Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Ice Cream Cone Shaving Cream Printmaking Project

A super easy and fun Summer Project

I taught this project to disabled students who struggle with scissors so I made patterns and cut the ice cream and cones out prior to teaching.  I think it would be great to have the students draw and cut their own ice cream and cones.  You could also get really creative with the colors/flavors - mine are basic chocolate and strawberry.

If you want to use the patterns here are jpeg versions below

How to do Shaving Cream Printmaking or Paper Marbling
You'll need a tray, plastic knife, bamboo skewers, shower squeegee, shaving cream - not gel, and liquid watercolor paint.

Start by spreading some shaving cream onto a tray with a plastic knife.
Add a few drops of the color or colors you want to use.  
Begin dragging the skewer through the shaving cream and the dots, I like to use a figure 8 pattern and large circles.

When you have a design you like lay the paper over the shaving cream and paint and lightly press down on the paper so that all of the paper touches the paint.
Place the marbled paper on newspaper and squeegee the shaving cream off, leaving the print.
To create another print smooth the shaving cream over with the knife and add more paint.

Students love doing this, it's magical to see how the paint adheres to the paper but the shaving cream is gone.  The designs are always striking, yet so simple to create.

I've used this technique for many different projects and it's always fun with easy cleanup and wonderful finished projects!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Emoji Face No Sew Pillow

No Sew Emoji Face Pillow
(These also make fun Sun Pillows)
Supplies needed:

Polar fleece
Google Eyes - 1.57 in. or 40 mm
Black, red and pink felt
Poly fill stuffing
Glue gun

I used two different colors of polar fleece just to make it more fun, but you could do yellow on both sides.  
Start by cutting the fleece in a 12.5 inch circle.
Put both the top and bottom together and cut the strips (about an inch wide) around the edge with an 8 inch circle in the middle.  I'm going to do this ahead of time for my students.

Cut up to the circle and then fold the strip and cut a short opening in the two strips to pull the ends through for the ties. (see link below for tips on this step) 

Face Patterns PDF:
Some of the shapes are backwards so when you cut them out the outline on the felt won't show - because you'll be turning them over.
These patterns and the googly eyes can make several different faces:

After you have the face you want, fabric glue or hot glue it on the center of the pillow.
(I used adhesive felt from Michaels- It's easier to trace and cut out on the paper backing.)

Now tie the strips around the pillow leaving an opening for the stuffing.
Here is a great link for this step:
To tie the pillow take the tips of the strips and push them both through the opening you cut, pull them through evenly.
Stuff the pillow and finish the ties.
Emojis are super popular right now and I'm sure my students will have fun making their own!
  Student Work:

Friday, May 13, 2016

Russian Matryoshka Art Lesson

Although I've never had a set of these dolls I've always loved them.  We'll make ours out of paper instead of wood.  This is a nice lesson to introduce students to Russian Folk Art.

This is the first Set of Matryoshka Dolls, made in 1890 by Vasily Zvyozdochkin from a design by Sergey Malyutin, who was a folk crafts painter at Abramtsevo. Traditionally the outer layer is a woman, dressed in a sarafan, a long and shapeless traditional Russian peasant jumper dress. The figures inside may be of either gender; the smallest, innermost doll is typically a baby turned from a single piece of wood. Much of the artistry is in the painting of each doll, which can be very elaborate. The dolls often follow a theme; the themes may vary, from fairy tale characters to Soviet leaders. The matryoshka dolls are often referred to as "babushka dolls", "babushka" meaning "grandmother" or "elderly woman".

The Matryoshka Doll was presented at the Exposition Universelle in Paris tens years later, 1900.  They were so popular that they began making them in several places in Russia and shipping them all around the world.

Using a Template which can be printed from this Jpeg, cut out the four shapes.

I kept it very simple so that the students can decorate them however they want.
 Begin by putting a dot in the center of the bottom of the face.  Then draw the scarf from the dot to the outside of the Matryoshka with a curved line.
Draw a circle in the center of the scarf and then the two ends of the scarf - leaf shape.  
Put a dot in the center of the top of the head and draw the hair from the center to about halfway down.
Add facial features however you like, but the rosy cheeks are pretty standard.  
Add a short line from the center of the scarf on each side to begin the apron.
Connect the two lines at the bottom of the dress and add any decoration you wish.
I used colored pencils to finish them.

Punch holes at the base of each doll and add a brass brad to keep them together.
This is the traditional Matryoshka, but I also did a non traditional version.  I used the same patterns, but turned them over so the circle for the face doesn't show.

The sky is the limit with these, where ever their imagination takes them!

Student Work: