post on my Polar Bears but did not have many pictures of it's adaptation for the classroom.
I completed this year's Polar Bears with Grade 1 last week and presented it as part of this weekend's workshop with Calgary teachers so I thought I would update this post for all of you out there in blogland!
At school we do this project on paper that is about 12 X 18............
- watercolor paper
- blue and purple tempera disks
- gesso or white liquid tempera
- stencils (see template 1 and template 2)
- plastic cling wrap
- plastic cup
- fine sharpie
Tape down your paper to an art board. I get the kids to lightly pencil in a horizon line.
They paint in a purple sky.
While the paint is wet we quickly wrap a Kleenex on the bottom of a plastic cup....
and then press onto the painting where we want the moon to be...count to 10 and then lift the cup.
We then take a little salt and add it to our sky hoping to get a little snow effect....make sure to leave that salt on until the sky is fully dry.
Paint in your ice.....
Have your plastic cling wrap ready to go and while the blue paint is still wet......
...lay it on the blue paint along the horizon line.
If the paint has dried before you were able to wrestle that plastic wrap onto it just re moisten it with another pass of the brush.
Take the template, cut it out and trace it onto thin cardboard (cereal box). Then cut it out...I always cheat and just cut through one of the sides, I then just tape it back together.
I find with kids it's good to have lots of cardboard space outside of the stencil shape as they can get a little eager in their pouncing.
At the weekend workshop I gave everyone a little bear stencil that I cut out using the Cricut (come in handy when you need 80 stencils), using transparency sheets.
This art project can easily be adapted to a black bear project making a summer or fall background (note to self: Make up a Black Bear Stencil Project) hopefully you'll see that one soon posted!
The kids hold the stencil in place and pounce in white liquid tempera or gesso. The gesso is nice because it so thick it actually adds a furry texture.
You need to wipe off the stencil a bit with paper towel before using it with the next student so you won't have any smudges.
I have the kids practice pouncing up and down, you don't want brushing back and forth as the paint brush bristles may actually get under the stencil.
Let dry and then using the sharpie you can add the nose, eyes, and a few claws.
That's it...Great work Grade 1!!
See you next time.
This is so beautiful and easy!ReplyDelete
As usual,work simply and impressively! I admired and inspided you!ReplyDelete
Love this idea!ReplyDelete
I love it. Thanks for sharing the step. I will have to put this in my 'future file'. Thanks again for sharing!ReplyDelete
And just when I thought you couldn't top one of your projects - you have! Love the colors and the techniques you've used for texture.ReplyDelete
Very impressive work! I'll teach this to my son. Thanks for the tutorial!ReplyDelete
Just found your blog when I was looking for Valentine crafts. I just wanted to thank you for sharing your step by steps and templates so that I can do these with my boys. We recently moved from one state to another and the new district we are in only has 1 art teacher for several elementary schools and she is on a rotation among them, so my boys only get art once every 6 weeks instead of the once a week they were used to. Your blog will be a blessing for us! Thank you!ReplyDelete
We did this today. Both the parents and children were impressed with the results. Thank you very much for sharing.ReplyDelete
I am always so impressed with the projects you create for your students and how wonderful they look when completed. I don't work with children, I actually teach art classes for Seniors who live in Assisted Living, Memory Care etc. I have used a couple of your ideas with my classes- and we are now working on your Eggshell mosaics with the watercolor backgrounds. We will be finishing up these projects this month and I will post on my new blog at http://elderlife.blogspot.com. Hope you will check me out sometimes! And thank you very much for all of your great ideas!ReplyDelete
I absolutely loved this project! It's so well thought out and uses fun techniques. I did it this week with my two children during their Winter Break from school and linked to you here:
Thanks for sharing!
Hi Gail - I love this project and have just borrowed your idea (again). Check out my version.ReplyDelete
Thanks so very much!
