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[teacherartexchange] teaching before Christmas


Date: Fri Dec 15 2006 - 15:17:57 PST

  This will probably be too late to help anyone this year.. we got out today at 10:40 and not a moment too soon! I have several holiday art activities that I use. One thing I do with my first grades the week before we get out is to have a bell chain contest. I have a pattern for a bell chain ( I would have to try and draw it and send if anyone is interested ) Basically it is a bell cut with a fold at the top so you end up with two bells hooked together at the top by the fold. The inside of the bell is also cut out so you can hook the bells together and make a chain with no glue or tape. They start by folding pape (about 9X4) in half and stand it on their desk like a little tent. I have patterns cut for them and I drop the bell on top of their "tent" so they can see they need to cut on the fold. They trace it, cut it out, and then use a hole punch to make a hole on the inside bell so they can cut it out. I cut a couple to demo and then pin it up and help them add bells. The winning class cut 97! They need
all the cutting practice they can get and it keeps them busy.
   I bring in poinsettias for the older students and have them draw and then paint. They get red and white and get a lot of practice mixing different tints.
    I also have 2nd or 3rd grades do a light painting. I give them a long paper 6 X !8 and have them draw a green line across the paper. Then I have stencils cut like a big old fashioned Christmas tree light bulb. The trace the bulb across the green line as many times as they can. Then the get to pick two of the primary colors and I give them white. The purpose of this activity is to let them experiment with color mixing. I don't give the water- they mix on the paper. They love this and it makes a really neat display if you hang them side by side. We put these in a bank my art club decorates all along the counter.
    Another easy, cheap activity is to have them make stain glass windows. I let them trace a circle on white paper, draw their design and then tape a piece of film from the laminating machine over the design ( I have folks save the piece at the end when you laminate) Students draw and color their design with sharpies. Then the make a frame with black construction paper.
               I have a few more but this is getting long enough! Have a great and well deserved break!
                                 Jeryl in SC

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