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.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Pasta Towers

One 88 cent box of spaghetti, One $1.49 bag of mini-marshmallows.  Twelve kids.  Two hours of after school fun!  These children seriously could not get enough of this activity.

The structures were a little "touch and go" getting started as the marshmallows were soft and unstable.

But once they got going we noticed the marshmallows firmed up a bit and building proceeded more quickly.

Note to self...let the marshmallows sit out for a couple hours before building to harden.

Have fun!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Torn Paper Valentines

Art room clean-up prompted this colorful torn paper collage for kinders.  I don't know about you, but things around the art room seem to get messy this time of year while we're elbow deep in all kinds of creative endeavor.

Time to reorganize and start afresh...including new place mats for the tables.  But those old painted ones were just too colorful to toss out.

So I tore them into strips and let the Kindergarten have at it.

Oh, the joy of color on a cold winter day!

Finished them off with a variety of interesting lines.

 A simple lesson with lovely results