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Emoji Pillows in Art Club

Art club kids really enjoyed making emoji pillows. I did a similar project a couple years ago with art club but it was a lit smaller and more difficult to sew. This time around, instead of felt, we used Smart-Fab crafting fabric. It was so easy to work with and it is so soft! I traced out giant circles on yellow fabric for the students to cut out and sew together.

Once they finished sewing their circles together (with a little bit left open) they flipped it inside out and used cotton fluff to stuff. They they sewed the gap closed and designed their emoji.

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Red, black, blue, and white fabric was used for the details. It was super easy to glue together with regular ol’ school glue.

These turned out great! I liked the process and product for this project. The kids felt empowered to learn how to sew and create their very own pillow. It was a new skill for most and I am very proud of all of their hard work and perseverance. Way to go art club!

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❤ Mrs. K

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Me, Under the Sea & Sea Turtles

A few years ago I did a project with 1st grade called Me, Under the Sea. I thought it would be fun to revisit but this time with grade 2. Students began by sketching plants, animals, and a self portrait under the sea. Then, the drew on big paper and colored in their designs with crayons. The last step was to create a ‘resist’ by painting over everything with blue liquid water color.

Since I had all of the supplies out for a nice underwater resist lesson, I wanted to do a sea turtle version with my art club kids. As you can see below, the art club versions include other animals and creative ideas besides turtles.

❤ Mrs. K


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Ceramic ‘Ornaments’ & Valentines

Now that we are in the second semester of the year, I have a brand new batch of art club kids. Their first project was to create ceramic valentines. I did a similar project with last semester’s art club kids. They made ‘ornaments.’ I have that in quotations because I will not create religious artwork in a public school – there were several non-Christian kids in the class. Also my Jewish mom would have an absolute kanipshin fit if she thought I was having my students make religious-based artwork so I promise to y’all and to you Mom, that these are not specifically ornaments. 🙂

Anyhow, we began with a slab that students could pretty much decorate however they wanted. In the winter, most of them were created with the intention of being given as a gift so many of the kids made them personalized. For valentines day, they traces a heart template and then added details with texture or building little things on.

After all of the pieces went through the kiln, students colored on them with crayons and then painted with India Ink or watercolor to create a lovely resist effect.

They twisted colorful wires on to hang up.

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Aren’t they super cute?!

Art club is currently working on panda paintings right now so be on the lookout for a blog post about those soon 🙂

❤ Mrs.  K


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Kawaii Shrinky Dinks

Every school year there is some new trend that today’s youths become obsessed with. Silly bands, One Direction, Pokemon Go, Minecraft . . . the list goes on and on. This year my 5th grade girls are absolutely obsessed with Kawaii – the culture of cuteness originating in Japan. They have clothes and accessories and school supplies. They are Kawaii crazy! And to be honest, this is a trend I am also on board with because it is so dang cute. I purchased a few drawing books on Amazon  and there are kids in my classroom almost every morning who want to practice drawing Kawaii. Its awesome!

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So I decided to do Kawaii Shrinky-Dinks with art club and another group of students. Shrinky-Dinks is a plastic sheet that you can draw on and when you put it in a toaster oven, the paper shrinks in size and grows in thickness.  I don’t have any picture of the ones my students made but here are my examples. First, I drew my design onto sketch paper. I placed the transparent Shrinky-Dink plastic over and used Sharpie to outline. I colored everything in with colored pencil. Then I cut out the designs.

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I used a hole punch to make holes so that these can be charms. They were carefully placed on a flattened brown lunch sack (rough side up!) and put into a 350 degree toaster oven for a couple minutes. It is really cool to see them shrink! You have to put the rough side up because they like to bend and the smooth side will stick to itself and become ruined.

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Twisteez Wire is used at the end to create a charm/keychain/ornament etc. (Please don’t mind the non-Kawaii psychedelic stegosaurus that snuck in there) These were such a huge hit with students and despite being rather crafty, a huge hit with me too!

❤ Mrs. K


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Tissue Paper Tie Dye Notans

Art club ROCKED this project!

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It has been a while since I have taught Notans and since this was with art club kids, I really wanted it to be a multi-media project. So we started off “tie-dyeing” our paper with tissue paper.

I showed students a PowerPoint about notans so they could start thinking about their design. The next week, they received this worksheet to help them create the design. Each student got a black piece of construction paper and traced a circle. They cut and glued their pieces to create symmetry and negative space. Then, they added details with silver and black sharpies.

Great job Art Club!

❤ Mrs. K


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Art Club Neon Tigers

When I saw the amazing neon tigers created by the blog smART Class I couldn’t wait to try them out with my art club kiddos! First of all, this project gave me some serious nostalgia because it reminded me a lot of Lisa Frank which I loved when I was younger. I think I had almost every single sticker and folder that she ever created – especially the super sparkly ones. Even as I am writing this blog post I am wondering how I can incorporate Lisa Frank into my adult life. Shoes? A dress? A lunchbox? ALL OF THE THINGS?! In the meantime I will have to just be satisfied with neon tiger paintings. Here is my example:

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We started off this project with step-by-step drawing. I played the video from the blog post and we drew along.

If students needed to slow down or pause, they did wavy arms. The entire classroom looked like this:

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Students were encouraged to add more details to fill up the space of they drew their tiger small. The next week, they used black paint or sharpie to bold their sketch lines.

The last step was to use fluorescent Versa Temp paint to add color. I LOVE these awesome paintings, they are so full of character and really showcase the creativity of art club kids.

Great work art club!

❤ Mrs. K


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Emoji Plushies

This year art club has awoken in me a love for stitching/weaving/textile art. I have never been super into teaching these skills before but my art club kids loooove doing these kinds of projects and I find myself loving them too. So one of the most beloved projects of all was the coveted Emoji Plushie.

