0

Decorative Corn

IMAG0066.jpgIMAG0067.jpg

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

Advertisements
0

Rainbow Giraffes

“There are people who can achieve huge success in life, while adding a bit of fun and a splash of colour to this increasingly grey world.” -Peter James

IMAG2764.jpg

Check out these cute giraffes, a fun activity to start off the day! All you need to give your students is a pre-cut giraffe figure with yellow and pink construction paper. Then, you can prepare smaller rectangles of different colours for your little ones to cut into small strips. Dont’ forget the spots too- Glitter or scrunched up tissue paper would look amazing : )

Duration: 15-30 min

Materials:
– Assorted Construction Paper
– Black Permanent Marker
– Tissue Paper
– Glue

0

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.

0

Earth Day Foxes

Looking for a simple animal craft activity? Take a look at these cute foxes that we made on Earth day! All you need is some assorted construction paper and pre-cut blue circles for the earth. You can also add a tree or plant beside the character to give it more context and colour.

IMAG2750.jpg

Duration: 20 – 40min

Materials:
– Construction Paper
   -> Body (orange, black, white)
   -> Earth (blue)
   ->Tree/Plant (brown and other colours)
– Green Tissue Paper
– Glue

IMAG2728IMAG2729

0

The Golden Gate Bridge

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

IMG_20170426_202900.jpg

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 – 2 hours

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

IMAG2794IMAG2797IMAG2823

1

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).

20160325193318-2936119-summer-night-in-paris

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

 

0

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:

IMAG2801IMAG2795IMAG2805IMAG2802IMAG2803