Monday, December 24, 2012

12 Days of Christmas... Projects (Day 12)

Digital Photography 
(Black and White With A Touch Of Color)

Quick Overview:
* Students set up their own still life using various holiday decorations
* Students take photo using digital camera
* Students manipulate photo in computer lab (our computer aide helps with this step- takes 1-2 class periods)
* Some tutorials: 
       Paint Shop Pro Photo (This is what we use)
(Basically, any program using layers will work- search for your own program online)
* Frames are added using photo program and saved
* Each student receives a copy of their photo as a card to give their family
* Created with 4th Grade

Sunday, December 23, 2012

12 Days of Christmas... Projects (Day 11)

Holiday Sparkle

Quick Overview:
* Ornaments cut from sparkly paper (wrapping paper would work)
* We used patterns for the ornaments, but they could be drawn also
* Decorate ornaments with others' scraps
* Add a topper to the ornaments using gold or silver paper (we used fancy edged scissors to cut one edge so they looked like the real thing)
* Glue on to background
* Add details:
      Option 1- glue ribbon from top of ornament to the top edge of the paper and add some holly & berries in the corner
      Option 2- Add branches using oil pastel before gluing ornaments on
* Made with first graders

Saturday, December 22, 2012

12 Days of Christmas... Projects (Day 10)


Quick Overview
* 12" X 12" paper background
* Head is printed using a circular sponge dipped in white paint
* Paper hat and carrot nose
* Googly eyes or eye stickers
* Buttons for mouth
* Recycled ribbon for hat band and scarf
* Snowflakes in sky (either paper punched or stamped)
* Details drawn with marker (cheeks and lines on carrot nose)
* Made by Young Fives Kindergarten 

Friday, December 21, 2012

12 Days of Christmas,,, Projects (Day 9)

Directions for this fabric stitching project may be found here.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

12 Days of Christmas... Projects (Day 8)

Use the directions found here and simply change the subject!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

12 Days of Christmas... Projects (Day 7)

Handprint Snowmen
Quick Overview
* Tiny Canvas panels from Dick Blick
* Paint canvas completely with acrylic (any color that white will show up on)
* Hand coated in white acrylic and pressed on to canvas (make sure the palm goes all the way to
the bottom)
* Add "snow" at bottom of canvas with white acrylic
* Add details (scarves, hats, noses) with assorted colors of acrylic
* Eyes and mouth added using Sharpie marker
* Snowflakes added using wrong end of paintbrush dipped in white paint
* Made with kindergarten

*Optional- add names to the bottom and hot glue a ribbon on top so that it may be hung on the tree

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

12 Days of Christmas... Projects (Day 6)

Directions may been found here.

Monday, December 17, 2012

12 Days of Christmas... Projects (Day 5)

Directions may be found here.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

12 Days of Christmas... Projects (Day 4)

Directions can be found here.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

12 Days of Christmas... Projects (Day 3)

Sparkly Winter Trees

Quick Overview
* Black tempera trees (see this post for step by step directions)
* Watercolor swirling skies in cool colors
* Sequin stars
* Artist tie-in: Gustav Klimt
* Made by 2nd grade

Friday, December 14, 2012

12 Days of Christmas... Projects (Day 2)

Dancing Santas

Quick Overview
* Scrapbook suit
* Oval paper face
* Cotton ball beard
* Pom pom nose and "jingle" on top of the hat
* 2 black dots for eyes
* Tiny buttons on suit
* Snowflakes (paper punched) in sky
* This is a quick 1 or 2 day project.
* Made with 1st Grade

A few photos of the process:

I cheat- the patterns are drawn out and then photocopied to the back of scrapbook paper. 
Feel free to steal this pattern!

We use colorful patterned paper. 
We imagine that it is December 26th and Santa is verrry happy to dance around in his pajamas!

I set a bowl of pieces on each table- paper heads, small and large poms, and cotton balls.

Here's how all the pieces fit together. Let the kiddos arrange the arms and legs in their own way.

To attach the beard: 

Add a drop of glue on his chin.

Put a cotton ball on the glue dot.

Draw a line of glue on either side of the face.
Hold the cotton ball in place.

Gently pull the cotton ball out to frame Santa's face.

 Adding the details.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

12 Days of Christmas... Projects (Day 1)

I know I have been absent from the blog for quite awhile. I have been swamped with tons of activities (which I will blog about sometime in the near future!) Until then, please enjoy  a photo a day of some of my students' best holiday projects.

Printed Poinsettias
Quick Overview:
* Foam sheets cut in to leaf and petal shapes
* Tempera paint prints
* Watercolor background
* Wrong end of brush dipped in paint to make dots
* Teaching points- tints and shades
* Made with 3rd Grade

Friday, October 19, 2012

Giveaway Winner & A Display to Share

I whipped up this refrigerator for my classroom door today to hang all of the drawings and coloring pages kids give me. My white board was getting full! I think I will change the display weekly. I lucked out that the door handle just happened to be where it should be.

And now, the giveaway winner...

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congratulations, Christine!! I will be contacting you via email to get your address.

I have lots of projects that the students are finishing. I can't wait to share!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A Freebie and A Giveaway

 Like my Little Aleigha Witchy-Poo? We'll get back to her in a moment.

First, I would like to give you a coloring page that you can print and use as you'd like.
I drew this YEARS ago when my kiddos wanted a quick picture to color. I drew it with permanent marker, so there are mistakes here and there, but it has been loved by hundreds of students over the years, so I thought I'd share. Click on the photo and download this coloring page.

Now, on to the giveaway. 

I am long overdue in offering a little something to all my followers. I really do appreciate ALL of you and look forward to reading all of your comments. Also, I just LOVE entering giveaways, don't you?

I painted this little gal for a very close friend last year. I have taken a print of the original painting and have mounted it to a 5" X 7" painted wood block. She can stand freely and will add a touch of whimsy to any shelf or mantel. To win her, simply do one or more of the following tasks via Rafflecopter. Yes, that means you have up to 4 ways to win! The winner will  be chosen this Friday, so get your entries in fast!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

One final view of Little Aleigha Witchy-Poo

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Paul Klee Letter Painting

These colorful paintings were created by my wonderful fourth graders, but the lesson could easily be adapted to other grades. The project is based on the painting "Once Emerged From the Grey of Night" by artist Paul Klee, in which he used the letters from a poem to created shapes and negative space that he then filled with color.

Once Emerged From the Grey of Night by Paul Klee

white paper (we used 10" X 16" so it could be mounted to 12" X 18" paper), pencil, eraser, ruler, black ink OR black permanent marker, liquid watercolor (or media of your choice)


1. First, we measured every two inches and made a mark on each side of the paper. (Great math tie-in!)

2. We then connected the marks to make lines that are two inches apart.

3. Next, we did the same in the other direction. This gave us our 2" boxes.

4. In each box, the students wrote their names and several things they enjoy doing or like. Take care to make sure to fill the box with the letter. Use the lines of the boxes for the lines of the letters.

5. Trace in black. Last year, I had the students use India Ink and paint over all of their lines. This year, we used fat black permanent markers. Honestly, the markers were faster and the students had more control. 

6. We used liquid watercolors and painted in the SPACES/SHAPES created by the letters. This is a good introduction to negative space.

Here you can see some boxes painted in. Basically, they were reminded not to paint outside the black lines. If there is no letter, the entire box is painted one color.

These pieces were traced using black marker.

India Ink was used in these samples. 

Here are some finished projects that have been mounted and put on display. They make quite an impact!

I have even adapted this lesson for first grade. They used the alphabet in theirs and used pre-drawn boxes.

See more in our Artsonia gallery.