Sunday, November 22, 2015

Preparing the Thanksgiving Turkey

Preparing the turkey means something a little different in the art room than it does in the kitchen.

Each year we do it a little differently.  Here's what we came up with this year.  A quick and easy lesson.  These could be made in one day.  We took our time and spent the first day thinking about gratitude and generating a thankful list, we then outlined our turkey.  We wanted big, fat turkeys and used a paper plate for the big, fat body.  You can choose a big plate for the big turkey or a small plate for the little kid version.
On day two we used crayons to pattern our birds and to add color.  We also added our thankful words using markers.

Day three was finish-up day, a day to tie up any lose ends, and then on to outlining the birds with a brush and black paint.

I loved he opportunity this lesson provided for us to focus on gratitude, which is sometimes so lacking in the world, yet does so much to enhance our lives.  

As for me, this year I'm thankful for butterflies and rainbows, family, friends, kittens, clouds and sunshine, starry nights and moonbeams, for all the big things and all the little things that made my year so wonderful, even for the struggles that helped me grow, and especially for another day to enjoy it all, 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Puffy Paint Wabbits

How about some cute Kindergarten Rabbits!
(Pre-schoolers love them, too.)

First we read "LET'S MAKE RABBITS" by Leo Leoni and then we let the rabbit making begin.

Kinders traced the template, added the wiggle eye and colored a nice tasty carrot.

They painted them with home made puffy paint.
So simple to make...just mix shaving cream and tempera paint.

So smooth and creamy you might have to make two.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Tropical Themes

Isn't she a beauty?  Fourth graders are looking at Henri Rousseau...I love his work, don't you?  We noticed how he loved visiting the botanical gardens and drawing from observation, so we tried it ourselves using houseplants we found around the school.  Then we used our imaginations to create something tropical.

We used sharpies to outline and markers to fill in with a bright and consistent color.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Plum Blossom Scrolls

These are self-explanatory, aren't they?  But the children loved making them and every one is enjoying the beautiful spring colors after this long, cold winter.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Ready for The Big Day

Finished up our clay Valentines last Thursday just in time for the big day.  Kids were thrilled to have a token to take home to give to a special some one.

No time for glazing.  I set out palettes of liquid watercolors to apply right onto the bisque.  You could also use box watercolors if you like

I have a couple bottles of glitter watercolor that added a little sparkle to the art though you can't really see it in the photos.

The paint dried very quickly and students finished them up with two coats of watered down glue to seal and add a little shine.

Finishing touch was to add a bit of ribbon for hanging.  There you have it...clay valentine.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Warm and Cool Abstract Landscape

Fun project for older artists and part of a painting unit exploring color relationships and color families.

Students began by cutting an irregular wavy line across a long sheet of paper.  This they used as a mask to block off the lower portion of their landscape.  Tape in place.

Begin in the sky area by placing a dot anywhere on the page.  Begin adding rings of warm colors around the dot.  Paint right up onto the paper mask to create a crisp line.

Using cool colors begin with a line at the horizon and add repeating lines to fill in the bottom portion of your work.