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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

How to Practice Cactus...

Remember what Mrs. Morgan says,
"Draw light til' you know it's right,
then go darker or use marker."
Get this poster for your classroom here on my TPT store...

I love "Practice Cactus" because it is an easy and beautiful way to teach kids how to use natural contour line to transform a 2D shape into a 3D form! There's so much you can do with these mysterious plants after the kids are able to get skills built by practice. 

Prickly Pear Cactus (below)

Carnegiea Gigantea (below)

Echinocactus (below)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Color Burst Cactus

We made it to the FINISH LINE!!!
Hall of fame, 2nd grade...

Monday's Art Class (below)
A closer look...

Andre, Evan, Aislinn, Dylan & Maisy, 
2nd grade, Mrs. Johnson's class 
Mrs. Blanchard's 2nd grade Thursday class (below)
Christian R. & Kate

Mrs. Whites 2nd grade class
Dona, Michael, Michael O., & Isaac 
Mrs. Warne's 2nd grade class
Kayla, Kimberly, anonymous & Gisele, Zobia

Bluhm's 1st grade class
Sophia, Anna Blaire, kattie, Roman & Trevor

Mrs. Jamison's 2nd grade class
Caleb, Michelle, Ryleigh, Angelina, Abby, Michael, Kayleigh & Rachel M.
Below; Mrs. Smee's 1st grade class
Emily, Reggie, JoJo & Logan. 

Begin by drawing a group of cacti very large on paper. Outline the pencil with a black permanent marker. 

Use the washable Crayola markers to add close spots all over the background. Students are encouraged to use lighter colors on top of black cactus lines and darker in open areas with no lines. This will ensure the cacti to not fade away or become "lost" in the background. 

See darker cooler colors around and lighter warmer colors in middle. 

Wash with water brush. Start at top left and work to bottom right. Mimic like reading a book with your brush swirling in a circular motion...
Onto the drying rack...

Use a medium or dark color that was used in the background to emphasize the cactus and visually separate it from the background. You are done!

Art Print example used for showing contour line drawing using a background color design...