This has probably been my favorite project so far this year. It was such a great feeling to see the kids do so well! They all had a great time making these, and they’re so colorful because the students used painted paper they made a few weeks ago. The background is a paper bag, and they used white and black acrylic paint for the eyes and mouths. Good stuff!
Here’s the process:
All the painted paper!
The finished tikis:
Yay! How about a post to kick off this year? At last!
This year, I have 6 art classes. Our art program just keeps growing! This is good thing, though it’s a LOT to juggle.
Introducing my 3rd through 5th-graders. Most of them are returning from last year, but I have a couple of new ones as well. They make a great group of kids!
They started off making painted paper. Using different texture-makers, such as forks, nicked cardboard, bubble wrap, etc., they were able to make some very interesting paper!
Messy hands equaled beautiful painted paper!
The papers were hung in the classroom over the weekend, and those edges curled right on UP. To solve that problem, I sprayed the back side of the paper, which helped them to relax. Then, I stuck some heavy books on top, and the papers flattened perfectly.
The students cut strips from the papers and gave them fancy edges. Then, they glued the strips to a large piece of paper and used oil pastels to make zig-zag stitches. I punched holes on the edges, and they tied the knots of yarn for the fringe. The turned out wonderfully!
The finished projects:
Last year, my 6/7 class painted lots of paper. We had it strung up all over the place, but we never got to actually use it for a project. When they were a 5/6 class, those kids tore paper into leaf and petal shapes to make their poinsettias, and they used regular construction paper to do this.
For my new 5/6 students, we kicked it up a few notches. We used the painted papers from last year, and they turned out great!
We drew petal and leaf shapes (for poinsettias, they’re pretty much the same) onto the chosen painted papers. I had lots of oranges and blues for the petals, and reserved the greens for the leaves. Then, we cut them out and positioned the parts where we wanted them, and then we glued everything down. To make it even more elegant, we used gold or silver oil pastels to outline the petals and give them their veining. Yellow oil pastels were used for the centers. Don’t they look beautiful??