The beautiful and varied shapes of leaves make for wonderful art. This project allows the 3rd Grade to practice their skills of tracing, using a ruler and following directions. This picture doesn’t show the glitter, but it is especially beautiful with the glitter added. Using white glue and gold or silver glitter, rather than the glitter glue, really makes for an outstanding project. Directions for “Fall Surprise” are in the 3rd Grade Projects Gallery in the sidebar.
This is our “Tropical Beauty” project. I love this for it’s bright, bold colors. First we practiced drawing parrots—-I’ve included a website address that has an easy lesson on how to draw a parrot. The background is done in colored chalk and the parrot is colored with crayons. Everything was outlined with a black Sharpie. The directions for “Tropical Beauty,” can be found in the 3rd Grade Projects Gallery in the sidebar.
These 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.
Sometimes, 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.
I 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 Projects Gallery in the sidebar.
I’ve mentioned before that I write articles on HubPages, 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 HubPages Crafts Projects Gallery in the sidebar.
The 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 Projects Gallery in the sidebar.
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 Projects Gallery in the sidebar.