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Friday, November 17, 2017

Collage animals


Our first project this year has been a very progressive, multi step, multi media project that has really evolved as we created! Our first project when we got back from hurricane Harvery was to release some stress with scribbling to music....



Students spread out on the floor and scribbled to the sound of fast and slow music by “The Piano Guys” they love these songs because they recognize them from the radio but it’s all instrumental.
The students were instructed to use large arm motions that cross over the body. Any motion that crosses from the right side of the body to the left or vise versa uses both hemispheres of the brain since each side controls one side of the body. It is very relaxing and the kids LOVED it!!!!!!
The next class kids painted over thier scribbles with water colors, tempera paint, and India ink. They explored the way different paint resists or does not resist the crayon.

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They were allowed to use their hands at the end. We try to use all 5 senses for a while brain experience. We talked about abstract art,
Kinetic art,
And the experience of art. It is a process and not just a product that we create in art.

After each experience we gathered on the floor and talked about how they felt in one word. Students said, “Free, alive, happy, exhilarating, dancing, creative, like a real artist, quiet, excited, open,angry, peaceful,etc”
When the paintings were finished the students tore them up into strips! They were so upset at first. When they saw the next step they were so excited. 
The students glued the strips on a late paper for the collage. This took three 50 minute classes. Then students traced the eyes and nose of the animal they wanted and outlines the eyes, nose, and beaks with India ink. ( pictures at the bottom of blog)

Image result for envirotex litethis is the resin I use. I paint it on with a brush. This resin must be mixed one to one ratio and it is toxic so you must wear a mask. Do NOT let the children use it. You have to do it for them if you want the ultra shiney eyes effect! Wear a mask and use gloves! You can sprinkle glitter in it too for extra FUN!!!

Then they glued the eyes and nose on the collage. 
The next step was to embellish the face and add details. We used India ink and fan brushes to make fur and feathers. 
When the entire face was finished I added resin to the eyes to make them shine 
These are how the eyes and noses look before they cut them out. We used the fan brush for making fur. 
These are the travers they could use for eyes, noses and beaks 

109 comments:

  1. OH WOW! I always look forward to your art lessons. They are so Dynamic and Amazing. These are no exception.... phenomenal!!

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    1. Mary thank you so much for the sweet compliment! Hope you are having a fabulous year!!!

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    2. This is amazing! I’m still struggling to understand how the eyes, nose and mouth are made/created. It’s a beautiful project.

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  2. Did your students draw the eyes, nose and beaks? Did they have a reference to use? These are stunning!

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  3. What a phenomenal project! Love it!!!

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  4. This is the most amazing project I have seen in ages!! They are fabulous! What age are the students? Donna Staten

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  5. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! The students did a wonderful job! I want my class to do the same! Thank you for posting!

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  6. incredible!!! Absolutely love!! Thanks so much for sharing. These students must be SO proud of there work!

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  7. I have never left a comment on a blog before! I reference them all the time, but I always always change, combine or reinvent posts that inspire me. This is the first blog entry I felt jealous of and inspired by at the same time, lol! Absolutely incredible project. I would like to mimic but I also feel guilty because I would do it exactly as you did. Great work. Thank you for being an advocate for art, for taking your job seriously and for cultivating the talents of young artists through excitement, trust and a little art therapy.

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    1. Wow!! What an honor! Thank you for your kind words! I love getting comments! I hope you mimic and enjoy every minute! It is a very fun project! I did the scribbling at a teacher inservice and we weren't too sure at first but there is a fabulous feeling to making large arm motion scribbles to music it feels like dancing and you get lost in it. That sounds so dramatic but its true! Let me know how yours turn out! ShelbyJunePhotography@gmail.com

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  8. Those pieces are brilliant! I love that it started as a collaborative work and moved to individual finished projects. It is really like building a home - team of people working together to build (or rebuild) a house, then the individual living inside decorates it and makes it their own. Very fitting after Hurricane Harvey. The longer process is true to a process all artists experience, it is a journey to get to the end product, showing your student's how to have passion, patience and persistence. Absolutely FABULOUS! Be very proud of yourself and your student's. You have inspired me, I want to make one. You know you could sell these to raise money for a charity!

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  9. I am sitting here looking for inspiration for my art classes for next year... I am so glad I found this! Absolutely love it!

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  10. Natalie... WOuld you mind sharing the lesson plan for this? I love it and want to do it with my 7th graders. Thank you Natalie_childress@catawbaschools.net

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  11. About how long did the project as a whole take? What grade is this, and did you draw the facial features, or did the students? Asking as a college student pursuing a Masters in Art Education! :) Love your stuff!

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  12. So amazing! Check out ArtResin, non-toxic. Might work well for kiddos. I think I'm going to try this with the millions of magazines I have. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  13. wow! These are fantastic! What a cool project!

