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.