Blue Heron in Autumn Pond

I taught grade four students in the afternoon.  I guided them through some free form water colour pieces, but first, encouraged them to complete four studies of the heron in order to understand proportions.

I shared some of my recent photographs of the heron that’s been hanging out, fishing, at Frank’s Flats.

Kath's Canon, September 22, 2015 early aft Frank's Flats Heron 030The students folded a piece of paper into four to use for their practice drawings.  This gave them the idea of how tall their herons needed to be…head touching the top, feet touching the bottom.  We used a very contrived series of steps, but step by step instructions are sometimes super helpful, especially when learning the basic structures of an animal or bird.  I used this one and projected it on the smart board.

Blue Heron Step by StepTo learn something of the water colour process, I did a demonstration and we used their favourite LARGE heron sketch and applied the water colour to the sketch.  I discovered that the most difficult two things about drawing a heron were, how to make it large enough and how to create that ‘S’ movement in the neck.  The final water colour painting was done on transparent paper that was placed on top of their coloured sketch and rendered with no use of pencil.

Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 001 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 002 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 003 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 004 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 005 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 006 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 007 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 008 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 009 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 010 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 012 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 013 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 014 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 015 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 016 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 017 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 018 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 019 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 020 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 021 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 022 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 023 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 024 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 025 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 026 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 028 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 029

We watched a couple of Youtube videos where WC techniques were explored in a minimalist approach.

And so…from there, this is what we used.  By the way, reuse those Lunchable snack trays for palettes.  I found those tucked in the storage room.  Also the students need pencil for their depictions, a variety of water colour brushes (soft bristle) a small squeeze of payne’s grey, blue, and later, yellow to be mixed with both for the bull rushes, a yogurt container with a small bit of water in it.  That should do.  Remember that if you don’t have a sink in your classroom, ask the caretaker to give you a wash bucket half filled with water.  Works great.

Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 075 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 073 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 072 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 071 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 070 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 069 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 068 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 067 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 066 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 065 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 064 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 063 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 062 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 061 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 060 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 059 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 058 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 057 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 056 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 055 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 054 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 053 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 052 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 051 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 049 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 048 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 047 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 046 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 045 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 043 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 042 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 041 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 040 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 039 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 038 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 037 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 036 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 035 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 034 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 033 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 032 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 031 Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015 Heron Art Grade 4 Poundmaker 030 Thanks, Jess, for your class.

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