Showing posts from November, 2009

Country Christmas Trees

This project is done with second graders, but could easily be adapted for other grades. The results are wonderful. Yes, they are a little "crafty", but I believe in exposing the kids to all forms of artistic expression in the hopes that they may find the one area in which they may shine.

The process may seem long, but it really isn't that bad!!

Day 1 PREP: I buy the material at JoAnn Fabrics, but you could use donated fabrics. I use fusible web that is ironed on to the back of the fabric and then it is cut into 1", 2", 3", 4", 5", & 6" X 1" strips (I use a cardboard template, sit in front of the TV, and trace them onto the paper backing of the fusible webbing that has been ironed on to the back of the fabric. Then, I cut out the strips and put them in 6 separate baskets so that the students can choose their pieces easily. Also, I cut small pieces for the tree trunks out of brown scrap. That is my biggest prep for this project.

I also …

American Flag Abstraction

This project is so simple and yields stunning results! I hand out white paper, black permanent (Sharpie) markers, and two sizes of star patterns. Students trace the stars on their paper wherever they like using the black marker. Then, they connect the stars using stripes; hence, the "stars & stripes" of the American flag. To finish, they used marker and crayon to color their works. These were mounted on gold & silver paper (from Dick Blick- wonderfully smooth & beautiful) and hung for Veteran's Day, but could be used for any patriotic celebration.

See the entire gallery on my Artsonia page.

Veteran's Day Banner

I have made these banners with kindergarten to hang in our foyer as a colorful greeting for our Veterans. We begin by making the hearts colored to resemble the American flag. Students gain use in using a ruler (not in measuring) to draw the straight lines on the heart. Markers were used to add color. The heart shapes were cut out and glued to yellow construction paper. The stars were pre-cut using an Ellison machine and given to the students to glue on.

Between classes, I glued the yellow papers on to a 12" X 18" white piece of construction paper and turned down the top 2 inches in the back so that a yarn hanger could be added.

During the second class, students used fancy scissors (Fiskars) to cut red strips of paper and glued them above and below the yellow rectangle. Then, they cut fringe along the bottom edge of a 3" X 12" piece of blue paper and glued it to the very bottom edge of the banner. To finish, a blue and red loop of yarn was added as a hanger and the fl…