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:
Yep! We’re still south of the border. This time, we’re in Oaxaca (wah-HA-kah), and we’re making “wood carvings.” We used florescent tempera paint (Sargent brand) on black paper to achieve these beautiful results. I was truly impressed by how detailed some of my students got. They’re really growing in skill! I wonder how cool they would look under a black light…
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’s 5th/6th graders had fun making these space shuttles, inspired by Lines, Dots, and Doodles.
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??
When we started this piece, I was really excited. Something inside me loves to be a messy artist, so when it came to the cling-wrap method of making textured paper, I was beside myself with glee. The kids, however, liked the squishy part of moving the paint around, but didn’t like the part when they had to scrunch it all up. I got this idea from Dynamic Art Projects for Kids, by Denise Logan.
Make sure you lay a lot of news paper and use HEAVY cardstock for this project!
We’ve blobbed our paints, covered it with cling-wrap, and tugged and pulled to make some great wrinkles!
Now to begin creating far-away galaxies:
See that little, white “F” in the corner? Well, I forgot to have the kids write their names on their papers, so I had them write an initial with paint. It’ll be covered up later, anyway.
How about a little sci-fi city for your sci-fi planet?
Try using different sizes of cardstock to achieve different lengths for your city.
Don’t forget to give your city a force field – because we all know there’s no breathable air in cities that are on outer space planets in sci-fi movies. Oh, and force fields are glowy.