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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.

 

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– 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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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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The Mystic Owl

“A bird sitting on a tree is not afraid of the branch breaking.
Its trust is not on the branch, but on its wings.” 235241861000202.jpg

Duration: 1-1.5 hours

Materials:
– Paper
– Shading Pencils
– Pencil Crayons (optional)

owlShading projects can be boring sometimes, so I try to find images where students can focus on various shading techniques without worrying too much about drawing the proportions correctly. I chose this owl because it is made up of simple body shapes and intricate details. There are not too many black areas, but a good contrast of dark and light. That way,  students can take the time to experiment with different tones and sizes of their pencil markings without making everything look too dark. 

Variations of this project can be made in the background by introducing other objects and splashes of colour. If this picture is too difficult to imitate, you can also find a more simple drawing (like the image on the top left) or use other animal examples.

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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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The Golden Gate Bridge

Another famous landmark that I chose for one of my painting lessons is 
the Golden Gate Bridge!

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This design is more simple than the Eiffel Tower project that I posted earlier : ) The first step is to¬†draw and paint in the main structure. In the materials section, there is a handout that you can download which includes a simple sketch of the design. Then, you can add the background colours with multiple layers, mixing the paint¬†so that they blend nicely together. Don’t forget to add reflections in the water and also the moon. Finally, the last step is to add the¬†tree in the corner and also bridge cables using thin and light strokes.¬†

Duration: 1.5 Р2 hours

Materials:
– Canvas (optional)
– Acrylic Paint
–¬†Simple Sketch- Handout

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La Tour Eiffel – A day in Paris

Every semester, I try to incorporate a lesson that involves painting on canvas for my older students. This is one of the first painting projects that I have taught that actually went really well. I think my students enjoyed it because it involved a bit of structure and composition (something they could emulate and modify quite easily).

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Inspired by Cinnamon Cooney’s video: Beginners acrylic painting | Eiffel Tower | with stunning Sunrise Tutorial, I decided to make my own painting and I absolutely love Cooney’s¬†depiction¬†of the Eiffel Tower. Her tutorial shows how to add on each painted layer to include a¬†graded backround, bright tower lights, a river, bushes and flowers.¬†

To make it easier for my students, I also gave them a simple sketch of the Eiffel Tower, roughly divided into 3 sections. In the materials section, you will find the handout. 

Duration: 1.5 – 2 hours

Materials:
– Canvas
– Acrylic Paint
–¬†Eiffel Tower Handout