Wednesday, April 25, 2012

1st Grade Fields of Poppies

This lesson was inspired by wonderful art teacher Susan Tiedemann from South Brunswick, NJ. Take a look her 2nd graders working on their poppies!

First graders really were able to understand the concepts of background, middle ground, and foreground along with how to use size to make things look farther away and close up.

We started this lesson by working on the Smartboard. I used Notebook software to create a green field and poppies in a variety of sizes - tiny, small, medium, and large. Each student got to come up and pick a poppy and move it to a spot on the field that made sense to them. We worked as a group to decide if the poppy was put in an appropriate place. The students love interacting with the Smartboard.


After working on the Smartboard students painted green lines for our field on a 18x24 paper. The large size and big brushes excited them! We let these dry until next class.
Next class we reviewed background, middle ground, and foreground along with how size makes things look near and far. They worked on painting small, medium, and large poppies in their field. Once the poppies were painted they were able to dab tiny white and yellow flowers using a qtip.


To finish off our paintings students added some lines in the center of the flowers and some more green field lines using oil pastels.





See more of our field of poppies on Artsonia - Roosevelt  & Washington


15 comments:

  1. THANK YOU For this inspiration. I love my smartboard but always struggle to figure out how the kids can "use" it. Thanks for sharing this!

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    1. Jen if you use Notebook software I'd be happy to share the file I created for this with you. Let me know and I will email it to you or put a download link to it on my Artwithmrsg.com website.

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    2. Could you email me the file you made on the Notebook software...dlanderson@pei.sympatico.ca

      thanks
      Loretta

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    3. This is great! I would love the Notebook file if you are willing to share :)
      marissa.klotz@cssd.ab.ca

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    4. Could you please email the file to me, as well? I'd love to use this project with my students this year!
      Poston.jennifer@gmail.com

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    5. Hi there - could you please send me the file too? This looks like a fantastic idea. kirstylcruickshank@live.co.uk ... Thank you±

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    6. I would absolutely love the file you made to inspire my second graders next year! Thank you!

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  2. A very nice field of poppies. You can tell your students have applied the concepts of depth that has previously worked with the PDI (whiteboard). A hug and see you soon.

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  3. Love,love this project! The students did a great job! I printed it out your lesson and put it in my ideas file for next year! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. These are gorgeous! Great Smartboard tip as well- thanks!

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  5. Beautiful poppies.
    The colors and textures are amazing.

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  7. Your students' poppies turned out great Theresa! I need to show my 2nd graders that they were linked to in your blog. They will think that is super cool!

    I really like the way you infused the interactive whiteboard in this lesson too. I have Notebook software but really need to learn how to use it like this. Would you mind sharing the step by step directions on how you created the field and poppies that could be moved? It's brilliant and I'd love to add this into my lesson too :)

    Excellent work!!!!!

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  8. Love this project. I would love to use the file for the Smartboard.

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    1. This Notebook file for use on the Smartboard is now on my TeachersPayTeachers store.

      Go to Field of Poppies Notebook file

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