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Animal Eyes

Careful observation was the focus of these drawings.  Fourth graders selected an animal eye to enlarge on black paper.  They worked from the center of the eye out, lightly outlining the main shapes.  Construction paper crayons were blended and layered following the direction of the patterns and textures on the animal.


Kindergarten Still Life

Craypas and kindergarteners can turn a great idea into a smeary mess!  This beautiful flower still life was done by a kindergartener with craypas-and no smears.  As always, students were instructed to keep their hands from resting on the paper.  The secret to the success was the use of velour paper.  The texture helped keep the oil pastels from smearing.   Kids loved working on the soft paper.  Best of all, every drawing was absolutely beautiful.

Pop Art Sandwich

Giant food is a favorite subject for my fourth graders.   This 18″ x 24″ sandwich was created during our study of  Claus Oldenburg.  Students viewed and discussed his  Pop Art sculptures.  They learned how his early jobs influenced his giant hamburger soft sculpture.  Groups brainstormed sandwich fillings before getting started.  Meats, cheeses, veggies and sauces were were cut from colored paper.  Repetition and contrast were stressed.   Students waited to glue until all pieces were cut and arranged.

Stickmen Gr. 4

This fourth grade recycled art lesson started with a rectangle of corrugated cardboard.  Twigs were dipped in glue and inserted into the grooves to form arms and legs.

The mask was made of self hardening clay.  Toothpicks and broken q-tips were used to press in textures.  A broken q-tip was just the right thickness for the neck.  The dried masks were held by the q-tip and dipped into a cup of diluted black acrylic paint.  Metallic acrylic paint was sponged onto the dried mask for color.

The q-tip neck was inserted into a bead, dipped in glue, then inserted into the top of the body.  Fabric scraps were wrapped around the body and secured with raffia.  Students could add beads to the belt, or beaded necklaces.  A few feathers were glue to the back of the head.

This project was first seen on the Alum Creek PTO Gallery.

Hen and Chick Grade 2

The second grade study of Grant Wood culminated in this mixed media composition.  Students watched the video “Dropping in on Grant Wood” to learn about his life and work.  They used thick markers to draw barn boards and woodgrain.  The beak, crown, waddle and chick were cut from colored paper.  Fine point colored markers were used for the details on the hen.  Cut out eggs were glued to a straw nest.

Zoomorphic Pinch Pots

Third graders created these animal pinch pots.  Students chose a four legged animal, then referred to photos to draw a profile and front view of their choice.  Students first  made a pinch pot that was allowed to set up.  Next, students rolled chubby legs to support the pinch pot.  The legs were attached to the upside down pinch pot by scoring and adding slip. Students practiced the heads in modeling clay to work out their ideas.   The head was then formed in clay, and attached.  A tail was also firmly attached. The inside of the pinch pot was painted with tempera paint,  then a layer of color was added to the rest of the animal.  When dry, details were added with paint, paint pens, and Sharpies.  Finally, a protective coat of tempera varnish sealed the piece.


These little mice were made by kindergarten students after reading the story Mousepaint.  They blended  red, yellow and blue Model Magic to create orange, green and violet.  Each mouse was made by rolling a chubby teardrop of Model Magic.  Standing mice had a  nose pinched out.  Ears were made by flattening 2 little balls of  clay.  Wire whiskers and chenille stem tails were poked into place.  The tip of a new Sharpie was dabbed on for the eyes and nose.

Little puddles of primary colors were done in marker.  The mice are held in place with white glue.