Thursday, January 30, 2014
This was a draw along with me lesson (see drawing above) which worked very well last night. I get some fairly young kids in the class and have been doing more draw/paint sessions of late. They love it and they are pretty good at it. The parents do help with the drawings as needed but the kids hold their own. We also had colored reference pictures to consult when we painted the birds. I chose cardinals and jays because they have similar shapes but dramatically different colors. we even did a bit of color mixing and added a few details like sky or branches to them.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
We started out with a bit of a history lesson about who Martin Luther King was and then I read part of his speech to the kids. I had made up a sample with the circle in the middle, printing I have a dream, three faces to color, and then a few of the colored hands in a circle around The edges. Some of the kids got very very detailed in their drawings and their colorings. We were fortunate to have a donation of people colored crayon to use for this project.
This was a super fun project for most of the kids and their parents. We started with large dark colored medication bottles as the basis for our penguins we drew on white foam to make the face and the tummy and cut them out and glued them on. We added beaks and eyes and all the other features some of the kids added hats scarves and a couple even have mittens.
We went on to do the polar bears for the polar bears I brought a large bag of stuffing and have the kids add that onto tubes. Some of them are very elaborate and summer quite simple.
We used crystal light containers to create luminaries that would be able to use battery-operated candle lights. I had the kids gluon torn pieces of tissue paper all over the outside of the plastic containers. We then took them outside and inserted the candle lights in them to test them out. Looks like real stained-glass.