Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Bible Verse Eggs

Though we can't spend time with our friends and neighbors, this art project is one you can share by mailing or leaving on your neighbor's porch (with a parent's help). What better way to celebrate Easter Sunday, then to share God's word. 

Materials needed:
Paper
Glue
Scissors
Crayons or colored pencils or markers

1) First create the Easter egg design. You can draw your own egg shape or use the template provided. You can draw/print the egg template on white paper or colored paper. 
2) Use crayons, colored pencils, markers to decorate your egg with patterns. 
Photo Credit: www.thegrowingcreatives.com


3) On the back of the egg, draw a zig-zag in the middle of the egg. Cut your egg alone the zig-zag line, so you have 2 pieces. 
4) Cut a strip of white copy paper. Fold paper on each end, and glue to the back of the egg. 

Photo Credit: www.thegrowingcreatives.com

5) Make sure the egg can open and reveal the blank page. 
6) Print the Bible verse and glue to blank page OR write your favorite Bible verse to share. 
7) If a parent helps, give to a neighbor or mail to a friend to share God's word. 

Photo Credit: www.thegrowingcreatives.com






Monday, April 6, 2020

Jelly Bean Challenge - STEM activity

Let's start the week with a Jelly Bean Challenge. Easter is just a week away, so you may have these materials on hand. All you need: jellybeans and toothpicks.

Using only 20 toothpicks and 20 jelly beans, let's see who can make the tallest tower possible (remember, only jellybeans and toothpicks...no tape, glue or other materials) Draw your design on paper before you begin building to help plan the structure. Measure your structure and take a picture! Email the results and a photo to m.harrison@leechristianschool.org OR you can add to the comment section under the picture of the jelly beans on the LCS F3 facebook page   https://www.facebook.com/groups/812393945587286/


Jelly Bean Science Ideas
Photo credit: https://thesciencepenguin.com/

Chan (first grade)

Emma (second grade)


Thursday, April 2, 2020

Think Outside the Box Thursday!

THINK 
OUTSIDE THE BOX 
THURSDAY

Parents:
This will be our second "think outside the box Thursday"! I loved the creative ideas the children came up with last week. We want to create problem solvers, creative thinkers.  Kids gain so much from this activity. They strengthen their flexible thinking skills, imagine possibilities, learn to see and understand different perspectives, appreciate the work of others, and celebrate their uniqueness. Remind your child they are a unique gift from God, no one else is exactly like them.

Students:
I miss you all so much! Seeing your artwork really brightens my day! I hope you are doing well, staying healthy, and being creative. I am praying for you and your families.

If you have access to a printer, you can draw directly on the printout. If you do not have access to a printer, just draw this shape on a paper and draw away! BE CREATIVE!
There are no wrong answers! I will tell you what the shape is NOT and you figure out what YOU think it is... (share your artwork with me at m.harrison@leechristianschool.org, I will post on this blog for an online art gallery❤)


Look what they came up with...


Alissa (third grade)

Bailee (third grade)

Kendall (third grade)

Marchelina (fifth grade)

Jacob (third grade)

Kayden (third grade)

Kayla (third grade)

Jeffrey (third grade)

Chan (first grade)

Isabella (fifth grade)

Emma (third grade)

Emma (second grade)












Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Let's make playdough!


The weather calls for rain, and cooler temperatures. What would be a great indoor activity?...PLAYDOUGH!  We have made homemade playdough in art class many times and there are lots of recipes for playdough on the internet. This is one that I have used with great success. 

Easy Homemade Playdough

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1/3 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • food coloring

Instructions:

  1. Mix together all the ingredients in a 2-quart saucepan.
  2. Cook over low/medium heat, stirring. 
  3. Continue stirring until the mixture is thickened and begins to gather around the spoon.
  4. Remove the dough onto wax paper or a plate to cool.
Make your creations and sculptures. Be sure to send me pictures of your awesome art! m.harrison@leechristianschool.org

If you do not have cream of tartar, here are some other great recipes. 

Shaving Cream Playdough (more of a foam texture, but really easy to make)

Materials

  • 1/2 cup shaving cream
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • food coloring
  • a large cleanable surface

Instructions

  • Mix together equal parts shaving cream and corn starch. (Don't worry about measuring exactly).
  • Knead it together until it starts to form dough.
  • Add more corn starch if it's too sticky.
  • Add more shaving cream if it's too dry.

Moon Dough (no cook playdough)
This soft play dough is easy to make. Moon Dough is play dough that is super soft and smells great. Plus, kids can make this on their own, as there is not cooking involved.
When you make Moon Dough, it only takes 2 ingredients and can be made with simple household ingredients: hair conditioner and cornstarch.

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup conditioner (I used inexpensive VO5 strawberries and cream - made the dough smell great!)
2 cups cornstarch
food coloring
DIRECTIONS:
Measure the conditioner and the cornstarch. Mix together in a bowl. 

Chan (first grade) made playdough! Great job!







