I am glad these kites are now flying in Vincent Van Gogh’s sky, because it was one of those projects that almost did not happen.
Ever have a creative block?  Well, I was having one when this project went down.  Seriously, the first graders were on their way to art and I had no idea what they would be doing.  I know, that is terrible.  I know, that is not being a good planner.  Occasionally, I pull this kind of mess…and Occasionally, I PULL IT OFF! 
When the kids arrived, I had them paint swirls.  They loved it!  I had some good premixed tempera colors.  I provided them the plates.  I poured a little white.  They mixed.  They painted with swirls!  
For their next visit, I was a bit more prepared.  I got out some painted paper that was left over from a seasoned ladies paint night.  (Click here for that post)  Oh yeah, Laura Lohmann from Painted Paper Art Blog, you going to love this painted paper project!
The kids drew their kite shapes on back of the painted paper.  I really just let them run wild on this part of the project.
Then, the kids cut out their kites.
They grabbed some painted paper scraps.
They used the painted paper scraps to decorate their kites.
I had bucks of fabric cut.  Oh yeah, I CAN and DO get prepared, sometimes.
Once they got their tails made, I hot glued the tail to the kite.
Oh, boy!  The kites are now ready to fly on the walls in our hall!
The kite below is a boat kite.
The kite pictured below looks like a Picasso kite.
How about a clown kite?
I said, “Caleb, what kind of kite did you make?” He said, “An underwear kite.”😂
The kites are gonna fly like Eagles!  
Here’s The Steve Miller Band singing “Fly Like an Eagle.”
I have been taking guitar lessons for a year and a half. The guitar playing is pretty dang amazing to this little amateur.
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The day that I got back from Christmas break, my boss lady came to me with a desperate plea.  She needed help hosting 20 ladies in her social club, the Idaka ladies.  She wanted to do an art related event.  She wanted the ladies to do some art that they could take out and share with the community.  So, we turned the lava lights on, the Tom Jones on, and the laughter on.  A fun night was had by all!
To keep the ladies entertained with a reasonable activity, I decided to make door hangers or ornaments (call them whatever you want).  The thought of 20 ladies doing a painting in the art room at 7:00 PM just did not seem like the best idea.  I felt like their inner Jackson Pollocks would surface and SPLATTER all over my room.  The thought of cleaning up an art room at midnight just does not appeal to me at all.
Directions:
I did the prep work.  I painted lots of paper.  I prefer the assembly line method of painting paper.  It is very therapeutic.  Try it sometime!
I trimmed the paper to more manageable sizes for the ladies.
I provided some stencil like the heart cookie cutter you see below.
The ladies designed their art.
Then, they attached wire and beads to their art.
 The ladies were mild-mannered and then, I played a Tom Jones song.  I do believe some of these ladies were at this Tom Jones concert back in 1974.  If not, they could have been.  
Always remember, MUSIC is boss.  Everybody is on the same page with at least one song.  Find the song, folks.
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Here are some “free” birds placed in the winter scene.  Why do I say free?  They were free because they were just painted paper in a pile.  I do like the pretty winter pieces of art.  The fifth grade did a great job.

Directions: 
1-The kids painted the background with white and blue acrylic.
2-The kids drew trees with sharpies and used sides of credit cards to make shadows.
3-The kids cut out the trees and glued them on the winter scene.
4-The kids drew birds on the painted paper and cut them out.  Then, they cut and glued  more paper and placed on the birds to make wings and eyes.  Some preferred to keep it simple with sharpie.  Of course, I encourage the cut paper because of the pretty colors.
Ooo Lala!

Even heard people yell Freebird at a concert?  If you do not know, “Freebird” was a song sang by the band Lynyrd Skynyrd in the 1970s.

When I was a teenager, we would get out Bic Lighters and yell, “Freebird,” to get bands to do an encore.  Of course, I googled and found a few other interesting Freebird scenarios.
 
From the Student Union Blog by Jessica Stahl,  I read that the band Lynyrd Skynyrd would yell out and ask the audience what they wanted to hear and the fans would yell back, “Freebird.”  Also, the same article had this to say about yelling Freebird.

Kevin Matthews is a Chicago radio personality who has exhorted his fans — the KevHeads — to yell “Freebird” for years, and claims to have originated the tradition in the late 1980s, when he says he hit upon it as a way to torment Florence Henderson of “Brady Bunch” fame, who was giving a concert. He figured somebody should yell something at her “to break up the monotony.” The longtime Skynyrd fan settled on “Freebird,” saying the epic song “just popped into my head.”

Anyways, here is Free bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd.
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My middle school students did these trees right before Christmas break.  The project was easy and a great one to work out some tension before finals. 
Directions:
The kids painted paper.
The kids drew trees.
The kids wrote things about themselves on the trees.
They cut out the trees.
The kids glued the trees on the painted paper.
Then, they used oil pastels to “accessorize” their paintings!

I was thinking about tree songs and I remembered this oldie from 1973.  Yeah, I was about 8.  I remember loving the song.  Also, I recall lots of yellow ribbons being around trees in my hometown.  If you are going to a throwback dance party in the near future, you may be able to get some dance moves off the video.  🙂 
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I just love these second grade owls.  Some of them made me “hoot and holler” out loud.  The project took 2 class periods. 
  
Directions:
The kids painted the background paper.
I cut out a stencil in the shape of an owl.
The kids sponged the owl stencil that I had cut out.
Then, they used spouncers to make snowflakes.
After the owl had dried, they put details on the owl with oil pastels.

“Who, Who,” said the owl.

Here’s The Who singing “Who Are You?”
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