Peter Max Inspired Mona Lisa Paintings in 5th Grade

Love the way these paintings turned out! The 5th graders worked very hard on the many layers of this painting. They learned how to find value and create tints, they carefully painted the border, then used oil pastels and colored pencils to add fun details and patterns!

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Monochromatic(ish) Mona Lisa

I love the hallway with our rainbow Mona Lisa display!!! We talked about color families and monochromatic colors in 3rd-5th grade. Each table was assigned a base color, and the students had to use a variety of coloring tools to create a color key for this color by number Mona Lisa. When classes were finished, I put the projects up in the hall in rainbow order, and it is a showstopper! The students and teachers loved seeing these in the hallway by the cafeteria!!

4th Grade Tints and Shades Flowers

To go along with our Art Garden/Let Creativity Bloom theme, the 4th grader’s made some fabulous flowers for the hallway. We used our big paper to make these blooms. Students were inspired by folk-art style flowers. They drew large in pencil and traced their lines in black paint. We then watched the Scratch Garden Values song on YouTube and did a tints and shades worksheet to get us ready for painting. The following week, each student painted their flowers with their base color before mixing the color with white to make different tints and black to make different shades. They are colorful and creative!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The kindergarten classes had a blast creating these hungry caterpillars on a leaf. Each student got a blank leaf template. We used our line making skills to add some veins to our leaves in Sharpie. Then, we read the book Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni. We then painted our leaves with yellow paint and went over it with blue watercolor paint to make green! We talked scissor safety the following week before cutting out our leaves. We read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle before making our model magic caterpillars. Each student hit two colors. We broke them into three pieces of clay each. The best part is when we got to smush, squish, and twist two of the colors together to get a swirly color before rolling the model magic into six balls and connecting them and gluing them onto our leaves. The last step was to choose a single color of model magic for the head, make tiny eyes, and use Twisteez wire for the antennae. So cute!

Peter Max-Inspired Mona Lisa Paintings

For our Mona Lisa unit, we are focusing on the Peter Max version of the Mona Lisa. For this project, I printed out copies of the Mona Lisa which, by luck, had a value scale showing on it. It made it easier to map out the lights and darks. Students start by selecting a base color, then make a very light tint of it for the highlights on the skin. Then, we make our medium tint for the medium values on the skin area, then we make our darkest tint or just use our base color for the darker values. However, we left the black of the copy paper showing through in the darkest areas….shadow under the neck, the eyes, the hair will also remain black. After mapping out the face/hands, we switched colors and moved onto the dress. We did the same process in the dress, then it was already time to clean up! Excited for next week when we tackle the background and border! Teacher exemplar

Peter Max painting