Friday, March 30, 2012

Spring Flowers


I haven't had much time to paint myself during March, so these are all of my new paintings that I have to showcase. The top painting is a mixed media painting, and the one below is oil. Hoping to have more time to paint in April and May. I've been dying to get some studio time for me...so inspired by all the blooming spring flowers and beautiful colors. Happy Spring!


Friday, March 16, 2012

Friday, March 9, 2012

Painting Daffodils

Let's Paint Friday!


These were completed in 2 hours in acrylic paint on a 16 x 20 canvas.


I took about 20 minutes at the beginning of class and we looked at live daffodils outside and sketched the flowers from different perspectives. I sketched with them and showed them how to draw several different views. I also had some cut daffodils in class so they could refer to them while they were painting. 







So happy!

Amanda at My Heart's Desire is giving away a piece of my scripture art this week. 
Stop by her blog and enter to win!


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Snowman Lesson-Shaving Cream and Glue



Since we didn't get enough snow this year to build a snowman, I thought it would be fun to take some snow to my daughter's class with this fun project. I've seen lots of different recipes and suggestions online about how to make puffy paint out of shaving cream and glue, so I thought I'd give it a try.


I bought three cans of shaving cream at the dollar store, and it was more than enough for 18 students to create a snowman on an 8-1/2 x 11 sheet of construction paper. Since these were first graders, and I had limited time, I pre cut the hat, eyes, nose, and scarves.


We divided into 3 groups of 6 and let each group make their own bowl of snow by filling up their bowl with shaving cream...



And then squirting a bunch of glue on top and mixing. So fun... and messy!

Most of the "recipes" I read online called for equal parts of glue and shaving cream. We just added enough to give it a firmer, sticky texture.



Drew our "B" with white crayon for the body, off the side of the page (perspective).



Smoothed on the snow with small spoons and then topped with glitter. The snowflakes were made with q-tips and white paint.


Then stuck all the details into our snowman.








I always love to incorporate literature into fun projects like this. Just as simple as reading a book before doing the lesson. This would even be a fun project to do at home with preschoolers.

Here's some great recommendations for snowman books that would go well with this project.



I was very pleased with this lesson...cute results, the kids had a blast, and it was a fun way to incorporate a lot of different learning ideas. My daughter's class just finished studying the weather so this tied in with their unit perfectly.


WARNING: This project is VERY messy : )

Amanda, at My Heart's Desire, is giving away a piece of my scripture art this week. Stop by her blog and enter to win! 


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