Beetle Bop, 1st Grade

In celebration of the BUGZ Show, our first graders created these original beetles! Inspiration for this project came from the book, Beetle Bop by Denise Fleming. There is so much to love about Denise Fleming’s books, from her playful illustrations, to her rhyming text, and even her creative process for each handmade page. Her website is fun to explore too! Take a look.

We also learned interesting facts about beetles, like there are over 300,000 species of beetles in the world. After learning how to draw each segment of the beetle’s body (head, thorax, and abdomen) students had fun creating unique markings. We used black oil pastels to draw our lines and chalk pastel to add color. To create the same look as Fleming’s pulp panting’s, we mixed tempera cake and applied it to our black paper.

I’m hoping to learn and teach Pulp painting next school year!

Congratulations to our 1st graders on their wonderful performance in the BUGZ show this past Friday. One of the best BUGZ shows yet!

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