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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Dream Catchers

This has been one of the most successful, fun, and easy projects I have ever done with 5th grade! I cannot wait to post the rest at the end of the week after they paint them!! This looks hard but its very easy!! 
You can youtube the history of the dreamcatcher before you start
We are combining radial designs in the form of a dream catcher.

The bad dreams get trapped in the web and the good dreams pass through. 

begin with 6-8 circles using a compass
add a symbol or simple design in each circle. Four beads or gemstones can be woven in to represent the 4 directions; North South East and West

You can make up designs or use symbols that represent you like the first letter of your last name, your zodiac sign, a flower petal, a christian fish, a favorite shape, or even a quote or meaningful word.
Then just repeat the symbol all the way around the circle. you will begin to see new shapes and when parts are filled in, other parts stand out more.

For the feathers you have to look at real feathers and images of feathers. Owl feathers represent wisdom and eagle feathers represent courage.
Begin with a pencil outline of the shape of the feather. The bottom of the feather has downy fuzz and the tip can be round or tapered. 
 then draw small separations angled upwards towards the tip. If they dont sketch the shape first, their feathers will look like Christmas trees.
then outiline with sharpie and erase the pencil line in front of the little separations in the feather.
Encourage kids to draw LARGE feathers and even overlap them

 They can add embellishments too

Add details with construction paper crayons, but dont color in the whole thing. Limit your color pallet to 2-4 colors
Run water over the whole drawing in the sink until completely wet

 Then use liquid watercolor and a large flat brush to drop on color in large sections and drip to blend until completely mud!

Then add salt

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Art to Remember Peacocks, Zentangle Animals, Trees, Hand Print Fish

This year we are doing a fundraiser with Art to Remember. This is a fabulous company that turns your student's artwork into all kinds of cool products! 

You can click the link on the Art To Remember advertisement on the side of my blog to learn more!! 

Here is the lesson plan for the peacocks 

The video above was made using the free App "Motion Portrait"
It is SO fun, just draw or paint a picture of someone, take a photo, and bring it to LIFE!!

Third graders made these cool trees!

5th graders made a zentangle animal with a gradation value background. They turned out SO beautiful!!

 The kindergarten and 1st graders made colorful hand print fish tanks! They were SO cute!

The company made it very easy by providing labels for each child's art. After labeling we packed them up and sent them off to be printed.

Next we received an order form for every child with a picture of their artwork on the front and inside were pictures of all the fabulous items you can purchase!  

 We have collected all of our order forms at this point and sent them in. We are anxiously awaiting our gifts to come just in time for Christmas!! I cannot wait to make my next post when we get all of our Art To Remember products!! Visit my blog next week to see some happy kids with their purchases!!!

Here's a Holiday Draw-a-long of the Grinch to try!!

Shrimp, BunBun, and Rudy wish you a VERY Merry Christmas!!!

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