UPDATE: I just packaged up this transdigital lesson to include all the step by step visuals for creating the painting as well as creating the animated bubbles over the painting . You can find it here: Color Mixing Bubbling Beakers
This science and art lesson designed for 1st graders teaches:
The lesson (a step-by-step powerpoint) is available for download on TpT. Here is a link. You can also view students' finished examples from our online art gallery on Artsonia here. Here is a post from Mrs. Gutterman using Henri Matisse's Goldfish painting as inspiration.
Optional books for a literacy connection:
And here is our Monochromatic Fugleflick to quickly introduce to your students the concept of a one-color painting with tints and shades to create contrast:
Variation on this Lesson (Rainbow Fish):
Instead of using a monochromatic paint palette, students could use a combination of metallic paints and paint markers to make their fish much like Rainbow Fish. View the gallery of first grade fish paintings here.
Add the correct terms for the parts of the fish to reinforce vocabulary and science concepts. Use this sheet as a reference.
After the first graders made their fish paintings we erased the backgrounds and saved them as PNG (to retain the transparency of their backgrounds). Then students put them in the DoInk Animation app to make them swim.
During the last school year or so I've been seeing many examples of tinkering, maker spaces, and other science infused projects showcased at conferences and online. I'm very interested in trying to find project ideas that are a good fit for my 45 minute elementary art classes, will not compromise the art-making experience, and embed science concepts. I've lots of ideas but one place I want to begin is with paper circuits. See this resource.
I hacked into an old LED flashlight, grabbed some copper wire and tried to learn about making a very simple circuit. It is very exciting to see the LED light up after making all the right connections. My next task was to think about the art that this LED could light up.
UPDATE: see my light up paper circuit robot painting! http://drydenart.weebly.com/fugleblog/light-up-robots-with-paper-circuits
As an art teacher who loves to infuse technology, I thought I would add STEAM to this STEM lesson by creating fairy evidence via a drawing/animation app on the iPad.
If you decide to draw your fairy in a drawing app instead of DOINK, you would need to save it as a PNG with a transparent background. There is a very convenient app for this called Superimpose (.99) I have been playing with this app to think of new uses for the other tools and stumbled on this idea. I made a silhouette of my fairy drawing by inverting the masking tool and layering black as a background. That sounds hard, but it was just a few clicks, really. I finished off the image in SketchbookX where I added a phrase ala the old iTunes/iPod ads from apple.
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