So who really designs Santa's wrapping paper. Well an Art Elf that's who. I made this elf last year out of wire and model magic for the face. Wrapped he green felt for clothing. He did have a hat but lost it on the way to the North Pole.
My students (the Kinders) really love it. My elf has been traveling around some of the regular ed classes. Today he is up to not good. Painting on my cabinets today.
My first grader studied Andy Warhol. I show them how he did his blobbed ink drawings and also how he made shoe drawing. I hady students draw their own shoe and also had them draw a shoe they wanted to wear when they were an adult. We drew the shoes with black crayons. Then we used plastic sheets over the crayon drawing and colored them with markers. Put wet paper on top of that and rubbed. To get the print.
So this is a funny story. The new art teacher at my school got boxes or brand new lab coats. And let me tell you they are very powerful. So one of my Kinders class they call me Mr. Rohde. But when I put the coat on I transform to Dr. Rohde. No training/schooling needed.
I did a sculpture project where all they could use is newspaper and tape. I shows them how to roll the paper. I told them that they could make any geometric form and that it had to be as talk as me. 5'8ish. And that is all I told them. I let them go at it. They worked in groups of 4 and they all started out rolling paper then the building started. Many of the groups built cubes. Which after sitting a week at all fell apart. Some groups learned from that and some didn't. It was really neat to watch them work on this.
I asked them it they liked doing this project. I was scared that they didn't because of all the failure. But must of them loved it. One of my students thought art was just drawing and painting. He had no clue you could build things and call it art. I was very proud of all my student in that 5th grade class. I will get a few more pictures in the next few day.
I am going to be doing a project with my 4th graders where we make postcards that deal with are state. I was looking for a few people that would like to make a few postcards trade them. Let me know if that is something you would like to do.