Monday, December 21, 2009

Dainty Wire Star

Easy Dainty Star
Need: 5 buttons
wire, mine is 20" long for small star
skinny twine

String each button 4" apart on the wire.

Go through button twice to secure it in place.

Bend wire into shape of a star.

Tie off end wire at the end button, twist to secure, and cut excess wire.

Cut 5 pieces of twine.

Tie one piece of twine at each wire intersection.

Cut excess twine.

Attach matching twine loop for hanging!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas Baking without the Calories

Fun tile project!

For this project kids were first given Sharpies and paper the same size as their tiles. They used Sharpie to write their name on the back of their tiles, then they drew their design on paper first for practice. Then kids painted their designs onto the tiles. We used Enamels and Porcelaine brand paint for ceramic and glass. (Not sure if this is allowed in a school classroom b/c of safety restrictions - I did this lesson in one of my home art classes.)

Tiles were air dried 24 hours, then baked for 30 min. at 325 degrees. The oven does not have to be pre-heated, the slow temp. rise is helpful for no cracks. (Note, there is a chemical smell when baking, yuk!)

Cool tiles.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Picasso Must Have Meant This Angel Artist

"All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."
Pablo Picasso, Spain, 1881-1973

Christmas Angel, Devin H. age 8