Those are so great. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much for your tutorials! I'm a general education teacher and we did this in class as part of a social studies/science unit on Antarctic exploration. I made a couple changes: we used watercolors instead, and rather than stencil penguins, I printed a bunch of still images from a PBS video we watched for the kids to look at, and we drew in silhouettes of Ernest Shackleton's shipwreck, penguins, lifeboats, tents, sled dogs, seals, etc. with black permanent marker. They turned out great! I'd love to submit a photo so you can see how your lessons are being taught in other classrooms, but I'm not sure how.ReplyDelete
These are so beautiful! I can't wait to try it with my students (at some point) Too many cool projects out there...so little time!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much! My class have been asked to produce polar bear art to be exhibited in a gallery and I had no idea where to start. I now know exactly what we need to do to create amazing art!ReplyDelete
What Cricut cartridge did you use for the polar bears?ReplyDelete
I didn't use a circut cartridge. I found a picture I liked, cut it out, traced around it on cardboard/chipboard and then cut out the image to make the stencil.
I love this and I linked your site to my blog so people could follow your directions. I tried this with my kinders and I think there were just too many steps for them. But I so appreciate your use of unconventional tools to make art! Thanks for the great idea!ReplyDelete
This was a terrific project! We used it as part of our celebration of International Polar Bear Day this week and had lots of fun with it. Thanks!ReplyDelete
a great project, and if I were working with kids, I'd be using it. Instead, I'm using the walking polar bear stencil in my bedroom--where I just painted the walls purple! Thanks!ReplyDelete
Amazing idea!! Thank for the perfect instructions!ReplyDelete
This is a beautiful lesson idea. The final artworks look so good. I would def like to try it with my art class. Thanks so much!ReplyDelete
These look wonderful! I just wondered whether it needs to be tempera paint to get the correct effect, or will any school paint work? Thanks!ReplyDelete
You can use disk tempera or watercolour paint. Liquid tempera won't give you that ice effect with the plastic wrap.
Hope that helps.
Hi! I teach weekend, Spring Break and Summer camps at my local wildlife rehab center in Oregon. Next Saturday the theme is Polar Bears and Penguins. I can't wait to try out this idea! I absolutely love your site. Your step-by-step instructions and pictures do the trick for someone like me who is artistically challengedDelete
Think these pictures look absolutely stunning, can't wait to try with my 4-5 yr olds.ReplyDelete
These pictures are amazing! Will it work with poster paints? That's all we have!ReplyDelete
Oh, this is soooo beautiful!ReplyDelete
I'm definitely making it with my daughter!
Thank you so much!
My little 4 years old just finished this artwork on a canvas. She absolutely loves the ice effect. Wrinkling the plastic wrap was really fun! :-)ReplyDelete
I'm the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured this project! You can see it here:ReplyDelete
Thanks for a yet another outstanding project idea!
You work is amazing. Thank you for sharingReplyDelete
How long is the suggested drying time for background before polar bear addition? We have one hour for parent-led art lesson - any suggestions on how to accomplish the effects in this time? Thank you & looking forward to seeing our 4th/5th graders'works of art!ReplyDelete
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It takes a little while for the backgrounds to dry. In order to speed this up you can bring a hair dryer or 2 and blow them a bit. This is what I do in my studio when I am working.ReplyDelete
Hi! Love this project and I'm planning to teach it during my art camps over holiday break. Did you stretch your watercolor paper prior to starting the project, or did you simply start painting on dry, unstretched paper?ReplyDelete
Hi Caitlyn, I did not stretch my paper, I usually don't have time to do that at school. The school board purchases 130lb Fabriano in bulk and it holds up well without stretching. Good luck with the project. :)Delete
Looks amazing! And you do make it sound simple..ReplyDelete
Can this be accomplished in 55 minutes by 7 first graders with 2 adults helping? I am not an art teacher, but we will be looking at Alaska and I think this would be a beautiful project. Your thoughts?
The only issue you may have with 55 minutes is getting the background to dry in time before you do the stencilling. One way you can speed this up is with a hair dryer, I have a couple I use in teaching when I don't want to wait for a painting to dry. One catch, the salt effect may not be as dramatic when dried by a hair dryer as opposed to letting the reaction occur naturally. Another effect you could try is spraying a 70% or so rubbing alcohol solution on the background sky. I buy this spray at the Dollar store in the bathroom product section. It will produce similar effect and dries fast. Good luck with the project.
This is wonderful! I will be doing this tomorrow with my kiddos! Thank you so much for the step-by-step directions! <3ReplyDelete