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  14. These are amazing! I am always looking for fun projects that use our process art paintings!

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  15. Wonderful lesson. I''m going to do it with my 5th and possibly 8th graders. Love it. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  17. Hello! I'm Anna Fogg. I am an art teacher that mostly works with homeschooled students (and my own 7 homeschooled kids who are mostly grown now) at a cooperative, Sligo Creek Homeschool Cooperative, in Wash, DC, and then Renaissance Classical Tutorial, in Laurel and Bowie, MD. www.rct.io I LOVE this! My students will go bonkers over this!! I am going to do this after the Christmas break!! Question. I am not sure if you are providing a way to print out the eyes and beaks? Did they trace a template and then paint them? And I do get that after you did the resin. But what is part 1 to the eyes? My email address is: annaof7kids@gmail.com
    God bless you for sharing such a dynamic project!
    ~AnnA~

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  18. duh....there's a video at the bottom! okay, I'll go watch. thanks! ~AnnA~

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  19. Hi Natalie- just love this and am going to try it with grade 7's soon. Do you by chance have a template that you can send me for the eyes/ nose/ beak please? Thank you so much!! Allison akozak@sd50.bc.ca

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  20. I work at a residential treatment facility with teens and I am going to try this! They will definitely love it! Thank you for sharing this great idea!

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  22. I really love these! How did you teach them to draw the snout or mouth for cats and dogs? What grade did you do this with? I would love to try something similar with my 3rd grade students.

    THanks!

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    I really love these! How did you teach them to draw the snout or mouth for cats and dogs? What grade did you do this with? I would love to try something similar with my 3rd grade students.

    THanks!

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  24. Realmente hermoso me encantaría aprender mas sobre el arte y formas creativas de enseñar a los niños/as. Me encanto.

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  25. What a phenomenal project! Love it...
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  26. these are super fantastic!!! What a great project. Excellent work by the students.

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  27. Wow this are beautiful. All of them. What a way to inspire the kids. I would be so proud, good job. Wish you had a tutorial on them.

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  28. Hi! I am going to do this with my 6th graders! How far did the resin go? I have 4 classes of 6th graders and the resin is expensive. Thanks!!

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  29. Thank you so much for posting this - what a wonderful project! We're going to try it with some young teens - thank you again!

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  30. What a fantastic project. I would like to try this and have found a non-toxic resin. It comes in 8 oz or 32 oz. How much resin do you think it would take for a class of 23 students. Thank you for sharing!

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  31. Fantastic! Im doing this first thing when get back from winter break- next week. What grade is this btw.? Im going to do it with 7th and 8th but think my 4th would like it too

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  32. This is one of the BEST lessons I have seen for so many reasons! I love the kinesthetic element, I love that they all look different, I love how exciting and bold they are!!!!

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  33. Fabulous post. How might you render a giraffe since its eyes are far apart and on the side of the head? First, turn the page length wise? Include the a glimpse of the horns?! I think telling the kids to squint when looking at facial features would help in isolating the animal's features. Thanks for any suggestions. Our school is doing the Lion King so looking at Giraffe's, Hyena's, and Warthogs, Lions, and Hornbills. Would like students to pick their anumesstionsLooking at Hyena'ssiki

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  34. Wow!! What an awesome project. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  35. This is such a great project. It uses all the modalities of learning, and is also a great cooperative project! I am in process of trying to come up with this lesson for my middle school students. Do you have a template for the eyes/nose/beak you can send me? What are the dimensions for the black background it is glued onto? Is it a cardboard like railroad board or ? Thank you for your inspiration. please email me june.york@smusd.org

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  36. These are truly exceptional! Thanks for sharing your process and the inspiration!

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  37. Hi, i was looking for inspiration for my art club and certainly found it here. These are absolutely brilliant! Did you have a range of animals for the kids to choose from first and then create templates for the features from what they chose or would a generic template work?
    Once again what an inspiration! Thank you.

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  38. I've been sending you emails for the past month! I'm just in love with this project of yours! Art is in no way my "thing," but i just had to try this! We finished the noses last Friday, and are looking to put it all together and paint, but could really use some guidance. Do you have any additional tutorials for how to paint the fur and complete the animal? I stuck with just cats and dogs!

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  39. What kind of paper do you use? How large is the background page that the strips are glued on? My ink isn't as black on construction paper so I used a posterboard for the eyes and nose and it works fine but the ink still isn't as black, but it's better. I tried magazine strips and that was not good at all.

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    1. Hi! Did you find out what kind of paper works well for the strips the students paint on?! Thanks!

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    2. This paper might be the kind on the large rolls (butcher paper). I haven't tried it yet. Since the author isn't replying, I'll reply back when I figure it out. The magazines resisted the ink.

