Saturday, September 21, 2013

Fall Pumpkin Collage (K-2)

      I just finished up a great workshop with my K-2 students this week! We created these awesome pumpkin patch collage canvases. This was a great project for teaching tints and shades of colors and texture.

What we used:
16x20 Canvas
white paper pumpkin cutouts
yellow paper rectangle (for hay bail)
tan and brown raffia
various shades of green, orange,blue and brown acrylic paint
fall leaf paper punch

How we used it:

Step 1:To begin, we began painting our entire canvas blue. While the canvases were drying, we made our hay bails. For this, we started with a yellow paper rectangle and began gluing strips of raffia onto it in a criss cross pattern, making sure to let some of the raffia hang off of the edges! (I found that the easiest strategy for this, was to cover the rectangle with LOTS of glue and then layer raffia on top.)

Step 2: Next we moved on to our pumpkins. We used pre-cut pumpkins shapes to save time. Using a variety of tints and shades of orange and yellow, we painted each pumpkin with quick brushstrokes. Students also used forks and cups to scratch and stamp texture into their pumpkins.

Step 3: While our pumpkins were drying, we painted our grassy hill using different shades of green. We also painted some leaves, vines, and a brown fence into the background. 

Step 4: After our hay bails and pumpkins were semi-dry, we arranged them on our canvas and glued them down. As a finishing touch, we painted vines and stems onto our pumpkins. We also used a leaf punch tool, to cut leaves out of patterned paper. We glued these all around our collage.

   I still can't believe we got all of this done in just an hour and a half! As a bonus to the workshop, I personalized all of the canvases and added a ribbon for hanging. 



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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Mother's Day Bouquets

     I LOVE coming up with Mother's Day Projects! Here's why:
                  1. Mom's rock. They are amazing, superheroes.  2. The kids really get in to making something special for the mom in their life. As an art teacher, this is rewarding to see. 3. I'd like to think I'm putting out good Mother's Day craft karma. When my daughter is big enough, I want her to proudly hand something like this to me.

     These adorable bouquets were definitely a hit! What started as a second grade project, quickly became a school wide craft!

    The great thing about this craft is that it really has limitless possibilities! You could experiment with color, texture, pattern, and so much more! Here is what we did:

what to use:
8 1/2 x 11 card stock
green tissue paper
various shades of green construction paper
watercolor dyed coffee filters
pipe cleaners
glue stick
hot glue

how to use it:

step 1: Make a cone
To make the cone for the bouquet, grab the upper right hand corner and the lower left hand corner of your cardstock and bend them towards one another. Your paper will start to form a cone shape. Secure with hot glue or glue stick
(Depending on what age group you are working with and how much time you are working with, you may want to do this step ahead of time on your own.)

step 2: Add greenery

To give your bouquet some fullness, you will want to add a piece of tissue paper in to the cone. You can secure this by using a glue stick on the end of the tissue paper that you are stuffing in the cone. You also want to add leaves. My students cut out  5 or 6 leaf sizes and shapes. Fold the leaves in half  lengthwise and glue them to the inside edges of the cone with a glue stick.

step 3: Flowers and finishing touches

Time to add the flowers! You can do this in a variety of ways. We used painted coffee filters that we had lying around the art room, but tissue paper would work just fine. Or you could get super fancy and make some origami flowers to stick in there.  You can crumple up your coffee filter or tissue paper and secure it into the cone with hot glue. For a finishing touch, wrap a pipe cleaner around a pencil to create a "spring". Cut this in half, and hot glue the "springs" around the inside of the cone. You can also add ribbon and label to allow a space for a sweet Mother's Day message!


Happy Mother's Day! 


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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

1st Grade: Birthday Cakes

  Check out these awesome birthday cake's my amazing CDS first graders created! They loved looking at Wayne Thiebaud's sweet paintings and were inspired to make their own!

What we used:
18x24 white drawing paper
cardboard ellipse template
tempera paint
watercolor paint
oil pastel

How we used it:

1. We used our ellipse template and traced it on the middle of our page with pencil. We drew a vertical line on each side of our ellipse for the side of the cake. We connected our lines with a curved, horizontal line for the bottom of the cake.We also added  a horizon line to the background.

2. Next, we added candles and decorations to our cake. After we had them looking snazzy, we outline everything with sharpie.

3. Our next step was painting our background. We used liquid watercolors for this. Then we painted our cakes with tempera paint. For this stepped we talked about how we could create a tint by adding white to a color. We added white to our colors of choice and used the tint to paint the ellipse. We used our regular shade to paint the bottom of the cake.

4. Finally, we used oil pastel to color in our decorations and add shadows under our cake!

They turned out beautiful!

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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Christmas Collage Wreaths

My favorite time of year is here and our Christmas projects are in full swing! CDS 6th, 7th, and 8th graders are currently working on these fantastic Christmas Wreath Collages!

Here is a quick tutorial so you can try this at home:

What you will need:

construction paper in an assortment of colors
hole punch

Step 1:

Choose a background color and draw your wreath template. Just think of drawing a big doughnut on your paper. You could always trace a plate or any round objects you have lying around.

Step 2:

Time to cut some shapes! I chose rectangles, but any shape will do! Make sure you cut out different sizes of your shape to give your wreath some variety. You can stack your colored construction paper on top of each other to cut multiple shapes at once. You could also use a craft punch to save yourself some time on more complicated shapes.

Step 3:

Now you can start gluing your shapes onto your circle template. Have fun overlapping and layering your shapes. It's also a good idea to let some of your shapes peek outside of the circle. I think it makes it a little more interesting.

Step 4:

You can add a bow in a contrasting color on your wreath. Start by cutting the two hanging ribbons of the bow and gluing them to the wreath. Then,  cut a long strip of paper and fold the ends toward each other, meeting in the middle. Secure with glue. Wrap another strip of paper around the center of the bow.

Step 5:

For a finishing touch, punch some holes in your contrasting colored paper. Glue the circles all around your wreath.

Simple and beautiful!

Merry Christmas!

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Winter Workshops

The deadline to sign up for CDS winter workshops is this Friday, Dec. 7th! Limited spaces are available so sign up today!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Fall Decoration Workshop (3-8)

The deadline to sign up for the Fall Decoration Workhsop is Friday, October 26th.  This great, three session workshop will teach your students a variety of art techniques and will also provide you with beautiful fall decorations that you can use in your home for years and years to come!

*CLICK HERE* to e-mail Mrs. H for more info and a sign up form!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Pumpkin Patch Workshop (K-2)


The deadline to sign up for the Pumpkin Patch Workshop is Wednesday ,Oct. 17th!  *CLICK HERE* to download the info and form. There are a limited number of spots available so sign up today!