Tuesday 24 April 2012

Garden Gnomes

We made these cute little garden gnomes to go with our water color gardens!

We are currently studying geometry in math and so I made a few template tracers for the shape of our gnomes.  We used a large triangle for the body, a small triangle for the hats, a large white circle for the beards and an oval for the face. 

My students cut strips into the white circle to create their beards and cut out their own boots and belts.  I love that this student added glassed to her gnome!

We also used painted eyes and a nose with our finger prints, then added eyebrows and eye details with pastels.


Watercolor Gardens

This was a fun watercolor project for my Grade One class.  We first painted 'blobs' of different colors using watercolor paints starting with the lightest color and ending with the darkest.  They painted approximately 6 blobs with each colour. 

When they were dry the students filled in the
remaining background with green paint.

(Need to remove the flash from my camera!)

Using black markers the students drew little circles in each blob and then drew petals by extending lines from the circles to the outer edge of the blobs.  I had them practice first before attempting on their artwork. 

Some children had some difficulty getting their petals to fill the entire paint blob but were able to add extra petals to fill the space they had missed.

Easter Egg Carton Chicks

Here is a simple and fun Easter craft that I got from FamilyFun.go.com. 
Here is the link with instructions:

The kids were thrilled with the results and couldn't wait to take them home.  They looked even cuter when we added their painted easter eggs!

Thursday 5 April 2012


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