Tuesday, September 20, 2011

care for a swim?

I have no patience -
just had to share these adorable creations.
we still need to paint our bubbles 
but otherwise they are done.
This season starts with 9 enthusiastic art clubbers
in First to Fourth grade.
I thought we should bid summer farewell (insert a sob here)
with an ode to summer swimming.
prepare to grin - just warning you...
 this artist informed me that the subject's eyes are popping out of her head
 because the fish are following her - how cute is that?
she looks like she is a good swimmer...
I want to be this happy...
this little guy was loving swimming with the fish...
 and this one even has blood shot eyes like you get in the pool
if you forget your goggles...
 love the hair on this guy...
and she is swimming with her friends -
how cute!
 we started by looking at some pool art by the artist David Hockney
 and even had a good laugh at his hand-painted pool...
and talked about ripples in the water and wax resist.
 so first was the drawing
 and then the pressing really hard with crayons
(still my favorite medium)
 and finally the watercolor which was a total surprise
and really made those white lines come alive.
we also made tissue frames to house our masterpieces.
thanks to
for the ideas.

hey teachers out there - 
I would love to hear from you if you use any of my project ideas.
it gets kind of lonely seeing hundred of hits on my projects and no comments...
would love to hear what worked, 
what you would like to see
or how I can do a better job sharing what we create - 
hope you all have a creative and inspirational year.
I would love to visit your sites -
share your link in a comment so we can all come visit.


  1. Pamela, I will definitely try this next time I have an art week! Such a wonderful idea that really brought out the kids' creativity. Thank you for sharing! As soon as I figure out Pinterest, I'll pin this one. : )

  2. I love this project - just posted it last week myself. Wasn't it fun??? The kids really had fun with it - I think it's a keeper! I like your addition of tissue on the border. Here's mine...http://dolvinartknight.blogspot.com/2011/09/underwater-self-portraits.html

  3. Love these swimmers Pamela!I like the white crayon water lines against the blue watercolor. They make me smile! :)

  4. I have used a few of your ideas and you can view one here:

    I admire your and your students' work so much that it has inspired me to be more "fearless" in my own art work!


  5. Oh we need to take lessons from these artists--I love their imagination--hope they never loose it! You're a great teacher!!!

  6. They turned out great! Thanks for mentioning my blog!

  7. thanks everyone. I will be listing your art blogs on my links as soon as I have a spare moment - promise!

  8. oh i love these...am totally going to try this with my students. what age group did you do this with?

  9. I am thinking about doing this one tomorrow with my 7th graders! Thanks for the post!

    God bless,

  10. I am thinking about doing this one tomorrow with my 7th graders! Thanks for the post!

    God bless,

  11. I am thinking about doing this one tomorrow with my 7th graders! Thanks for the post!

    God bless,