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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Painted Mushroom House

Sorry, not an elementary art post by any means but a fun post about mushrooms.
This just springboards off a previous post of the red spotted mushrooms my students created. My teaching partner, who knows my love of this mushrooms, gave me this for Christmas, it is a mushroom smoker from Germany. You put a small incense cone inside and it smokes out the chimney. I just love red mushrooms! I have many mushroom ornaments on my tree and if I could I would have them planted outside my home! Even though the are poisonous!  Any way how cute is this! 

Friday, December 23, 2011

Reindeer Games

Just a little project that my 8 year old and I created. We found the inspiration on Pinterest-  Had a blast measuring, balancing and cutting the wood. Who said Crafty projects are not important! LOL

May you have a wonderful Holiday Season and a Blessed New Year!


Monday, December 19, 2011

Fairy Tale Red Spotted Mushrooms

Third grade students created these beautiful painted paper spotted mushrooms 
inspired by Helene over at Dutch Sisters
We viewed various Fairy Tale illustrations and the sweet little red-spotted mushrooms found amongst the grasses and trees in the forest land. Students loved finding them hidden through out the stories.

Week one: Students selected 12 x 18 white drawing paper, then picked one color of tempera paint to paint their sky, next they added tints of green and brown paint and painted vertical brushstrokes to resemble blades of grass. Some students added brown leaves in their grass.

Week Two: Students drew the mushroom tops on red glittered painted paper, next students painted white polka-a-dots on mushroom tops and added white painted stems.
We also talked about how these mushrooms are very poisonous and never taste them. Enjoy these precious mushrooms but only look please don't sample them!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Fairy Tale Forest Trees

So you have yarn cones, just not sure what to do with them?  Create a forest of trees!

Yarn Cones are cones that yarn was stored on

We used 12 x 18 painted paper, traced our hands on the unpainted side and cut, cut, cut. the hands out. Next we glued the hand down started at the bottom and working up. Lastly, we used the extra scraps cut, curled then glued them down.

Since we have started our Fairy Tale Unit we will be adding more to the Fairy Tale Forest. Please check out our previous Fairy Tale Unit on Flickr.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Process of Liquid Watercolors on Watercolor Paper

It is so fun to see the beautiful painted paper that my 2nd graders and MD unit created. We looked at the color wheel and discussed how colors placed next to each other on the wheel, analogous colors, complement each other. 

Do you see the continent of Africa? We did!

Next we discussed about color mixing and how colors across from each other on the wheel make "brown and muddy" colors.

This is the background to a future project so stay tuned!

Enjoyment was had by learning how to handle the colors- PROCESS is so more important to a young budding artist!