Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Foil Abstract Art

My Students had a great time with this project !
Lots of smiling faces when they were done.

What you will need:

 Lots of cardboard cut into geometric shapes.
 11x14 size card board. 
 Note: I save the back cardboard piece that comes with the purchase of  Strathmore watercolor paper.
 Its strong and heavy. Perfect for this project.  Any cardboard will do.
 Semi small nuts and washers med. and large. (hardware store)
 LARGE string.(hardware store)
 Heavy duty foil
 School glue
 Black shoe polish  and or black oil pastel. I used Black oil pastel.
 Acrylic Paints or metallic craft paints. I used metallic craft paints.


 Start by arranging  pieces where you think they look good. 
When your happy with your arrangement, start gluing.

Next, glue surface. Carefully crinkle foil and place it down over the top of geometric shapes.
Start in the center and gently press foil over the entire piece,
working and pressing foil into all edges. If foil tears, no worries. it won't show by the time your done.

Now trace all items with black oil pastel.
You can also use black shoe polish to rub lightly over the entire foil surface.
This will allow the acrylic paint to stick to the foil.

Start painting.
Several affects can be achieved.
 Metallic paints used lightly will make the finished piece look more like metal. Altho, this was what I was aiming for....  kids that used heavy paints produced a more cheerful feeling.
I love the way they turned out !

Amazing. The same project. So many different interpretations.  

Wow.. this one was a lot of work.. good job Lucas!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Mother's Day Pop Up Cards

Mothers Day Pop Up Cards
by my Kindergartner's
After school Art

A fun and simple little project that requires a little prep work.

 What you will Need:

Scrapbook paper
Double sided tape or glue stick
Value pack cards or you can cut your own cards out of card stock.
Acrylic paint
Foam Mounting dots- optional.

Choose scrapbook paper suitable for the background of the handprint. Using acrylic paint, make handprint of child's hand onto the paper. let dry.
 Cut song page paper to 4 1/2" x 6". Adhere to the card, centered, using double sided tape or glue stick.
Cut out handprint to approximately 3 3/4" x 5". Adhere to the center of the card using tape or glue. For added affect try adhering handprint using foam dots.
Slide ribbon under the handprint page and tie a knot. Trim the ends of the ribbon.

My students made a pop-up mothers day note in side the card!

I brought in a heart stamp and 3-D small butterfly's to decorate with.

When we where all done, 
we put the cards in their envelopes and added a chamomile tea bag for mom!


       Happy Mothers Day!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

 Clay Chinese Dragons


The above Dragon was found on pinterest. Thank you for the inspiration.

You will need 8 x 10 cardboard
air dry clay
acrylic paints
small sponges
paint brushes 
water bowls for making slip.
SLIP: Clay slip is basically clay mixed with water, it's like paste.
Scoring is when you take a scoring tool (has a needle like tip) and you scratch the surface of the clay your working with, usually using a hatching technique (making X's).
After your done scoring the area of your clay where you want to attach another piece of clay. You score the other piece of clay and had slip.
You attach the pieces of clay together and then smooth the pieces together.

Start by rolling a coil of clay. then shape into a "S" like shape. Shape the head. Add wings, eye's, a tail with spikes, nose, or anything your imagination can think of. Let dry. Paint the cardboard as the back drop for the dragon.

This on is done by one of my kinder kiddo's. He does everything fast. I'm always amazed at how well his projects turn out:)  After the dragon is dry ( 3 or 4 days ) paint the dragons and glue then to the cardboard.

This little dragon is slithering along the flowers. Queen of her garden. notice the crown on her back!
OK. I admit the photographer was having a little trouble. But I just had to post this one. It almost looks like a real snake. The kids used the eraser part of a penile to make the scales.

This Blue beauty is guarding her newly hatched dragon-ettes! Well done kids!