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Sand Dollars

This was a fun and simple year end project that used up left over paint.  Second and third graders looked at a variety of sand dollars as the inspiration for these colorful paintings.  They noticed the roundish shapes, five spokes and textures made of dots and lines. Students painted directly on large 12″ x 18″ colored construction paper, remembering to pull the brush to get  smooth lines. Radial symmetry was emphasized.  The students carefully cut out their giant sand dollars when dry.

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Winter Prints

The blizzard of the century inspired these snowy scenes.  Third graders spent time drawing local wildlife which were then incorporated into a landscape.  Students included textured pine trees and a foreground, middle ground and background.  The drawings were taped to styrofoam printing plates.  Lines were traced with a blunt pencil.  Printing with brayers and printing ink was a new experience for the students.

Snowy Trees

Second and third graders created these wonderful winter sculptures in 2 classes.  The tree was formed from a paper lunch bag.  Five parallel slits were cut from the opening of the bag to its midpoint.  The bag was carefully opened.  The trunk was formed by twisting the bag from the bottom up to the slits.  Several strips were held together and twisted to form each branch.  After gluing the tree to a base, fluffy fiberfil was used for snow.

Students created the animals from small bits of Model Magic.  I demonstrated how to model a simple animal and bird and provided photos of skunks, dogs, bunnies, etc.   Each table had an egg carton with bits of colored Model Magic.  Students were encouraged to add interesting details to their animals.  A bottle cap of tacky glue was provided,  along with toothpicks for scooping up tiny dabs of glue.

Sprinkling snow glitter on the snow, or dabbing glitter glaze on the branches, adds a sparkling touch if time allows.

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.