Apr 24, 2014

Model Magic Flowers

I only half jokingly asked this 3rd grader if she wanted to teach next week’s class. I had showed students how to simply make and wrap rose petals, but she ran with the idea and added colorful stamens and beautifully detailed leaves. Thank you Erin for inspiring all of us!
1. Students started with a craft stick from Michaels (new ones that are skinnier than the classic kind) and some red Model Magic. They made a flat small circle that was roughly the size of a quarter, and wrapped it around the end of the stick to kind of look like a bud. They made more flat edged circles and wrapped them around the bud, pressing together only at the base. Repeat 4 or 5 times until the flower looks full.
2. Mix together equal yellow and blue Model Magic to make green. Made oval shapes and press to the bottom of the flower.

Apr 23, 2014

Flowers for Mother’s Day

Need a pretty but inexpensive project for Mother’s Day? All you need is an old baby food jar, tissue paper, white glue and a couple of green pipe cleaners.
1. Tear blue tissue paper into small little strips. Make a 50/50 mix of white glue and water, brush on the outside of a baby food jar, and apply overlapping strips of tissue paper. Continue until the jar is covered. Brush a final layer of mixture over all to smooth the surface before it dries. Let dry.
2. My inspiration for the flowers comes from “Tissue Paper Flowers” by the editors of Klutz. Proportion of the flowers to the jar is important, so I’ve made a pattern that you can download HERE. You make a small green folded “nubs” on one ends of the pipecleaners, slide on two yellow circles, and two white star flowers. Use a small amount of clay or playdough inside the jar to support the stems.

Apr 22, 2014

Felt Chicks

Yay, it’s time for felt crafts in my new afterschool class! First up are little chicks with pipe cleaner legs. I’ll try to post more info soon, but for now the biggest tip I have is to make the legs with one long bent pipe cleaner (as opposed to two short ones). Sandwich the legs between two layers of felt and you have a chick that looks cute from every angle.

Apr 21, 2014

How to Draw a Lion Face

Here’s a rather fun way to draw a lion. It’s large and symmetrical, which is usually very helpful for young artists. For extra punch, try drawing it on brown paper with oil pastels so that the whites of the eyes really show up. The pdf tutorial shown may be downloaded HERE.

Apr 20, 2014

Earth Day Doodle Poster

My friend Simona shared her daughter’s classroom Earth Day mural with me last year. I think it’s spectacular! I thought it might inspire a few more artists before Tuesday’s Earth Day festivities. My Earth Day Doodle Mural comes in two sizes, one perfect for doors, and can be found at my PDF Shop.

Apr 19, 2014

René Magritte Journal Page

René Magritte was a surrealism artist, famous for a number of paintings that challenge how we see things. You can challenge your students to express themselves with a magazine circle that is turned into an eye drawing. The print friendly pdf file for this lesson may be downloaded HERE. To see the entire series of Art Journal lessons compiled to date, click on the label “2014 Art Journal Project”.

Apr 18, 2014

Mondrian Journal Project

The Dutch artist Piet Mondrian (1872–1944) lived the same time as Picasso, and was heavily influenced by his cubism work. I love how you can see his clear progression from impressionism to abstraction in his tree paintings. The print friendly pdf file for this lesson may be downloaded HERE. To see the entire series of Art Journal lessons compiled to date, click on the label “2014 Art Journal Project

Apr 17, 2014

Little Birdies Watercolor Painting

Here’s an idea for a cute spring drawing or painting. Three very simple birds that are stacked on each other, with the highest one looking at a pretty flower. As always, few crayon details added before painting adds some extra fun to the art.

Apr 16, 2014

Happy Easter Message

This is one of the lettering styles that is included in Cyndi Hansen’s “Letter Better” book, and I tried it just last week in a class. It has just three simple steps that even kinders can easily remember.
1. Stick letters are written in pencil.
2. The lines are traced with a black marker, and all end points are “capped” with black circles.
3. The letters are outlined, preferable with thinner marker, and filled in with colored pencils. Who needs a computer when you can make your own hip and colorful font?