Friday, November 20, 2015

Kids Make Pillows

These pillows were made by a group of Kindergarteners. We discussed drawing faces as the theme and they chose to draw either an animal or human face. The distinction becomes a little blurred! They drew on their faces with permanent marker and then I stuffed the pillows. I added a little piece of ribbon with their name written on it, and tucked that into the last seam.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Bubble Wrap / Gift Wrap

Bubble wrap can be turned into a stamp to print gift wrap paper and is an easy project to do with children. I printed some today that I will use as gift wrap in my etsy shop, but I have used this technique many times with children. The small sponge roller from the photo was purchased at a dollar store, and even though I used printing ink tempera works well too. Just don't press too hard so that you pop those bubbles!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Folk Art Fish

This is a fun project, especially since fish are such an appealing subject matter for artists, both old and young.
I assembled my supplies, mainly using material that I had on hand. I purchased foam-core, in black and white, at the dollar store, as well as large posicle sticks. I turned a damp sponge into a stamp pad by adding a small amount of acrylic paint. The wine corks I've been saving for just such a project.
I cut the heads, tails, and bones out of the foam-core with an x-acto knife. When I did the project with small children I had all of the parts laid out and they could pick out what they wanted.
The acrylic dries quickly so the children were able to assemble their fish immediately after printing.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Fall Leaf Prints

We printed leaves yesterday in my after-school art class. The children simply spread tempera paint with a sponge brush on the back of the leaf, flipped it over onto their paper, and printed. We had to be careful not to apply gobs of paint, but other than that, the children had a good time.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Paper Punch Collage

I'm preparing materials for "Crazy Shape" collages to do with some pre-schoolers. I bought three colors of card stock and a white card stock (tag board) for the background plus three hole punches, two circles in different sizes and one square. I'm cutting the colored card stock into strips and punching the shapes into them. I will let the children experiment with the punches, as well. The point of the exercise is for the children to layer on the strips and create new shapes. I'm going to experiment with a new gluing method, and if that is a success I will post about that next time.
I think they will be quite striking!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Simple Weaving

This is a very simple little project for Kindergarteners or first graders, plus it's a great way to use up scraps of fabric, felt and trim. I simply used white glue to attach the four large popsicle sticks. The red string is a lightweight cotton yarn. I tied each piece to the popsicle stick and secured them with a drop of glue. You will want an odd number of strings so that the ends of the cloth are both either "over" or "under" the end sticks.
I had a tray with these materials set up at an art camp this summer. It was an activity about the process as much as the end product, and did not involve any messy clean-up.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Crayon Monoprints using a Warming Tray

I was poking around a thrift store in my town when I came across a warming tray. They were used back in the 60s to keep casseroles warm. I was pretty excited because I knew exactly what I was going to use it for.
Once the tray is warm I drew on it with crayons. Nice fat ones would work well, but I only had standard Crayolas. The crayons literally melt onto the surface of the tray. The ugly floral pattern on the tray is a little disconcerting. I lay a sheet of white paper on top of the tray and rubbed the back with a rag. You do have to watch out that you don't burn yourself, so do be careful. I would recommend this activity for children six and up who will pay attention to a warning about the heat. The tray wipes off easily with a rag. I printed multiple times on the same sheet of paper.
An added bonus to my thrift store visit was a box of 200 mats for two dollars! I almost passed them up since there are some weird colors, but they will be perfect for sending work home with the children this school year.