Thursday, June 14, 2012

Cereal Box Sketchbooks

 I have had a couple people comment or ask me about an earlier post about homemade sketchbooks made out of CEREAL BOXES. I just made some more with my summer school classes and documented how I did it. Hope the pictures help explain the steps better. All props have to go out to my Cooperating Teacher Deb during my student teaching in 2010. These are her idea and I owe her the world. Thanks Deb!

Box full of already cut to size cereal boxes

 fold cereal box evenly on one of the side edges, as shown below

 Shows the fold along the one side

 The inside has the cereal box exterior design

 With an already 3 hole punched piece of paper (printer paper), trace the placement of the holes and hole punch the three holes individually with a hand hole-punch.

 Three holes are punched and ready to add paper

 Add glue to the cover, don't go past the fold line on the left side

Smear the glue with your finger

 Add paper (scrapbook paper) to the glue covered cover. Press down and smooth out the bubbles. Make sure all edges and corners are glued

Make sure that paper is larger than the cover

 Fold the paper edges and glue them to the inside. Those of you that know how to cover a book are probably laughing at my fold job, but this is a simple way to show any elementary students. The folds can be covered by a rectangle piece of paper cut to size to cover the cereal box design and paper folding. My students like to show the cereal design.

Repeat on the other side (back cover).

3 hole punch some white all purpose printer paper. Grab a foot and a half of yarn.

 Place the paper inside the book matching up the three holes. Cut the yarn into three pieces (6 inches each).

 I have my students tie a bow (knot), this allows them to add more paper if they need to with little hassle.

Enjoy! This is a great first day of class project. Students have little problems if you go step-by-step. They love the fact that they are able to make their own book... I love that they have something to do when they finish a project early. 
I don't think I have thrown a cereal box away in over two years... love the recycle factor.


 Like the use of the circles


Very Creative haha

Ocean Food Chain Drawing

Second Grade drawing... WOW

After teaching the students about the underwater food chain, we all made our own using pictures from our books and information learned that day in class. This is a second grade drawing of a food chain that starts out with Plankton and ends with a Shark...

Wow, what an amazing drawing!!!

Lantern Fish (Summer School)

2nd Grade
         1st Grade
1st Grade

I am teaching a Oceans Below class with K-2 students in summer school, so naturally I made it into an art class with lots of ocean wisdom. This lesson was about the deep sea's and the fish that live in a place rarely visited by human eyes. We talked about Lantern fish is their awesome light organs. I made tracers for the students to help with proportion. The students used colored pencils to color their fish... we used our imagination to design the fish since they are usually back and rubbery looking. The students loved how the colors popped. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Clay Plaque Weavings

 Love the color scheme... will require this next year.

 Go Packers... A little Wisconsin pride

 She might be sucking up........I'll take it.

My third grade just finished their never ending weaving project. They started out with the weaving made on a cardboard loom. The weaving was the basic warp string and "under and over" format. When the students all finished their weaving's, we started the clay plaques. The students were all given a small piece of grid paper to help make their design symmetrical. The students started by figuring out the placement of the six holes that would hold the warp strings. Once the holes were drawn on, the students designed one half of their plaque using the squares (ex. four squares to the left, three squares up, and eighteen squares to the right). The students reversed the directions on the other side of the plaque. The students cut out the grid design and I saved them for the next class.

The students came ready for clay the next class. We rolled out slabs of clay and placed the paper design over the top of the clay. Students cut out the design and poked holes in the clay for the warp strings. I gave the students a bunch of tools and random objects to design and press into the clay with. 

In the end, I had the students use watercolor to paint the clay. We covered the painted plaque with a Tempera Varnish, and the end result is shown above. I will do a lot of things different next year, but I like all the different skills this lesson covered. Hope you enjoy!