). My reasoning is that the artwork comes out with SO much more personality and individuality when the kids create their own shapes (even if the teacher draws an example and the kids do their drawings based on the example). That being said, if a student needs the modification of a template, I assist that student as much as needed with getting his or her shapes drawn (I usually draw a series of dots on the paper which will create the desired shape when a student 'connects the dots' that I have drawn... this process still gives a feeling of accomplishment and individuality).
** Our 3rd graders finished this project right after the dreaded testing this week and they LOVED the freedom and expression as a stress reliever after being put “inside the box” of testing!
Thank you for considering this lesson from the elementary art classroom of Claire Dunaway Cyr!