Monday, August 8, 2011

Back to school Ideas

A fellow art teacher in my district (smART Class) recently asked for back to school ideas.  Thanks, Natalie, for the suggestion! I had forgotten all about this project!! Here is a project that I did a couple of years ago. Each grade level had their own contribution towards these life-size sihouettes.

PK-Kinder: were traced onto black butcher paper for the black silhouettes (I had 2 parent volunteers who did all of the tracing for me). They also traced their hands and made the flowers that the silhouettes are holding

1st and 2nd grade: painted the colored backgrounds onto white butcher paper and glued the silhouettes onto the colored backgrounds

3rd grade: painted the white outlines and cut out all of the silhouettes

4th and 5th grade: painted all of the intricate patterns onto the colored background and helped hang all of the pieces.

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  1. I LOVE this!!! I might just have to do it :)

  2. I originally got the idea from the December 2007 issue of SchoolArts. The article was titled "Treasures of Peace" by Laurie Russell, Josie Pinkcombe and Tracy Ellyn. You may be able to find a back issue for more info. I had been doing Pinwheels for Peace for awhile and was looking for a change in project, but wanted to keep the sentiment of the project going.

  3. wow! these are great-- question for you-- how did they trace the silohuettes-- with an overhead projector? Mine never look this nice!

  4. I actually used the projector that I have hooked up to my computer. A parent volunteer came in everyday for a week during my kinder classes and pulled students to trace their silhouettes while I worked with them on another project. She did a fantastic job! I never would have been able to do it by myself.