Saturday, May 21, 2011
3rd Grade Flowers in Vases
After they have completed their pencil drawing, it is time to color in their work with oil pastels. I demonstrate how they can rub the oil pastels on their sides for coloring in large areas, and how to use the tip for smaller, detailed areas. I show them how to blend colors together and how to add dimension to their flowers and vases. The students really enjoy using the oil pastels, even though they can be so messy. I always tell them to not rest their hands on their work, or wipe over their work with their hands, because the pastels will smear easily and make prints on their paper where they don't want them. They can use paper towels to rest their hands on while coloring if they like. Each picture is so uniquely the students' own vision and creative interpretation. Choices are so important when teaching students art. The more the better! This builds confidence, self-esteem, and pride in one's own work. It is wonderful, too, when students can compliment one another on how they did something different and what a good choice they made. How affirming is that?! When our peers can lift us up for making a unique choice and not going along with the crowd? These are the real lessons we are learning in art.