Monday, November 14, 2011

Bug Mural

Third graders finished their bug mural last week and it's now up in the entryway.  The kids have been working on it for three weeks.  Before work began, we brainstormed to compile a list of all the insects we could name.  We looked at pictures of insects of all kinds and practiced drawing our favorites.  We reviewed cutting symmetrical shapes and cutting two identical shapes.  Once we were up and going, groups took turns painting in the background and working in the "Bug Factory".   I love the result.  So cheery.
Our mural was inspired by Anna Pietrolungo's post at Imagine Explore Create .  Check it out!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Cardboard Owls

We broke out the specialty paints to finish up our cardboard owls.  Glow-in-the-dark eyes and golden feathers make them wonderful.

Step one:  Look at examples.  Practice.  Guided drawing on paper with sharpie.  (begin with the eyes)
Step two:  Final version.  Draw on cardboard with sharpie.  Draw big.  Fill the space.
Step three:  Dot on feathers with brown paint and Q-tips.
Step four:  Brush and yellow paint for eyes, beak, feet.  Brush on brown feathers if you like.
Step five.  Glow in the Dark eyes.  Golden feathers.  Black outlining.
Cut out and enjoy.
We have a lovely collection for our owl tree.  Coming soon.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Lions Club Peace Poster Contest

Some of the entries we submitted to the International Peace Poster contest sponsored by the Lions Club.  The theme this year is "Children Know Peace".  We were again crunched for time, but I love the many ways kids found to responded to the theme.  We'll know soon who our local winner is.  Perhaps one of these beauties.