10 Jan Miro Madness! K-5 Miro Favorites
Miro is one of my favorite artists. I love his playfulness approach with the elements of art. Here are a few of my favorites that inspire the following projects.
Kindergarten Painted Primary Shapes with Printed Lines and Circles
Also in Kindergarten, I have has them create “Miro Self-Portraits”. They scribbled with the primary colors plus green… Miro’s favorite colors, then painted a Miro body. Add some stars and you are done!
First Grade Miro Bugs – First students drew monochromatic decorative lines on the three pieces of paper, red, yellow, blue and/or green. Then they cut freehand freeform shapes and glue them to the background paper. Then using India Ink, we painted the details to make our bug have the Miro face and details!
Second Grade Miro Abstracts – First we scribbled with one color of crayon in the background, like Miro did on his own works of art. Then we painted lines that crossed and let them create a picture of their own. Adding a black ball at the end and some crisscross stars. The next week, we used Miro colors, red, yellow, blue and green to color in and around the shapes.
This version we added cut moons, stars or suns like Miro’s versions above.
This is another version. We cut some simple shapes, glues them in groups, outlined them with black tempera,and added our Miro touches!
Third Grade Miro Constellations – These were created when the 3rd grade was learning about the constellations. First we used monochromatic chalk pastels to give a dusty atmosphere to the paper and then used spray bottles with some monochromatic watercolor paint in the bottle to spritz the paper. Next, we created lines by printing thin cardboard and dots with thick sponges on a stick. Some q-tips for the little groups of dots. Week two, we colored in the circles/half circles. Very simple and fun!
Third Gradeis a fun age to make Miro Bugs by painting freeform shapes for the head, thorax and abdomen. Then break up the shapes a little with some lines, paint wings, a face, some legs and antennas, you have yourself a bug! I have finished these differently, either colored in with oil pastel or painted in with tempera. Keeping with our favorite Miro colors, red, yellow, blue and green.
Third Grade has done these Miro Abstracts by over lapping free form shapes, adding a couple large lines crossing through the composition. Adding some smaller lines, all ending with s dot at the end. Then coloring in the shapes with oil pastels.
These Fourth grade Miro Aliens are fun for storytelling! They get into these! Started with tan paper, used brown crayon on texture plates to create a burlap look to the paper, like Miro’s paintings on raw, dark canvas. Then created aliens with freeform shapes and line! Colored in the alien bodies and details with oil pastel in Miro colors!
Fifth grade created these Outer Space Abstracts by first using Miro colors for the back ground with chalk pastels. Then painting planets, starts and floating aliens in space with lines intersecting them. All the shapes were then colored in with oil pastel.
These were inspired by Miro’s People, Dog and Sun. We turned our paper to draw with black oil pastel 2 people, a dog and sun. Then painted in with tempera. Brown chalk on the brown paper for some texture.