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Monday, May 2, 2011

Maud Lewis Inspired Folk Art by Grade 6

I taught the sixth grade about Maud Lewis, a Canadian folk artist. We discussed facts about her life, viewed images of her artwork, measured out the perimeter of the tiny house she shared with her husband (which easily fit inside our art room). Then they created some of their own artwork based on what they learned. Their goal was to create an island lighthouse scene. I found this lesson on Deep Space Sparkle,  where I find so many of these great lessons! I modeled the painting of the island, ocean, rocks, and sky. They used a limited amount of paint colors (green, blue, yellow, white, and black) and mixed them to get the shades they wanted for each element.

The next week they sketched and painted lighthouses, houses, boats, and birds on separate pieces of paper.

The third week they cut out and glued their details to the background. Then they used a little black and white paint to add details (white water, clouds, etc...) to their paintings. I love their final products...

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