Friday, November 25, 2011

Midnight Owls - (2nd)

The students enjoyed creating this nighttime picture with origami owls. The color scheme was limited to gray, tan, brown, white and peach. We textured one side of a 6 x 6 paper for the adult owl (paper colors: light gray, slate gray, tan, brown) and a 4 x 4 paper for the baby owl using "naked crayons" (crayons without papers).

We added large yellow eyes and black pupils using the "Magic Fold" technique. Magic Fold is a great term for drawing one shape on a folded piece of paper, then cutting it out and getting two identical shapes.

Instead of drawing the stars for the children's project, we applied silver adhesive stars. Some children also added a nest, eggs, apples, and more leaves and branches.

Check Out this origami web site for EASY Step by Step Information on owls and other animals:

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Thanksgiving Placemat - (kindergarten)

Kindergarteners enjoyed drawing straight lines with crayon (black, brown, orange, white) for a Tom Turkey tail, then painted the background. Later we added the turkey eyes (hole punched), 
a beak, and snood.
 The children looked at pictures of real Tom turkeys and agreed the tail feathers were beautiful, but not the heads. The 12 x 18 pictures were laminated and went home just in time for Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Christmas Stockings - (2nd)

Puppies for Christmas! 
How about an origami puppy in a Christmas stocking stuffed with candy canes and lollipops.

 Students traced a stocking pattern and cut a colored stocking top. Matt board cut into 1 x 2 pieces were used to print white tempera patterns over the stocking. The patterns were called "poles, X's, and mountains." An origami puppy head was folded from  6  1/2 x 6  1/2 white 20# copy paper. Tag board candy canes were flavored with fat and thin colored stripes - imagine blue for blueberry, green for mint or sour apple, mmm good! The kids were buzzing about their favorite flavors.
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Cowboys & Cowgirls - (4th)

Travel to the Old West with these fun cowboy cartoons. On a 9 x 12 skin-colored paper students created a head shape: rectangular, oval, peanut, or pear. After examining cartoon expressions from professional cartoonists, students created the mood for their outlaw or good guy/girl.

From another 9 x 12 colored paper we made a western hat. To make it symmetrical we folded the paper in half, then drew one 1/2 of the hat. Keeping the paper folded while cutting on the outline you get a nice hat to decorate with construction paper crayons.
A bandana was made from a colored rectangle with black and white patterns. This was cut in half, from corner to corner, so you have two triangles when done. The corner of triangle was cut off and glued under the bigger piece to look like its tied.
Students could write a legend about their western character.

Turkey Feathers - (1st)

 We printed the tail feathers with 2 x 4 pieces of matt board and tempera paint (black, orange, white, brown), poured onto a paper plate. Two children would share the paper plate of paint.
 Students traced a turkey pattern on black paper, the glued it over the dry tail feathers. They would cut 3 x 6 green paper into three long strips and glue those as ground. Then taking three 3 x 3  light brown and/or dark brown papers, students cut these into 4 strips each, which became trees with branches.
 First graders produced fall leaves by tearing red, green, and orange 3 x 3 papers into small pieces. These were glued to create mood in their art by selecting a calm day or a windy day.
A Calm Day
A Windy Day

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Fall Trees - (1st grade)

First graders tore tissue paper and glued it into a circle-like formation on 12 x 18 white paper. The next art session they tore black paper to make a thick tree trunk, then branches, and finally twigs.

My Flag - (Kindergarten)

Students create a personal flag with their initial on it. The flag 12 x 18 paper is pre-stapled to a folded black paper "pole." The students select the color of their flag from the flag pile. They cut long strips of white paper, then glue these down.

 Inside the square students trace their first name's initial. They draw a pattern around the letter and inside it too, then add adhesive stars. Finally we wave our flags in the "Flag Parade" by marching around the room to "marching" music.

Sunny Faces - (1st)

I do this project for an April display. After a long and bitter winter seeing the sun even a painted one warms me up. Can you feel the heat from these hot suns, don't get sunburned!
Materials: oil pastels, tempera red wash, 12 x 18 color paper - hot or cool colors.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Cartoon Trading Cards - (5th)

Student create a cartoon, then draw its twin to be traded with another class.

Magic Carpets - (2nd)

 The examples below show a different version with a pom-pom bug on the rug.


Undiscovered Creatures - (4th)

The students pretended to be paleontologists and found bones (they made). These bones were carefully place into a preprinted "Bone Box" (they assemble). 

The bones came from an undiscovered creature which students named and formed a clay model. Later they created the creature's habitat from a folded square of paper, called a tri-a-rama.

The clay used was Crayola Model Magic. Above is the undiscovered creature in its habitat.

 After the clay creatures have been painted, we added skin textures with black permanent marker. Then we glossed the clay art with Sax Tempera Gloss Varnish. The textures were to be symmetrical.

Black marker textures made a big difference in appearance.

Sample habitats