Thursday, March 26, 2020

THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX THURSDAY

THINK 
OUTSIDE THE BOX 
THURSDAY

Parents:
I will post a "think outside the box" each Thursday until we get to see each other again. When my art students ask questions, they hear me say this repeatedly, "what do YOU think?" We want to create problem solvers, creative thinkers.  Kids gain so much from this activity. They strengthen their flexible thinking skills, imagine possibilities, learn to see and understand different perspectives, appreciate the work of others, and celebrate their uniqueness. Remind your child they are a unique gift from God, no one else is exactly like them.

Books that could be used with this activity:
A Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken
Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg
The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires https://www.getepic.com/app/read/10685
Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty https://www.getepic.com/app/read/49116
When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner, illustrated by David Catrow (one of my favorite illustrators)

Students:
If you have access to a printer, you can draw directly on the printout. If you do not have access to a printer, just draw this shape on a paper and draw away! BE CREATIVE!
There are no wrong answers! I will tell you what the shape is NOT and you figure out what YOU think it is... (share your artwork with me at m.harrison@leechristianschool.org, I will post on this blog for an online art gallery❤)

Complete the picture.
Hint: It is NOT an umbrella!



Artwork by Alex (first grade)


Artwork by Isabella (fifth grade)


Artwork by Kaytie (kindergarten)

Artwork by Jeffrey (third grade)


Artwork by Allen (fourth grade)


Artwork by Chan (first grade)


Artwork by Kendall (third grade)


Artwork by Deliah (third grade)


Artwork by Shawn (second grade)


Artwork by Emma (third grade)


Artwork by Lilah (third grade)

Jacob (third grade)


Artwork by Emily (my daughter, taking a break from her college class)


Artwork by Evan (my son, taking a break from his high school online class)












Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Symmetry Butterflies

What You Need:
  • White drawing paper
  • Watercolors (if you do not have watercolors, you can color with crayons)
  • Black crayons.

What You Do:

Symmetry - if you divide an object in half,  one side is the same as the other side. The human body is symmetrical. Many of God's creations are symmetrical. Butterflies are symmetrical – one side is the same as the other side. 
Day one:
  1. Fold the piece of white paper in half. Draw half a butterfly on half of the paper, making sure it starts and stops on the fold. 
  2. Trace with a black crayon, press fairly heavy. Section the wing into different sections, using the black crayon.
  3. When completed with the one side fold the butterfly in half (with the crayon on the inside) and rub the paper so the black lines will appear on the other half. You can also trace the back side of the paper to press the black crayon to the other side. 
  4. Once your crayon has transferred to the other side, trace over with the black crayon to make your lines more visible. Crayon Resist Butterflies
  5. Draw the body of the butterfly and the antenna.
  6. If you have watercolors, paint your butterfly. If you do not have paint, you can finish your butterfly by coloring with crayons or markers. 
  7. Send pictures of your finished artwork to m.harrison@leechristianschool.org
Artwork by Chan (first grade)

Artwork by Alex (first grade)


Artwork by Isabella (fifth grade)

Artwork by Kaytie (kindergarten)



Thursday, March 19, 2020

Draw Your Adventure!


What You Need:

  • pencils
  • paper
  • colored pencils, crayons, and/or markers

What You Do:

  1. Imagine you are going on an adventure.
  2. Answer the following questions:
    • “Where are you going on your adventure?” (a distant land, somewhere you’ve been before? a new place?)
    • “How will you get there?” (by car, plane, train, on foot, or a type of transportation not yet invented?)
    • “Who will you see when you arrive?” (a friend? a family member? a creature? an alien?)
    • “What will you do on your adventure?”
    • Draw your adventure/story! Add as many creative details as you can imagine. Let your artwork tell your story.  I can't wait to see what you come up with. 
Drawing adventure lesson plan.
Credit: KinderART


Artwork by Isabella (fifth grade)

Artwork by Alex (first grade)

Artwork by Chan (first grade)

Artwork by Allen (fourth grade)





Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Mo Willems - Daily Doodle Lessons

For the past few years, our kindergarten students complete an art lesson featuring the author Mo Willems. Willems is famous for several children's books; The Pigeon series, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!, the Knuffle Bunny series, and the Elephant and Piggie series.

Our art lesson is a directed drawing class on how to draw the pigeon. I love, love, love the art that students create from this lesson. 

So, I was very excited to hear the news that Mo Willems is doing online daily doodle lessons through the Kennedy Center at 1 pm EST. Parents, I really enjoy the way Mo Willems encourages young artists in a calm and reassuring way. Your children can draw along with the artist or watch and then use the activity sheets for step-by-step drawing instructions.
Look for episode #1 for the pigeon drawing. Episode #2 is about Elephant and Piggie.

There is also a printable activity page for a directed drawing lesson.
https://www.kennedy-center.org/globalassets/education/education-landing-page/mo-willems/mokc_draw-pigeon_v1.pdf
If your student creates Mo Willems artwork, please email to me at m.harrison@leechristianschool.org

Artwork by Chan Ciampa (first grade)

Artwork by Caiden Gaster (fifth grade)

Artwork by Shawn Mays (second grade)

Artwork by Hadley Grace (kindergarten)