Friday, September 30, 2022

Rainbow Rooster


3 Class Periods

50 minutes per class

Rainbow Rooster, Kindergarten Art Lesson

Day 1:

On the first day of this lesson we begin class with a bit of color review.  Students have already had multiple lessons on primary colors, secondary colors and have discussed warm and cool colors.  I show this short YouTube clip to help with our review.  The Color Wheel

Next, students are given a 12 x 12 inch square of white paper.  Make sure students write their name on the back before painting. Using sponges we paint a yellow horizon line on our paper.  We paint the top half of our paper yellow.  I remind students to "dab" versus "swipe" with the sponge.  

Once most of the class is finished, I tell them to paint the bottom half yellow and demonstrate how to immediately dab blue on top of the yellow they just painted.  Students get quite excited to see the yellow and blue paint mix to create green.

Finally, we take red and paint a few rows on our horizon line.  This will create what may look like bushes or flowers in the background.  Students may see the paint turn purple orange and brown in this area depending on how they dab the paint.

Day 2:

I start his class with a story about chickens.  We examine the pictures and look at the body parts that we will be creating on this day with our paper.

Students are given a piece of newspaper that has been cut to 6 x 6 inches .  Students are told to cut the bottom corners off of the square.  They are then shown how to draw a curved line on the top of the newspaper.  Students are instructed to cut on the line and then glue the body of our chicken to the center of their compositions.

Students were given 2 squares of paper (white 1 x 1 inch and orange 2 x 2 inches).  They were shown how to cut a circle for the eye and a triangle piece for the beak.  After the pieces were glued on, students took a sharpie marker to pop out the details in the eye and beak.

Next, students are given a red piece of paper roughly 1 x 1 inches. Students are instructed to cut the paper in half.  On one half they are shown how to draw a tear drop shape to create the wattle on the rooster.  This is cut and glued underneath the rooster's beak.  On the second piece of paper, students are shown how to create a zigzag line to create the comb for the rooster's head.  This is then cut, measured to fit the head and glued into place.


Time to make the legs.  Each student is provided with a piece of orange paper that is  1/2 inch by 4 inches. Students are shown how to cut the piece of paper into 2 skinny strips.  We measure and then cut the legs to fit on our paper.  Save the orange scraps to make the toes!  Each scrap is cut into smaller sections to create the toes.  All the pieces are glued in place.  Using a sharpie marker, details are added to the legs and toes.

Add details using a sharpie marker.  Don't forget those talons!

Day 3:

On the third day students are introduced to neutral colors.  We only use black, white and gray for this step, but you could also incorporate brown if you wish.  I give each student a wing pattern that they trace on a 3x3 inch square of black, white and gray paper.  After tracing, students cut out the wings.  They are shown how to glue them on the edge and fold them so they pop off the paper.

Next, we discuss the colors of the rainbow (ROYGBIV).  I have 2 1/2 x4 inch construction paper cut in the colors of the rainbow.  Each students grabs one piece.  I then demonstrate how to draw a skinny rainbow on each piece.  Students then glue the mini skinny rainbow to the tail.  I encourage them to glue them in the order, but in the end it is their masterpiece, so I don't get too upset if they do it in a random order as long as they use all the colors.  

Overall, just have fun with this cute project.  When I first started this project we create a chicken and I called it Whimsical Chicken.  You can check out the link here.  Whimsical Chicken.   As you can see the project as morphed quite a bit.  That is what makes teaching so much fun!  

Examples of Students Art:

Monday, April 5, 2021

Clay Chicken Bell

 Third Grade Art

2 Class Periods

50 minutes per class

Clay Chicken Bell, Third Grade Art Lesson

Day 1:  We use every precious minute to create this sculpture in one class period, so while we work we discuss different topics ranging from the history behind the pinch pot to how art can be decorative or functional.  I have colleagues who have suggested that this would also be a great Mexican Folk Art lesson.

Step 1: Gather all supplies needed to get started.  Student have a clay mat to work on, a clay needle tool, a stick, a water bucket with a small amount of water in it and a ball of clay, roughly the size of a tennis ball.

Gathering supplies.

Step 2: Divide the clay ball in half.  Set one half in the corner of the mat for later and roll the other half into a smooth ball.

Step 3:  Insert thumb into clay ball to begin pinch pot.

Step 4:  Create pinch pot.

Step 5:  Set pinch pot off to the side.  Take the second ball of clay and divide it in half.  Put half in the corner of the mat and roll the other half into a smooth ball.

Step 6:  Insert thumb into the clay ball.

Step 7:  Create a thumb "cast" with the clay.  Set off to the side.

Step 8:  Slip and score the thumb cast to the pinch pot.  Students may need a demonstration and explanation of the slip and score process if you have not done this with your students before.

Step 9:  Pinch out a beak and comb for your chicken.

Step 10:  From the clay ball take a small piece to roll a ball the size of a marble.

Step 11:  Divide the marble size ball of clay in half.  Slip and score each half to each side of the chicken's head for eyes.

Step 12:  Taking a clay stick, use the flat end to poke a hole to form the pupil for the eye.

Step 13:  Take the remaining clay you have left.  Divide it in half.  Put one part in the corner of your mat and take the second part and flatten with the palm of your hand to thickness of a pancake.

Step 14:  Using your needle tool, draw a crown shape on the flatten piece of clay.  Cut out and slip and score to the back of the pinch pot to create the tail.

Step 15:  Flatten the remaining clay with the palm of your hand (pancake thick).  Using a needle tool, have students draw 2 capital letter "D's" into the clay.

Step 16:  Attach the wings to each side of the pinch pot using slip and score technique.

Step 17:  Any remaining clay will be rolled into marble size ball shapes to create the clackers for the inside of the bell.  Trust me, it is ok to have extra.

Step 18:  Demonstrate to students who to poke a hole through the clay ball.  Make sure you can see all the way through the hole.  Give it a wiggle so you can be sure it is wide enough to put string through for later. This is a great reason for students to make extra if they have the extra clay.  Lots of them don't poke the hole through completely.

Step 19:  Poke a hole in the center of your clay chicken.  This is where we will attach the clay clacker later.  I have students use a needle tool to scratch their name inside the bell.  

Day 2:  Have student glaze their rooster.   I set out specific color choices for the body, wings, tail, beak and comb.  Students take turns using the glaze they need.  I demonstrate/review with students how to use the glaze correctly, remind them to use three coats and check for proper coverage.  Fire pieces for a second time when glazing process is complete.

*  After the pieces come out of the kiln, I take string and attach the clapper to the inside of each bell.  You absolutely could have students do this step themselves if you wish.

Take clappers and pre-cut string.  I use a needle with a fairly large eye to help thread the clapper.

Threading the clapper.

Tie knot on one end to secure.

Push string (using the needle) through the hole created in the bell.

Pull off needle.

Tie knot and secure with a bit of hot glue.

Student Examples: