At the end of the school year my 4th graders had just enough time for one quick mixed media abstract. The idea came from someones blog. I am so sorry, but I don't remember who! If it's yours, please leave a comment and let me know so I can link this post to your blog! The students started by choosing and arranging some newspaper shapes I randomly cut ahead of time. Then I had them use the sides of mat board scraps to print black lines where ever it was pleasing to them. Lastly, they printed circles by dipping plastic paint cups into blue paint.
We let them dry and in the following class I gave them oil pastels to add some more color to their pieces. They were quick, easy, fun and the kids enjoyed creating them! It was a great winding down project for our last couple of classes. I think this year I am going to revamp it into a shape line lesson with my kindergartens and first grades.