Thursday, January 5, 2012

Hungry Hungry Caterpillars

This lesson incorporated two of my favorite art books- The Dot by Peter Reynolds and The Hungry, Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.

We began by reading The Dot. Students created the brightly colored backgrounds by using bingo stampers in different colors and then filling in the left over space with blue watercolor paint. I gave students the option of creating patterns with their dots or to just stamp randomly. I must say that the bingo stampers are one of the students favorite art tools!

On the second day, we read the story The Hungry, Hungry Caterpillar. The story follows the week of a very hungry caterpillar that eats his way through everything he can find. The author and artist, Eric Carle, creates the images in his books by collaging pieces of painted papers. We used his caterpillar as inspiration for our artworks. The circles of the caterpillar were made from green paper that had been stamped and brushstroked with different colors.

During the final class, we created the caterpillar face and finished it off with some stamped green grass. I played the short video of The Hungry, Hungry Caterpillar for the students too. The lesson turned out to be a great way to turn one of the students favorite books into an even more fun art adventure!

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