Magazine article Arts & Activities

Cool Polar Bears: Dabbing on the Texture

Magazine article Arts & Activities

Cool Polar Bears: Dabbing on the Texture

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Elementary students will ...

* use the elements of shape and texture to create the bears.

* use Monet's technique of dabbing paint to show the texture of fur.

* create an artwork based on familiar objects in the environment.

* demonstrate flexibility in their design, in representational drawing and in the use of art materials.

* connect their art with other disciplines.

MATERIALS

* 9" x 12" light blue construction paper

* White tempera and thick paintbrushes

* 3" x 3" white paper for snowflakes

* Crayons, glue and scissors

* Polar Bears by Jason and Jody Stone.
Blackbirch Press; 2000.

Winter in Ohio was the perfect time for my second-graders to create their cool polar bears!

After reading Polar Bears, by Jason and Jody Stone (Blackbirch Press; 2000), we talked about the characteristics of polar bears. We discovered some interesting facts, such as polar bears are really black under all that white fur!

We looked at several photographs of polar bears, some from calendars and others from books. The students talked about what they had seen polar bears doing at zoos, and we discussed other places we had seen the bears, such as the Coke[R] commercials that air around the holidays.

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We became excited about painting some bears of our own. …

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