September 19, 2013

painted pumpkin sculptures

I've seen a few pins that shows paper bags turned into pumpkins.
I was really interested in trying something like that out with my Kindergartners.
But I had a lot of trouble finding directions with the picture.
So I did what any creative person would do.
I came up with my own.

We talked about sculpture and 3D art.
We discussed pumpkins...their colors and shapes.
I had some white lunch bags this year, so we used those.
I think next year I'll go with brown and leave the tops unpainted...perfect pumpkin stem.
I wrote the kid's names on the inside so they didn't get painted over.
First we just laid the bag flat and painted one side.
They had 3 color choices:
I showed them a few other ways to paint the bag:
1. Open it up, use your arm as a hard surface.
2. Smash each side flat into the table and paint (it won't take off what has already been painted).
Really it just turned into whatever worked best for them.
On day two I re-wrote there names on the bottom of the bag.
I pre-cut some felt leaves.
And I pre-cut some // twisteez wire //.
We opened the bags and stuffed newspaper inside them.
Twisted the tops of the bag.
They wrapped wires around the stem.
 We used a pencil to twist the wire into vines
They glued the felt leaves down.
They all turned out so cute!

September 11, 2013

matisse fauvism vases

I am currently teaching my first graders about Fauvism.
We've talked about Derain, Kandinsky, and Matisse.
In this lesson we set out to create a 3D vase in the style of Henri Matisse.

I first got inspired for this project from
// this pin //
originally located at
Day One.
We learned about Matisse via a PowerPoint.
Lots of good discussion to be had about patterns, goldfish, still life, and collage.
I pre-folded some 11 x 5 poster board and drew vase lines.
(This is the first real project tackling symmetry...they'll be the fold-ers and draw-ers soon).
They get two of these. One on day one. One on day two.
We cut along the lines and threw away the scraps.
We looked at Matisse's Goldfish artwork and used that to create our own depiction of fish.
We also used patterns and plant life.
This drawing was done with construction paper crayons.
We flipped over the vase and drew lots of patterns on the back using construction paper crayons.

Day two.
We cut out another symmetrical vase from white poster board.
We traced that vase onto 11 x 5 construction paper and cut out that vase.
We glued the construction paper vase on the poster board vase.
Student got to explore cutting out organic shapes to create a collage.
We flipped it over and created more patterns on the back.
This time we used markers.
After the students were done I put the vases together.
Cut a slit in the bottom of one vase.
Cut a slit in the top of the other vase.
Bring them together.
I added a bit of tape to the middle seem on either side for extra stability.

It was a great inspiration.
The kids loved it!

September 4, 2013

art supply product review (part 4)


Here are the competitors today.
In my art room I already use both Prang Watercolors and Liquid Watercolors.
See my //supplies //.
Both palettes came with the standard colors.
Both came with their own brushes.
I know we all have our own brushes in our art rooms.
So I thought instead of using those I would use the brush that came with the palettes.
Neither of these are my favorite.
But I did like the soft hair on the Prang brush better than the stiff bristles on the Cra-Z-art brush.
The first step was to try out each color.
The cra-Z-art colors take a lot more water than the Prang.
It could have been that the brush held very little water so I had to keep going back for more.
As you can see many of the Cra-Z-art colors were lighter than the Prang.
I did like Cra-Z-art's blue hue because it was light blue.
But I still would choose Prang's blue because if you add a little water you can get light blue too.
I decided to test the colors out on an actual painting.
The above was done with the Cra-Z-art colors.
As you can see the yellow is extremely light.
Prang's colors just seemed to turn out brighter and darker than their competitor.
Seeing them next to each other really showcases their differences.
Cra-Z-art is on top and Prang is on the bottom.

My vote.
Prang wins.
This was more of a landslide victory.
If I am making a painting then I really do want the colors to pop!

Enjoy this coupon provided by Prang!
// Coupon //

Happy school supply shopping!

September 2, 2013

art supply product review (part 3)


Here are the competitors today.
Once again,
I have never used Prang Markers before.
Crayola is usually the brand that ends up littering the aisles of Walmart in the weeks that precede school starting.
And you know, I really can't ignore a $.99 box deal.
Crayola came with ten markers.
Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Gray, Brown, Black, and Pink.
When I buy these for my classroom they usually end up lasting for about half a school year.
Generally, I mix them in with the Bold colors and Tropical.
But classic colors are a staple in my room.
Prang came with ten markers and a bonus of two!
Red, Pink, Orange, Yellow, Light Blue, Green, Light Green, Blue, Purple, Black, Gray, Brown.
I really liked the extra two markers that accompanied this set.
Mostly because I don't think you can ever have too many color choices when it comes to art.
I was once again impressed by both sets of markers.
You can see that Prang's hues are a little lighter than Crayolas on some of the colors.
For the most part they were pretty similar.
Purple and Pink had the biggest difference.
Prang had a lighter pink while Crayola was darker.
Prang had a deeper purple...dare I say blue-violet. Crayola's purple seemed pretty standard.
And of course, Prang came with the two bonus colors.
Crayola's markers were easier to make a thick line.
Prang's markers seemed smoother as they were applied to the paper.
My vote.
I would once again use both of these in my art room.
I think that the two sets together would create the ultimate color palette.

Happy school supply shopping!