Heavy rain is forecast for tomorrow. If I happened to have some powdered tempera around, I might try this charming rainy day art project from Arts and Activities magazine, September 1969.
Want to introduce your students to texture? Try a texture collage project.
I found great instructions in the book Collage and Construction in Grades 1-4 by master art teacher/author Lois Lord. You’ll need large paper for the background format, glue, stapler and scissors, plus ‘materials of contrasting texture’:
Rough textured materials include corrugated cardboard, burlap…used sandpaper, wood shavings, egg-crate dividers, excelsior, and orange, onion and potato sacks.
Contrasting soft -textured material include pieces of fabric such as velvet; scraps of fur; cotton; bits of sponge; and feathers…
Materials with smooth textures include shiny metallic papers bought or salvaged from Christmas wrappings, chewing gum, and other packets.
–Collage and Construction in Grades 1-4, p.10.
Lucky you – you get to actually watch Ms. Lord teach this collage lesson. Please enjoy ‘Collage: Exploring Texture’, filmed back in 1961.
Not only to I love Ms. Lord’s teaching style, I love how she organized her collage supplies by texture and how she distributed the supplies. I wish she had been my teacher! Although this film was produced back in 1961, it is still inspiring.
You may have noticed Ms. Lord’s students used jars of liquid paste applied with a brush. It reminded me of this no-spill paint cup filled with glue at the collage station at San Diego’s New Children’s Museum. The cups come with lids so you can cap them up at night. You will need to soak the brushes in water after use. (note: this may be a good use for the brushes that come with your pan watercolor sets). Want more glue options? Click here and here to see other glue cups in the classroom.
Thanks to Wendy Apfel for sharing this excellent video on Vimeo.
Happy Throwback Thursday! Stop by next Thursday to see what I’ve discovered in my vintage art education collection.
Our kindergarteners just finished a fun paper cookie collage project. We used real cookie cutters as tracers to create our own paper cookies. Here’s one ‘cookie cutter art project’ you and your students will really enjoy.
- large colorful paper plates, one per person
- paper doilies, one per person
- manila paper, 9″x12″
- construction paper, light brown and dark brown, 9″x12″
- cookie cutters in simple shapes (star, heart, bell, gingerbread men)
- circle tracers (old lids)
- construction paper crayons
- optional: metallic crayons
- glue stick
The Art Project
Pass out brown papers and a variety of cutters for each table. Students trace a cutter, then swap cutters with their neighbors. We were able to fit about five large ‘cookies’ on each sheet of paper.
Decorate with ‘frosting’ (color with construction paper crayons).
Now get the paper plate ready. Rub glue stick all over the front of the plate, place doily on glue and pat down. Cut out the cookies and use glue sick to attach them to the doily. Overlapping is fine.
We added a few final decorations with metallic crayons.
The project was inspired by this post from ARTASTIC!
Connections to literature:
Mr. Cookie Baker by Monica Wellington is a nice book to read as an intro to the project.
What’ll I do differently next time:
- Use embellishments (glitter, beads, yarn, etc.)
- Have a ‘cookie exchange’ so kids can swap with a friend
- Use a variety of colored paper plates and doilies
- Adjust the project for Valentine’s Day (heart cutters, red plate) or Mother’s Day.
P.S. Want to see more food-related projects for kindergarten? Check out these Common Core-aligned lesson plans from San Diego’s New Children’s Museum.
If you want an easy art lesson or sub plan that kindergarteners will LOVE, try The Magic Pear.
The Magic Pear by Morgan Sweeney has 12 step-by-step drawing lessons, all beginning with the basic pear shape.
First of all, I cut a set of pear tracers. It took 20 minutes to make 30 tagboard tracers (tip: I was able to stack my tagboard and cut three pears at a time).
When the kindergarteners arrived, I gave each student a Magic Pear tracer, a piece of copy paper and a pencil.
We folded the copy paper. They traced the Magic Pear, then added features in a directed draw. Together we made a cat and a mouse. Then the students created their own art using the Magic Pear. The kindergarteners created a total four Magic Pear drawings, one on each page of their little books.
All ready to color with crayons!
You really don’t need the book to do this art lesson. Just make up some Magic Pear tracers and come up with your own drawing activity. Trust me, the kindergarteners will love it!
- White paper, 9″x12″
- Colored construction paper
- Glue sticks
Day 1: Read the book, talk about lines, draw the background
We read the book, noting the many rectangular buildings and windows. It was an opportunity to practice all the lines we have learned in kindergarten so far. We could see wavy, zig zag, diagonal, vertical, horizontal, dotted and dashed lines in the illustrations. Next we drew the background with Sharpie.
Day 2: Dinosaur Collage
I passed out colored paper scraps to each table. There were only two rules: the dinosaur had to be at least as big as your hand, and it had to be one color. The kids used glue stick to create the collage, then added more details (and more lines, shapes and patterns) with Sharpie.
This year Common Core is creeping into our curriculum, even in the art room. We’re encouraged to incorporate literature into everything. I was thrilled to do 100% successful lesson that emphasized line and shape AND tied in to a book. Hurray!