Saturday, September 19, 2015

Paper Punch Collage

I'm preparing materials for "Crazy Shape" collages to do with some pre-schoolers. I bought three colors of card stock and a white card stock (tag board) for the background plus three hole punches, two circles in different sizes and one square. I'm cutting the colored card stock into strips and punching the shapes into them. I will let the children experiment with the punches, as well. The point of the exercise is for the children to layer on the strips and create new shapes. I'm going to experiment with a new gluing method, and if that is a success I will post about that next time.
I think they will be quite striking!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Simple Weaving

This is a very simple little project for Kindergarteners or first graders, plus it's a great way to use up scraps of fabric, felt and trim. I simply used white glue to attach the four large popsicle sticks. The red string is a lightweight cotton yarn. I tied each piece to the popsicle stick and secured them with a drop of glue. You will want an odd number of strings so that the ends of the cloth are both either "over" or "under" the end sticks.
I had a tray with these materials set up at an art camp this summer. It was an activity about the process as much as the end product, and did not involve any messy clean-up.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Crayon Monoprints using a Warming Tray

I was poking around a thrift store in my town when I came across a warming tray. They were used back in the 60s to keep casseroles warm. I was pretty excited because I knew exactly what I was going to use it for.
Once the tray is warm I drew on it with crayons. Nice fat ones would work well, but I only had standard Crayolas. The crayons literally melt onto the surface of the tray. The ugly floral pattern on the tray is a little disconcerting. I lay a sheet of white paper on top of the tray and rubbed the back with a rag. You do have to watch out that you don't burn yourself, so do be careful. I would recommend this activity for children six and up who will pay attention to a warning about the heat. The tray wipes off easily with a rag. I printed multiple times on the same sheet of paper.
An added bonus to my thrift store visit was a box of 200 mats for two dollars! I almost passed them up since there are some weird colors, but they will be perfect for sending work home with the children this school year.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Artful Animals at Camp

I did a couple weeks of summer art camp and here are some or our projects. The children ranged in age from three to six years old.
The goldfish are attached to clothes pins so that their mouths open. I glued the pieces to the clothes pins after the children had decorated them with tempera. The eyes are buttons.
W painted the wooden birdhouses and butterfly cut-outs on the same day with tempera. They added glitter and beads to the butterflies the next day. I attached jewelry pins to the back of the butterflies so that they can be worn.
I cut out some bubble wrap in the shape of fish. The children applied paint with a brayer and printed them.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Make your own Votive Candle Holders

I made these little candle holders for a party that we were having in our back yard. They have the look of summer and the beach. I also made about 70 of them, in the spring, for children to paint at the Montessori school where I teach. Initially I made them with Plaster of Paris, but I quickly ran out and discovered that a leftover bag of grey grout that I had in the garage worked equally well. I picked up the candles at a craft store and used the paper cups as molds. The cups had a wax lining and were constructed with folds, giving the candle holders an extra special look. Initially I thought that I would have to remove the candle from its metal holder and use a weight (washers and blue glass pictured) to sink the candle holder into the wet plaster (grout), but discovered that that was not necessary.
I simply mixed the plaster to a consistency that was easy to pour and then immediately sunk the votive candle, along with the liner, into the soupy plaster. I think they took about 24 hours to dry, maybe less. The grout takes longer. I painted them with acrylic.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Kitty Place Cards

I recently illustrated these little 3D place cards for a friend to use for her daughter's birthday party. If you "like" my Facebook page I will happily send you the pdf so that you can make your own! Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Clothes Pin Bride

I made a bride and groom for a co-worker whose daughter was getting married. I neglected to take a picture of the groom. The poor groom does tend to get overlooked! However, I used black pipe cleaners for the arms, painted the legs black, and used black satin ribbon for the tails.