When I teach drawing, I like to take a close up of a photo with lights and darks, turn it upside down and have the students draw what they see. This is always a successful lesson. The results are shockingly good.
Photo for copying
black paper the same size and shape as photo
white, black, orange, yellow, blue pastels
colored paper for mounting
Cut black paper to same size as photo
Fold photo in half vertically and horizontally to get middle. Trace over folds with white chalk.
On black paper use ruler to find middle and mark with white chalk.
Have students turn photo upside down
Have students look at the negative space (the spaces that are not the animal, ie. background) and copy that shape onto the paper first.
Have them measure where the features are and color in.
Don't turn paper until finished.
Results of Upside Down Drawings (Done by 8 year old children)
Result of Upside Down Drawings (done by teens and seniors)
This art activity is perfect for kids and seniors with alzheimer's disease. I wanted to find a figure activity and thought that Edgar Degas would be the perfect artist to showcase while making movable ballerinas.
History on Degas to share with group
Template of ballerina on card stock
Markers or colored pencil
Small 1/2" brads
Show photos of ballerinas observing the poses and colors.
Make watercolor hearts fun and easy. I used coffee filters and watercolor pour paints to facilitate this exciting project. It is the perfect activity for people with alzheimer's disease. This project took about 1 1/2 hours including clean up.
coffee filters (5) per person
Pink and mint green construction paper ( the mint green contrast well with the pink hearts and is light enough to not over shadow the see through coffee filters). Make sure the green paper is slightly smaller than the pink so their is a nice pink border.
Copy Paper to put under hearts while painting
Paint brushes (size med/small to make sure they dont go too fast).
Plastic condiment cups with lids
Water marked H20 in cups not resembling drinking cups. One per person.
Put 5 coffee filter together, fold in half and make a black line with permanent marker (photo a). Make sure you chang...