Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Native American Bead Weaving

Check the side bar for instructions or click the link at the bottom of the post. We usually weave every term, and this Third-Fifth grade class liked weaving yarn so much I brought in these bead looms I made out of wooden clementine and strawberry crates. This class is really patient and each child seems to love art. It is an awful lot of fun to work with them.

 Look at this beautiful rainbow weaving! We used 8 strings in the warp. That's a great number for making a striking pattern.

 One of the patterns we talked about when class started was chevrons. It's not easy to do chevrons and about three of the children wanted to try. Nice work!

 A mixture of patterns is fun, too!

 I find that children love to rise to the challenge of learning a difficult skill. They are so proud when they are successful.

 Next time I think I will hand out graph paper and let the children spend time designing before they weave. The classroom teacher also showed the children some examples of Native American Bead Weaving from google images, and I think I should do that next time, too, to put it all in context. But first I have to figure out my password so I can use my computer in the building!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fall Trees Collage for First and Second Grade.

 We put a big selection of materials about and spent a small amount of time talking about tree branches. Next time I'm going to bring a branch in as an example. We discussed how many branches are Y shaped, going from big Y's to little ones. The child who did this piece put her all into it. She was very involved, and it shows.

 Available collage materials were felt, fabric, yarn, colored tissue paper, construction paper, and odds and ends in the collage box.

I encouraged the children to add a little animal. Here's a squirrel!

 And here is a deer with a particularly sensitive combination of collage colors at the top.

 Some of the children wanted to draw the branches. That was fine. They are still building up the strength in their hands for cutting, and their hands get tired. The boy who did this wasn't that interested in the project but seemed to have fun dipping his crayon in glue and doing experiments with that. We wiped the glue off the crayon later.

 This child stuck on a bear she had made at school that day.

 My heart sank a little when I saw a whole ball of yarn become the top of a tree. She agreed to share the yarn and we cut some off.

 This child also didn't seem very engaged in the project, but I like the way he added golden chocolate box forms for leaves. I no longer take it personally that not everyone loves doing every project! It just isn't possible to engage everyone every time, and that's okay.

 Some leaves seem to be falling from this tree.

 The girl who did this tree was very involved in experimenting. She wet gluey tissue paper and squeezed it onto her tree. Her patient grandmother is always willing to carry something wet and sticky home.

 I love how bright this whole picture is. I really do love colored backgrounds.

Next time....Bead Weaving with the older children!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Paper Cuttings by Beth Curtin

 Starting with the most recent, here are my paper cuttings. This one is called "Camilla's Copenhagen." I enjoy making my own collage papers.

 This one is "Mama's Grandchildren."

 "Full Moon with Chalets."

"I Know Where the Wild Thyme Blows."

"Fox Girl."

 "School Picnic."

 "The Rosdahl Family Hiking."

 "The Turner Family Skiing."

 "Ida's Hiking."


"They Keep Getting Away."


"Great Oaks From Little Acorns Grow."

"Family Campfire."

"The Virgin Nursing Baby Jesus."

"St. Nicholas of Switzerland."

"She's Coming!"

Some of these paper cuttings are for sale.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Ice Cream Cone Collages

 This was the first project I did with the 1rst and 2nd grade class and they loved it! We talked about pattern, and several children demonstrated some patterns they could think up on some circles I had drawn on a piece of paper. Then, they were off!

 First they drew their ice cream cones with a sharpie pen. Look at this one! It has a bunny ice cream scoop with a carrot!

 They painted their drawings, which we dried with a blow dryer to speed up the process, and then cut them out. Here is a cone with a girl's face, complete with earrings.

 This cone must have taken time to cut out with such accuracy. After the cones were dry, the children glued them onto a background paper they chose.

 For those who wanted to add whipped cream, I had some cotton wool.

 I see some very meticulous painting in this cone with its two sizes of dots!

 I also had a basket of red soda bottle caps for cherries on top.

 It is fun to see the different waffle cone designs and arrangements of ice cream scoops.

 Timko likes whipped cream so much that he covered his whole ice cream cone with it!

Look at the patterns on this one! I wonder what these children would do with the St. Basel's pattern project I did with the older children?

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Robot Collage for First and Second Graders

 I got the idea for doing a robot collage from Deep Space Sparkle. Look at these adorable robots! This happy robot seems to be doing a little dance.

I showed the children some cut out shapes: rectangle, circle, triangle, square, and a trapezoid. I also showed them a sample robot using lots of colors, and told them to make their robot any way they wanted.

"You mean we get to use our imaginations?" Of course the answer was, "Yes!!!!"

We put out my collection of metallic papers, which I collect from chocolate boxes, shopping bags, Pepperidge Farm cookie bags, and coffee bags. We also put out lots of buttons, some foam scraps, construction paper and scraps, some painted or colored collage papers, (this is the fate of unclaimed art, I'm afraid,) and a few other odds and ends. The children are great at discovering the potential of collage materials. I also had a little wooden fig packet which I had brought in to put markers in, and while my back was turned it became part of several robots. I didn't mind; I was amazed at the creativity. I love how brave first and second graders are! One child said that she didn't know how to make the body. I urged her to try drawing the body with a pen before cutting it out. Off she went...problem solved. Have a look at these very individual robots!

 This robot has a folded cardboard head which Ruby, our helper, helped the child create by scoring with scissors.

 This robot has wonderful golden three dimensional eyes made with a plastic liner from a candy box.

 The child who made this robot told me it was a grandpa robot, complete with cane.

 And the child who made this one said her robot was a sea captain.

 This robot is jumping into a pool from a 300 meter high diving board, the base of which is the yellow line at right.

 The little girl who created this lively robot spent an enormous amount of time quietly and patiently working on it. She always gets very involved. I think her patience shows!

 This is a robot elf, the little girl who made it told me.

 Just in case it isn't clear, a little dialogue bubble lets you know that this is a robot, and a wonderfully graphic robot it is!

 This robot is sticking his tongue out!

Look how the girl who made this robot used a red and gold shopping bag, twisted up, to make hair in ponytails, decorated by a candy box liner barrette!

What a great project!!!!