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This blog features art projects for children. These projects have been used in my classes. My lessons allow children to learn about all the elements and principles of art while striving to introduce them to many genres of art.

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

A is for Apple by Grade 3

It is almost mid September and this week art classes finally began!
It was a wonderful summer, my favorite season of the year.  I'm sad to say good bye to those long days and warm temperatures.  But back to school I must go!
We began our first class by watching the video of The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds.  The students loved it and it is a nice introduction for the first class of the new school year.
After the video we talked a lot about lines and how lines create shapes.  I gave the students a white pastel and a small piece of 6" x 6" black paper to draw their circular apple on.  At this point the apple appeared to be floating on the paper.  This was a good time to reinforce the concept of dimension to the students.  I demonstrated drawing a horizontal line to represent a table for the apple to sit on.  I begin this part of the lesson by showing the students how to place their drawing tool on  the edge of their paper then draw across the paper until they bump into their apple at which point we "bump and jump" over the apple.  The line is then continued from the edge of the apple to the other side of the paper.  
The fun began when the students colored their apples by using chalk dipped in water.  The chalk takes on the characteristic of bright, colorful paint.
This was a successful lesson for all of the students.  The children left their first art class happy and confident just like the character in the story.


  1. These are so beautiful and the chalk colours are indeed so bright. I've heard of this 'dipping in water' technique before but have been scared the kids would leave the chalk in the water too long and it would end up dissolving. Did you encounter any problems with this?

  2. Actually no this lesson ran very smoothly from my 4 year old students through my 2nd grade students. I put the water in small cups and had the children "dip dip dip" "drip" "drip" "drip". Give it a try you'll be glad you did. I will add that the pieces of chalk were small. I broke one piece of chalk in half,they measured about 2" each. Maybe this was a factor. I'm not sure. Good luck. Thank you for your comment.

  3. Hi Janis, these are lovely. I also love wet chalk. We sometimes used chalk on wet bogus paper (a heavy gray blotter-like paper) and it works great. You should also try this if you never have: use black construction paper, chalk, and white tempera. Dip the chalk into the tempera and draw eith a short stroke. It gives the stroke a sort of white outline - very cool.

    By the way, are you planning to go to NYSATA in Rochester in November? It would be great to see you there!


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