Friday, October 23, 2009

Gallery of Decoupage Creatures













This project has been one of my favorites and they always turn out too cute. It's a great project to teach about shapes and patterns (just make sure students are good using scissors or you will end up doing a lot of cutting). I use the small poster boards and purchase the precut tissue squares in the scrapbook isle. We decoupage on the tissue first (one color scheme really works best) and let it dry. This usually takes a one hour class session. If they get done in time, we draw out our animal or insect and I discuss shapes. We work on breaking their animal down into it's basic shapes for body parts when trying to draw it. I have them make a pattern and cut it out. Then they trace their pattern onto their fabrics , cut it out and cover with Mod Podge onto the background. The last step is to stamp the name of the animal with paint. We used yarn and buttons for accents and glued them on last.

4 comments:

Mary said...

First of all I love your blog! I also teach art privately to kids. You have some wonderful ideas and beautiful work. I wanted to know how the lettering was done on these fabulous collages. I'd like to try this lesson.
Here's my blog if you'd like to see it.
http//marymaking.blogspot.com/

sleepyhead designs studio said...

Thanks Mary! I'm heading over to check out your blog now. To answer your question, I did the lettering on the collages with letter stamps. One font was foam stamps, one font was sponge. I bought them at Hobby Lobby in the scrapbook section.

Faigie said...

Hi Mary,
I know this is an old post and don't know if you're still getting the comments, but I would like to know what age children did this animal decoupage and did the kids get any direction for the making of the animals, like real photos etc?

Sleepyhead Designs Studio said...

This was a lesson on using basic shapes to draw. I let each student identify an animal that they wanted to create and they broke it down into shapes and made a pattern first, then traced onto the fabric. These were kindergarten and first grade students-also I have smaller classes of 5 to 8 students.

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