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March 12, 2018

Rainy Day Art

By Nancy Jang
Grades 1–2

    I love Spring. The weather is getting warmer, the bulbs have popped up, trees are budding, and there is RAIN! Sometimes teachers and students moan and groan when it's raining because we don't get to play outside. But with the rain splattering on our roof and the sounds of thunder in the distance, it ends up being a great opportunity to do ART!

    Although it doesn’t rain that often in my part of California, I love to celebrate the wet weather with a rain-themed art project. This art project is easy to do and has a huge visual impact. In this lesson, students will use multiple mediums such as crayons, watercolors, and a photo to create an eye-popping, gorgeous, rainy day fantasy portrait. Here’s how.

    1. Take pictures of each of your students on a plain light-colored background with one of their arms sticking out as if holding an imaginary umbrella. Print pictures in black and white on your printer on 8.5" x 11" paper. I usually print them 4 up on a page to save ink.

    2. Direct students to draw a large umbrella and gray rain clouds using crayons. They should also draw small lines using light blue or white or gray crayon to create rain drops. Include puddle shapes on the ground.

    Option: Add on other items such as lightning or a rainbow to the picture in crayon. Color using dark hues.

    3. Use blue, purple, and/or black watercolor paints to fill in the background of the picture.

    4. Cut out the student’s picture and glue under the umbrella so that it looks as though the student is holding the umbrella.

    After completing this art project, I like to weave in a reading, writing, and/or math component to extend the learning. I used these Scholastic Teachables to integrate reading and writing poetry into our art project:

    My kiddos are so excited when it rains that they run to the windows and door to watch it fall from the sky. Capture some of that excitement and enjoy it. Now go jump in the puddles and listen to the rain tapping on the roof!

    Happy Teaching,

    Nancy

    I love Spring. The weather is getting warmer, the bulbs have popped up, trees are budding, and there is RAIN! Sometimes teachers and students moan and groan when it's raining because we don't get to play outside. But with the rain splattering on our roof and the sounds of thunder in the distance, it ends up being a great opportunity to do ART!

    Although it doesn’t rain that often in my part of California, I love to celebrate the wet weather with a rain-themed art project. This art project is easy to do and has a huge visual impact. In this lesson, students will use multiple mediums such as crayons, watercolors, and a photo to create an eye-popping, gorgeous, rainy day fantasy portrait. Here’s how.

    1. Take pictures of each of your students on a plain light-colored background with one of their arms sticking out as if holding an imaginary umbrella. Print pictures in black and white on your printer on 8.5" x 11" paper. I usually print them 4 up on a page to save ink.

    2. Direct students to draw a large umbrella and gray rain clouds using crayons. They should also draw small lines using light blue or white or gray crayon to create rain drops. Include puddle shapes on the ground.

    Option: Add on other items such as lightning or a rainbow to the picture in crayon. Color using dark hues.

    3. Use blue, purple, and/or black watercolor paints to fill in the background of the picture.

    4. Cut out the student’s picture and glue under the umbrella so that it looks as though the student is holding the umbrella.

    After completing this art project, I like to weave in a reading, writing, and/or math component to extend the learning. I used these Scholastic Teachables to integrate reading and writing poetry into our art project:

    My kiddos are so excited when it rains that they run to the windows and door to watch it fall from the sky. Capture some of that excitement and enjoy it. Now go jump in the puddles and listen to the rain tapping on the roof!

    Happy Teaching,

    Nancy

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