This was the last week for art this session. Saying goodbye to some fellow students was a little tough, but I know they will eventually be back. Taking a break for a month to enjoy life and take a breather, it will be a nice break, but I know I will be itching to get back into teaching.
I decided to do a mixed media project with the students, it incorporated a little of everything. Our project was a moose in the moonlight.
The students first completed the moose on brown bogus paper. I had templates for them to trace so their moose stayed in proportion with the paper. The first class I taught I allowed them to make their own moose, but for some students it was quite challenging and when they were done their moose was half the size and some even looked like snakes! So, I adapted the lesson for the remaining classes and made it a little easier for them.
An hour is not a long time to complete something, so its very hard to go indepth with certain things. So, by giving them a template for them to trace of the moose, it relieved the pressure of having to teach them a drawing lesson as well. That way, they could focus more on the details of their background and moose.
Once they traced it, the cut it out and added their details. They used a black sharpie to trace it and add the eyes and mouth. They then used chalk pastels to add dimension and shading.
Next we worked on the background. I put on a demonstration on how to create the background and make a gradient of color using the white and blue. They then went to work to create their background and used the back of the brush to make the stars.
The last step was to glue the moose on the top and position it correctly. It was a bit challenging for some believe it or not. Here is just a small, small, fraction of the results. As always, the class finished right up to the second, and just didnt have time to take pics.