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Winter Collagraph Cards

The inspiration for this project comes from Mrs. Knight’s Smartest Artists! I loved the idea of using materials to create a wintery landscape for 3rd grade collagraphs.

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We started off by brainstorming different animals/objects/scenes we could show for a winter wonderland. Students used a variety of textured materials to create their printing plate. They drew their design in pencil first then cut and glued shapes.

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Each student was responsible for creating a printing plate, at least one card, and at least on flat print.

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So while some kiddos printed at the back table, others wrote cards.

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Students could choose anybody to write their greeting card to. they had to include a greeting, 5 sentences, and a closing. I have written before about how much I adore children’s writing especially when it is open ended and this project was no exception to the absolute cuteness kids can create.

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I have also written before about how much I despise printmaking. Not because of the mess but because it just never turns out that great. Also it is 2016 and there are 3d printers so why in the world are we teaching something as archaic as handmade 2d printing? Anyway. . . this project changed my mind a little bit because the prints came out beautiful.

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One particular class was super into the idea of penguins so there were many penguin themed prints!

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I really love how these turned out but hope that the weather continues to be in the 50s-70s. NO THANK YOU SNOW (stay up north where you belong).

 


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Snowbirds

037 Second Graders did an amazing job creating snowbird collages. The project is based on a project over at Deep Space Sparkle. We started off reading Snowballs by Lois Elhert. Students noticed the collage and overlapping details in the book and were inspried to include that in their own artwork. Snowballs-1024x917 We began by stamping birch trees on white paper. Students chose a piece of construction paper to glue their trees down. 040 The next week we created “magic” paper with crayons, liquid water colors, and salt. 2nd graders included a pattern of a variety of lines and shapes and were amazed as the white crayon resisted the watercolor paint. They also thought the salt-on-watercolor effect was pretty neat. 011 031 Our next meeting was used to create the bodies for our birds out of shapes. Students folded their paper into quarters and had to cut shapes in half — a great reinforcement of math concepts! The last week was filled with fun: 2nd graders used white paint and one little finger to “make it snow” on their paper. 008 White and black crayons created branches with highlights and shadows. 007 Some students had the opportunity to write a story or artist’s statement to go along with their artwork. They are absolutely hilarious and awesome! 041 (2) 042 006 (2) 001 (2) 005 006 003 007 (2) 001 008 (2) 007 (3) 009 (2) 018 010 (2) 019 017 037 016 031 (2) 015 (2) 030 (2) 021


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Snowflake Snowmen during #Snowpocalypse

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Yesterday around 11:00 when it began to snow outside, first graders marveled at the magical white flakes while they made snowmen. One student excitedly shouted “Its snowing and we are making snowmen!” to my delight (yay for making connections.) Little did we all know that the next few hours would bring a dystopian mayhem that would ultimately shut down the entire Atlanta area and create a frozen wasteland of abandoned cars, stranded people, and wintry chaos. In a city where people drive like maniacs on sunny days, this polar fiasco has caused complete insanity and a traffic nightmare.

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During my 4 hour commute last night (a 12 mile distance that usually takes 20 minutes) I was amazed at the kindness of people to each other. I saw people shoveling roads, checking on each other in cars, and helping neighbors. I am very lucky to have gotten to a safe place in a relatively short amount of time. My heart goes out to all of the people who were en route for 7, 8, 9 + hours and those who are even still out there stuck in their cars or sleeping in stores. Mimosa Elementary had several students and a couple dozen teachers spend the night — what a crazy situation! I am beyond thankful that everyone is safe and sound.

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This project (inspired by this project) began innocently enough and who would have known that it would end on what is being called #HOTHlanta #snowpocalypse #Atlantarctica #snowmageddon #snowJAM2014 ? We began by reading Snowmen at Night and noticing the parts of a snowman (arms, noses, scarves, hats, body, head, mouth, eyes, etc.)

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First graders learned all about symmetry when they created snowflakes out of white paper. This process was as complicated as Atlanta traffic has been over the past 24 hours:

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Researching YouTube came up with beautiful examples of snowflakes that were just a bit too complicated for my 1st graders. Before even attempting this I had my BFF over at fitnesscrEATures.com try to make some snowflakes. I figured if a 25-year-old Fitness Creature can do it then so can a bunch of 6 year olds.  I found that the “best” way — I use that word generously — was to have the kids fold a square up and draw triangles on it while I went around and drew a curved line.

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They created the body and head on day one. Some of the snowflakes ended up being cut in half and flipping it around to make a whole shape reinforced both symmetry and math concepts.

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Day two was spent adding details. Students used painted paper scraps to create a nose, hat, and shoes. They used crayons for the arms and mouth. Two buttons became the eyes. (Check out those neat-o loop/loom bracelets . . . those things are all the rage!)

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A ribbon became the scarf.

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One finger dipped in white paint made snow.

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I love how these turned out, they are so fun and unique just like snowflakes and just like first graders!

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* * * * * Stay safe in the snow, y’all! * * * * *


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Winter Mittens

Kindergartners made mittens just in time for winter! We began with Carousel Painting using tints and shades of primary colors. Folding the paper into 6 stripes was kind of tricky but kinders made it work.

Am I turning into the elementary art class version of Tim Gunn? Possibly. Have I been watching a lot of Project Runway lately? Absolutely. Anyhow. . . carry on!

Day two was spent cutting out a mitten shape and using oil pastels to create patterns in the stripes.

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Now before any haters decide to hate about the use of a TEMPLATE (HOW COULD YOU MS. K?!?!) I strongly urge those haters to get a group of 25 five year olds (with limited language abilities) to cut a mitten out that is both the correct shape and size. I never really understood why people have such issues about using template for little kids; it makes things a lot easier for them which in turn allows them to have ownership over their work and ultimately make them feel empowered as artists.

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The next step was to glue down the mittens onto construction paper and add cotton balls as warm fuzzy texture. Q-tips dipped in white paint created snow and crayons were used to draw the animals from The Mitten. This folktale has beautiful illustrations and the kids loved identifying and describing all of the animals in the story.

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The mittens look so cute! I love the amount of details the patterns and animals created. Great job kindergarteners!

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Snowbirds

2nd graders created beautiful winter themed artwork inspired by This Project at deepspacesparkle.com. Students began by creating “magic paper.” We drew a line down the middle and created patterns with lines and shapes on one side using black and white oil pastels. Students painted over their drawings with liquid watercolors and were amazed when the white lines resisted the colors. On the other side, students dripped the watercolors and added salt to create a really beautiful effect.

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Next, it was time to create birch trees. Students cut strips of white paper and used cardboard to stamp black lines. We looked at pictures of birch trees and talked about visual texture. This step was incredibly messy but very fun.

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The kids were so excited to use their “magic” paper to create birds. They were so creative with their shapes to make beaks, wings, and tails and added great details.

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Next it was time to draw branches onto the trees with crayons.

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Then came what many 2nd graders deemed to be the most fun part: finger painting! We talked about depth and how things in front are closer than the things that they overlap. Students used ONE finger to dip in white paint and make it snow in their artwork.

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This project was so successful because even though all of the students made the same thing (birds in trees with snow) they all look so different. I love when the outcome of an art project allows for creativity and freedom and fosters student’s individuality. Check out these beautiful masterpieces:

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Students who finished early could write a story about their birds and here is one that is adorable and great:

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2nd graders will begin their sculpture unit next week — we are making roller coaster hats!