Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Project I did with my class today.


I took pictures of the class in “scream’ Poses. Printed in black and white.  Had them create a background in oil pastel and watercolor. They must have a bridge and themselves screaming everything else could be changed. Here are a few.

My example:


If you could see her face, but oh well just imagine…..


Friday, October 22, 2010

A blog I follow great idea

The blog I follow posted recently about clay leaf bowls very pretty. I do  project with modge podge, leaf die cuts and tissue paper in November, but I got a bunch of model magic donated so maybe I’ll do a leaf with my little ones.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Funky Pumpkin Sculptures

I did this wonderful paper pumpkin with my 4th, 5th, and 6th grade. This was one of the craft choices they could create for our Fall Fest Craft bazar. We go over line and color use. How can these elements be used to create a eye catching pumpkin. I think they were successful at creating very distinct eye catching pumpkins.

Step 1: decorate 3 pieces of construction paper. Paint, oil pastel, crayon anything will work. My students liked using metallic watercolor and oil pastels. This is done with any size of paper I have the students create several sizes.

Step 2: tear or wavy cut into strips.

Step 3: Hole punch both ends.

Step 4: make a knot in a chenille wire and thread one hole punched side of the paper designed side down.

Step 5: loop the other side up and thread chenille wire through the other holes. Attach a bead to the top of the pumpkin.

Options: make leaves and create tendrils

Saturday, October 9, 2010

OK lets get this started! What are some good lessons you have done in October.

My two successful oil pastel lessons
I do a large 18” x 24 “ oil pastel pumpkins lesson with my 5th grade,.  By discussing form, and how layering of colors can achieve this when using oil pastels.

I do another oil pastel lesson with my 2nd grade using apples. This lesson deals with color and shape.. The students draw an apple then use oil pastels, they must mix and blend colors. no solid color apples.
I have a large collection of fake fruit I bought at the $1 store. That way I have it year after year and also I found the kids o a better job identifying what colors to use because the fake fruit show actual paint strokes of red, purple, greens etc.