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Blotter Bugs


Level: Primary
Grades: K-2 | Age: 5-8 | Written by: Maryanne Messier
[Maryanne is a teacher from Janesville Wisconsin.]

Students will learn about color mixing as they create "blotter bugs".


This Art Book was created to help art educators by giving them another form of assessment. So many times we as art educators find it difficult to assess a child's progress when projects are sent home. By using portfolio assessment it is easier to judge a child's progress because you can see it from beginning to end.

What You Need:
What You Do:
Day One
  1. Review the Primary Colors

  2. Talk about how by mixing colors you can get other colors

  3. Have students get their supplies

  4. Hand out white paper; have students choose two colors that they want

  5. Have students put two drops of each color they chose on the white square paper

  6. Students then fold the white paper in half and rub the paint around

  7. Open the paper to discover what colors they made.

  8. Repeat with other colors and allow to dry overnight

Day Two

  1. Have students cut out the shapes that were created by the paint mixing.

  2. Then have them glue all three bugs on a large sheet of colored construction paper

  3. Then have the students fill in the "Blotter Bug" handout with crayons

  4. Once the "blotter bug" handout has been done the students may then begin to decorate their bugs with black markers to look like bugs.

  5. Turn page over and date.

You have another completed page in your art book.

Go to Page Three (Caterpillars)

Related Lessons and Resources:

Blotter Bug Handout
The Art Book - Index

Recommended Books/Products:

Teaching Art to Young Children ages 4-9
by Robert Barnes

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