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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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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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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

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Up Up!

“One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.” – William Feather

IMAG2871Here is a fun project that combines architectural drawing, shading and watercolour! It is inspired by my friend’s art piece where she drew a gorgeous house with pen and added colourful balloons using Lindt chocolate wrappers. Of course, I did not have so many wrappers and decided to ask my students to paint in their balloons : ) To make it more fun, I chose interesting nature-themed buildings for my students to look off of. They could also draw from their imagination.

Duration: 1-1.5 hours

Materials:
– Long Sheet of Paper
– Different Types of Shading Pencils
– Watercolour
– A handout of houses/buildings

 

Check out these lovely examples ūüôā

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By The Seashore

“At the beach, life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour, but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides, and follow the sun.” -Sandy Gingras

IMAG2807.jpgToday, I¬†taught my students this fantastic craft activity!¬†They¬†loved painting the background, rearranging seashells and making origami sea creatures ūüôā It is a project that encompasses many different skills and presents a challenge for¬†those who like folding paper and creating 3D sculptures.

Duration: 1 – 1.5 hours

Materials:
– Large Cardboard Paper
– Acrylic Paint
– Square Pieces of Origami Paper
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– Pencil Crayons or Watercolour Paint (for the seashells)
– White Glue and Glue Gun

Optional:
– Cork (for human character)
– Mini Seashells
– Glitter

I started the class by asking my students to paint the background with various shades/tones of blue and brown. We mostly used dark and light blue, turquoise, white, brown and yellow. After everyone was settled, I spent half an hour teaching how to make very simple origami creatures: Whale, Crab, Fish and Canoe. 

I also gave everyone a handout with different seashell designs. The students could either draw their own or colour and paint the ones on the sheet. After cutting them out, they glued on all their shells and origami pieces. Some painted on a cork to create a human figure. 

Here are some cool examples:

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All Kinds Of Everything

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Project Details

In this post, I have designed a summer-themed project that explores different watercolour techniques. Young artists can learn to create different textures while drawing insects, peacocks, plants and all kinds of everything!

Duration: 2-3 hours

Materials:
– Watercolour Paint & Paper
– Needle/Scissors (something pointy)
– Saran Wrap
– Oil Pastels
– Salt
– Ruler

Instructions:
1) Download: All Kinds of Everything Watercolour Project (A handout with drawing examples and instructions)
2) Divide your artwork into 3 sections
3) Think about what animal critters you would like to draw and use the handout as a starting point
4) Sketch your ideas onto the paper and incorporate 2-3 watercolour techniques in each section


Watercolour Techniques

There are many ways to paint with watercolour. The brush size, amount of water and quality of paint are factors that will affect the finished product of your work. To create special textures and effects, many artists use tools like salt, saran wrap and needles. 

Here are some examples of common watercolour techniques:

Flat WashРCreating one value of colour by equally spreading a wet brush with paint.

Graded WashРAdding different values (dark to light) by using more water to dilute the paint.

Salt: Adding salt on top of a wet surface to create a snowflake-like quality.

Wet into Wet: Wetting the paper first before painting. This creates a misty blend of colours great for objects like clouds and water.

Resist: Using oil pastel for small designs before painting on top. Beause oil resists water, your design will show-up.

Etching: Carving out patterns and outlines with a needle/scissors before painting. This will make thin lines and designs stand out.

Dry Brush: Using a very dry brush to create a scratchy-look.  This technique works great for objects like branches.

Opaque: Using lots of paint and less water to make a dark tone, taking away the transparency of watercolour.

Saran Wrap: Scrunching up a piece of saran wrap on top of a wet surface and leaving it for at least 5 min.


Inspiration

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Snowdrops and daffodils
Butterflies and bees
Sailboats and fishermen
Things of the sea.
Wishing-wells
Wedding bells
Early morning dew
All kinds of everything remind me of you…

– Derry Lindsay & Jackie Smith, “All Kinds of Everything”

This is an excerpt from a 1970s song that I absolutlely love and this project is named after it. As the summer weather is kicking in, I¬†can’t resist staying outdoors to bathe in the sunshine and admire the flowers. So, I decided to capture these natural beauties in an artwork ūüôā

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Still Life With Fruit

As we¬†ease our way into the nice summer weather, juicy fruits will really help rejuvinize our spirits. Here is a mixed media project influenced by Kendall’s Art Post,¬†Pear Still Life Inspired By Cezanne.
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Duration: 1.5-2 hours

Materials:
– Newspaper
– Tissue Paper
– White Glue
– Acrylic Paint

Still Life is a genre of art which originated in the 16th C in many Western countries. Still (meaning inanimate objects) and Life (meaning lifestyle), was very popular because people could arrange a variety of everyday objects and recreate them in an aesthetically-pleasing way. 

Screen Shot 2016-05-28 at 8.23.50 AM.pngThis project will introduce students to the concept of still life and how artists used different tones, shades and colours to make objects look realistic. For example, a pear can be composed of a variety of colours (yellow, orange, green, etc). 

 

Using tissue paper, students can overlap small pieces to create a blend of colours onto their fruits. This will add contrast to their work and a cool 3D effect .

 

Below is a great example:
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