Happy Donut Day!It is time to reeee-wind to this time last year: Busy, busy. Pregnant, tired. Excited about sweets!~ ! This lesson was so successful, I definitely plan on repeating it. Our second graders did such a wonderful job. They learned about color blending and creating two (and later three!) dimensional form.
The students drew from donut still lives. Can you believe not-a-one student touched the donuts? First off, I had a serious talk about that beforehand. AND they came to realize every time they returned to the art room, the SAME donuts were out! No, they did not get moldy (weird. I think about this every time I go to a Dunkin Donuts.)
Wayne Theibaud was our inspiration.
First, the students watched a teacher demonstration of sketching the donuts. The two donuts on the bottom should be drawn like circles, and the two donuts on the top should be drawn like ovals because they're farther away (well...except for the heart shaped Donuts). We talk about distance here.
Then I demonstrate blending with pastels, and the students experiment on scrap paper as they draw. We realize that light colors over dark don't work as well as dark colors over light. Adding white lightens a color. Adding black darkens a color. See where we're going here?
This took a total of 3 classes to draw. The final day, the students blended either warm or cool colors together for the background, and added a shadow with blue, purple or black.
The donuts really made a statement when they were hung up!!