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Crafty Ornaments

Duration: 15 – 30 min/ ornament

Materials & Tips:

1) Snow Globe
– Plastic/Clear Ornament
– Small Foam Balls (snow)
– Acrylic Paint
– Q-tips

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Tip: Use Q-tips to paint while holding on to the string at the top. Try to not smudge the paint and hang the ornament up for it to dry.

 

IMAG0390-2.jpg2) Reindeer
– Brown & Red Construction Paper

– Googly Eyes
– Pipe Cleaner
– String
– Black Marker

3) Christmas Tree
– Green & Brown Construction Paper
– Yarn
– Pom Poms and/or Shiny Gems
– Glue Gun

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4) Beaded Ornament
– Assorted Coloured Cardstock Paper

– Hole Puncher
– Beads & String
– Decorative Stickers/Gems
– Tape

 

Here are some cool examples done by my older class ūüôā¬†

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Outgoing Ostriches

Happy Friday everyone! I just came up with a fun craft that incorporates some drawing, cutting and a bit of paper collage in the background. Here it is!IMAG0223.jpg

Each child will have different ideas for the background, so this is a flexible activity that may take longer for some of them to complete. The clouds are made of colourful tissue paper circles, but you can add anything you like to make the artwork look nice!

Duration: 30 – 45 min

Materials:
– Markers
– Black Pen/Sharpie
РConstruction Paper 
– Feathers
РTissue Paper 

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Spooky Halloween Decor

We are counting down to one more day! Here are some halloween activities for younger children. The pop-up card was inspired by my friend Queenie’s art lesson at Castle Arts (Arts and Learning Center).

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Duration: 60 – 75min

Haunted Mansion Pop-Up Materials:
– Yellow Cardstock Paper
– Any colour Cardstock Paper (for the back)
– Acrylic or Tempura Paint
– Construction Paper (for extra designs or ornaments)

Chain of Creatures Materials:
– Pre-cut Orange/ Black Strips
РWhite & Black Paper 

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Haunted Mansion Pop-Up Card

There are just 2 more days till it’s Halloween! Check out these fantastic pop-up cards!

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Duration: 1 – 1.5 hrs

Materials:
– Orange & Black Cardstock Paper
РHandout for reference: Pop-Up Template
– Exacto Knife & Cutting Mat
– Halloween Stickers or Construction Paper for decorations

I gave students a handout with the basic structure of the haunted mansion. While they used their exacto knives to carve out the designs, ¬†I explained to them that the most important thing is to keep the top and bottom part of their structures connected to the paper. They can also modify the shapes of the windows, doors and background to include their own ideas. The folding part was the most difficult, so I ended up going around to help pop-out everyone’s designs. It was still quite successful!

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Halloween Lanterns

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Paper lanterns are really fun to make, especially the ones that actually light up ūüôā Since Halloween is just around the corner, I gave my students a handout with some spooky examples and they came up with so many new ideas.¬†

Duration: 1.5 – 2.5 hrs

Materials:
– 2 pieces of Cardstock Paper
– 2 sheets of Tracing Paper
– Exacto Knife
– Gluestick
– Tea Light Candle

The secret to making a good lantern is having a design with lots of negative space. I asked my students to think about a general shape which will form most of the background (to be cut out) while mainting at least one object as the point of focus. For example, some people chose a shape of a window, circle or general rectangle as their frame before adding in objects like ghosts, people and other cool creatures. 

Each student used 2 pieces of cardstock paper (colour of their choice) and folded each in half. They then bent the shorter sides inward to create 4 strips with a width of approx 1 cm.  Before connecting the two pages using the strips, they cut 1 strip off each of the pieces of paper and created 4 equally-sized surfaces to draw on.

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Once the designs have been drawn, they carved out the pieces with an exacto knife and glued tracing paper on the back. Here are some of their finished work!

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Graphic Translation

“The process of graphic translation produces drawings of instant recognition and startling visual interest. Graphic translation is as much art as it is design, and focuses on the creation of an image with the visual means of abstraction, reduction, and interpretation with point, line, plane, shade, and shadow.” – Kimberly Elam

I recently entered college to study Graphic Design and one of my first projects was to turn a shaded object into an abstract design. I chose a metallic robot and found it quite fun to translate my drawing into something that looked like an icon (on Adobe Illustrator :)) . The main purpose of the project was to focus on shape and shadow and learn the relationships between different parts of an object. Here is how it turned out:

Since it was so much fun, I decided to ask my older students to do the same with tracing paper and a sharpie only. I think it worked out quite well. I chose relatively simple objects so that they would have enough time to complete the drawings in one class.

I also gave them a Graphic Translation Handout . It explains the steps required in this project, including using lines, shapes, dots and patterns to produce the final design. 

Duration: 1 – 1.5 hours

Materials:
– Shading Pencils
– Sharpie Markers – Fine, Thick
– Tracing Paper

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Decorative Corn

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My students have done a fantastic job in creating their autumn harvest paintings. This is thanks to the frugalcrafter Lindsay Weirich’s tutorial on How to Paint Decorative Corn in Watercolour/Pen & Ink-Craft for Thanksgiving.¬†

This is a watercolour project that works well with children in grades 4-8. It is simple to put together and can be interpreted in many different ways.  Similar to the tutorial, I first showed the students a demonstration on how to draw the shape of the corn and husks, outline with a fine sharpie and finally use various colours in their painting palette. It was a lot of fun!

Duration: 1 – 1.5 hours

Materials:
– Fine Sharpie
– Watercolour Paper
– Watercolour Paint Set