What is the best compliment I got today? Aside from the compliments on my beautifully tacky sweater, it would have to be when the 4th graders were making these and one said, "This is more fun than a rainbow loom!" Several of them didn't want to tie them off, because they wanted to undo them and do them over and over again. I love it when that happens! :)
The kids absolutely LOVED making these and watching them shrink in the toaster oven! Last year when I made Shrinky Dinks, I melted them with a heat gun. Some would curl and mess up (several did, actually), but in a toaster oven they do much better. The kids thought it was just "the coolest!" That always makes this art teacher smile. They were given a simple triangle and told to design an abstract tree. They made zentangles and animal stripes...very creative, don't you think?
The kids did an awesome job doing a step by step of The Grinch! Thanks to Art Projects for Kids for the tut! Didn't they do an Awesome job? These are just 2nd graders! I did it with them, and I'm so happy how they turned out!
To go along with our book fair, we studied ancient Egyptian art. The 2nd and 3rd graders made these cartouches and accented them with gold paint. The 4th and 5th graders are still working on their winged scarabs, so I will post those as soon as they finish those up.
I only have my kindergarteners 20 minutes per class, so the lessons have to be short, sweet, and to the point. I had this picture copied for them, and they went along with me drawing the different kinds of lines on the turkey feathers. I thought they turned out pretty cute! Here are a couple of "in Progress" designs.
This week, some of the classes worked on Haunted Houses. Needless to say, not one finished. We were making so many details! We talked about adjectives that described haunted houses, and how they didn't have to be perfect since many of them were falling down anyway. My rule was there could be no Freddy, Jason, or Chuckie characters. Or the actual act of killing someone. Wow. These kids have watched a lot of scary movies...
Anyway, I will upload some if they ever finish. These may go home so we can move on- otherwise some will be working until Christmas break!
The first graders created these adorable monsters. They had to give them a name, and tell where they live. Next week, they will write a story to go with them in their regular classroom. I can't wait to see what they come up with!
I found a wonderful video to share with my students about El dia de los Muertos! It is really wonderfully done, and even though it has no words, the kids will totally get it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCQnUuq-TEE