The idea for this sub plan came from Blue Tadpole Studio
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Friday, May 30, 2014
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
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
Friday, May 16, 2014
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