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Textured Clay Hearts- Part 3 of the "Jolly Walk" series

My fourth grade students created these awesome clay hearts which feature a textured surface. They rolled out a slab and then used rubber texture plates to add the designs. The hearts were cut out using a template and a hole was made at the top for hanging. After firing, the students had their choice of many glazes to use. The glaze settles in the design, making them really stand out. These were hung on the school Christmas tree for all to enjoy. See the entire gallery on Artsonia.

Snow Owls- Part 2 of the "Jolly Walk" Series

I snatched this idea from a photo on Flikr. I apologize to the original artist, but I cannot remember whose- this was weeks ago! My second graders really enjoyed creating these and they only took one 40 minute class to finish. MATERIALS: posterboard or railroad board scraps (approximately 8" X 8") in various colors, scissors, pencil, scrapbook paper in various designs (approximately 4" X 4"), acrylic or tempera paint (we used acrylic) in various colors, clear or crystal glitter, orange scrap paper for beaks, metallic paper for eye circles, circle paper punch (1 3/8" ), large google eyes, small paper punch, ribbon for hanging These are the patterns we used for our owls. I handed out scrap railroad board for the bodies. I had a variety of scrapbook paper for the bellies. Remind students to trace on the BACK of the patterned paper so that their pencil lines do not show up in the final project. I punched out a bunch of circles for the eyes from metallic paper

Beaded Star Ornament- Part 1 of the "Jolly Walk" Series

My students have been asked to decorate a 10' tree for the "Jolly Walk" being held at our school on December 4. Because this is a community event, I of course said yes! But, then the enthusiasm turned to panic when I realized the logistics of what I was to take on: Make over 550 large ornaments that will be visually stunning with little or no budget. No problem!! After scanning the internet and brainstorming, I finally came up with some decent ornaments- and none required the use of uncooked macaroni glued to something. Bonus! Over the next few days, I will be featuring the ornaments that we have created to adorn this tree. BEADED STAR ORNAMENTS- GRADE ONE MATERIALS: lots and lots of beads, pipe cleaners or chenille stems (5 per student, plus some smaller scraps to connect segments), thin ribbon for hanging, nametags STEP 1: Have students thread the beads on to their pipe cleaners, leaving about an inch unbeaded on each end. Students need to put beads on fiv

Fingerprint Beads

This is a quick lesson I did with my pre-K students. I found the general idea on the Dick Blick website. Because I had some leftover Sculpey polymer clay and some Pearl-Ex powder pigments, I decided this was the perfect lesson to try with them. MATERIALS: Sculpey polymer clay, Pearl-Ex powder pigments (you can get this at any craft store- although I have the large set, it is also sold in individual containers), 14 guage sculpture wire (I happened to have this lying around. Honestly, anything that you can use to make a hole in the center of the bead will work), something to string the beads on (we used stretchy cord), extra decorative beads STEP ONE: Have the kiddos play with the clay to soften it up and then roll each chunk into a ball. STEP TWO: "Spear" each ball on to the wire. I pre-cut 6" lengths of wire and had the kids push their clay balls on to the wire like a shishkabob. STEP THREE: Using Pearl-Ex powder pigments, the students dip their finger in and pre

Busy, Busy, Busy...

Where have I been? I have actually been working on my own artwork. I recently took orders for custom artwork (a new venture for me) and was overwhelmed by the response! Below are some of the paintings I have done so far. I will be posting more student work very soon!

Under The Harvest Moon

This project was done with my first graders over a period of 4 classes. It is a great way to introduce VERTICAL, HORIZONTAL, & DIAGONAL lines. MATERIALS: 9" X 12" construction paper in variety of colors (for "crops"), tempera paint in various colors, large (stubby) brushes, 12" X 18" paper in a variety of "sky" colors, fun paper for moons, glue, scissors, wallpaper, yarn, burlap, glitter, popsicle sticks, fine line permanent marker, orange & pink markers, glue gun (for teacher use only) ENCOUNTER: Introduce directional lines- vertical, horizontal, and diagonal. I have the students use their arms in the air to show me the direction of each of these. Offer a variety of 9" X 12" paper for the students to create their "crops" from. Each student will need three pieces (I have them choose 3 different colors.) Offer a variety of colors for the students to use in painting their lines. I chose to use up these autu