Thursday, June 26, 2014

Ice Cream Sundaes Sub Lesson Plan K-2

This is a nice, easy lesson to leave for young students with a substitute. The subject matter is very appealing! Who doesn't love ice cream?! I had my Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade classes complete this drawing on a day while I was away. The kids worked on 12x18 paper. First they drew with pencil, and then had the option of tracing the drawing with a Sharpie. Crayons were used to add color. I did ask the substitute to draw a large letter "U" in the center of each paper just to get the kids going in the right direction size-wise. This was very beneficial! The background can be done at each student's discretion - paints can even be used during a later class (as many wanted to do when I returned).

The idea for this sub plan came from Blue Tadpole Studio

Friday, May 30, 2014

1st grade Ceramic Bead Necklaces

One little 1st grade class got to make these super cool necklaces during the last week of school this year!! These ceramic beads are pretty chunky - about an inch or so in diameter. We actually made them last year (when the kids were in Kindergarten) and never got around to using them. I kept them thinking that one day I would know what to do!! I couldn't imagine trying to glaze them as I thought it would be too cumbersome. Then I remembered this technique I had seen out there where oil pastels are used on bisque-ware before being soaked in a bath of watery black tempera paint! Wah-lah!! I had my idea!

Plastic drinking straws were cut up and used as long spacers along with colorful pony beads to make the necklace designs
 **did you know?** 
Pony beads got their name because that particular size and shape of bead was historically used to decorate the harnesses of warrior's ponies when they went into battle. Although they are made of plastic now, then they were made of glass, wood or bone.
After the kids colored their beads with oil pastels, I kept them in an egg container with name tags. I dipped them into the paint after class was over and allowed them to dry this way. Worked great!! Before we made our necklaces, I threaded large embroidery needles onto cotton string and placed a piece of tape on the other end, which served two purposes:  to write names and keep the beads on the string. 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

3rd grade African Masks

This lesson was born from a recycled material that I had been collecting for some time with the intention of making masks - do you recognize that shape?! Ding, ding!! You got it - Lean Cuisine trays, haha! I even had some of my teacher friends who eat these meals for lunch, wash them out and save them for me! 
We primed the plastic containers with white gesso on day one. The following week, students selected two colors of tempera paint and used their color scheme to paint a collection of stripes (which could go in one or many directions, just not overlapped). On the final day, we looked at a handout of African masks I had made and also had a brief discussion about symmetry. Students cut facial features from craft foam (which, by the way, is really fun to use). Feathers and buttons were added if desired. 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

2nd grade Giant Robot Collage

These extreme robots were built by 2nd graders over a four week period. They measure a whopping 18 x 24 - the largest art paper I have in the art room. Day one, students made a simple paper weaving using one warm color and one cool color. The next art class, students painted the large art paper with one color family, trying to fill the paper with patches of color (we used tempera cakes). Day three, we began to build the robot bodies - the weavings were glued down vertically or horizontally onto the paintings. I put out lots of 6x9 construction paper and students cut out and added a head, arms and legs and any other pieces they wanted for the robot. The final day consisted of adding details and patterns using sharpies and construction paper crayons/oil pastels. Some students also added a gear box and I think those were a great addition!


Friday, May 16, 2014

Kindergarten Flower Pots for Mom

Drawings by Kindergarteners.....can you ever go wrong?! I don't think so! To prepare for this assignment, I lightly traced a 4.5x6 rectangle onto a piece of 10x18 paper before students came to class (this was to help my kids understand where each part of the drawing would be located). For the drawing aspect, I showed the kinders how to start the flowers by drawing five circles above the rectangle (I really emphasized spreading them out and putting some circles near the top of the paper). Then I demonstrated and talked about various ways to draw petals and leaves. Instead of one sad little line for the stem, I asked the kids to draw a set of lines to form a skinny rectangle. All pencil lines (except for the vase) were traced in sharpie when students were done planning. Crayons were used to fill in the petals and stems - we practiced coloring dark and solid.
On day two, I cut three lines onto a folded piece of 4.5x6 black paper to form a simple loom. We learned how to weave 5 or 6 paper strips into the loom to make the vase. When students left class, I glued them into place.                                     
Project inspiration: Apex Elementary Art