Monday, March 14, 2011

Rockin' out

Source material for this lesson and several lessons coming up: Lin Wellford's book and video. 

We are going to paint a few rocks over the next 2 or 3 weeks - maybe forever - we love this!

Not having a rocky riverbed nearby, I grabbed a bag of Mexican Beach stones from Lowe's.  They are smooth and dark and it feels good just to hold them.

One of the Sm'Arties, who is not pictured in this post, learned that though tossing and catching the stones is fun, it is not advisable to toss them over your head - unless you catch them EVERY TIME.  Sad lesson. 

We used acrylic craft paint.  Some stones were prepainted white, some black, and some left natural.  I like the natural dark gray.

When they were finished (and they dry quickly - I used a blowdryer on the wettest ones), I sprayed them with a clear sealer.  These have 1 coat.  2 coats is better - more shine.

We think the one with green eyes looks like an alien. 

After Spring Break - lizards!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Painted Ladies

Last year I saw this lesson at Deep Space Sparkle, and I knew that one day the Sm'Arties would draw some lovely houses.

And so we did!

I love the way the Sm'Arties concentrate when they draw.

I love the details.

I love the way they add their own special touches.

I love the way they are eager to show me the results of their homework the next week!

(I love the way I sometimes have to pixilate when they put labels on with their actual name or address)
Great job, Sm'Arties!