February 28, 2014

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!
I think I will do this again this year...next week. 

I love Dr. Seuss and spend quite a bit of energy celebrating his life and talent as both an artist and an author.  These Trufulla Trees were quite a hit!  I adapted some idea I saw on Pinterest to suit our needs.
The kids had a great time making these in a simple 40 minute station block!
Have fun!

Using the ideas from the Lorax, we first made sand jars in inspirational Seuss stripes.

I used the Playfoam clay to 'plug' the top...it works fabulous!!!

I colored cotton balls.  You can use bottled water color paints or other methods...let them dry out for a day or 2.


Use a marker to stripe the pipecleaners- they are your tree trunks!
Then glue both ends and push on the colored cotton balls.
I covered the Foamclay with 'grass' tissue paper.
It works well to poke three holes in the Foam clay
before pushing the trees down in the Foamclay.

We added a pre-printed label on the side that said "Save the Trees."  Students colored the Lorax yellow and wrote their name there as well.

October 18, 2013

Mummy Obsession

Yup...it's the year of the Mummy!
I just can't stop.
I found all sorts of things to teach using them like:

The Gray Scale
Students had to find 8 values of gray when painting.

Human Proportion...

See our Mummy Unit
for directions.

Egyptian History...

We discussed 
  • Canopic Jars
  • Amulets
  • Anubis
  • Cartouche
  • Lapis
  • Scarabs and more.

October 8, 2013

Color Wheel Plates

Magazine ripped paper on strong plates- covered with Mod Podge glue.

October 4, 2013


My Personal Favorite....
The triangular gripped jumbo colored pencils!  They definitely steal the show for PRANG!                A must buy!
  • no more easily broken leads and quick to dull ends!!!!!!
  • colorful and intense
  • their smooth large lead supports little hands and covers areas faster and more complete than the competitors.  LOVE LOVE LOVE these! 

TheTiconderoga pencils are actually smoother as well....no kidding!  I really never spent the time to notice it- but I would recommend keeping them in stock for your classroom for an inexpensive solution to capturing grey scale values without the expense of fine artist pencils.

Although it may be difficult to see in this picture, the war between the competitors markers went well.  Prangs colors held up and actually were more opaque than the other brand.  I will be watching to see which ones hold up for a duration in the room- so check back.
The paint test was interesting and I have decided, to be fair, it depends on the colors you are looking for to determine the color results you will get- for example- the Prang blue was more true than the other brand.  I will say that the Prang brush included in the pack won for quality, however.  
Thank you to the Prang company for allowing educators to have such a hands on opportunity to play with their fabulous materials!  You have wonderful products and I will certainly be ordering from you (as I have in the past) this new year.  

September 20, 2013

Gelatin Prints

Huge fun and sooooo WEIRD!

There are directions on the internet explaining how to complete the steps.  Basically you need to mix (hot) about 8 packs of gelatin with 4 cup of water-

Pour it in a low tray like a cookie pan about a half inch thick, and let it sit overnight to 'gel up' for the day you plan to use it.

The printing ink is rolled on top.

Leaves or silhouettes are placed on top of ink.

Paper #1 is pressed down and then pulled off.

Remove leaves and then place paper #2 on the ink, as is.

That last print is the large one shown above, my favorite!

Paper Bag Tree

New Fall Trees

Made from tiny brown lunch bags, a twist here and there and a big smile!
I was pleased trying this cute idea off Pinterest.  My first graders were easily able to master the project and felt excited with the results.  The above photo was from our class.  Love these little trees!