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.
Our black placemats we use get pretty messy after hundreds of uses. A few days ago, I noticed that the edges of most of them were folded and frayed and that many were bumpy from being wet from paint and glue. I swapped them out for new ones and wanted to use the spattered papers for something. I came up with this for my 1/2 combo class. A week or so ago, a gigantic box of skinny strips showed up in the art room. KISMET!! Students used the black mats at the substrate and the paper strips to weave.
They took paper strips and glued them on one edge of the paper. To remind them to use a small amount of glue and to hold the paper a few seconds so it wouldn’t slide around, we chanted dot, dot, not a lot, lot , press and hold 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
It was a pretty fun way to get them to make sure the one side was stuck before we started weaving. While that dried a bit, they decorated their strips and then did their weaving.
Well, they actually trimmed the edges. Then did their weaving.
Pretty great way to use up a box of paper strips that showed up in the art room and the old placemats as well.
“Through color, I have sought to concentrate on beauty and happiness, rather than on man’s inhumanity to man.”
Last year, I did Alma Thomas paintings with my Kindergarten students. They used my home made sponge brushes.
This year, I have TONS of scrap paper. I put the scraps in several shallow bins on each table.
I figure my second graders would enjoy some collage so we looked at the work of Alma Thomas and they came up with these. I told them they could copy the artist or do their own thing.
We barely make a dent in the scrap paper.
In the teacher workroom is a box that says, “Art Scraps”. A few years ago, a recycling minded parent created the box for us. Teachers and parents put all the construction paper and other paper scraps from projects in the box. For this project, we used some of those scraps.
Students in my 1/2 combo class were given heart templates to trace. They then filled the hearts with scraps of paper.
I used cups of white glue mixed with water and some sponge brushes that were donated. They traced the heart templates with our black Staonal Crayons. They used scissors or tearing to make the pieces of paper smaller.
Because they came out so nice, I did the lesson again with my K/1 group.
For them I pre-traced the hearts to save time. There is only one class of this combo and it is small. They actually ended up having time to cut the hearts out and glue them onto black paper. I think it is always good for students to have extra scissor practice and the black background really makes the hearts stand out.
At the end of the year, I often have loads of scrap paper. All shapes and sizes. This project was a perfect way to use up the scrap and introduce my second graders to the Gees Bend Quilters.
We looked at several examples around the web of the Gees Bend quilts. Souls Grown Deep has some good information and images as does the the Smithsonian Museum.
There are a lot of books about quilts and great picture books. You can turn them into arty “mathterpieces” adding all those cool fractions like whole, half, and quarters, eights, etc.
Here we just talked about pattern, symmetry and color.
We of course talked about how these quilters used whatever fabrics were available to them just as we were using the paper available.
So fun to see what creativity can be had when resources are limited. I let the kids just take this where ever they wanted to.
Second Grade is all about bugs.They love them, they learn about them, they have them in their classroom, they occasionally bring them in to to show me.
I will long remember the boy whose mom brought in a praying mantis as it was unfolding from its egg case. Definitely a second grade highlight.
Anyway, these are done with paper scraps. We talk about bug parts: antenna, legs, wings, pincers, mouth parts, etc. We also talk about symmetry, creativity, and having fun. If they choose to, they can name their bug with cool names.
I do start them out with a rectangle that they can fold in half and cut to use for the head, abdomen, and thorax.
The rest of the parts are created from my giant bags of colored scrap collected from other teachers and the die cut machine.
My K students are a lovely creative bunch! I like to give them lots of opportunities to use scissors.
We did these cardinals last week. One of the aides, helped draw a half circle on some scrap red paper I had. I gave them additional pieces of black, yellow and red.
They drew the branch in oil pastel, added the collage with some direction from me and then added dots of paint with a q-tip.
I love the vibrant red on the blue paper.
This lesson was done with preschool and TK. I am sure is could be adapted for other ages. For this lesson, we used a printing technique done with scraps of cardboard and tempera paint.
To begin, we used some clean room paper that was donated to our class. It is a pale blue color and has a thicker yet smoother texture than that of construction paper.
Students first cut white paper for their snow. I drew wiggly lines on a rectangle strip of paper that they then cut. This was for the 4’s. For the 3’s who had not yet begun scissor skills, they used the other half of the cut paper leftover from the 4’s.
You’ll see I use plates of glue for my students. This reduces the amount of glue used and aids in eye-hand coordination.
The next step was to create the tree trunk. I demonstrated then students dipped the long edge of a cardboard rectangle into brown paint. We talked about trees being tall so most students did the trees all the way to the top edge of the paper.
Once they had the trunks, we swapped for green paint and they created their trees.
After the trees were printed, students could go back and add snow drops to their art.
The book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds is an art room favorite. It lends itself to many dot projects and students love the idea that starting with a dot can take you on a fantastic art journey.
For this lesson, pre -school students were given black construction paper and scraps of colored paper. The large black paper you see underneath is an art room “placemat”. They are from a package of extra large black construction paper ordered by mistake by another teacher. I have used them for several years to help make clean-up easier.
A plastic lid placed in the center of the paper helped keep the dot shape as students glued and added paper to make these collage dots.
I save scraps of paper from other projects for this lesson.