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.
My first graders loved constructing adorable cats. Students cut out the head and legs from thin cardboard scraps. Tacky glue was used to attach the pieces. When dry, the cats were painted with a single color. Another color was added to create a calico or tabby cat. Jumbo chenille stems were the perfect thickness for tails. The tails could be bent into different poses. Students used chenille stem whiskers that were black, white, or one of the cat’s colors. The whiskers were inserted into a bead for the nose, which was held in place with tacky glue. Black Sharpie was used for the mouth, and the eyes were glued on.
This lesson was on Fem Manuals blog.
Fourth grade students created kachinas as part of their study of Native Americans. They looked at several hand made kachinas and photos of authentic kachinas for ideas. The body is made of recycled tp tubes and dollar store colored sticks. Colored paper, feathers, beads, shells, leather lacing and pipe cleaners were used to create the costume and mask. The base is a “branch cookie” cut from a fallen branch.