Monday, June 18, 2012

Drippy Art

I've been wanting to do some type of "Pour Painting" ever seeing this video a while back.  I've been hesitant because I wasn't sure about using so much paint for a project that might not turn out well, and also wondering how to manage a class of students doing the "pour" art all at the same time.
So when last day of school came around, I had a number of old canvases that had been donated and a number of small bottles of acrylics paints and decided to let the kids go for it.
I loved watching them experiment with the colors and dripping the paint down the canvases, but if I ever do the project again, I'll do it on a different day rather than the last day of school.  Last day of school is too crazy already, and to add a crazy art lesson was too much for me.
I can share though that the project used less paint than I thought it would.  Just a little paint dripped a long ways.
I originally had a few different ideas for dripping the paint.  Using spoons, using syringes (that was messy joke!), but eventually I realized for the purpose of having 12 kids doing the project at the same time meant that they just had to pour the paints right out of the 2 oz. bottles.  Next time I'll plan farther in advance and get more cans of paint donated and we'll use spoons.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Father's Day "Heart Books"

These Heart Books were made by 1st graders.  (Note, I folded paper and drew half a heart on the fold for each child before the lesson because many of the 1st graders would have had a hard time drawing the half heart big enough for a book.  I also drew the half circles on the fold ahead of time.)
Step 1:  Kids cut both papers at the same time on the fold.  They also cut 3 half-circles on the fold too to create the holes for the yarn binding.
Step 2:  Thread yarn through the 3 holes and tie a know at the bottom.
Step 3:  Write and illustrate the book, "Why I Love You"

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Being Foodies in the Art Room

Have you seen this book?  It's very entertaining.

My high school art students made their own versions of food "beings".  It was fun:)