Thursday, June 16, 2016

Tall Tales, Day 3- If You Plant a Seed

Today was Day 3 of our summer art program.

Our book was If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson.

I originally chose the book because I fell in love with the illustrations. However, once I read the book, I realized that it had a wonderful message of kindness.

Activity 1- Friendship Rocks
We were lucky to have a paint store donate a multitude of pint cans of house paint in beautiful colors. So instead of using acrylic (which was the original plan), we painted our rocks with the more permanent house paint.
Each student was given 1 fairly large river rock. They chose their colors, brushes and design and painted their rocks. Since Sunday is Father's Day, many of the children chose to make gifts for dad.

Activity 2- Inspirational Quote Mini Canvases
The students painted a 4x4 mini canvas with acrylic paint. Then they used paint pens to write an inspirational quote or message. I had printed out a variety of quotes for them to use and many came up with their own.

Activity 3- Hearts to Share
This was a huge hit! The children used Sculpey polymer clay pasta rollers to make mini hearts to share. They were then put into toaster ovens to bake.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Tall Tales 2016- The Girl Who Heard Colors

I love summer! Summer means it's time for our Tall Tales program at the Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum.

Yesterday was our first day of the program and we started out with the book, The Girl Who Heard Colors by Marie Harris.

After reading the book, we did 3 activities.

Activity 1:   Scented Paint
We added a variety of extracts (peppermint, lemon, cherry, etc) to tempera paint and let the children paint with it. Boy! The classroom smelled heavenly!

Activity 2:  Texture paintings
The student started out with a piece of cardboard. They used a hot glue gun (with the assistance of our amazing National Honor Society volunteers) to write their names, draw pictures, etc.

Once the glue cooled down, they covered the cardboard with a piece of aluminum foil.

The foil was then decorated with puffy paint and glitter glue.

Activity 3: Music instruments
The students used craft sticks, construction paper and rubber bands to create a harmonica (kazoo) and a small dixie cup, popcorn kernels, construction paper and a rubber band to make a maraca.

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