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❤ Mrs. K
This lesson is inspired by Deep Space Sparkle. I fell in love with this project the moment I saw it. I wanted to turn it into a one day lesson for students to complete right before Valentine’s Day so I decided to have students make theirs very small.
We used a 4×4 piece of paper, a heart template (made from poster board), a ruler, and colored pencils. First we followed the Deep Space Sparkle directions to section off the heart into polygons and triangles to make it looks like a gemstone. 4th graders are learning about angles in math so this was a great connection.
Then students used colored pencils to color in their designs. These are so cute and they were the perfect little Valentine’s Day project!
❤ Mrs. Katzin
I am so into this method of printmaking right now! I have seen it called marker printing but after a student pointed out that it was so similar to temporary tattoos we decided to rename it. 🙂
An art teacher friend Adrianna introduced this method to me a while back and I couldn’t wait to use it with my students.
You will need: white paper, an old transparency plastic page (any thick plastic will work), water base markers, a sponge, and water.
The first step is to color on the plastic film.
Next, you use a sponge to dampen the paper.
Then you flippity flop the transparency over so it is marker side down and you gently rub.
When you peel the plastic away, you are left with a stunning monoprint!
I did this technique with 2nd & 5th grade and used the papers to weave. 2nd graders created bird houses and 5th graders did simple weaving.
I love these so much and cannot wait to use this technique again! I think it would be beautiful as a background to a self-portrait or a background for a Styrofoam printed lesson.
❤ Mrs. K
This one day lesson was perfect for a filler project at the end of the school year. I love teaching step-by-step drawing lessons because students feel more empowered when they can be successful. Going step-by-step is a great way to make sure everyone is flowing through the drawing process smoothly.
We began by following this guide for drawing a donut:
Students traced over their lines with Sharpie and then colored the sprinkles with Crayola Twistables. Then, they painted over their design with watercolor paint.
This project was great for 2nd-5th graders. I love how unique each one is, just like my amazing students!
❤ Mrs. K
This was a fun one day project that all ages enjoyed. We started off by tracing 3 hearts onto a piece of 6×9 paper. The hearts were made using the die-cut machine with poster board.
Students filled each heart with patterns and traced over their lines with sharpie. Then, they used watercolors to paint their designs.
This easy-peasy one day lesson was perfect for the end of the school year.
❤ Mrs. K
I have a seen a bunch of versions of this on Instagram and Pinterest lately with all different variations in materials and style. I wanted to try it out with my 4th graders in between our clay unit and our stitching unit as a easy drawing and painting project. It was a huge hit!
The first day, we began by measuring the paper into sections and creating horizontal lines. Then students wrote their names in a way that filled up the space and traced over the lines with sharpie.
On the second day, we reviewed warm and cool colors. Students used Crayola Twistables to color in some of their shapes with either warm or cool colors. On the third day, they painted the remaining empty shapes with the opposite color scheme.
Nice work 4th graders!
❤ Mrs. K
Fourth graders just finished up their sculpture collages. They look fabulous displayed in the hallway!
On the first day, I read “What If” to the kids. This story is all about different ways to be creative. We had a nice little discussion about how creativity isnt just drawing and painting, it can be dancing or cooking or building. Students were inspired by the illustrations to design a colorful background with a variety of lines and colors.
We used fluorescent oil pastels to draw lines and shapes and painted over it with tempera cakes. The kids declared that it looked like an art party!
The next day, we talked about sculpture. Students were reminded that sculpture is artwork that is 3D or pop-up. Students identified and described different sculptures that they have seen. Then, each kid got a neutral piece of construction paper that best matched their skin tone. They traced their hand and cut it out.
The paintbrush was super tricky to construct. I find that many of my students are lacking fine motor skills, even in 4th grade. I believe this is because they spend so much time looking at screens that they do not get to practice making things with their hands very often. The struggle was real but we got through it with a little perseverance and try-your-best attitude.
To make the paintbrush, students carefully rolled a piece of black construction paper into a cylinder. Then they added a little glue and had to hold it until it dried a bit. The paper kept wanting to pop apart so this was also an exercise in patience. Next, students cut fringe into a small brown piece of paper and wrapped it around the black tube, gluing it carefully. The last step was to wrap and glue a small bit of aluminum foil.
The hand and paintbrush were glued to the background on the 2nd day. On the 3rd day, students used a variety of colored construction paper to create more fun pop-ups in their design.
I love project and how is celebrates the power to creativity 🙂
❤ Mrs. K
Spring Art Club kicked off with ceramic cups. This project was super fun and engaging. Students started off with a slab of clay. I am so grateful for my North Star Table Top Slab Roller which I purchased with SPLOST funds last year. It makes rolling slabs a breeze! I rolled the slabs in the morning so they had some time to firm up before afternoon art club.
When the kids arrived, they wrapped a plastic grocery bag around a standard sized can. Wrapping the can keeps the wet clay from sticking. They carefully wrapped their slab around the bagged can and scratch-&_attached a slab bottom.
Next it was time to decorate the cups. The kids used coils, slabs, and pinching methods to design a creative, one-of-a-kind ceramic cup.
Usually I would let a large and dense clay project like this dry out for at least a week but we were kind of in a time crunch. Luckily, there was a nice sunny day the next day and I set the cups outside to dry. (pictured below with some second grade sundials)
I fired them veeeerrrrry slowly in the kiln and luckily there were no explosions. The kids were so excited to paint the next week!
These turned out super fantastic, they will be perfect for holding pens & pencils or other trinkets!
❤ Mrs. K
Fourth graders did a fantastic job with these mixed media solar systems! We started this project as while they learned about planets, stars, and solar systems in science class so there were some great cross-curricular connections.
We began by looking at Starry Night and noticing the lines of movement in the night sky.
Students used liquid glue to create lines inspired by starry night on black paper. They sprinkled multi-colored glue onto the glue and placed the paper onto the drying rack. We used multi-colored glitter to represent stars that are hot and cooler, closer and far away.
The next week, we created a beautiful mono-print with ziploc bags, markers, and spray bottles. First, students colored on the bags with Mr. Sketch water based markers.
Next, they sprayed the bags a couple of times with water.
Then, they gently pressed a white paper onto the wet bag.
When the paper is carefully peeled off, it reveals a beautiful tie-dye watercolor paper. It was such a fun way to create a painting!
The next week, we read Tiny Little Rocket and had a chat about form and planetary rotation. Planets are 3D and we can make out planets look like they have form by shading. The part closer to the sun is not shaded and the part further away has a dark crescent. Students used cups to trace circles onto their painted paper and a black colored pencil to create a shaded crescent.
The next art class, students carefully cut and glued their planets onto their starry night background. They had to make sure their shaded sides were all going in the same direction and could also use scrap paper to make some planets pop up. They could also overlap planets and make some going off of the page.
This turned out to be a super fun project, the process and the product are equally successful and engaging. I love when students are able to make connections in the art room and bring their learning into other aspects of their lives 🙂
❤ Mrs. K