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Henna Hands

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Fourth graders created these scratch art hands as part of a unit on the art of India.  They looked at images of henna hands and henna designs for inspiration.  This was their first experience using a wooden stylus to etch through scratch art paper.  They took great care with the new process.  Objectives included etching precise lines, balancing light and dark areas, and filling the space.  They cut a freehand border after using a glue stick to attach the hand to colored paper.  Next time I will allow students to lightly pencil in a border before cutting.

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Royal Portraits Grade 2

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We started this lesson with a brief power point about the Middle Ages.  Students viewed images of castles, queens, kings, knights, armor, tapestries and illuminated letters.  Students worked on 16 x 20″ pages of heavy peach  paper.  To ensure the portrait was large, I had students create their own oval face template on scrap paper.  They traced the oval lightly in chalk onto the large paper.  From that point on, the students used black tempera to add the face, crown and clothing.  We looked at examples of kings and queens for ideas when designing the crown and royal clothing.  Students used jumbo craypas to add color.  The final step was to use the sides of broken craypas to layer color in the background.  White was used to provide contrast between the portrait and background.

Pysanky

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Second and third graders designed a glowing Pysanky using chalk on black paper.  Reading Rainbows Reshenka’s Eggs was the inspiration for these beautiful drawings.  The author demonstrated the process of using dyes and wax to create the traditional Ukrainian eggs.  We examined Pysankys to note the basic format of the design.  Students used double horizontal, vertical or diagonal lines to set up their design.  They added traditional Pysanky lines and motifs to create symmetrical images.  During the demonstration I showed how to hold the chalk before dipping the. tip into water.  I reminded students to keep hands off any colored areas to avoid smudges.  They used a kneaded eraser to clean up the few smudges.  Ambrite chalk produces the most vibrant colors compared to the other brands I have used.

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Students used their own water cup and shared chalk with a partner.