This cute lesson turned into Holiday cards for Miss L's penpal class. First, Miss L took a full body photo of each child in class. Then I brought in some patterned paper that I had already drawn a circle (coffee can lid size)on the back of and each child cut out the circle of the paper they chose, as well as the photo of themselves.
Out of scratch colored paper they made a "stand" for their snow globe. They glued that and the circle onto the front of their card. The only other project requirement was that they had to create something else in the globe with their photo and they had to create it out of detailed cut paper. Ideas were - Santa Claus, deer, Christmas trees, penguins, snowmen, etc. After they glued on their cut paper element and their photo, they were allowed to apply some "3D snow" (white puffy paint I made with shaving cream) and glitter.
These turned out darn cute and were surprisingly easy to make!
Mrs. Z was looking for a fast Thanksgiving-ish themed lesson for art.
I have always liked this turkey project from Art Projects for Kids and boy do I have a LOT of cardboard saved.
Very simple and fun. Cut out turkey shapes from recycled cardboard boxes. Glue them together, layering your shapes. Add googly eyes. Because really googly eyes make everything better. (Don't you love this student found a cheese cracker box that had glasses on a character on the box and he used that for his turkeys head. Cracked me up!)
And then - (I'm not really sure how we came up with this)- Mrs. Z and I decided they were using their turkeys to make a slogan about how recycling is important. Mrs. Z is always trying to tie writing into all her projects and we thought the recycling angle was a good point. Whatevuh!
Funny turkeys, that's for sure. And I ain't talking about the artwork!
I love creating art for Dia de Los Muertos. Colorful skeletons = cool stuff!!
I gave a little lesson on Jose Guadalupe, the printmaker known for his satirical Mexican political cartoons in the late 1800s, early 1900s. We focused how his best known work Calavera de la Catrina popularized the skeleton form in Mexican folk art and how that has now become associated with Dia de los Muertos.
Then we got down to cutting and pasting and a super fun two-day art project.
18x24 Black Construction Paper
18x24 White Construction Paper
9x12 White Construction Paper
9x12 Colored Construction Paper (Bright)
Scraps of more bright colored construction paper
Pencils, Scissors, Glue Sticks, White Glue,Black Permanent Markers
BLING (feathers, crystals, glittery self-stick foam stickers, cheap bead necklaces).
First step: On the 9x12 white paper, they folded the paper in half lengthwise and the kids wrote their first name in cursive with the fold at the bottom of their name (VERY IMPORTANT). They were told to stretch it out AND make it as tall as possible. The goal was to reach almost the top of the paper with their capital letter and all the way across the page for the rest of their name, all the while staying on the fold of the paper.
Next step: Cutting out the name was little hard to explain but I told the to make sure they NEVER cut through the fold, that the fold was the spinal column of their skeleton. We talked about positive and negative space a bit while I showed then how to cut. Some kids did more cutting in between loops of their letters, while some kids did not. I encouraged the more detailed cutting by showing them that their "ribs" would look cooler if they took their time and cut in between their letters - but never cutting over their pencil line. For some kids who were really troubled by this I went over to them and showed them with my finger how to cut around their letters. Some kids found it easier to make an outline of their name in a colored pencil and then they cut on that colored line.
The kids all thought it was magic as they opened up their paper after cutting and foun that it really did look like a skeleton torso - no matter their name (but I don't think we had anybody with a two letter or three letter name either and I definitely encouraged the long form of their name if they used a shorter nickname).
After cutting their torso. They traced their hands on the 9x12 white paper, fit in a skull and two arm bones on the white scraps of paper they had left. They then cut all of those pieces out.
The next step was gluing with the glue sticks. They glued down their 9x12 colored paper to the center of the 18x24 black paper. Then they played around with the skeleton pieces to see how they would fit on. Tilting the torso on the diaganol made them pop out of the colored background. After they glued the torson then they glued the skull on. The arms and hands were glued last as they could manipulate those the best in different articulated positions as they fit them on the paper.
I had a handout I drew for them with different hat designs and they had to put some sort of head covering on their skeleton. They were supposed to use the black permanent markers only on the skull features. I required them to add at least 4 other elements cut from the paper only. Then they could go over to the "Bling" table and put on some bling. Originally it was only supposed to be one bling item. But you can see they talked me into more!
I absolutely LOVE how these turned out and the kids were very excited to put them up in the wing.
You might think I am having a bit of an owl obsession here. But they are a pretty fun (and popular) subject to create art with - plus it's Fall.
Well if you recall, this is the first year I split S & R up in their own class. (They're twins, in case you didn't know.) Miss L, S's teacher has asked me to come in and teach art lesson twice a month in their class. Well Mrs. Z saw the Big, Messy , Fearless Owls in the 4th grade wing common area and asked if I could come in and teach R's class art lesson as well. Geesh! You don't have to ask this artsy craft geek twice! I got this cool idea from Artsy T here.
Some of our family examples before I taught the class:
Really easy lesson to teach. I bought an old dictionary at the library bookstore for $1. Then I pulled out about 40 pages to use in class.
First the kids practiced drawing some owls in notebooks and on scratch paper. Then they took to the dictionary pages with the markers. Get it.....WISE owls...on DICTIONARY pages...get it??
When they finished, the glued them to 9x13 black construction paper and hung them out for display. Many compliments from around school on them.
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