|Do you ever wonder when and why you stopped drawing a smiley face on everything?|
One of the reasons I love being an art teacher is it allows me to share the things that bring me joy and call it teaching.
This lesson is a quickie, a one day media circus with music, video and books. Oh and I can't forget the delightful crowd-pleasing water soluble oil pastels they use to create their Octopus's Garden! Dip and draw...dip and draw...
Before we start I read them this book:
Then, so the kids know what a real octopus looks like, I created a short Powerpoint of different kinds of octopi. Then we made a math connection; Octo=8 as in number of legs, and a science connection; octopus are mollusks, a kind of sea-creature.
Then we watch this video:
Now take an artistic underwater journey to an Octopus's Garden with me!
|We did a lesson all about spirals in nature the other day, and we saw that the legs of the octopus were spiraled so most of the kids created very curly legs!|
|You can tell that we talked about the suction cups on the octopus's legs, can't you?|
I hereby nominate this day (in my mind) Octopi the Art Studio Day! Huzzah!