Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Jim Dine Heart Collage

Thanks to my friend Leah over at "what's happening in the art room" blog for this idea!

Tinted Hearts

First graders learned how to make tints and learned about the artist Jim Dine while making these adorable heart paintings! They used plastic forks dipped into paint to decorate them!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Celluclay Snowmen

These adorable snowmen were made by fourth graders using a product called Celluclay. It is an air dry clay that is pretty neat, although it is expensive. The lesson took the first half of 3 art class. One half class to make, the next half class to paint and the last to add scarf and glitter gloss. The second half of these classes the kids worked on a Martin Luther King Jr. mural. Pictures to come later!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Clay Dragons and Paper Castles

I love making these clay dragons each year with third grade. This year after we made them I saw on Pinterest Deep Space Sparkle’s paper castles here: (http://www.deepspacesparkle.com/2012/01/fairy-tale-castles-art-project/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+DeepSpaceSparkle+%28Deep+Space+Sparkle%29&utm_content=Google+Reader) and thought 3-D castles would look so neat displayed with the dragons in this same style.
The kids LOOOOOOOOOOOOVED making these. I had no idea what a hit it would be! Can we add a trap door? Can we add a princess looking out the window? Can we make the drawbridge open and close? Yes! Yes! Yes! Here the dragons are guarding (or about to destroy) the castles in the library.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


In Art class, 4th & 5th graders learned that Batik is the art of decorating cloth using wax and dye. Some of the finest batiks are still being made today in Indonesia. Students made their own Batiks using fabric and a flour/water/alum mixture in place of the wax. The last step was to paint their batiks using neon colored paints.