Saturday, November 22, 2014

Brown Bag Owl

I was asked to create a Fall art project for my son's Fall Party. I needed to keep the project under 30 minutes. I prepped a lot for this to speed up the project. I liked it so much that I had my students do this also.  I created another art project similar to this. You can see here. I used many of the same elements minus the sewing (yarn).

I started out the lesson by talking about characteristics of an owl (feathers, big eyes, wings). I first started with the texture. I love to do U's or V's to represent  feathers. Students used sharpies for this. I had the students do the front and the back. (My son's class skipped this part because it is a bit time consuming). Then I had students cut out a larger smile on the top of the bag. This helped
 create ears (even though owls ears only consist of holes).

I pre-cut a rectangle to help students with the size of the belly. Directions were to create a big rainbow and connect at the bottom. Students were to create a line design and a pattern with color. I had students use construction paper crayons for the color.

Then students traced circles and cut out the eyes and pupils.
Students created their beak. Open or closed beak - it was their choice.
I then demoed ways to create the feet/claws. Then students glued the items to the brown bag.

The owls were stuffed with paper and the top of the bag glued shut. I used a hot glue gun to glue the real leaves on. The leaves were prepped with a gloss spray for a sealer.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Hand Print Moose

This art project is one of my favorites. I have fallen in love with MOOSE. A teacher in my building had a pre-made bulletin board of a moose. I walked by it everyday last year and thought....what a cute moose. Of course when an art teacher sees something he or she likes ....a project is born. Two things I knew I wanted to do was handprints for antlers and painted paper .

Students created texture by drawing lines to create fur. Then students painted paper using watercolors. This project dealt with shapes. Paper was cut to a specific size for each body part. I wanted to help students with proportions. It is easier for my younger groups to have paper cut down to help with drawing to the size they need. 

6x7 painted brown (head) – cowbell shape
7x8 painted brown (body) - light bulb shape
4x7 painted brown (legs) – steak fries shape
(2) 3x4 painted brown (ears) - tear drop shape
3x6 painted yellow orange (nose) – rounded rectangle
4x4 painted yellow orange (belly) – flower petal shape

Students used construction paper crayons for the background.