Sunday, May 1, 2016

Children's Art Activity: Rainbow Art

This month has been a whirlwind! I know that you are probably feeling the same way, too. This time of year is always so busy and hectic. We have had softball games almost every night during April  (which have been a joy to watch my youngest play!). We have had testing (so glad that's over!), and this next week is not any less busy! We have a school-wide dance/music performance that has been taking place for over 50 years. In fact, I performed in these Spring Festivals when I attended this school in elementary. Each year is a different theme. Some themes I remember over the years include: the circus, holidays, Disney, music genres, fairy tales, and children's books. This year's theme is the Olympics, and each grade will perform a dance. It is a huge, school-wide event with all elementary students participating.

My crazy week ahead looks something like this: Monday we will be practicing all morning, and the program is Monday night. Tuesday is our only normal day this week. Wednesday we have our monthly 1/2 day. Students leave at 12:00 so that the teachers can have professional development, RTI meetings, etc. the rest of the day. (This day is super busy and like double-duty. I'm always exhausted after a 1/2 day.) Thursday is our field day, and Friday we have a field trip. Whew! I'm exhausted just thinking about it, but I'll just take one day at a time, and one step at a time and find the enjoyment in the small moments!

With all of the busyness at school, I've had little time to blog. I have had some things, however, that I have wanted to share with you. During testing week, I always like to do at least one art activity. It seems that there is little to no time for any type of art during the school year, so I always try to take advantage of the time after testing to do a fun project. This year we created rainbow art collages.


The first step was to create an interesting and unusual rainbow. I gave each student a piece of white paper, and asked them to draw a creatively shaped rainbow as large as the paper. I showed them how to start with one wavy line. Then they skipped a space and drew another wavy line following the same shape as the previous line. They did this until they had 8 wavy lines drawn. (You can see some of the creative shapes above and below.) Next, they colored their rainbows in he appropriate rainbow colors (ROYGBIV). This art project would go great with the study of light. We talked about how a rainbow is formed and how a rainbow is actually a circle, but we only see part of this circle. Our science teacher had already done a fabulous job covering light, so this was a fun review for my kiddos. They enjoyed sharing with me what they had learned in science.
After this, the students cut out cloud shapes from white paper.
Then they cut out raindrops from blue construction paper.

Finally, they glued all of the pieces onto a large piece of black construction paper. I chose the black construction paper because I thought it made all of the bright colors of the rainbows pop.

Sometimes, it is so nice to be able to do art! I think I want to be an art teacher when I grow up! ;)
With the end of the school year quickly approaching, be sure to check out all of the memory books in my store. I have my Owl Themed End of the Year Memory PagesHopping Through Memories of My School Year, or

I hope you have a very blessed weekend!