Saturday, February 19, 2011

Falling back in Space Portraits! 3rd Grade


Here are some 'while working' shots that I grabbed because I love these! They are so fun. I got this idea from another teacher in my district last year where I taught. She said it was a huge hit among her 5th graders. Well, I decided to try it with 3rd and it worked.

1. Start with a LARGE sheet of paper...18x24 is what we used
2. Have students trace hands facing outward, towards the top of the paper. A friend may help.
3. Put papers on the ground, and have students trace their feet facing outward slightly towards the bottom of the paper. **they LOVE this part!**
4. Have students draw an oval/circle for the head slightly above the hands (in the middle)...add details to the face, hair, make it look like them
5. Then, add a neck, show them how to attach the arms to the hands, and the pants to the feet. The arms and legs get larger as they get closer to the tracings of hands and feet. Draw details, details, details!
6. Discuss how they are 'flying back in space' and WHERE ARE THEY?! I have students drawing outer space, under the ocean, in a lightening storm, in tornadoes, etc....
7. Outline in sharpies
8. Paint with watercolors (we added crayon detail for small things as a wax-resist)


Patty Palmer said...

Oh gosh, Katie! I love these. I'm definitely going to try this project out with my students.

Miss Tabarcea said...

I LOVE these! I can't wait till my students are older to try it out!!!

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These are awesome and I almost missed them!

TeachKidsArt said...

FUN idea!!!!! I can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing! :)

Anonymous said...

I did these with grade 2's last year. They were awesome!!!

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Unknown said...

LOVE this lesson! Doing it right now with my third graders. We discussed the artwork of Julian Beever, not to mistaken for Justin Beiber, LOL. He does these great
3D chalk drawings on the street. Check him out! He's amazing and gets the kids really excited about doing this project.

Thank you. ; )

Meigan said...

I have always wanted to start teaching my younger students about perspective/foreshortening. This is such a simple, yet fabulous idea. Thank you so much for posting these lesson plans. It is so hard coming up with lesson plans as a new teacher and this makes my life so much easier!

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Hi from Palma de Mallorca, Spain. i'm a primary school teacher and i do love your blog. Thank you for so many gerat ideas. We made this one last week as a first activity of our art classes. My 8 y.o students just loved it.

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This is a great art idea Katie. Would you mind if I posted your ideas to Pinterest. I will pin back to the original post, not your home page. Do you have any other stipulations? Kym

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Just wanted to tell you how much I adore this hand and foot prints portrait. I accidentally stumbled across it and pinned it on 4 of my pinterest boards. Did it with my kids tonight and they turned out adorable. Thank you so much.

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