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Autumn birch trees

Autumn birch trees

I love this project. You find it being posted time and again on pinterest and art education blogs – and for good reason: Everyone has “success”; it can be adapted to the different seasons (I have also done a ‘wnter’ version); it can be completed in one session and is embraced by all age groups....
Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

This is a simple last minute Halloween project I did with both my groups last year. It took 2 sessions – the first painting the tint (adding white) and shade (adding black or complimentary colour) moon + night skies and the 2nd cutting out the spooky stencils. Think I under-estimated how tricky it would be...
Oh the Places You'll Go - Part 2

Oh the Places You’ll Go – Part 2

This was a 2 part Dr Seuss project that I undertook with my older group (ages 8 through to 11). First up, the Truffula trees from the Dr Seuss book ‘The Lorax’. I have to say this was not an enjoyable process! Most of the kids found it quite hard and got very frustrated. However...
Oh the Places You'll Go! - Part 1

Oh the Places You’ll Go! – Part 1

This is a project I did with the younger ones towards the end of the Summer term. We wanted to use up some more of our beautiful paste papers – and who doesn’t love a bit of Dr. Seuss? So we decided to each make paste paper collage hot air balloons. We first read “Oh...
Exhibition time! Let's Create...

Exhibition time! Let’s Create…

June has come around so fast and the Summer holidays are fast approaching! We have been busy in the after school clubs preparing for our end of term shows. This year they coincide with Children’s Art Week. if you are in Glasgow city centre on Tuesday 17th June between 3pm-5pm do pop in and have...
Elements of Line / Warm & Cool colours

Elements of Line / Warm & Cool colours

First off, I LOVED this project. We did it over 2 weeks, using large A2 piece of construction paper (I’d love to go bigger still, but space doesn’t permit..). The first week, I laid out pots of black paint and a selection of paintbrushes each. Everyone worked together to come up with as many different...
Paste Paper Weavings

Paste Paper Weavings

So finally, what we did with all those paste papers PART 1 (and we still have left-overs for further projects!). We created a very simple paper loom by folding a piece of A4 paste paper in half. Then we cut strips at approx 1 inch intervals. I advised the younger kids to make fatter strips...
Paste Paper books

Paste Paper books

We made tiny wee books by folding and cutting a plain sheet of A4 paper. Covers were made using 1/2 a piece of one of our decorated A4 paste papers (original post here). Do not under-estimate how long the paper-folding will take!! – and a few practise goes were definitely in order first! Paper weaving...
Paul Klee cats

Paul Klee cats

Another art lesson that was inspired by the art – ed – blogosphere – unfortunately I can’t find the original link. Paul Klee’s “Cat and Bird” from 1928 was the inspiration for this project. We discussed the ‘feeling’ of the painting and each child had to decide what their cat was dreaming about and include...
Japanese Koi

Japanese Koi

I have been wanting the kids to make some koi paintings for a while now. Koi are just so beautiful – I wanted the kids to have the challenge of drawing, but not something too complex and to have the freedom to paint / colour the picture however they wished. The older children worked on...
Paste Paper Experiments

Paste Paper Experiments

This weekend, the kids and I decided to experiment with paste papers for using in my after school art club. This is something I hadn’t come across before seeing them on Pinterest. It was great fun and I think we have only scratched the surface with it – so many possibilities… I found a fantastic...

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