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Nutcracker Portraits

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This December lesson was incredibly successful for 4 reasons:

1. Interest was high because every student was participating in our winter musical: The Nutcracker. 

2. The lesson was structured yet allowed for creative choices.

3. Every step and part was demonstrated.

4. GLITTER!!!

December lessons work best when presented in small, highly structured doses. Full color visuals were available at every table, charts of different parts were presented as needed, and real nutcrackers were on display for inspiration. Students chose 2 or 3 colors for the jacket and hat, just like teams use the same 2 or 3 colors for their uniforms and headgear.

Day 1-Jacket

  • Critique images of nutcrackers’ uniforms, noting colors, shapes, details, designs, etc.
  • Select colors from precut papers:   1 12″x 6″ for jacket,  2 4″ x 6″ pieces for the jacket center and shoulders, 1   2″ x 6″ piece for the very center of the jacket.
  • Glue the jacket and center pieces down.
  • Fold and trim the shoulder pieces and then glue into place.
  • Add sashes, medals, etc.

Day 2-Face

  • Select skin toned paper.  Trace and cut a circle. Glue onto the jacket, slightly overlapping the jacket.
  • Add cut paper/Sharpie eyes in the center of the face.  Add eyebrows with Sharpies. Refer to charts for samples.
  • Add cheeks if desired, using colored paper or colored pencils.
  • Draw a simple long triangle or circle nose in Sharpie.
  • Practice and draw a mustache under the nose.
  • Add a small red rectangle for the open mouth.  Cut teeth from white paper and glue into place.
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Day 3-Hat or crown and hair

  • Repeat at least 2 colors that were used in the jacket.
  • Cut a symmetrical hat or crown.
  • Add details with colored paper.
  • Draw hair with a Sharpie.

Day 3-Glitter/beard

  • Outline the entire headpiece with glue.  Make sure to have the glue TIP TOUCH paper to ensure a uniform line.
  • Outline shapes on the hat with glue, and add small glue shapes if desired.
  • Sprinkle glue on the entire hat all at once.
  • Shake off the extra glitter into a cup.
  • Outline all parts of the jacket with glue.  Include glue buttons and fringe.
  • Sprinkle glue on the entire jacket all at once.
  • Shake of the extra glue into a cup.
  • Add a faux fur beard along the bottom of the mouth.

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Elf

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My seconds graders were so into Elf on a Shelf.  They loved making these 42″ elves.  The secret to their success was to present a part and complete it before going onto the  next.  We started with the shirt and pants.  Students were allowed to use 2 or 3 colors for the suit and hat.  We talked about their favorite sports teams, and how each part of the uniform repeated the same colors.  The next class focused on the face, ears, hands and shoes.  On the last day, students fit a special hat onto the head and decorated it with the their “team” colors.  We brainstormed elf jobs and students could add a tool, ribbon, present, etc. for their elf to hold.

Textured Rudolph Collage

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First graders worked with texture and shape to create these adorable Rudolphs.  They used large brushes to swirl glitter paint for the sky.  Corrugated paper, fluffy cotton, fuzzy poms and shiny wiggle eyes were used for the reindeer.  Students had fun posing the head and legs to show movement.

Symmetrical Ornaments Grade Four

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Fourth graders viewed examples of hand blown glass ornaments as the inspiration for this collage.  Students sketched an ornament by stacking ovals, rectangles, triangles, etc.  They folded their sketches in half vertically, then cut out the best side.  This pattern was traced onto the back of foil paper.  The ornaments were cut out and then decorated with smaller shapes.  Glitter was used to outline shapes and create decorative  lines and dots.   Glittering was done inside of a box lid to contain any spills.

 

 

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.

Primary Playgrounds

Kindergarteners and first graders had a blast designing their ideal playgrounds.  Starting with an elevated fort, they added bridges, tunnels, ladders, slides, swings, climbing walls and more.  Trays of primary colored squares, rectangles and thin strips were shared at each table.

Paper Castles

This second grade lesson incorporated architecture, art history, sculpture, and collage.  Students viewed a variety of castles and learned how and why castles were built.  They  learned how to roll cylinders and join paper with glue and slits.  Details were added with cut paper.