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  41. Very beautiful blog.. It's help to all.
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  42. I absolutely love this lesson and have done one with eyes on mixed media but never like this. Would you mind sharing the lesson plan? thanks, mbrock@nhshawks.com

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  43. This is stunning - seriously. So much creativity! I'm a teacher from Germany and I've started with this projekt (the music party) last lesson and my students love it. Would you mind sending the templates that you used for the eyes/ nose/ beak, please? That would be lovely! Keep up the wonderful work. My e-mail adress: amyart89@web.de Thank you!

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  44. Did you use crayons or oil pastels for the scribbling? I love this idea for my special ed classes.

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    1. I think wax crayons - I know that watercolour is repelled by these which can create really cool effects.

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    2. either would be fine. We used oil pastels at our school. :)

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  45. These are fantastic! What kind of paper did you use for the collaboration experimental part?

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  46. Such a fun artistic craft idea. Would love to do this at one of our events for kids to participate in so we can hang the pictures around the office. Thanks for the share!
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  47. Love this awesome art idea!! Our 3rd graders are in the middle of it right now!! I'm getting a little nervous about the end product but very excited!! Can't wait to hang them around the school! I'll be sure and tell them I got the idea from you!

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  48. These are amazing! Thanks for the awesome video instructions, my class loved this.

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  49. This art project is absolutely awesome! What size card did the kids stick their strips onto?

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  50. The art work is always so messy. It's really amazing to see and outcome from it all.
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  51. The mural seems pretty hard to make and to think that the kids did it. It's amazing.
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  52. Tried this with my 5th graders! A long process but they did a great job! Most of them were finished in time for our Fine Arts Night and we certainly had some very impressed parents! Thanks so much for sharing this project in such great detail!

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  53. Thank You, SO MUCH! My student won best in show for the district out of 27 elementary schools. This Assignment blew them away! Once again thanks

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  54. WOW!!!!! THIS PROJECT IS AMAZING!!!! You are awesome!! Thank you so much for sharing your process and materials! God is moving through you! : )

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  55. My daughters teacher asked me to come in and teach 32 5th graders a fun project. So of course I went to Pinterest for inspiration. I came across your project and my messy art ways started going crazy. I just loved it!!! We are on lesson two of this project tomorrow, and our first lesson was lots of fun. Of course the kids wanted to morph this into different animals so we are doing a Llama, Elephant, and Dog. I'm working on tracer templates now. This is one of those lessons ALL students will be successful with. Thank you for sharing!!!

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    1. Hi, What kind of paper did you use for the messy part? About what size for each kid? Did you use tempera paint or what? What size and kind of paper are you planing sticking the strips to?

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  56. wonderful lesson and alot of fun

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  58. Hi Natalie thank you so much for sharing this fantastic lesson. I tried this with my after school club children and they loved it! I have credited you on my school blog where I shared the children's artwork - if you are interested you can have a look at my blog: https://abs-art.blogspot.co.uk/
    We did it a little different but but still the children were really happy with the outcome.
    Your blog is amazing and such an inspiration. Thanks again for inspiring others and sharing all your fantastic ideas and children's work.

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  59. Hi Natalie, thank you for inspiring me to teach your art lesson to my students. They are very proud of their achievement with their artwork. Thank you again for sharing your work.

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  60. Such a fun project! I did this with my Boys & Girls Club students and one of the pieces just won Regionals in the BGCA National Fine Arts Exhibit! You definitely get deserve a shout out! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  61. AWESOME! I am doing this with my art club students...I showed them some of your students' work before Spring Break and they were beyond excited to get started today. THis is an awesome lesson-thank you SO MUCH for sharing it with all of us!

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  62. Thanks for lovely posting
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  63. Love it! -- Love your "about me" part too! Not ashamed of the gospel either... Thanks for posting this project, I will attempt to try it in the fall with my highschool painting class...

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  65. I know several have asked, but is there any way we can get copies of your tracers for the facial features? I love this so much and would really like to try it with my students this next year!

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  66. WOW! What a wonderful art! I was really so surprised after watching this. Very nice. Thanks

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  68. I am not an art teacher but will be teaching a summer camp to Korean student with "the arts" as a theme. I would really love to do this project with my students! A copy if the tracers and facial features would be really helpful! Is there any way to obtain one?

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  75. The creativity in these pictures is fab. I am wondering how you supported the children in adding on the final details to the portraits to make them so realistic and full of character? Did they have images of the animals as a reference point or did you do/have somethings else? In my year group's project, we are creating portraits of tigers and have used your project as inspiration. I look forward to hearing from you.

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  76. Amazing!! This is great! If you are OK with it, I would love to try this with my kids this year.Thank you so much for sharing so many photos and details.

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