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Lesson Plans

Re: Holiday Art-ARRRGHH

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The Austin's (whest177)
Sat, 4 Dec 1999 23:13:32 -0600

I finally resorted to Christmas projects after years of trying to keep the
kids' minds on school and not the upcoming holidays. For my Kinders, we fold
the tops of lunch bags down on either side to make a point, then fold down
halfway. We trace our hands on brown paper and cut out to make reindeer
antlers, then cut out eyes and a nose. I place oatmeal inside and attach a
little poem about feeding Santa's reindeer - I can send the poem and more
detailed directions if anyone's interested. This is pretty "cutesy", but
it's good for cutting and gluing skills.
1st grade makes collage penguins. This is also for cutting and gluing
skills. I just broke down a penguin into basic shapes and have them cut them
2nd grade we make snowmen. I have them fold a 12x18" sheet of paper in
half, and on the fold draw 3 overlapping half circles. Cut out. Place this
on a 12x18" sheet of blue paper as a stencil and sponge paint white over the
opening. I let them collage details as they see fit.
3rd grade draws carolers. We color these and then paint the sky with
4th cuts out snowflakes and then we lay them on 12x18" white paper.
Sponge paint blue and white tempera over the entire picture. The classroom
teacher always snags the snowflakes after we pull them off - they look
really neat. Then we glitter around the snowflake shape that results when we
pull the cut out off.
5th - I give them 12" design circles (pizza boards) and have show them
how to curve the lines realistically to create 5 sections. Two sections must
have a pattern. The remaining sections may contain Christmas symbols (we
talk alot about symbols and discuss how they come about through various
projects). Color with marker. We create giant ornaments by attaching a
square of gold paper that I snagged from prom one year. If I feel like
hanging them we glue colored paper on the back.
One other project that I do as a "filler" (mainly if the kids finish all
their work and I only have 1 day before break) is to read Shel Silverstein's
poem about the snowball - I don't know the title right off, but it goes:
I made myself a snowball
As perfect as could be
I decided to keep it as a pet
and let it sleep with me.

I made it some pajamas
and a pillow for it's head
Then last night it ran away
But first it wet the bed.
I think I have a few of the words wrong, but my copy is at school. Anyway, I
have them make a snowball out of paper and cut out facial features and then
"dress" it. They turn out really cute.

I have tried not to do anything too cutesy with the upper grades , and I
always tie them into my curriculum, making sure I use art vocabulary every
chance I get. I refuse to do anything that I don't want displayed in the art
show, and definately NO presents for Mom & Dad - I don't want to set any

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