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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Fantastic First Graders~ Patriotic Flags!

The American Flag! Just the sight of it makes me smile! 
First graders spent time learning about the flag and the proper ways to show respect to it.
We discussed the many types of painting tools and used many to create these beautiful flag paintings!
First we started with hands to blend the red and even some yellow for the base color.
Before it dried we used scrapers to create some texture.
Then we used sponges for the blue and brushes for the white stripes. We took care to try to make our flags as true as possible by making 13 stripes! A few ended up with some extra stripes but that's okay, it was tricky! 
The stars were the hardest! We used Q-tips to dot them in but making sure there were just 50 was difficult. Some had only 30, and a few had up to 80! Many students did end up with exactly 50! 
Love the swirly lines! 
When finished we discussed words that made us feel patriotic and learned what it meant TO BE patriotic. Using silver or gold sharpies they wrote those words in.
WE also enjoyed seeing some examples of how others show their patriotism through art! 

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