One project I really enjoy doing with the kinders are texture plate turkeys to get into the fall season. We do this project right in the middle of our clay lesson because we discuss textures. With clay, the students roll a ball and then smoosh it down into a "pancake". Then they use different fun tools (old pieces of jewelry, texture tools, stamps, etc.) to create TEXTURE! While these are drying and getting fired, we work on our textured turkeys. We look at texture plates and the students learn how to place their paper over top and rub a crayon over them to make the texture show up on their plates (implied texture). We then cut out our turkeys and create the turkey bodies and assemble everything! Some kids got really creative! One turkey is wearing a tuxedo. Once the turkeys are done, so is their clay, which we paint with watercolors.
The final kinder project shown is the Snowmen at Night picture. We read this book during the winter time (when we are having loads of snow days!) and the kids get to come up with what they believe snowmen do at night. The one snow man with lots of green coming from him...that's his scarf flapping around and around as the snowman rolls down a hill...I mean, how funny and creative are these little ones?!
Second grade: Who is Mona Lisa? (easy/quick end of year), pinch pots with watercolor, and Paul Klee inspired self-portraits with tissue paper.
Dale Chihuly: As a 2-4th grade project, students looked at the blown glass works of Dale Chihuly! We watched videos of him creating is art and then set out to create a collaborative work of art based on his ideas. We used plastic bottles, tissue paper, and mod podge to create this Chihuly inspired "tree" which was set up for the holiday concert. Let's say this project was quite messy. We had bottles hanging to dry in different areas of the room for a few weeks, so it was kind of crazy! But I would love to do this again because originally we were going to make small chandeliers for the classroom. Then I was asked if the students would be able to make something for the holiday concert, so we switched gears a little. I think this year I'd like to focus on small chandelier-like sculptures that we can hang up and enjoy!
Other lessons shown are: symmetrical snowflakes (2nd), abstract cardboard sculptures (1st), clay slab fish (4th), pinch pot dragons (3rd), and clay fish (1st).
Great projects are started, so new posts will be coming your way!