The Cactus Project

Fourth grade artists created these beautiful bowls filled with cacti during their study of Mexico.  This project incorporated several important art goals:  learning about zentangles and creating a zentangle bowl; learning the names and drawing a variety of cactus plants; the use of shading techniques to create a realistic cactus plant; and creating visual interest with the use of overlapping and a variety of sizes and colors in their project.

Their careful drawings were outlined with permanent markers and shaded with crayons, and the giant box of 96 provided many different greens for shading!  Final details were added with a watercolor and salt sprinkled background.  We love the results!

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Parents – this project can be found at our on-line art gallery ARTSONIA!

Thanks to Room9 Art for this project inspiration – we loved it!

And, funny thing….Jamestown Elementary, one of our sister schools here at Hudsonville Public, did a similar project – check out their awesome pieces too!