1st grade, The Art Cafe, Ms. Slom

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1st grade celebrated the beginning of spring by creating their very own multi-medium Texas Bluebonnet paintings.  We first read the story: The legend of the Bluebonnet by Tomie DePaola. Students then drew their horizon line and painted their grass and sky in watered down liquid water colors. Once dry they drew and colored the stems and leaves of the Bluebonnets in water based oil pastels and then used tempera paints and their fingertips to create the multi-colored petals of these beautiful flowers. 1st grade enjoyed this project creating their own Texan spring flowers.

With Passover just around the corner we are focusing on Ancient Egyptian art. Students in 1st grade are making Ancient Egyptian decorative collars. After looking a couple of ancient Egyptian family tomb paintings, we noticed that often the Egyptians wore decorative collars over their plain linen robes.

The collars (which look like necklaces) were worn for ornamental reasons, but they had spiritual significance as well. Made with embroidered fabric, metals and sometimes precious stones, the collars were often intended to protect the wearer from harmful mysterious forces. We discussed pattern and color before starting this project. The students filled the paper plate rim with horizontal lines of different widths and each band with different shapes. Each student made their collar their own by their individual choice of patterns and colors.

Once our designs were created in black sharpie, they filled them in with markers. Once complete the students added accents and pattern in metallic sharpie and

next they added the gemstones with glue. I hope your children enjoy learning a little about how Egyptians lived 3,500 years ago.

Once complete we will be started a painting of an ancient pyramid sunset.

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