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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 🙂 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
– Seashells Handout: Seashells
– 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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Disneytastic Name Plate

“By being yourself, you put something beautiful into the world that was not there before.”
-Edwin Elliot

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Check out all these beautiful Minnie and Mickey name plates created by my students! Each has its own personal style. I absolutely love them and hope you do too 🙂 

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Duration: 20-30min

Materials: 
– Construction Paper (black, peach, white, pink, etc..)
– Black & Red Marker
– Scrapbook Paper

Optional:
– Wire 
– Beads

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Thanksgiving Autumn Craft

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” -William Arthur WardIMAG2070.jpg

This year, I taught my younger students a combined autumn and thanksgiving craft which consists of a free drawing, paper scarecrow and colourful turkey.

As the class settles in, I usually ask my students to do a free drawing, which can be anything that they feel like creating in the moment. This project is great because I can incorporate their drawing along with the main class activity. It also allows students to work at their own pace and add layers to their work.

To simplify materials, I gave each student pre-cut rectangular pieces of construction paper (yellow, orange, brown, black and one other colour of their choice). They could then modify and cut out shapes for their scarecrow.

Duration: 60-75min

Materials:
– Construction Paper (various colours)
– Tissue Paper
– Black Marker
– White Paper
– Pencil Crayons/Markers

Here are some cool examples, including one from a student who absolutely loves mustaches!

 

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Swimmin’ Handfish

•°•°•°•°When life gets you down, do you wanna know what you’ve gotta do?•°•°•°•°•
JUST KEEP SWIMMING  Φ  JUST KEEP SWIMMING   Φ   JUST KEEP SWIMMING

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Sea creatures are one of my favourite themes in arts and crafts :). This project, specifically for younger children, combines different motor techniques such as tracing, beading and rolling up strips of paper. The results are fantastic and I hope you give it a try!

Duration: 30-45min

Materials: 
– Large Cardstock Paper
– Fish Bowl Template (on blue paper)
– Construction Paper 
– Black Marker
– String & Beads
– Glitter

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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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