Just in time for Mother's Day (it comes up, quick!!), here is a great card idea. In the school I'm working at right now, we are preparing for next month's art walk event, which will feature student artwork for sale as a fundraiser for their schools. The principal thought notecards would be great for this and I totally agree! Not everyone wants to hang a stranger's kid's artwork on their wall, but who wouldn't want to send their "thank you's" on these cuties???!!! And they're educational for the kids, too! Here's how we made them:
• super fine tip black sharpies
• watercolor pencils (or just watercolor if you don't have these...either works great!)
• whatever size card you want to work on, and some cut down white construction paper to fit onto them, leaving a small border.
- Talk about what is a "landscape". Show some pictures of landscapes, and explain "foreground" (everything that's closest to the viewer), "middleground" (everything a big further away), and "background" (everything that's the farthest away from the viewer). Maybe have the kids close their eyes and visualize a landscape that they know of...maybe when they're camping or hiking. This step actually helps a lot!!
- Have kids divide their papers into 3 equal parts, marking lines with pencil (in the first picture below, you can see these lines faintly). The bottom will be foreground, the middle is middleground, and the top is background.
- Tell kids to put away their pencils and just "go for it" with their sharpies the rest of the time. This is scary to many kids (and adults!) but it's good practice to be brave in these small ways and in art.
- You draw on the board or under a doc cam while they draw. Just give them examples and ideas of what they could draw in each section, but empasize that these will...and should....all look different. Here's what a few of the kids came up with. Enjoy making these!!