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Woodworking for Kids. When I was in college, an older friend who helped me restore an antique Ford observed, "I don't know why you're studying to be a lawyer.

Woodworking for Kids

Your brains are in your hands. " That simple observation led me to re-evaluate my plans and eventually become a woodworker. My daughter Lucy began regular visits to my wood shop when she was three. If you have children of your own, you understand the very important feelings that arise when you introduce your child to something that you love so much.

I have enough love of woodworking to feel a need and a responsibility. It was the time spent with my daughter in the woodshop that helped me to envision Wisdom of the Hands, the woodworking program I developed for the Clear Spring School, a small independent school in Northwest Arkansas. Even the youngest students can take pride in the work they create in a well-run school woodshop program. Hands-on benefitsHands-on education is nothing new. Setting up a school programThere are many ways to start. Sketchbook Project #6: Line Drawings. The Sketchbook Project is a record of how my sixth grade students used sketchbooks during their art class to record art information and create projects.

Sketchbook Project #6: Line Drawings

Learn how I used sketchbooks instead of individual sheets of paper to teach art & creativity. Week One: The Beginning Week Two: Creating Value Week Three: Atmospheric Perspective Week Four: Tree Line Drawings. Eclectic Chica: October 2012. Here we go, teaching these awesome owls to 30 kiddos!

Eclectic Chica: October 2012

And don't forget, this lesson was inspired by this post. Amazingly, this lesson went perfectly. I think the kids were even more amazed than Miss L and I were at how wonderful these owls turned out. Here's how it went: SUPPLIES 12x18 white construction/drawing paper Compressed Charcoal Soft Pastels Pencils Scratch paper Owl drawing handouts This was my first time working with this class in total (although several kids had been in S & R's class last year when we made the dog art auction project).

I talked a bit about how none of them started kindergarten knowing how to read like they can now, or knowing their math facts. Now I am by no means an "official" art teacher and I do not have to worry about visual arts standards, etc. ART WORDS: Charcoal, Pastel Chalks, Medium, Cropping, Emphasis, Color, Value, Line, Shape, Form, Texture, Space, Pattern, Contrast, Balance, Depth, Proportion Yes, that was a lot of art words. 2. 3. 4. 5. Pinterest: Discover and save creative ideas. Pinch pots. Pinch Pot Cupcakes Second graders formed 2 pinch pots to create these cupcakes.

pinch pots

One pinch pot was pressed into a silicone cupcake mold to create the cake. I mixed slip until creamy for the “frosting” that was spread onto the other pinch pot. Fruits and candies were scored and attached. The fired cupcakes were painted with tempera paint, then protected with a coat of tempera varnish. Zoomorphic Pinch Pots Third graders created these animal pinch pots. Chicken coop mosaics. Chicken coop mosaics. 79adccc002e31193b2c09ac1d086b9c0.jpg (JPEG Image, 3264 × 2448 pixels) - Scaled (31%) Laurel burch cats in 2D followed by this 3D project. Laurel burch, oil pastels and cats. Mural done by my middle school art students. Cool idea!

5th grade bottle top mosaic...in front of the art room doors. 79adccc002e31193b2c09ac1d086b9c0.jpg (JPEG Image, 3264 × 2448 pixels) - Scaled (31%) » End of the Year Murals Georgetown Elementary Art Blog. June 8, 2012 Well everyone – we’re done in the Art Room until September.

» End of the Year Murals Georgetown Elementary Art Blog

Before we go, here’s one last project from our fabulous G-Town artists! What to do with all that opened paint that won’t keep over the summer months? What to do now that the District Art Show is over? HOW to keep summer-ready students interested and excited about making art? Big, big thanks to Katie at Experiments in Art Education for this very cool end of the year project. Here’s what we did: 1) Talked about murals – interestingly, I have never taught a mural lesson, and I need to expand on that idea – many of my students were not familiar with murals and mural artists. 2) Began with black line shapes. 3) Painted the shapes with color – each student got a cup of color and was instructed to walk around the room, adding color to all the murals in different areas. 4) Final step – we outlined around the shapes again to make ‘em POP.

Ta-Daa! That artist woman. Instructables - DIY How To Make Instructions.