Showing posts from November, 2010

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.


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 five pipe cleaners.

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 press down on …

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.

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)


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 autumnal colors from a …