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Textured Clay Ornaments

2014-12-17 12.38.09These beautiful ornaments were created by kindergarteners.  Students had explored texture in previous lessons – crayon rubbings and exploring pressed textures in  playdough.  They started with a “burger” of clay which was pressed flat and flipped.  Students chose from a variety of found objects- marker caps, shells, popsicle sticks, etc.  They pressed their found object into the clay randomly.  Cookie cutters were used for the shapes.  After firing, the ornaments were painted with diluted tempera.  The top was wiped with a piece of sponge to highlight the texture.  Students applied a coat of tempera varnish for a glossy finish.  They chose a ribbon for me to tie onto their ornament.  Each student had time to create several ornaments.

Kinder Gingerbread

2014-12-14 12.04.45Kindergarteners painted these gingerbread boys and girls as part of a reading unit on gingerbread boy stories.   Students practiced painting a variety of lines and shapes before “frosting” their gingerbread cookies.  They carefully cut out their cookies after they were dry.

The No-No Board

Here is my version of Mr. E’s No Board.  “Dress up your mess up” is a quote from one of my second graders that is heard often in my classroom. I encourage students to think of a “mistake” as a chance to try something new.  Every year we watch the Reading Rainbow episode Regina’s Big Mistake to reinforce this concept.

Kindergarten Monsters

Kindergarteners loved designing these wild monsters!  Painting a smooth, even coat of paint was a challenge they mastered.  Selecting just the right eyes, nose and hair was fun for all.  Students expressed their creativity while learning basic painting skills.

Gingerbread Houses

Kindergarten students turned into pastry chefs for this holiday project.  Paper gingerbread was iced with thick white tempera.  Shingles, doors and windows were outlined with the tempera “frosting.”  Dot daubers were used to add festive candies.

Santa’s Closet-Kindergarten

Kinders worked with simple shapes: rectangles, triangles, squares and 1/2 circles to design Santa’s closet.  A touch of cottony fur and silver Sharpie added interest.

Under the Sea with K/1

After designing new beach towels, my youngest artists were eager to create an underwater scene.  They drew with Crayola markers on 9″ x 24″ paper.  We started with a flowing line of sand at the bottom, then added a long, flowing line for the water.  I demonstrated how to draw

seaweed and a crab.  Students referred to drawing books for pictures of jellyfish, turtles, shells, fish, etc.  Students were asked to fill the space with a variety of objects,  add interesting details, and use their best lines.  This idea came from another wonderful blog.  Please let me know if you are the author.