Friday, April 17, 2015

Winter-Spring 2015 Paper Cuttings and Collages

"View From Lavaux"

"Free Range"

"Blackbird Spring"

"Flustered, Mustard, and Custard"

"Sussex Rooster"

Monday, March 9, 2015

Space Cats!!!!

 Long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away.....there were space cats! They started out as cats at night, (see Deep Sparkle Space.....) but some very imaginative children turned them into space cats!

 They were drawn with sharpie pens, colored with water colors, and cut out. Do you see the space ship made with glue and glitter?

 There were some photographs of real cats up on the cupboards, for inspiration, but lots of imagination started to sparkle and was welcomed!!!

 There were different choices for backgrounds to glue the cats to, and watery white tempera paint to splash around to make stars. Wow, this cat is so alive.

 Most of the children also made moons with craters, cut those out, and glued them on.

Some of the cats came right off the page! Space cats!!!!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Olof Witty Knitters

We finally named our charity knitting group. Vanessa, one of the knitters, came up with the name. Olof stands for Our Lady of Lausanne. I crammed most of this beautiful work into a large shoe box! It is going to explode when Dianne, the woman who runs the knitters' charity in Turkey, LILY, opens it!!!! LILY stands for Love in the Language of Yarn. Dianne, a British woman who lives in Turkey, and her friends, sew the squares into blankets for children, and she hires a driver to take all of the blankets, clothing, and other donations to Syrian refugee camps in Turkey. She also started a bakery near a Syrian refugee camp and delivers bread every day. You can see more about her wonderful work on the LILY facebook page.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Beth Curtin's January 2015 Collages


"Snowy Evening."

"January 2015."

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Penguin Project

 Here's a mighty cute project I saw on Deep Sparkle Space. We did this project with the 1rst and 2nd graders. It took about one and a half classes. They started by painting some colorful patterned backgrounds.

While those dried they started working on the penguins. First they drew a big "U" on black paper, and cut it out. Next, a smaller white "U". Two "D" shapes made wings. They cut out eyes, beak, and feet.

 The children then had fun rummaging in the collage box for goodies to use to dress their penguins.

 The expressions are so individual and adorable.

 A bit of silver paper from Pepperidge Farm cookies adds a lot of sparkle!

 This is a witch penguin with a flask full of pompom potion and a broom made from a skewer and a piece of wood from a tiny fruit crate. What a great imagination!

 This penguins says, "I'm cold!"

 Look how much care this child took to do squiggles made from string. She also braided string for a scarf and made a broom.

This child was absent the first week, so he didn't have a chance to make a colored background. Most of the children had fun adding snowflakes using white paint and a cotton swab.

Next week I will have children finishing penguins, finishing the following project, "The Princess and the Pea," and starting new projects! Three projects! How do you handle absences and different work speeds? I really want children to be able to work at their own pace, without rushing anyone...but...yikes!