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Sunday, May 15, 2016

From Third Graders to Centenarians

I am usually one to switch up lessons year to year often but there are some that I love to teach year after year due to their popularity, success, and wealth of learning objectives covered. This is certainly one because the results never cease to crack me up!

I believe I modified this lesson from School Arts Magazine and added a writing assignment.  Third grade students looked at portraits of centenarians and identified changes the body goes through when we age.  We review proportions of the face and add the wrinkles, and age lines that would age our self-portraits to 100 years old (Though I will say some of these guys look a few years shy of that age).  We continue with practice mixing skin color and adding shading onto a human face with watercolors.  Unfortunately these photos didn't fully pick up the subtle shading my students added.  I am always impressed by their use of watercolors.  It is a difficult medium for anyone to master!

After we finish our portraits, we discuss how 100 years is quite a while for all of us and there is a lot of time and events that can fit in between.  We brainstorm some things we will like to achieve by the time we are 100.  Students then complete an accompanying writing piece on what they want to do by the time they are 100 years old.  They often write about where they want to go to school, what they want to do when they are older and where they want to travel but every year we also have some mansions, 100s of puppies and other imaginative goals sprinkled in!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Tutorial: Egg Carton Flower Wreath

Spring has arrived and flowers are starting to bloom. Over at St. Christopher's, teachers are posting all sorts of lovely work with the theme of all things spring! I wanted to make a cheap but colorful wreath for my door. So I grabbed some egg cartons, scissors, watercolors and glue and you can too! Here's a super quick tutorial for you all (I'm sure kiddos could do this too)
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You will need:
Paper Egg Cartons
Watercolors (any kind works)
Hot Glue (craft glue might work as well
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Cut between the egg carton spots and create flower shapes: Some of mine are a bit abstract, some long and some short. Remember this is a playful wreath. Once cut, paint with watercolors. The carton will soak up a lot of the water and color in the first layer, so I did a light first coat of mostly water and then went over it with a lot more of the hue. Remember, it will dry a bit lighter!
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While your flowers dry, cut a circle from the cardboard to whatever size you want your wreath to be. Cut a center circle to create your desired width.
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Once the flowers are completely dry, hot glue them onto the cardboard form. Optional: hot glue a ribbon on the back for hanging your wreath.
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And there you have it...your wreath is done! Hang and enjoy! Super simple but super cheery. Spring: here I come!
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