Friday, January 9, 2015

Wrapping up 2014

Oh my, it is 2015... I can't believe how fast the year is flying by. Before we get too far into this twenty-fifteen year, I want to share a few projects from December.  The first is a little side project I did with my third graders who were done with all their work.  (which was most by the way)  We made beautiful marbled paper for the kids to create hand crafted cards.  And we did the marbling with shaving cream.  Now, I used to marble papers every year with marbling solution, which is messy, slimy, stinky (after a few days) and you have to prepare the day before.  I learned the hard way one year, mixing the marbling solution in the morning for my afternoon classes. Once I discovered marbling on shaving cream with watercolors, I won't go back- less prep time,  not stinky (it actually smells good), and cleanup is a cinch! 

 We marbled with greens, red, and several different gold liquid watercolors.
 Copy seems to be the best paper for this project.
 Several weeks ago I shared a couple Grinch art pieces I was doing with 3rd grade.  This is the last image I did with one of the classes.  I did this on the last day of school before the break.  I only had about 10 kiddos in this class, many of the students left after their class Christmas party.  
 Grinch and Max

 With 1st grade we did the snowmen looking up.  So it was a great introduction into looking at different perspectives.  We also did a mini lesson on cutting very small snowflakes.  They loved this and I had some great little leaders that were more than willing to help out friends and show off their cutting skills. It is so great seeing kids take on leader roles.

 The last project below is also another Pinterest favorite.  The kinder team of teachers asked us to do these with their students.  We don't make a habit of this, but we had just wrapped up our school wide art show and it didn't take much convincing!!  

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