Bike project done – but not finished.

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Bike project

bike7 bike4 bike6The “awesome bike project” turned out a little different than I had initially imagined – that’s okay – this is art class, we go with the flow :)

After building pretty sweet bikes from cardboard rings, pipe cleaners, and candy sticks – (see post) we attached the bikes to heavy boards and painted a background.  Of course it makes sense to do the gluing AFTER the scenery is complete – but do to the logistics of this class I did the gluing ahead of time.

(plus the glue was too powerful to use in our very enclosed classroom)

It still worked out, so all is well.  bike10 bike11Little update: Today I had to take the new pup, Margo to the vet.

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Margo, the new pup, at the vets. :)

While waiting I spotted this fabulous sculpture –

Now THIS is what I wanted to do with the bike sculptures – sigh – so stinking cute.

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next time, next time…..

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“Watercolors are afraid of paper”

watercolors  Watercolors: lesson one – “Watercolor paints are AFRAID of paper”

While introducing my students to watercolor, I had them use

– one color per person
– small pieces of paper
– tiny paintbrushes
– and a light touch

No need to do dig their brushes into the paper… or make multiple swipes  – in fact, that is why I dramatically shared the secret that watercolor paints are in fact scared of touching paper…it is their biggest fear – so in order to make a pretty picture instead of a scary/ugly mess/all muddy brown and torn ….we need to gently introduce the timid paint to the paper.

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make blobs – let dry – figure out what they are

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earth balloon – lady in a bathing suit – and a snake – who knew?

Easy Snow Globes……or how to use GLITTER! with little mess

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Three tiny containers of glitter satisfied the GLITTER!!! needs of 36 kids, and a couple visitors to my class.  (Dollar Store glitter $1 for all three)
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How?  How in the world did I not have GLITTER!!! from floor to ceiling?  Me, the art teacher who loves a good mess and has little tolerance for orderly – aka micro managed  -art?

We made snow globes, easy, inexpensive, practically mess-free. (there is always that one child who smears glue on his hands and proceeds to touch his hair, face, neighbors face…..)

SNOW GLOBES: The easy way.

Draw a Christmas scene on circle paper – I found a stack of pre-cut white cardboard circles at my favorite paper supply company (Hollos in Brunswick, if you happen to be a local reader)  $.02 each
glitter5 - Copy  Encourage the kids to use the WHOLE circle to draw their picture. (part of the bottom will be hidden)

Now, walk the kids to the “GLITTER station”

I mixed regular white glue with glitter and had the kids paint directly over their pictures. glitter2 - Copy

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HOT water gets the paintbrushes clean licky split :)

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Each piece was as unique as the child

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One little girl insisted on cutting her circle down to make a tiny globe – turned out cute :)

The base of the snow globes are simply little cardboard cups. Before class I used a long serrated knife to cut a slit through the bottom. (approximately across the center of the cup)  (Bag of 50 cardboard cups = $2.25)

Our inexpensive circles had an “easy to color on” side and a “not easy to color on” side …. so we only used one side to draw on, but you could just as easily use both.

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I did walk out of class with a piece of glitter stuck right under my eye – as many people pointed out….~pshaw, it’s festive :)  Tis the season for GLITTER!!!!

A new perspective

A silly photo on Facebook started the wheels turning for a cool drawing project. At first glance, the boys’ outstretched arms looked unnaturally short…he is actually folding his arms across his chest, but thanks to the –  A. lighting B. clothing choice and the fact no one else has their arms folded, he looked sort of like this…big head little arms 2

Entirely okay with me, since this sparked an art project. Thank you, Nick!

Perspective Drawings

  • Without revealing the project – I had the kids trace their hands and feet on a sheet of paper.
  • Hands at the top (could be overlapped, or run off the page if necessary)
  • Feet at the bottom (some chose to take their shoes off, others left them on)
  • To make the perspective clear, I had them draw “finger wrinkles” and the sole of their shoe, or “toe wrinkles”
  • Then, I asked them to draw their body – BEHIND the hands and feet. (and showed them an example)
  • Be sure the arms end at the base of the hand and the legs run into the feet.

Some kids nhands3eeded a little help visualizing this – but once they got it Ba-BAM!  they were off and running.

Here are some examples of student work hands4hands1

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Portraits made Eeea-sy

Art class SUCCESS

Easy self portraits for ages 10 and up

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I wanted my art class to delve into portraits…..but did want to deal with forty + children whining about how HARD it was…so – I did something tricky.  At the end of one class, I took a picture of each child on my phone. (Like the pretty little artist above.)

Then, at home I uploaded the photos to Word and used the artistic effects tab to create black and white images like the ones below ….
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Now the fun begins…after having each child “find their face”  I instructed them to “cartoon themselves”
They could finish their bodies, color in the features, turn themselves into whatever they want.

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Guarantee none of the boys in my class look “quite” this tough….actually a clean cut little boy did this cartoon – awesome.

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This one is missing his head ….but I didn’t catch a shot once the head was attached… darn!

I loved the cowboy look for the boy below…

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They had so much fun with this project that everyone wanted to do it again the next week – so we did…

Each one was so unique and they were all engrossed in making something special. – Just the attitude I love to see in class!

April 1st starts the A to Z blog challenge – I will be blogging daily here and on my main blog Sylvie Says... everyday in April…. consider that fair warning!

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