Now I have never taught plushies before so I though hey, how hard can this be? Well the answer is kinda tough when you have needles that have to be coerced and wiggled in just the right way to get through the double layer of felt. And its kinda tough when you go to the craft store and panic about how much fluff you should buy so you buy a 6 bags and didn’t even go through half of one bag and now you have a ton of fluff waiting around to be used. Anyhow, I digress and in all honesty I am glad that I finally learned how to teach this because it was really fun!

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First, art club kiddos had to design their emoji. It had to be one of the yellow ones because I mostly had yellow felt. They go to look at iPads for ideas.

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Next, students traced a circle and cut out the face. Then they used remnant scraps to create the details.

I set up mini hot glue guns on the back counter for students to glue their details onto the yellow circle. I was rather apprehensive about letting 20 4th and 5th graders use a hot glue gun as you can imagine. So we did a little safety tutorial and if they had a really small piece I glued it for them.

Check out these cuties!

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The next couple of art clubs were spent stitching around the circles. I gave a disclaimer to the kids that it would be really challenging to get the needle through the felt but in the end everyone powered through and created an awesome emoji plushie.

Some were based on real emojis, and some were completely made up. All of them are amazing – way to go art club!

❤ Ms. K


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Clay Penguins & Clay Organization

These clay penguins were such a hit that I did them with k, 2, and art club! Kids in all grades were intrigued by these awesome little figurines.

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We started off by reading the book If You Were a Penguin. Students practiced drawing penguins in their sketchbooks using geometric shapes.

The next day, we build the penguins out of clay. Students were given a piece of clay and they had to give it a couple of gentle rolls in their hands to make a cylinder. Then, they used their thumb to gently create a hollow space inside.

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Next, they used extra clay to create a cone for the beak, spheres for the eyes, and smaller cylinders for the flippers. They carefully scratched and attached all of the pieces together.

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After a kiln firing, the penguins were painted using tempera paint with glitter. We talked about how the colors of a penguin help it camouflage from predators when it swims in the water.

Once the paint was dry, students got to take their little penguin pals home! With kindergartners, I kept the paint simple with just orange, black, and white. 2nd graders and art club kids have a wider range of motor skills and were able to add details like headphones, hats, and bows to their penguins so they got to use neon colors as well.

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These are so precious — every kid was engaged and excited about the project which made it awesome!!

I also want to talk about organization strategies for clay. Doing clay with 500+ kids can be really crazy logistically. It can be really difficult to stay organized and keep track of everything especially because projects are not flat. Finding the space for everything to dry properly can be a challenge. In the past, I did not have a kiln in my classroom which made it even more difficult because I had to cart everything to the other side of the school to be fired in the other art teacher’s classroom!

Now I am fortunate enough to have a glorious kiln room so I wanted to share how I stay organized with clay. First, when kids are finished working on their piece, they have to bring it to the back table and find a slip of paper withe their name on it. They then write their number next to their name. I use this to label all of the clay pieces – I carve the first letter of their name and their number. This makes it really easy to pass back work and it is a lot easier than carving the entire name.

The projects are separated by class and placed into copy paper box lids on a giant cart.

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I keep track of whats what by labeling the box with the teacher’s name, grade, and day that they come to art. I also make sure to hold on to the slips of paper until everything is passed out just in case there is a mix up with numbers or names (there inevitably always is with kindergarten).

Towards the top of the cart, I keep some glazes, a hot glue gun (for quick repairs), and paper bags to take the projects home in. I also have a few of my own pottery pieces that “exploded” in the kiln. These come in handy to show students whose projects may have met an unfortunate fate during the kiln firing. I always show them my own bowls and tell them that it even happens to grown up artists and sometimes you just have to have a good attitude and try again.

The rest of the glaze is in the kiln room organized like this:

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I got really lucky when I inherited this art classroom its it fully loaded with tons of supplies including a bunch of amazing Amaco glazes!!! They are organized by under glaze, gloss glaze, and crystal/textured glazes. On a teacher workday a few months ago, I made some test tiles for easy reference:

This was super helpful so that I could see which glazes were expired and which were still OK to use. When students glaze, I place one color on each table with a set of paintbrushes and the test tile for reference. It helps students to envision what the color will actually look like since often it is quite different than what the glaze looks like straight out of the bottle.

Recently someone asked me what my favorite thing to teach in art is. The answer has always been and will always be clay. There is something really special when it comes to working with the natural element of dirt. In a world that is moving increasingly towards digital media, it is important for artists – young and old – to maintain a connection to the earth.

And now I’m off to unload a glaze kiln full of animal faces — blog post about that coming soon!

❤ Ms. K

 


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Koi Fish Pond

This project — inspired by Art With Mrs. Nguyen — is a 10/10. The process was something fun and different for my art club students and the product is absolutely stunning.

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On the first day, we looked at Koi fish in traditional and contemporary Asian art. We also watched a relaxing video of koi fish swimming around in a pond. Students used a handout from Mrs. Nguyen’s TpT store to sketch koi in their sketchbook. They were also allowed to put their paper together with their friend’s to create a collaborative design. They were reminded to show depth by overlapping and make their composition more interesting by making some fish go off the page.

Next, each student was given a sheet of 12×18 inch water color paper. They copied their design onto the big paper and traced over their lines with oil pastels. Then, they used liquid water color and salt to paint. I set up a water color station on an extra table so students could get their own paint.

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The painting took a couple of weeks because students were very meticulous about their color choices and sprinkling of salt to create a textured effect. In the end, these turned out to be absolutely beautiful.

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Awesome job art club!