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Re: One day project list....


Date: Mon Oct 13 2003 - 17:39:27 PDT

Linda - here are some of my more successful one dayers that I do every year:

Contour Line Mazes: I take small (2" squares) scraps of construction paper
and hand them out to the students. They are to tear them into 3 pieces of any
shape. They glue them down, away from the edges, onto a 9 x 12 sheet of white
paper. Using fine point felt tip pens, the students begin to trace around
the first shape....slowly. They gradually spiral out from that shape, keeping
all of their lines as evenly spaces as possible (about 1/8" apart) until they
"run into" their next torn shape. When they get to the next shape, they simply
trace around that shape and continue on following the contour lines until
they "run into" their third shape. These are a great excercise in self control,
and fine motor skills, or how a line creates a shape, good intro to optical
illusion art. Kids 4th - 6th love to do these and have great results. They
can normally complete one carefully in about 30 min or so.

The Shapes Our Hands Create: I have students trace their hands 3 times on a
piece of 9 x 12 white paper with a pencil. They overlap their hands each
time, trace right over the hand they just drew. I emphasize that they will get
the best results if they overlap their fingers each time. Then they trace over
their pencil lines with a marker (fine point, crayola, black crayon works in a
pinch). When the tracing is complete, they are to fill in each space with a
different color... much like a coloring book. They have to try and not color
two spaces next to each other with the same color. This is a great excercise
in planning out your design, discovering new types of shapes,etc. When all of
the shapes are colored in (I have them use crayon to color) then they choose
ONE color and completely fill in the background (large space around their
hands) all one color. When completed, these look like modern stained glass
windows. This I have tried with K - 6 and have had success with each grade...just
have to slow it down a bit with the littles. The students can complete one
design in approx. 45 min.

Spacescapes: Using black construction paper and Gel FX colored
pencils/crayons, or construction paper crayons, I have the students draw their own outer
space pictures. I show them how to shade a circle to turn it from a circle of
color to a 3-D sphere by using light on one side, dark on the other and a
medium color in between. We talk about color mixing/blending/shading. I show
them how to draw rings around planets as well. We can include comets, eclipses
(black circle with light around the edges), phases of a moon, small rocket
ships, a flag on a planet claimed in the name of the USA, aliens, the Milky Way,
etc. Fill up the rest of the space with tiny stars in many colors. Kids
really get into this one, love using the black paper. Great tie in with
introducing the shading of 3-D forms, value, color mixing, and science integration. I
have done this one with 3rd on up and have had good success. Kids could draw
these for days..but using 12 x 18 paper, they can complete one "spacescape" in
approx 40 - 45 min.

Cursive Name Aliens: With the 4-6th graders I have used this lesson from , now it is one of my subs favorite lessons to do:
Name Aliens and Monsters - Drawing - KinderArt . They actually have many
good ideas for elementary - check it out.

Fuzzy Animals: Using construction paper and glue with my K - 3rd graders we
create a fuzzy animal of the day. Light browns and tan scraps on hand...make
a lion with a great big fuzzy maine made by layering smaller bits of torn
paper for the maine, scraps for the ears, long torn shapes for the body and legs,
etc. Make "Tear Bears " teddy bears (I did the fuzzy tear bears with my Kinder's the first
year I taught and they were very successful - so I decided to use the same
technique for any type of fuzzy animal) Use black, white and tan to make fuzzy
calico cats, or a spotted dog. The possibilites are endless. I use this as a
fun one-dayer to introduce the word "texture" into their vocab. Whichever
type of animal you create, if you break it's body shapes down in to simple
squares, rectangles, and ovals the kids catch on quick. they love to rip the paper,
and when you rip the paper...there are no mistakes. You can always fix it by
gluing pieces together on your paper. The finishing touch is to use a crayon
to draw in their eyes, nose and mouth. If time allows, they can color in a
background as well. This project took 45 min with my kinder's, and my 3rd
graders were able to complete the animal (as well as a background/sky) in 45 min.

Hope some of these are helpful to you!
Patti in OH

Patti Caiola
Toledo, OH
Art Specialist k-6 & Special Ed