Saturday, January 11, 2014

Paper Bag Journal

Third graders made these paper bag sketchbooks at the beginning of the year to show off their lettering skills and to bring home a book to collect their drawings and memories.  We talked about things the way artists use sketchbooks not only to draw, but also as a place to collect bits of inspiration.  These books are perfect for collecting because when the bags are folded the opening creates a set of secret pockets in the book for storing small items.  The bottom of the bag, the part that is folded over, makes a flap in the book that is a fun addition.

We used four bags for our book.  The bags have to be hole-punched one at a time.  I folded a piece of paper cut to the size of the binding and punched it twice for the children to use a template.  Finished with a  an easy rubber band and popsicle stick binding.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Fast and Easy - Cars, Trucks and Bikes

A few fast and easy resources for students interested in drawing cars, trucks, and other vehicles.

This video shows an easy way to turn a 2-D drawing into a 3-D drawing

Watch the video and try it for yourself.  
Hint:  A photo to use as a reference  is helpful.

Want to Draw Motorcycles?

Look at this great graphic I found on the web