Tuesday, November 18, 2014

City Collage for Kindergarten and First Grade

 This is another project where the children had fun digging through collage papers and creating something unique.

 This child didn't feel like making a city. He wanted to make a sailboat. I like what he did with the cover of the construction paper pad.

 Seeing these exuberant crayon marks made me want to run home and make collage, too.

 Wow. Look at this luscious collection of shapes and gorgeous collage papers...plus some butterflies.

 This artist created some very striking shapes on black.

 This child worked with great intensity. He made a bridge, a building with many windows, some dark and some lit up, some towering buildings, a stop light, an observatory, and a rocket shooting to the moon in a star-filled sky. Wow.

 Exuberant marks and a striking collage shape.

 These boys had time to make wonderful masks.

 The child who made this is Polish and her art always has a wonderful Polish folk art flair. These buildings remind me of a szopka theater.

And one last beauty mounted on some yummy found collage paper....

Monday, November 10, 2014

Make a Mobile!!!!!

 Make a mobile using a clothes hanger, fabric, tissue paper, construction paper, beads, and pipe cleaners! Yay!

 Let the children rummage around and use whatever they want.

 When I saw a whole package of pipe cleaners get twisted into this mobile my heart sank. I had brought bags of pipe cleaners all the way from the States to Switzerland. But, how can you say no when you see all this creativity and fun?

 I love the hook shapes.

 This is a lyrical design.

                                              I love these shapes and the twists of colors!

 Glory, glory, glory!

 Gorgeous stripes, like candy sticks!

I love it! How fun!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Making Cardboard Castles with the Little Ones

Castle building! We do it every term. The children who have never done it before get pretty excited about being architects.  They use white glue and masking tape to put things together, and we grown-ups have a glue gun handy for glueing the difficult bits. Staplers would be handy, too!

I bring lots and lots of materials. In fact, my house gets pretty junked up with all the stuff I collect: toilet paper and paper towel rolls, shoe boxes, cereal boxes, corrugated cardboard, egg cartons, and more. I also bring in beads, yarn, tissue paper, and everything else handy. As a matter of fact, I brought in a box of beads to iron into patterns, (just for the beads,) couldn't find it, and then discovered it in this castle! I had to cut the box lid and take out the kit!

Do you see the inverted cones on top of the paper towel rolls? They contain pretty colored beads.

I love to see the children's hands darting in and out, showing me things, making things.

I brought in some little wooden fruit crates to hold materials and they became pieces of castles!

This zebra pattern-covered toilet paper roll is a chandelier inside a castle.

This bat got mixed in. It was part of a Halloween decoration at the school Halloween party recently. The crate on top is full of little pieces of blue construction paper.

This crate is a comfy bed. Some of the children were planning on playing with their castles when they got home.

And another comfy bed, on the second floor.

This tower had a ladder made out of wooden skewers when it was finished.

Egg carton forms make good turret roofs. You can also make good tower roofs by slitting a circle to the middle, and taping it into a cone shape. I couldn't believe that this child managed to cut out a little door using safety scissors! We grown-ups also have sharp scissors and a craft knife for these sorts of tasks.

What do you think these little pieces of gold paper are? I wish I could remember. It was something really funny.

During class someone suddenly cried out, "I lost my tooth!" Her hand flew to her mouth and we rushed over.

"Look, it landed right here in this glue!" We stared at it, amazed...(see it on the left?) Well, I am just as gullible as the average 8 year-old, I guess. It's was just a white bead!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Beth Curtin's Newest Collages

 This one is called "Harvest Moon."

This one is called "December."

Fall is coming. Winter is coming. The days are growing shorter. The nights are growing longer. We will turn on lights. We will light candles. We will gather together and keep the darkness at bay.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Another Recyled Cardboard Haunted House

Oooooooo! Look at this spooky house Madelon made using a Nespresso box! Wow! I love it! We're going to use this to decorate a craft table at the school Halloween party.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Imaginary Fish for First and Second Grade

 This is another great idea from Deep Sparkle Space. I have to come up with new ideas constantly because my after school classes are mixed grades and some of the children come back every term. I'm leaning heavily on Deep Sparkle Space for new ideas! For this project we looked at some drawings of different kinds of fish. I told the children they could make an imaginary fish. Look! This is a jack o' lantern fish, with bottle cap bubbles!

 They drew with a black wax crayon and then watercolored.  After gluing their fish on to the background color they had picked, I encouraged them to add some details like coral, plants, or other fish. This artist chose not to add anything, but went on to create a paper boat that floated in the sink! I'm glad the homeroom teacher was still in the class to encourage the experiment.

 This fish is swimming up. Look at the fish's yellow and pink crown. After each child's picture was finished they could add glitter! I always try to have a glitter project since most children don't get to do that at home.

 This artist added bubbles and plants with watercolor and crayon.

 A lot of spiders and spiderwebs showed up under the sea today because Halloween is coming.

 This is a lantern fish, surrounded by lots of spiders and their glittery webs.

 I love this fish's jolly little hat and many stripes. I forgot to mention to the children that it would be easier to cut out a fish with a smooth outline. 

 Wow! I get inspired when I see colors like this! Who says the sea has to be blue or black?

 More gorgeous stripes, plus some very beautiful undersea plants which are like little bouquets.

 It looks like spiders are spinning glittery webs from this fish!

A final very feminine fish with a crown, and a bonus painting below. Some of the children had some extra time and asked if they could do inventions.

A few weeks ago Chloe said she loves it when she gets to "imaginate." I like it, too!