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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Kindergarten Stain Glass in 5 easy steps

This is a great lesson for kindergarten that requires them to draw lines from one edge of the paper to the next, which is a pre- literacy skill.  It also teaches them how to color in a space without scribbling.   Step 1:  Talk about Stained Glass, show some example pictures and ask if anyone has see Stained Glass before. (offend time in church or temple) 
Step 2: Show the video to the students.
Step 3: Pass out the materials.  Don't forget paint shirts for this project, because they are small children with permanent markers. Then students may start on their project.  This project my take 45-70 minutes depending on the child's fine mortar skill.  I typically just stop them after 45 minutes and fill in the rest for them ( I tell them it was the Art Fairy that comes at night to help good little students get finished.) 
Step 4: After collecting the projects write their name in the corner with a fine tip permanent marker, like a a Sharpie.
Step 5: Display these in a window that gets direct sun light.  The light passing through will cast beautiful colors on the floor and walls inside.  Use a little piece of Scotch Tape to put them up.

  • Transparency paper
  • Pencils (to write their name on the back) 
  • Permanent Markers
  • Paint Shirts  
  • a fine tip Sharpie (generic is ok)
  • Scotch Tape

    Thursday, September 1, 2011

    Design Elements: Space. Positive and Negative Space

    3rd - 5th Grade 
    Click here to view video on YouTube

    There are 7 elements of art. The elements are color, line, shape, form, texture, value (shading) and space.  There is positive space, the space with focus on, and negative space the surrounding area. This is a quick project that exemplifies this element.  It also looks great in the hallways.
    • 12 x 18 White Construction Paper
    • 6 x 9 Black Construction Paper
    • Scissors
    • Glue Sticks
    Student Examples
    A great first painting project for Kindergarteners.

    Click here to view video on YouTube
    Step 1:  Read to the students "The Dot" By James H. Reynolds.  Then tell the students that they are going to paint just like Vashi did in the story.  
    Step 2: Set up the paints, paint cups and brushes.  This might be a good time to model to the student how you want the paints passed out and set up.  
    Step 3: Show the video to the students. 
    Step 4: Pass out the paper to the students.  Have them put their name on the back of the paper, or you can have it written on the paper by an adult ahead of time.  Once their name is on the back they can start making their dots on the front.  The painting time should be limited to 15-20 minutes.
    Step 5: Model how you would like the paints and paintings to be put away.  This is the time to practice the clean up procedure.

    Materials Needed: