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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Monkey Painting

 Here is a quick lesson on Monkey's...I love monkeys!  I did this project with my 6th graders and we focused our lesson on the painting called the Blue Dog byGeorge Rodrigue. Instead of typically doing a dog we discussed as a class what other animals we could do as a series like George Rodrigue. We came up with the Monkey. We started out by drawing sketeches of our monkey using some example sheets that I prepared. We drew our monkey keeping in mind that we wanted to make this memorable, so we added either a unique background or article of clothing to our picture. After drawing it on white 12x18 paper we used black elmers glue and traced our picture. Lastly, after a good drying time we using water color to paint our monkeys. Below is one example of our monkey painting.

Things you need:

elmers glue mixed with black tempera
Watercolor paint (any variety will do)
Monkey images
Example of George Rodrigue Blue Dog
12x18 white paper

Friday, December 28, 2012

Clay Bells

This lesson is called Character Bells. My 7th and 8th grade students created a bell using the pinch pot method. We started out by rolling a ball of clay the size of a baseball. Next, we stuck our thumb into the ball and created a hallow opening. Lastly, we took extra clay and created a unique character for the top of our bell. Underneath each one of these is a fishing wire string and clay ball. The rounder the opening the better the ring. The kids loved it and had a great time making them.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Art on a Cart before Holiday Break

During the last week of school I was "Art on a Cart" due to the fact that the PTO used my room for the holiday store. I didn't mind because we have a great PTO at our school and one week wouldn't kill me....I thought.  So what do you do when it's the last week before break and you're floating from classroom to classroom and the kids are restless and are ready for a break? Well, I did not know...but thank God I found this great worksheet on Pinterest you can find it on they have great drawing worksheets.  It is a perfect holiday art lesson. Elves!! My 3rd thru 6th grade classes used dice and created these awesome elves. The kids loved it and they were very engaged during the entire lesson.  
Below you will find the handout and a few student examples.

 I asked them to create some unique backgrounds for their elves.