Monday, March 21, 2016

Another Schoolwide Collaborative Bulletin Board

We had so much fun making our school-wide collaborative bulletin board last year; I figured it's time to do it again. So let's go!

This time the theme was going to be 'Underwater the Sea'.

First up was to plan out which grade was going to handle the separate parts of the scene. I know I had to have the easier parts done by the lower grades. And the harder, more detailed parts were to be done by the upper grades. This is what I came up with:

Kindergarten would create the sand.

First grade would create the seaweed.

Second grade would create the rocks.

Third grade would create the sea shells.

Fourth grade would create the fish.

Fifth grade would create all the other sea creatures- crabs, eels, jellyfish, etc.

Sponge Painting

The lower grades worked a lot  with sponge painting on this project. We used tempera paint and a combination of sea and kitchen sponges.

The kindergartners made the sand by sponge painting two shades of brown paint onto peach colored paper. The first graders sponged painted yellow and green paint onto light light green paper to create the seaweed. The rocks are the only part which I would have done differently. The third graders  sponge painted them with purple and brown paint on grey paper. But they blended too much in with the sand, so I think I would have had the kids paint them purple and grey. (They still look great on the final board though!!) The last part we sponge painted were the sea shells. The third graders sponge painted yellow and orange paper with yellow and orange paint.

1st graders sponge painting seaweed.

2nd graders sponge painting rocks.

3rd graders sponge painting seashells.

The next class, when all the paint was dry, all the rocks, seaweed and shells were cut out!

1st graders cutting out seaweed

2nd graders cutting out rocks

The 4th and 5th graders made all of their sea creatures with markers/ crayons and colored paper scraps from the scrap box. 

4th grade fish

After everything was painted and all cut out, it was time to start putting it all together.

It's coming together- sand, seaweed and rocks

The final bulletin board all put together!

If you want to see another school-wide collaborative bulletin board we made, check out this post.

So, what do you think about our school wide collaborative bulletin board? Would this work in your art class? I'm all ears! You can comment below.

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