The kiddos were told to sit with their legs and arms straight out in front of them. What would that look like if someone was standing on the other end of the shoes and hands? Yep, you guessed it, their shoes and hands would be bigger! Now, how do you show that on paper? Yes, you could spend all day with this group of children that were kindergarden through 3rd grade letting them try to draw two shoes that were the same size - oh yeah and then the hands. Nope, you let them trace their shoes and hands, talking about where your shoes would cover your hands, and what you would see behind the shoes and hands. Here is what I mean, give it a try yourself, its fun!
Take off your shoes, angle them out on a large piece of poster board and trace around them. Now think about it, if your legs are sticking straight out in front of you, your feet kind of turn out, don't they? Now trace your hands as if they were behind your feet - your shoes will cover up some of your hands won't they? From there, draw a circle for your head, remember its going to look smaller than your feet and hands, that's called FORESHORTENING. Then you can draw your arms, and legs (angle those legs, bigger at the bottom, smaller on top - more foreshortening).
They then could get wild with the color, watercolor that is! My girls loved this. They experimented with how water color travels and mixes and what salt will do when sprinkled on it. You've got to try the salt - way cool! The key here - let your kids do it!!! Don't try to have them make it too perfect!
Ok ladies - get to teaching and having fun with art with those kiddos - and yourself!
What did you think? Would you like to see more of what we did with art week?