This is the blog for the Waitsfield Elementary School Art Program in Waitsfield Vermont. This site is maintained by Nora McDonough. It contains photographs and information about past and current art projects completed at all levels, K-6.
Any art teacher will tell you that Chalk Pastels vs. Young Artists can be a tough match! However, with some careful modeling, monitoring and let-it-go-ing, this colorful dust storm can be turned into beautiful artwork!
Kindergarten artists used Elmer's glue to trace a spiderweb design on black paper. After it dried, they used chalk pastels to fill in each closed shape created by the glue.
Of course we started this lesson by reading Miss Spider's Tea Party by David Kirk.
Elephant, snake and bird live in a beautiful jungle. Then someone starts
cutting down trees and soon their home is destroyed. This book uses colorful, whimsical illustrations to make kids think about the effects of deforestation.
Artists in grades K-4 read "Where is the Elephant," by Barroux and discussed the author's message. Then we used Sharpie markers and liquid watercolor paint to create many different types of trees inspired by the illustrations in the book. To inspire our tree paintings we went outdoors to observe our surroundings and used the inspiration guide below. This reminds us that there is no "right way" to draw a tree. Our bulletin board also features a hiding elephant, snake and parrot, just like the book.