I have had a great amount of fun teaching these last two days so far. Sometimes, it is rather fun to just do Arts and Crafts all day without following strict standards! So here are some children’s literature art projects to share.
Here, students are using watercolor, crayons, markers, colored pencils, and chalk to make Wild Things! First, they drew the outline of their Wild Thing, and then they used a variety of different media to color it in.
I worked on teaching painting styles that we saw in Eric Carle books. We did our ocean backgrounds with many different paint tools, then used different media to glue scenery onto the paintings.
After reading The Princess and the Pea, discussing fairy tales, and making a web map of things found in fairy tales, students used sponges, chalk, and acrylic paint to create castles. The perfect spin on children’s literature art projects.
Of course, I had to do an owl day! We read Owl Babies and Owl Moon and made a few owl crafts. I was really excited about the cotton ball white acrylic painting.
Children’s Literature Art Projects with Centers
Then came the CENTERS! We started by reading Rainbow Fish to the Rescue by Marcus Pfiester.
Friday was Week 1’s kid’s last day in Art, so we did four different Art centers. We started by reading Rainbow Fish to the Rescue by Marcus Pfiester.
I grouped the students into four different groups for their children’s literature art projects.
- Tissue paper fish
- Underwater fish scene (using painting techniques we learned on Eric Carle day)
- Make a paper plate fish, then fingerpaint.
- Make a fish out of a CD and jewels.
They ended up really cute!
Students took small squares of tissue paper to decorate a fish. Some of them balled the tissue paper up, while others laid them flat.
Students used cut-up sponges and painted to make a textured look painting.
Students will create a paper plate fish. They’ll simply cut out a triangle out of the side to make the mouth and fin. Then, they’ll finger paint the rest.
A CD fish!
And if your teaching in the summer, check out this post on summer art projects.