Sunday, November 27, 2016

Woven Christmas Tree Art Lesson Tutorial

Using a simple paper plate loom students can create their own woven tree.

I was inspired by this pin on pinterest:

I changed it a bit and came up with this.

You'll need:
Yarn
Scissors
7" paper plates
Beads and bells if wanted

Using this template I cut notches in the sides of the plates.
Then I used approximately 3 yards of yarn and folded it in half.
I put the folded end under the 2 notches on one side of the plate.

Next I put one side of the yarn through a notch on the right top and another side of the yarn through the notch on the left top.
I kept the yarn separate and kept on looping it into the notches on each side.  The yarn goes underneath the plate through the bottom notch again and back up to the top notch over and over.
The back of the plate.
Bring the two strings up to the 2 notches and cross them over each other.
Criss cross the yarn over the top and under the yarn two times and then pull the strings tight.
Now tie a knot with the strings to keep the top of the tree tight.
Tie another knot in the two strings up higher to create a hanger.
Now you're ready to begin weaving.
This is called the warp on the loom.  The yarn we weave with is called the weft.
I pre made my looms since I am doing this with 1st grade students.
Tie a piece of yarn to the outside string of yarn and weave it over and under each strand of yarn.
I start over the first strand and then alternate.  You always have to do the opposite of what you just did - over and then under - over then under.
You can weave it into the wider strings toward the bottom, which is easier, and then pull it to the top and snug it up.
I am using shorter lengths of yarn, maybe a yard at a time to make it easier.  When I get to the end I tie another strand on with a knot and keep going.  If you want to put beads on just thread them onto the yarn.

When you get to the end simply tie the yarn onto the outside string.

This is a simple weaving activity where students will see the results of their effort quickly.  It will be confusing for some at first, but when they stick with it and master it they will be so proud of themselves!




Monday, November 21, 2016

Santa Gnome Ornament DIY

Easy to make Gnomes using a cork as a base.

A Tomte, Nisse or Tomtenisse (Sweden), Nisse (Norway and Denmark) or Tonttu (Finland) is a mythological creature from Scandinavian folklore which is typically associated with the winter solstice and the Christmas season. It is generally described as being no taller than three feet, having a long white beard, and wearing a conical or knit cap in red or some other bright color.  The tomte / nisse will deliver gifts at the door, in accordance with the modern-day tradition of Santa Claus.  He usually lives in the forest and travels to homes on a sled with reindeer, but they don't fly.  It's tradition to leave him some porridge with butter as a thanks for his visit.

They often have an appearance similar to a garden gnome and are believed to guard your home and family, protecting them from misfortune, particularly at night, when everyone is asleep. If you take good care of a Tomte, he will protect you and watch over your family!

You'll need:
Wine Corks
Red Felt
White Yarn
Pompoms
Wooden Ball - 3/8"
Decorative Accents

5 yards of yarn folded over until it is about 6" long
I used Yarn Bee Fleece Lite yarn from Hobby Lobby
Tie a piece of yarn around the center of the yarn and make a knot.
Glue the middle of the yarn onto the top of the cork with hot glue.
This is a pdf pattern for the hat - 2 hats fit on half of a 8 1/2 X 11" sheet of paper
Cut the hat out of felt and glue the hanger to the inside of the hat.  Glue the edges together to fit over the yarn and the cork.
Let the yarn hang down over the cork, put hot glue on the bottom edge of the hat and place the hat over the yarn.
You'll need to trim the beard - you can leave it long all around or cut the back a little shorter so it's not quite so shaggy.
Glue the nose and decorations with hot glue.



Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Fall Trees Reflected In A Pond Step by Step Art Lesson

This is a lovely Fall Painting where students can feel successful no matter their age or ability.

Supplies Needed:
Watercolor Paper
Blue Watercolor Paint
Acrylic or Tempra Paint - yellow, red, orange, green and brown
Brushes

Have the students fold their paper in half.
Students will create a light blue background and add some wavy lines in the bottom half for the water.
Let this dry.

Add the land just above the fold line.  Make sure it is still wet and fold it over applying pressure to the green area so it prints onto the bottom half.

 Next add each tree, printing each tree after it is painted and still wet.
I used two colors for each tree, a background color and another accent color.
Don't worry about the bottom half not printing as a solid area of color, that's what makes it look like a reflection in the water.
Add spots of color in a variety of colors and sizes to make it look like leaves on the ground.
Next add the trunks of the trees, I painted a y shape and made the trunks a little bit wobbly so they look more natural.
 The students will have fun printing the reflections and be thrilled with their finished work.

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: https://snapguide.com/guides/make-a-no-sew-fleece-blanket-wout-bulky-knots/
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.
Back
Emojis are super popular right now and I'm sure my students will have fun making their own!
  Student Work: