Monday, February 15, 2010

Creating Motion

After a few missed classes due to snow cancellations and holidays I needed a lesson that wrapped a few art terms together, but was simple 1 class lesson for my 2nd grade.  After a lesson about cave art the students created a chalk stencil horses. These came out wonderful and the students learned a little about art history, overlapping, and worked with the stenciling. We also discussed the motion and how it looks like the horses are running in a herd.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

What art project can I do with snow?

I am thinking of bring snow in for my K and 1st grade and letting them build a snow castle. Now sure if it would work. I have large pans I use for plaster casting. I may test that out today since it is snowing. I also read a Little House in the Prairie Cookbook and read about maple candy they made by pouring onto snow to cool. I then cross searched it and found a recipe where you boil maple syrup and then place it in a crock pot and have the kids spoon it onto shaved ice. I may test that out maybe they could create poured designs? let you know how that works.

Another idea I found I am going to try is from dick blick chocolate molds. I cannot find it online but in the recent catalog they have a lesson using clay to create a chocolate mold. While searching the site they have new video workshops that are worth checking out.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Working with Clay

I have found the best clay Crayola air dry clay it is the best air dry clay I have used. My 7th and 8th grade students have been using it for kick wheel pottery throwing and it is the only air dry clay I have seen that doesn’t crumble when used on the wheel.  Some students has started to sculpt with it and it has held up.