This was the last week of the school year in the art room for Kindergarten and 1st grade. I wanted to make it fun so I thought I’d base the lesson on vegetables, because what 6 year old doesn’t love vegetables, right?? The lesson was based on a great book for children called, ‘How are you Peeling? Foods with Moods’ by Saxton Freymann and Joost Elfers. http://www.amazon.com/How-Are-Peeling-Joost-Elffers/dp/0439104319 These clever authors and photographers found ‘expressive produce’, enhanced them with natural materials and added text to give the fruits and vegetables feelings.
To begin the lesson I displayed some fruit and vegetables for the students to study. They practiced their still life drawings by paying attention to the shape, color and texture. For example, I told them to look closely at the lemon and orange and notice how the peel is dimpled. After drawing and painting they then cut out their produce and glued it to construction paper. They glued wiggle eyes on to each fruit and vegetable and added expressions with marker pens. Great fun!