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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
– Construction Paper 
– Feathers
– Tissue 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
– White & Black Paper 

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Halloween Lanterns

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Paper lanterns are really fun to make, especially the ones that actually light up 🙂 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

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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

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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

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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.