Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Flying Owls - (1st)

Fly my pretties, fly!

First graders had fun learning about the Great Horned Owl while creating their own.

Students printed feathers on 9 x 12 colored paper with a 2 x 3 piece of cardboard and black and white tempera. Once the paper was dry, we drew a large oval body shape on the backside. We folded over the head and placed glue just in the center of it. The triangle beak was added, then came the eyes.
 They chose either eyes with an attitude or eyes wide open and looking for a mouse. 

Racing stripes were cut and glued to the  wings, making a plain area more interesting.

I use the term "MAGIC FOLD" when we fold paper in half and draw one shape, such as the circle for an eye. When this circle is cut, two identical circles are actually produced. Calling it "MAGIC FOLD" helps my students remember this easy technique. On this owl we did magic fold for the yellow irises, black pupils, wings, and claws.

The students fringed the wings and tail. They cut the sides of the head to make the feather tufts that "look like horns."

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Animal Totems - (3rd)

Students learned about the Pacific Coast Indians and their totem poles.
We created paper animal totems that showed symmetry or a balanced design.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Hands Placemat - (Kindergarten)

Kindergarteners traced their hands, then drew butterflies and ladybugs for a Mother's Day gift.

My placemat example.

Student sample. 
We painted the hands red, yellow, and blue.

In the next session the students painted the background one color.
The placemats were laminated.

Box Turtles - (3rd)

Cute box turtles.

A "newborn" turtle, made with Crayola Model Magic air-dry clay.

After the students painted their turtles, skin texture was drawn with black permanent marker on the legs and tail. Students could choose scales, dots, or stripes as textures.

On the backs of the turtles we drew circles of rectangles. To create unity one color
was used to fill in the rectangles.  We then glossed the turtles for a strong finish. I like using
Sax True Flow Tempera Gloss Varnish.

Students created box homes for their clay turtle. Some homes represented outdoor scenes and others were very humanistic indoor scenes. I printed 8 1/2 x 11 heavy paper with fold lines on the copier. The students drew, outlined, and colored these sheets. We then folded the flat drawing into a 3D box. Finally, they named their turtle and wrote it inside the box home.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Chilly Penguins - (1st)

Collage and snowball stamped frames.

Origami Penguins - (2nd)

Students enjoy creating origami animals. We used silhouette paper because 
it's black on one side and white on the other. I pre-cut the paper into three sizes. The 
students could choose the size paper as long as they had four papers total.

Below are close-ups of some individual penguins in various winter activities.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Snow Cone People - (3rd)

So what do you do with all those left over yarn cones?
I collected them over a few years. Once I had enough the third graders 
painted them with white tempera. 

Before class the 1  1/2" or  2" styrofoam balls were hot glued on and two holes were drilled for the 
arms. Students drew the faces with permanent black marker and added half a tooth pick for a
 nose. Chilly, rosy cheeks were colored with colored markers.

White polyester batting was glued on for hair or beards. A pipe cleaner was folded in half and pushed through the arm holes. The arms are twisted to form twig-like fingers. Each Snow Cone Person had to hold something. The students became very creative with ideas.

Fadeless Paper buttons are stamped from shape punches and glued on. 
A strip of felt is fringed and tied on for a scarf.