February 24, 2012

Eccentric Bows

I finally wrote that Master's paper I was avoiding.
Thus a reward was necessary.
1. Supplies: Elastic Headband, Thread, Needle, Fabric
2. Cut out a small section of fabric.
3. Fold the fabric over and sew to get rid of rough edges.
4. Loop fabric around a sew together.
5. Flatten loop out with seam in the center of back.
6. Poke needle through center of the front and start to loop it round and round.
7. Still looping around, occasionally poking thread through fabric.
8. My paw model, Ollie, shows off the bow. Cut another strip of small fabric.
9. Loop extra fabric around the center of bow and sew it down.
(if that didn't make any sense, just google how to sew a bow)
Choose the color headband you want to work with.
Sew the bow on top of the headband.
It can be worn in front or back of your hair.
Cost: Under $3
Thread & Needle: Already had.
Fabric: $.79 Flannel (it was on the scrap shelf @ Hobby Lobby)
Headbands (pack of 2): $1.99

This look isn't for everyone, but it works for artists because we can dress eccentrically without strange looks. Just tell 'em you are the art teacher.

February 22, 2012

Finger Paint Turtles

I always tense a little when I think of little hands doing finger paints.
But if you plan well, you can avoid big issues.
On day 1 each student received a pie chart on white card stock.
I have 6 tables, so students moved from one table to the next for each color.
Three tables were the primaries. The other three contained 2 primaries for mixing.
Each table also had a wet rag for hands to get clean.
This was an example I did on day 2 showing how to attach the different turtle parts, but it also shows what the pie chart looked like originally (minus the gross line from the copier).
On day 2 the Kindergartners cut out their pie chart after outlining it with sharpie.
I drew out the turtle shapes and printed them on green card stock. The students practiced cutting skills.
We glued.
Used a felt tip pen to add eyes and nose.
Finally we used green colored pencils to add patterns to turtle appendages.

February 20, 2012

Nest Necklace

I couldn't think of a better use for this day off school then craft time.
Sure, I might have needed to write a Masters paper...
but this just seemed so much more fun.
One of the best things about this project was that I hardly needed any supplies.
In fact, this time, I didn't have to purchase anything.
Start with the copper wire and string your choice of beads onto it.
Kink the wire to keep the beads from moving a lot.
My beads are actually from a little bead shop in Nevada City, California that I got on a trip there last spring.
Note that cats, like Ollie, love playing with wire.
Start making circles around the beads.
Once you gone around the beads a lot pull the wire 3 times around the loops you've made.
Loop the wire around in two other places and make a loop at the top of the nest.
Add a chain. I made my long enough so I could just slip it over my head.
It was so easy and I love the results!

February 14, 2012

Coil Love

Happy Valentines Day Everyone!
Since I am so NOT busy tonight, I figured it was time to spread some blog post love.
Let me also say I am excited to have 14 followers now on this the 14th of February.

Do you hate teaching coil building to your students?
I do. I think the only reason I don't like teaching coils is because the projects I do always end up taking longer than an hour (this is a no-go since I only see the kiddos once a week).
Last year we made coil portraits.
It was one of those lessons I did. It was done. I never planned to do again.
This year I have got on an animal kick with all my clay projects.
I ran across this lesson and took my own little spin on it.
Here are our turtles so far:
Can't wait to paint or glaze them!

I think I actually may love coils now!

February 6, 2012

Fall or Spring Trees

These freestanding sculptures make me beyond happy.
Third grade makes these beautiful sculptures. 
They can either be done in the fall (as seen in the pictures) or the spring.
We make them out of brown lunch bags and tissue paper.
First, we practice using rulers to draw the lines we will eventually cut.
We make 3-4 cuts on the larger sides and 2 cuts on the smaller sides.
(The cuts go about 4 inches deep from the top of the open side of the bag)
That means you end up with 14-16 branches.
Hold the bottom with one hand and twist with the other to form a tree trunk.
Crunch and twist each branch in your hand.
Once you have your tree form add 3-4 green squares of tissue paper on each branch.
Then spread the color tissue paper throughout the branches.
If you are doing a spring tree, just use pastel colors for the blossoms.
Tip: If there are some trees that are having trouble standing, tape a penny to the bottom.

February 2, 2012

Op Art

Every class, every grade, every age -- they all look up on my art period timeline and always wish out-loud that they could do Op Art. 
I'm with them.
But it isn't necessarily in my curriculum.
In fact, I think they teach it in middle school.
But I finally granted the wish with this lesson.
I originally came across this lesson on Kids Artists.
Although I talked briefly about Op Art, I focus on radial balance and European Art. After all, this is inspired by Portuguese artist Henrique Matos.
We did a watercolor wash and I taught them how to splatter paint.
We used liquid watercolors (my favorite!)
On day two we used a compass to make circles. 
They used markers to make the checkerboard patterns.
Everyone's turned out so different and creative.
Fifth grade loved it!