DIGITAL CAMERATime certainly has a way of getting away from me.  Already it’s October and Halloween will be here before you know it. A couple of years ago this classroom of 1st Graders made and demonstrated how scary they could look wearing spider headbands.

The instructions for making these Spider Headbands can be found in the Halloween Gallery in the sidebar.


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100_0151I’m really sorry for any inconvenience it may have caused you when you went to the HubPages Gallery and weren’t taken to the project page.  I just found out today that the  Squidoo link address was no longer working and that I had to change the links to the new HubPages address. I have all the changes made, so I’m hoping that you’ll go to the HubPages Gallery to find all the Halloween and Thanksgiving projects that are available. If you notice any other problems, please send me an e-mail at or leave a message in the comment area at the bottom of the project page.

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ghosts-kThese paper towel ghosts are made rigid by using Mod Podge painted paper towel sheets over a, Styrofoam ball and chenille stem, skeleton.  Slightly watered down white glue can be used instead of the Mod Podge, but the ghost is a little more flexible when dry. These ghosts are super easy, and loads of fun, to make. The pictured tutorial for making these Posable Paper Towel Ghosts can be found under the HubPages Gallery in the sidebar. Click on the image for a larger view.


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cats 9Sometimes, after finishing a painted art project and having used paper towels to clean up, you notice that the paper towels are a beautiful print. Instead of throwing them away, you can use them to make these painted paper towel cats. Or, you can stain the paper towels specifically for this project, as I did for these cats.
The Cats are made using stiffened paper towels. Find the instructions for this project, Stained Paper Towel Cats, in the Miscellaneous Gallery in the sidebar. Click on the image above for a larger view.

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abstract dandelions 4eI saw an acrylic painting, called “Abstract Dandelion,” by an artist who sells her paintings on an Etsy site at M.Schöneberg. This painting made me wonder what everyday item could be used to make the finely grouped lines needed to paint the dandelion seed head. Although it would be nice to be able to copy each tiny seed parachutes that make up the seed head, there just isn’t time in an hour art class. Since abstract means that it doesn’t really exist, but gives an idea of what we are trying to convey, I think my solution for painting a dandelion fits the “abstract” distinction.  Although any class can  make this art,  you’ll find the instructions for this project, “Abstract Dandelions,”  in the 5th Grade Gallery in the sidebar.

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gallery-paper mache clay snowmen, bird and chickI’ve mentioned before that I write articles on Squidoo, and at times make and include tutorials for crafts.  Since some of these crafts would make great classroom art projects, I’ve set up a gallery for them.

If you haven’t made any projects using paper mache clay yet, give it a try.  I’ve had so much fun with this stuff, that so far I’ve made turkeys, Santas, snowmen, birds, chickens and a cutie cat that now lives in the school library.  You’ll find the Paper Mache Clay Snowmen, Bird and Chick,  show at the left, and a bunch more fun project under the SQUIDOO CRAFTS GALLERY in the sidebar.

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native american masks-5The Native American used masks as part of their religious ceremonies, as part of ceremonial costumes, for entertainment or for medicinal purposes. The masks were often made to represent the spirits of animals, and the Pacific Northwest Indians believed that by wearing the mask, they were able to share some of the spirit’s powers. The powers they hoped to share were of strength, wisdom and purpose. The masks were constructed of wood from trees available, and the Indians made their own paints from plants.

 You can find the instructions for this project, Native American Ceremonial Masks in the 4th Grade Gallery in the sidebar.

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fireflies1Have you ever admired dancing fireflies on a dark summer night? You can almost hear the music as they swoop and circle carrying their little sparkling lanterns. While some of the blinking lights seem to stand still, others wildly dart around in a frenzy of movement. One of my treasured summer memories is of my siblings and me dashing around trying to catch fireflies. I remember being so disappointed to find that the firefly, in hand, is a very plain and unattractive bug. But when the firefly is allowed to fly free to display it’s flashing little lanterns, it is a magical sight to behold.                                                           Enjoy this YouTube video with your class:  In a Flash: Firefly Communication

Find this project, Dance of the Firefly, in the 1st Grade Project Gallery in the sidebar.

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rising moon 1lIf you haven’t yet seen a supermoon, you’ve missed out on a super, spectacular sight.  An astrologer, Richard Nolle, named the supermoon over 30 years ago, but it’s  been only the last few years that this name for perigee has been used  to describe the full moon. This art project is our tribute to this outstanding sight.

A supermoon is a full moon at its closest approach to the Earth. The average distance, as the moon nears the Earth each month, is about 238,000 miles. During a supermoon, the distance becomes less than 224,851 miles. The supermoon appears bigger and brighter than an ordinary full moon.   The directions for this project, Spectacular Supermoon, is found in the 5th Grade Gallery in the sidebar.  Click on the image above for a full view of the picture.

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