Parents bought their school-age children an encyclopedia to help with home work/book reports etc. They were a bit pricey, and for some it was a real luxury to have a set on the shelf at home.
My parents bought the 1975 World Book encyclopedia for me and my siblings. In 1975. When we were kids.
They are now essentially worthless. Old sets are donated to thrift shops and libraries all the time.
But you should have a set in the art room!
You see, some things never change. Cats look like cats, the same as they did in 1975. Open the World Book Volume C and you will see tons of breeds of cats on a single page. Kids love this!
Take that volume back to your seat, kid. Draw the Abyssinian cat.
What does a lighthouse look like? Go get Volume L. A skeleton? Volume S. You get the picture.
Sure, I could look them up on the Google images. But I have only one computer, and I have a whole set of World Books.
If you run across a complete set at a thrift shop or garage sale, grab it! Or better yet, let your colleagues/friends/neighbors know you would like a vintage set. Someone in your town is surely cleaning out the attic this weekend.
Kindergarteners use circle templates as a starting point for drawing wheeled vehicles.
This is one of those lesson plans that is perfect for a single 40-minute kindergarten class. It takes no prep or clean up. Kindergarteners love cars and trucks. The use of circle tracers (various sizes of jar lids) for the wheels makes this lesson highly successful.
white drawing paper
pencils and erasers
circle tracers: assorted jar lids, old masking tape rolls, etc.
reference photos of things with wheels (cars, trucks, wagons, bikes, etc.)
Show pictures of things with wheels. Discuss how wheels are circles. Look for other shapes (squares, rectangles) in the pictures.
Pass out paper, pencils, erasers and various sizes of circle tracers. Ask students to draw something with wheels. Remind them to add a background or road. After 10-15 minutes, pass out crayons and allow students to color in their designs.
Kindergarteners often draw themselves and family members in the vehicles.
You may see drawings of all kinds of imaginary wheeled vehicles. Great!
We started by layering two colors of light cardboard to create a name art collage. Students could use their name, initials, or nickname. Students used hole punches to add interest to their designs.
It really helps to work with two colors of light cardboard when creating the relief.
Day 3: Cover relief with foil and black marker, buff with steel wool
I had students bring their reliefs outside. I sprayed the cardboard with spray glue, then slapped on a sheet of pre-cut foil. Alternately, you could glue foil to a whole stack of reliefs during your prep time. Or you could let kids cover the relief with glue stick and lay on the foil themselves.
Next, we covered the foil completely with black permanent marker.
Students covered the foil with permanent black marker.
Finally we rubbed off the marker with steel wool to create an attractive patina.
Use fine steel wool.
All the students loved this project! They felt the resulting patina looked like old metal.
Sixth grade examples:
Biana added a basketball, hoop, and her jersey number to her name art relief.
Grace used a heart shape hole punch to add interest to her design. Jonah added layered geometric shapes.
After their reliefs were complete, students did crayon rubbings of their name art. Some did rubbings of their friends’ art on large tag board and used it to create their portfolios.
Want more name art ideas? Check out my other name art posts: