The 8th Grade made Angel Wings for a mural in the middle school hallways. After looking at Kelsey Montague's Art, we discussed murals and the design of them. I had the chance to visit her angel wings in Nashville so I showed them pictures of myself, to get an idea of how large the mural was, and also showed them pictures of my sister at the smaller wing mural intended for pets. (Side note: We had no clue it was for pets when we took the picture. We thought it was just for sitting angels...haaaaa!!)
The students designed different feathers on large 11x14 paper, fitting about 4 a sheet. They could use any medium to design: watercolor, pencil, marker, oil pastels. I drew two large wings on blue bulleting board paper, about 6 feet long. I let them design the placing of the feathers. The next week they painted papers with acrylics that would be cut up and used for the top layers of the wings. They turned out amazing...stay tuned for picture. A great photo op for the students.
It started as a project for those that were done early in the 4th grade. I sketched out Starry Night on blue paper and had the early finishers, fill in the spots Van Gogh style with choppy oil pastel strokes. They LOVED doing this. Maybe the size of the paper was fun to work with. Since they had so much fun, I asked them to help me with the 1st grades' Van Gogh sunflowers. They painted the vases and glued on the 1st graders' beautiful watercolor oil pastel sunflowers. We ended up doing 3 Sunflower vase murals because they couldn't stop creating. Love it!