All over the world of Art Teacher blogs I see classes drawing nutcrackers. I thought drawing and coloring a nutcracker picture would be a very nice last class before Christmas break. This week we only did half-hour classes to accomodate a gift exchange, pizza instead of our usual sack lunches, and LOTS of playtime. The day was festive!
I demonstrated nutcracker drawing techniques, using this lesson from Art Projects for Kids.(Kathy has 3 other nutcracker posts showing nutcrackers colored with oil pastels, watercolors, crayons - all pretty!) We outlined with black Sharpie or black Slick Stix, then colored them with Slick Stix. Nice results!
Last week: This will be the last stamp-carving class we do as Sm'Arties. The children have improved in their dexterity as we worked carving erasers for 3 classes. Of course, their expectations are higher now.
During this class, I limited them to just carving one stamp, though I had some mercy when a stamp was ruined. I wanted to focus on making a card, showing them how to layer their stamped piece so it is framed on the card front. So they would not be too frustrated if a stamp was turning out poorly, I told them they could use any of the stamps for their card. At first, two or three asked, "So I can use your stamp?" I said yes, anyone's stamp, and each said, "That's what I am going to do, then. I want to use your stamp." But when the time came, each Sm'Artie used his/her own stamp. They had so much creativity and heart invested in their work!
Science Geek discovered these little Christmas erasers at Dollar Tree - cute! We tried carving around some of the shapes. The Christmas trees worked best.
Earlier, just to see how it would work, I carved 2 Santas - one as a positive image, and one as a negative image. The Santas did not work very well. They looked like scary mountain men, some with blue goggles.
One of my stamp pads has green and red halves. Once this discovery was made, some bisected red and green snowmen made their appearance.
Look how this tree looks like it is set against a winter night.
Love the simple star.
And "Peace on Earth."
Science Geek got in on the carving, too.
I showed the children how to layer the stamped image with pretty scrapbook or colored cardstock and adhere it to the front of a card. In one sample, I used a little foil mini-cupcake holder. I brought some pretty paper and Science Gook contributed a few pieces from her stash.
The children were delighted to see how the framing set off the stamped pictures.
I cannot believe I missed this very nice stamp-carving tutorial when I was looking for just such a thing. Gennine's Art Blog is one of my happiest places to visit. I have her December desktop calendar on my desktop. I have always liked bird pictures, and hers are some of my favorites EVER! Check out the stamp-carving tutorial:
This week we had our usual IEW lesson (you go, Keisuzi!).
Then we packed up our picnic lunches and crossed the fence in our backyard to have PE and picnic on the Cross Florida Greenway.
It was lots of fun. Though the day was pretty overcast, we enjoyed ourselves.
We are playing disc golf. The "hole" is off camera.
We collected a few treasures.
I didn't take pictures of the collection of animal bones or the collection of shell casings. Now I know for sure - it's not always firecrackers being set off on the Greenway - sometimes it is target practice.
At the end of last week's SmArties class, I showed Science Geek these little Dollar Tree erasers. When I got these, Earthgirl and I decided to NOT use them to carve randomly, but to use the designs to make stamps. I got 2 packs, but think I'll go back and spend another $2. You can see the heart/flower one on the left? I carved it out quickly, using just an Exacto knife and a metal pencil end.
It makes a cute little flower-in-heart handmade-looking stamp. We may do some of these at Earthgirl's Almost-Annual Girls' Christmas Crafts Party. Now, look above at the "I heart U" eraser. I said to SG, "Look how cute these are! I'm going to carve this one!" And she said, "Hmmmm...but wouldn't that make a backwards image?" HA! After laughing at the children for making backwards images, look what I was about to do! We kinda held on to each other laughing at ME.
OK, so THANK YOU, Science Geek! I transferred the image to the back side
What we used: Dollar Tree erasers! We had some rectangular ones and these ovals. The ovals are my favorites, because you can use the pretty oval outline.
I brought just a few tools for carving - Exacto knives, Stabilo carvers, and metal pencil ends (where I pull our the eraser), one still rounded; the others crunched into a gouge. The Stabilo carvers are my favorite - what a difference! Since I only have 2 handles, I just wrapped the ends of the extra blades in Bandaids and we gouged away.
My intent was that the children just carve a bit on the first erasers, just to see how it felt, but they all started carving designs so fast I could not keep up! Before I could talk of how to transfer designs and about mirror-imaging, little trees and stick-figures appeared!
And Jackson proudly showed off his "Jax" stamp. Only thing is, he didn't realize that when you stamped it down...
...but then he got the hang of it. In spite of seeing the lesson from the "Jax" stamp, other Sm'arties had trouble with the whole backwards-mirror image thing - mind-blowing!
I brought along some clipart of Florida images - a palm, and alligator, a sea turtle...
You can use a stamp pad or markers with rubber stamps.
I love the skateboard dude!
Here is a palm I did, colored with markers, then stamped on a blue ink pad. I love how it turned out in the oval