Sunday, December 21, 2014

Art Club

We started an Art Club last year, Spring 2014, with all age levels, Kindergarten through Grade 5 and created goggles of enhanced perception and  huge painted murals on paper of earth environments at Ridgeway Community School.  It was so popular that I had over 45 students enrolled.

This year, I've created a smaller club incorporating different projects for each session.  This fall, the 3rd - 5th Grade students stitched puppets with felt, embroidery floss, and buttons.

This little bear puppet asked, "Do you want to join us?"  The children had the option to create a bear, bunny or owl puppet from patterns that I provided. Or students could develop their own design.  We used patterns from Lisa Griffith's, Woodland Puppets

Fourteen students worked on bears, owls, or bunnies.  Three students created their own puppets.  Some students had never sewn before, and we all learned to be patient with threading a needle, making knots, and creating stitches.  Two parent volunteers helped with the fun.

First, students cut out or created their patterns, laid them on the felt, and cut out the pieces.

When the pieces were cut, students decided on what color of embroidery floss to use to stitch the parts together.

We began the puppets in November; we had a week off for Thanksgiving and then came back to complete them the first week of December.

Here are some of cool results.  Some students stitched on buttons for eyes and others stitched felt.

Lucas added a belly button to his bear.

Students could use a running stitch that moved the thread in and out or a whipped stitch that brought the stitch over and around the two pieces.  Either stitch worked well.

Jack created an owl and a watch.

Happy and proud results from all of that stitching.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Architects in 1st Grade

The 1st  Graders learned about Architecture in Art Class.  We talked about designing buildings and what was needed.  A floor has another name a foundation, columns  support the walls, doors allow people to come and go, and windows bring in light and allow a view of outside.  We made three dimensional gingerbread houses with lunch sacks and candy cane paper for columns.

Some children added window panes; others added people looking out the windows.  Some created two floors and even patios.  Quite a variety of designs.

Adding crumpled newspaper to create the inside of the gingerbread house was fun.

Folding the green roof and gluing it on top was the last step.  All the steps took lots of concentration, and paying attention to getting the foundation on the bottom and the roof on top.

A happy result when complete!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Gathering, Sharing, and Getting a Tree

We went to Bronk's to get our Christmas tree.  They're in our neighborhood--we picked a little Fraser tree and it fit in the corner quite well.

A few lights and looked at all the ornaments--new and old.  Some that Amaliya made, lots that we collected.   I gave her some to take home for her collection.  Bob and Dan we good sports with the decorating.    We threw out some lights that didn't work.  Oh, it was fun!

I put together the Angel Candles and brought out the Peace Snow Friend.  The flowers were from my birthday earlier this week.  Oh, so fun to be together and make cheer.


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