As the school year winds down, supplies seem to be at a premium. I do my best to be very budget conscious since my program is funded entirely through the generosity of parents and our foundation. Because of this, I tend to slide in to the last few weeks of art with just enough paper, paint and glue to get us through to the end of the year.
This is one of those lessons that is easy to do on a budget with a few donated newspapers and some scraps of construction paper. I usually have a good sized bin of paper scraps by the end of the year and I have a stack of newspaper from a few years ago so that made this project even easier. I first showed students some examples I had made and then I demoed how to cut different animal heads, ears, snouts, and bodies for the students and they chose what animal they wanted to create and how they wanted to create it.
If you do an online search for newsprint animals you will likely have even more examples of this lesson to choose from. These were our version and we completed them in one 45 minute session.
One of my favorite things to do is show my youngest students the magic of a square. Cut it in half and you get two rectangles. But if you cut it in half diagonally, you get two triangles.
When you cut the tip off the triangle, you get a trapezoid. If you cut all the corners off and round the edges, its a circle. It is always fun to teach these youngest artists how to manipulate shapes to make objects.
The students were given a few different sized squares as well as pre-cut circles, long skinny green rectangles and I brought in my bucket of paper scraps.
I modeled how to cut the square and how to make different shaped flowers. You can see that I modeled the pinwheel type flower and the tulip like flower. I encouraged them to decorate the vases and create more flowers if they wanted to.
I really think this one is fun:
This student did their own flowers in their own way! I just wish I had time to talk with each and every one of them hear their thought process. We spent 30 minutes on this lesson from start to finish including clean up. Whew!
I had to push in to several classrooms during testing so I wanted a no mess lesson to make that easier.
I have a box of paper strips that were donated to me via our district’s publishing department. They are the perfect length and width for kids to eave with.
For this lesson, we used white or black paper and they folded that in half, made a bumper and cut an odd number of lines onto their paper.
They opened the paper out and then did their weaving. When it was finished, they glued a heart onto the weaving to add a border.
I love Mandalas, I think they are just stunning.
I was recently gifted a mandala coloring book and thought my grade 5’s could easily do some mandalas.
We looked at traditional mandala images, learned about radial design and talked about pattern and shape.
We thought about easy ways we could get everything to look the same. I had them trace a plate for their circle. They then folded the paper so that they had “lines” for each section. I had items they could trace like blocks, cut paper, cups, plastic lids, and various found objects.
Once they completed the design, they colored it and cut it out and mounted it on paper.
I love this whimsical lesson. It is a great cutting and gluing skills lesson for my pre-K students and uses up paper scraps (recycling!) we have in the art room. I think these long legged birds are just fun.
Pre-k students started by cutting edges off a triangle to make the bird body. They can also cut a square in half-whatever you have for paper scrap is great. I often use old paintings that I cut up. They can curve the edge of the triangle for their birds or not. They glue them up high on their paper. They add legs and feet with Sharpie.
Then they can add wings and an eye (or two) with marker. They either draw on the beaks or make them from other bits of cut paper. Once they finish, they cut the second triangle in half for baby birds. I have a huge bag of shredded paper that was donated so we also make nests for the baby birds.