Have 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.
If 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.
Australian Aboriginal dot art styles range from exceedingly neat work to overlapping, unstructured works. The sizes of dots range from tiny dots randomly applied in an area to give a stippled effect to dots placed so close together that they appear to be a line or almost fill in an area with solid color. The Aborigine apply the dots using a paint brush, very thin sticks to make minute dots, or larger sticks to make large dots. To paint our Aboriginal Art Jars we use Q-tips to apply the dots. Not only are Q-tips relatively inexpensive but the size, of the dots made, works well. Find the instructions for making the project, Aboriginal Art Jars, under the 6TH GRADE PROJECT GALLERY in the sidebar.
How do you suppose the “Goldfish” painting of Henri Matisse would look if he were painting it in the year 2014? Goldfish were a new craze in Europe in Henri Matisses’ time, and they became kind of an obsession with him for awhile. He painted his work of art called “Goldfish” in 1912. He has nine paintings that include goldfish in them. Probably the most outstanding thing about his Goldfish painting is the bright orange color of the fish. They contrast beautifully with the bright greens of the plant leaves and the subtle pinks in the flowers and wallpaper. Using Henri Matisse’s painting as a starting point, we’ve changed the fish to tropical fish, instead of goldfish, and put them in a modern fishbowl. You’ll find the tutorial for this project, Modern Mattise, in the 1st Grade Gallery in the sidebar.
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Although the Native American war shield and the medicine shield looked similar, they had distinctively different uses. The war shield was thicker and heavier and was used to deflect arrows or spears. The medicine shield was also taken along in battle, but they were meant to give spiritual protection. The war shields were said to be between 20-24 inches in diameter, but our version of the war shield is the width of a Styrofoam paper dinner plate. You’ll find the tutorial for this project, Native American War or Medicine Shield, in the 3rd Grade Gallery in the sidebar.
Have you ever noticed a flock of birds sitting on a telephone wire and wondered what their conversation was about? I imagine from that height they get a pretty good view of what’s going on in the neighborhood. Actually, when I saw a picture on Pinterest of birds sitting on a line, the first thing I thought was that it would be a good lesson on perspective.
This project was inspired by the, “Birds on Lines,” art of Patty Baker.
You’ll find this project called, “Party Lines” in the 6th Grade Gallery in the sidebar. Other classes could also do this project.
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This is an exciting project for the students. Trace a circle shape on a piece of paper. The template included here will make a completed circle about eighteen inches in diameter. To make a smaller circle, trace a circle on a sheet of paper and cut it out. Then fold it in half, in fourths and then in eighths. One eighth (pie shape) will be the pattern for this project. Begin by giving each student one eighth of a circle for them to design. This project is appropriate for any class, with a some changes. You’ll find this, “Radial Designs,” project in the 5th Grade Gallery in the sidebar.
Alleluia, Jesus lives! Be ready to celebrate Easter by making bright, joyous Easter art. Any class can make this art project. The upper classes can cut a circle to use as a template, and for the younger children, give them prepared circles. The hills are torn from black construction paper and the crosses drawn in with black permanent marker. The sky is colored using oil pastels.
Find the instructions for this project, “Easter Morning,” under EASTER PROJECTS GALLERY in the sidebar.