Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Tall Tales and Art- Summer 2015 (Day 1)

Today was our first day of our summer Tall Tales and Art program. This is a 6 day, 2 hours a day, summer art program that we have at our district art museum every year.

Today's book was Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin.

As in previous years, the children gather on the floor for the story, while the parents have the chairs in the back. A lot of the students had already heard this story, but they had no problem hearing it again. It was a new experience for many of the parents.

After reading the book, I gave a quick explanation of the 3 projects that would be going on and then the students were off!

One room was handprint dragons being made. The students painted their hands with tempera paint (we started with warm colors, but pulled out other colors as the students requested them) and then created the shape of a dragon, using their handprints. They added teeth with scraps of paper and then glued on googly eyes.

 Another room had dragon collages. The students were shown how to fold a piece of paper in half and draw 1/2 of the dragon's head. When this was cut out, they had the entire dragon head (symmetry). They used construction paper scraps, scissors, glue, crayons and oil pastels to decorate their dragons.

The last room had dragon eggs. This was the hit of the day!! Each child received a styrofoam egg and 2 boxes of tacks. The tacks were placed into a piece of corrugated cardboard and then painted with metallic acrylic paint. Due to time constraints, the paint was not completely dry when they started placing the tacks in the eggs. Some students chose to take the tacks home still in the cardboard and place them in the egg when they got home.

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