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Monday, February 26, 2018

Galaxy Silhouettes

First place watercolor paper under the sink and run water over it until it’s completely wet. Then use black, blue, turquoise, and magenta watercolor paint to make the galaxy background 

Then use an old toothbrush and white tempera paint to splatter the stars 
Next use an old projector to trace the profile silhouette of each student on the back of the paper. Cut it out very carefully in one piece. 
The galaxy needs to be painted light if it’s going to be on black paper ( not too much black) If you want it on white paper then you can use more black. 
Next, use positive and negative stencils of clouds with tempera paint and a sponge. Overlap them at the bottom and keep the bottom dark to separate them.

 If you use white paper you can make white clouds on a daytime sky with a sun in the negative space using chalk. If it’s black paper then add some stars to the black space

You can also use the background paper to make a hand and put an animal or the moon or something creative in the hand!!

Last, create a moon and headphones with white paper and chalk. Glue this on last. Details can be added to the sky with chalk and India ink 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Faux Fordite Pendants

Fordite is a stone made from layers and layers as years of layers of paint that dripped from the cars at the Ford factory many years ago! When polished it is very rare and beautiful! 

To begin this project, first cut TruRay “bright colors” construction paper into 3 inch by one inch rectangles. Students will glue 30 strips together. 

I used a glue soaked sponge because it allows the perfect amount of glue and covers the whole paper easily. They just tap the paper on the sponge. When the glue is dry, you sand the paper on a belt sander. I let two kids on each sander and it works fine. Make sure kids have no loose clothing and any long hair is tied back in a ponytail. 

When they are finished sanding you will poke a hole with an awl and use a paint brush to paint resin over each “stone” place on an egg carton so resin can drip off the edges. Add glitter or gold leaf if you want! The fumes from the resin are toxic so you must do this step yourself after school, not with kids. I wear a mask and use gloves when using it. It will be solid as glass when dry!!  

When the resin is dry, add a pinch clasp to the hole and attach to a cord! I bought all these items on amazon! 

Thursday, December 14, 2017


Our school has a tradition of putting on the Nutcracker performance every year! Here are some Nutcrackers and a VERY simple draw a long that can be used by any grade!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Collage animals

Our first project this year has been a very progressive, multi step, multi media project that has really evolved as we created! Our first project when we got back from hurricane Harvery was to release some stress with scribbling to music....

Students spread out on the floor and scribbled to the sound of fast and slow music by “The Piano Guys” they love these songs because they recognize them from the radio but it’s all instrumental.
The students were instructed to use large arm motions that cross over the body. Any motion that crosses from the right side of the body to the left or vise versa uses both hemispheres of the brain since each side controls one side of the body. It is very relaxing and the kids LOVED it!!!!!!
The next class kids painted over thier scribbles with water colors, tempera paint, and India ink. They explored the way different paint resists or does not resist the crayon.

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They were allowed to use their hands at the end. We try to use all 5 senses for a while brain experience. We talked about abstract art,
Kinetic art,
And the experience of art. It is a process and not just a product that we create in art.

After each experience we gathered on the floor and talked about how they felt in one word. Students said, “Free, alive, happy, exhilarating, dancing, creative, like a real artist, quiet, excited, open,angry, peaceful,etc”
When the paintings were finished the students tore them up into strips! They were so upset at first. When they saw the next step they were so excited. 
The students glued the strips on a late paper for the collage. This took three 50 minute classes. Then students traced the eyes and nose of the animal they wanted and outlines the eyes, nose, and beaks with India ink. ( pictures at the bottom of blog)

Image result for envirotex litethis is the resin I use. I paint it on with a brush. This resin must be mixed one to one ratio and it is toxic so you must wear a mask. Do NOT let the children use it. You have to do it for them if you want the ultra shiney eyes effect! Wear a mask and use gloves! You can sprinkle glitter in it too for extra FUN!!!

Then they glued the eyes and nose on the collage. 
The next step was to embellish the face and add details. We used India ink and fan brushes to make fur and feathers. 
When the entire face was finished I added resin to the eyes to make them shine 
These are how the eyes and noses look before they cut them out. We used the fan brush for making fur. 
These are the travers they could use for eyes, noses and beaks 

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