June 12, 2016

Always Fly High {Hot Air Balloon tutorial}

When I was a kid my family went to a hot air ballon festival. Many brightly colored balloons dotted the blue sky... The sight was awesome, I will never forget it. I remember begging to ride in a hot air balloon. I didn't get to though. 

I don't think I want to ride in a hot air balloon now...
I am content to look up at them from below (I'm more chicken of heights now that I'm older).

Here's a simple charcoal tutorial on how our 4th-graders drew their balloons. Charcoal is one of my favorite mediums for all ages. It is smooth and soft, can create lines & shapes fast as lightning, and the final image is just cool looking almost always.

 Try it out if you haven't already. Dare you. You'll just get a little messy, that's all. I used the drawing steps from The Lost Sock 

{Charcoal Hot Air Balloon Tutorial}

You will Need:
  • charcoal sticks (various thicknesses if desired)
  • paper
  • rubber eraser

1 - Draw a quick line down the middle and draw a circle. 2 - Draw "pumpkins lines", less space between lines as you go further towards back of the balloon. Draw "pancakes."

 3 - Finish connecting lines to the "pancakes, and the opening to balloon.  4 - Add shading and details. 

From this...

To this! Makes you want to jump in one and head up into the clouds...

Each balloon has unique personality and detail even though the instructions are the same.

Always fly high. . .

May 19, 2016

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April 23, 2016

make a super soft Polar Bear with Snowflakes {DIY chalk art} with Kindergarteners

"I just want to kiss and hug my bear!" exclaimed one of the kindergarten students. For real, me too. They look so soft and fuzzy. But they're not. If only we could snuggle up to a polar bear. I would be selfish to keep all of these adorable bears to myself. So I'm sharing...

This is a super easy art project for kids at any age to experiment with chalkboard chalk. They can create and learn soft and sharp lines with smudging and smearing. These kindergarteners (80+) had such a blast with this art project. I loved it because they ALL created amazing polar bear faces and are artists in practice! Whatever we can do to get them to think, draw, cut, and glue - super good skills for any age. 

Here's what you need:

  • black construction paper (main paper)
  • white chalk
  • small piece of black (nose)
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • permanent marker

hello there!

  • Using the chalk, (try to use most of the paper with the face) DRAW A LINE starting near the bottom and all the way back down to create the head (we called it a full rainbow or upside down U).
  • Then add the EARS on each side, same U shape.
  • Next use the FLAT SIDE of the chalk to fill in the head and ears.
  • Take your finger and SMEAR the chalk inside the head and around the edges to create a smooth and fuzzy surface.
  • Draw little circles for snowflakes/stars and then smear a little bit to appear glowing.

  • Next draw a triangle for the nose, round off the tips, cut out, and glue.

  • With a permanent marker draw details for the eyes, ears, nose and mouth (a little jingle).

Adorable Fuzzy Polar Bears

Aren't they cute? I love kid art skills.

Happy Bears

February 25, 2016

Come walk in our Winter Woodland Forests

Imagine your own Winter Wonderland Forest...
They did.

This art project was awesome! I found a few crayon resist art images on Pinterest (with no links to any websites-sorry, no references). With a few requirements of trees and branches, I let the students be creative. Here is what they came up with:

Crayon & Watercolor Resist Art Project

 Materials Needed: 

  • white or light blue paper
  • white crayon and brown crayon (for branches)
  • other crayon colors (for cabin or animals if desired)
  • watercolors & brush (for trees, sky and ground)

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  • They had the choice of using white paper(with brown branches) or light blue paper(with white branches). 
  • All they needed to do is make sure their trees and ground has plenty of white crayon snow to create a colorful WINTER WONDERLAND! I love these!

Two clear examples of WHITE and LIGHT BLUE paper:

Crayon on White paper

Crayon on Light Blue paper

Wouldn't you love to walk in their Winter Forests!