Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Here is a cute pic I found while searching for 
new ideas! Love it! 
Just thought I'd share for smiles!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Name Radial Designs

I have seen this done on several blogs and HAD to try it for our class! They all turned out so different and interesting.

Here are how to directions from:

  1. Show examples of Radial design in art Rose windows and various mandalas
  2. Demonstrate steps to make symmetrical design - and transferring to rest of circle
  3. Demonstrate colored pencil techniques - blending of colors - varying pressure for different values. And discuss color combining, complimentary colors etc. 
  1. Trace circle template onto 12" square paper (or 12" x18" / 30 x 46 cm). May use compass to make circle (11 to 11 1/2" (30 cm) circle). Neatly cut out circle.  
  2. Fold the circle in half, then in quarters, then in eighths. Crease
  3. Unfold and draw on only one of the "pie slices." 
  4. Unfold and draw on only one of the "pie slices." This is the stage that can be adapted to fit an elementary through high school lesson.  The drawing can be simple or complex. Guide students to at least have the drawing touch the edge of the pie slice a few times. Dragonfly was drawn from life. The science teacher had students collect bugs. Once the projects were graded and students no longer wanted the collection - these were given to the art department. Insects could be a theme - or other items from nature drawn from life - flowers - plants - fish. Go over lines with soft lead pencil
  5. Once the pie drawing is completed, the slice is folded inward and then the back of the paper is rubbed with a smooth hard tool to transfer the drawing to the adjacent pie slice. 
  6. Outline on the adjacent pie shape - this 1/4 of the circle is folded in and transferred to the next quarter. 
  7. Fold over to transfer to the other half of the circle.
  8. Color according to your needs.  Select a color plan.  Students can choose to keep simple or plan intricate detailed color schemes. 

Using the window for a light board. We are resourceful!! 










Geometric Art

Geometric Art
Block of pine wood
Colored Rubber Bands

I got this idea from "Fun ideas for Kids" by Mimi Wellisch

Students hammered rows of nails into pine wood...leaving them exposed about 1 inch.
Then students created geometric designs using colored rubber bands. This was a fun hands on project that got them creating some unique geomtric 3 dimentional art peices. What do you think?

First paint a piece of pine wood a bright bold color. 

Next, lightly tack the nail pattern onto the wood. 
(I made a pattern using stars in a word document.) 

Next we went outside and hammered ithe nails into the holes that we put in using our pattern. It is a challenge to hammer...but they got the hang of it and enjoyed the project. We learned all about how dads are so good at hammering and hardly ever accidently hammer their thumbs. :) 

The challenge is to hammer each nail in the same distance. So check your work periodically to make sure they are all even.

Next we gathered bright rubber bands and discussed geometric shape and creating pattern.

 And here's one with a name... 

Break for some show and tell...ouch! Not only creative but...Double jointed and limber! 

He named his piece "The tension" 

This piece actually becomes interactive...because you can take the rubber bands off over and over again and make new designs. What a great idea to have on the coffee table. :) The students came up with several this morning and even figured out how to design their names.