The Monarchs are coming!
The Monarchs are coming!
There is nothing better than going to Natural Bridges in Santa Cruz or Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont and seeing all the beautiful butterflies in the trees. It is a wondrous site and the time will quickly be here to see them. The migration is a little later this year because we have had such a wet winter, but they are being spotted in Southern California making their way to us from Mexico. Follow their migration at the Journey North web site: http://www.learner.org/jnorth/maps/monarch_spring2011.html
I don’t know about you, but I am really ready for Spring this year and I thought it would be fun to celebrate the advent of Spring and the migration with a color page.
I hope you find inspiration and a breath of Spring with this page, as well. The page has a monarch butterfly landing on tulips and a cocoon in the corner. The file is in pdf format for easy printing.
I would love to see your final results!
monarch tulip color page
brilliant purples using just red and blue
One of the issues when creating any piece of art, but particularly with watercolor painting, is how to salvage a painting or make something out of a problem when you make a “mistake” – especially with elementary students You have spent all kinds of time and energy making your masterpiece and you can’t throw it away! This is especially true in an art class where you have a minimal amount of time to complete your project and limited funds for supplies.
It can be hard to loosen up a little and “let go” of what you perceive as a huge eyesore in your work or to look at it a little differently and discover something new and interesting. This is what artists often refer to as “Happy Accidents”. Students not only had great fun, but also learned to ” hide” a little something inside that fun (or accident) “Where’s Waldo” style.
This project also reinforces the principles of color and mixing primary colors in different strengths to make other colors. It also reinforces the “mud” factor… too much paint only makes “mud”. I like doing this project in 4th grade because they are just old enough to be respectful and careful of the supplies we use that are very tempting in other grades. They aren’t quite “cool” enought to go crazy yet, either. (-:
We used watercolor paper squares, straws and primary colors of liquid watercolor (I like Blick Art for brilliant colors) I put in a little squirt/dropper bottle. I also give each student a good length of paper towel.
After blowing to our heart’s content … we got some wonderful results and the students are soooo excited about all the items they “find/create” in the art. The color blending is awesome too! They are beautiful mounted on black paper and put on the wall.
Sometimes it is just fun to have something easy to color and relax with. Here is an open drawing of a Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly for anyone to print and color. Just click on the pdf file and you can print to your printer on whatever paper you desire! Here is the image I used to insert in my own art …
pdf file … butterfly to print