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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Picasso Faces

This is the last post of our unit on Picasso. Thought you would like to see some different takes on wacky faces inspired by Picasso.
3rd grade - construction paper, buttons and fabric

5th grade -construction paper and painted paper

5th grade-

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Felting with kids....Some where over the rainbow!!!!



We had an incredible journey into the land of wool! Students were so excited to felt that the were standing while I gave directions. (Mind you it was at 8:00 in the morning!)

A couple of weeks ago my other teaching partner and I went to our local fiber arts fair. This is a great place to get dyed wool and roving pretty inexpensive and locally grown! I met a wonderful person who raises sheep right down the road and I plan on using her for more purchases. We are even trying to get our transportation director to raise a couple of sheep so we can have more wool.

You just have to tell the fiber artists that you are an art teacher and they will spill the beans on an easy way to felt with kids. LOL 1st, I tried the bubble-wrap method. It worked pretty well, but then I stumbled across the zip-lock bag method. Totally awesome. Check out this website for great directions!
http://kleas.typepad.com/kleas/2007/05/tutorialfelting.html

Ok, enough of my side stories, the students were told the process of how the roving was prepared then we went to town. Following Kleas directions, the students pulled their wool created their designs. I gently put them into the ziplock bags, added hot soapy water and then they pinched and smashed to their delight! When I rinsed the finished felted projects they just slid right out onto each child's tray. So here they are! it was all the rage! Everyone wants to felt now! It was such a fun day! Just Awesome!


Butterfly

Flower

Heart

Waterllily

Friday, April 1, 2011

It's the little things in life....


I have been so busy hanging up artwork that sometimes I miss the little things... One of my sweet co-workers said to me look at the floor! It was so fun to see these cute fish shadows swimming down the hallway floor. It brought such a smile to her and to me that every time I walk down that hallway I just smile!