Once again, I have managed to goof up an art project.  Of course, we “un-goofed” it, but my oh my, was it a mess!

I will have to explain the process for you to understand why this project was such a debacle.

For starters, this was one of those projects that my friend, Laura Harrison, would say that I did not completely think out.  Yes, I would agree.  I often just “plunge” into things without thoroughly considering the results.

The second graders were headed my way in about 20 minutes.  I had been thinking for days about possible art projects, but I was not happy with my thoughts.  Suddenly, I remembered the kids really liking painting with forks.  I considered it possible for them to drag paint with forks and make them look like feathers.

I quickly squeezed out orange, red, and yellow paint onto plates.  The kids arrived and I explained that they would be using the fork to dip the paint and pull the paint around on the paper.  Well, you know how sometimes kids get confused with the teacher’s instructions. (ha) Funny thing, ALL the kids mixed the 3 colors on their plate to get orange.  Obviously, I said something about mixing the colors on the plate.  I am still not sure when that popped out, but it did.

Once they mixed the colors on the plate, we had orange.  I had them scoop it up with the forks and put blobs on their paper.  They dragged the blobs and I tried to explain that I wanted them to drag the blobs in the shape of feathers.  They did not understand.  As a matter of fact, you probably do not understand either.

They left.  I was left with orange blobs with fork streaks running through them.  Oh boy.

Next Week…

The kids came.
I had strips of painted paper.
They cut feathers and glued them down on the orange fork blobs that were supposed to resemble feathers.
They cut a head, beak, body, wattles, and feet.
They glued the turkey body and parts on the paper.
I hot glued eyes to our turkey friends.

I tell you, this was one of the years big messes.  It started off a hot mess.  It ended up a hot mess.  

We had paper everywhere in the art room.  Unlike me, I was a bit stressed out for a moment.  Then, I looked around and saw kids everywhere talking to each other.  They were coming over chatting it up with me.  I quickly de-stressed because there was just so much happiness around me.

Have a look at one of those things in life that I jump into without thinking.  Luckily, this one turned out pretty good.

The song “No Rain” by Blind Melon has nothing to do with turkeys.  It is not much about rain either, but I like it.  I like the bee-bee girl’s dancing.

Thanksgiving Time!  The artwork below came to be because of a lesson plan error.  You see, I got a little mixed up with my classes.  The third grade arrived and we realized that I had put out the wrong assignment.  So what did we do?  We improvised with some cool colors.  Oh Boy….Oh Boy…I sometimes goof, but my kids just roll with my mistakes.  


The kids painted with cool colors in the background.
The kids drew and painted a pumpkin.
Then, they painted the pumpkin with warm colors.
We got the hairdryer out to get the pumpkins dry.
Once we got the pumpkins dry, they cut them out and glued them to the background paper.

Have a look!
Kids are so awesome.  They have a clean slate.  The kids I teach have 6-14 years of life experience.  They say what they think.  They easily adapt.  They are not scared to take a risk.  I love kids because they are so true.

“True”  by Spandau Ballet in 1986
Just Be True

We have several turkey posts.  For posts, click the following links:
2-Turkey Art

Here is the latest done by 1st Grade.  I borrowed the activity from Patty Palmer at Deep Space Sparkle.  Click here for YouTube video.  Thanks Patty, for such a cute turkey!

Kids watched the video and drew along.
Then, they used crayons to make designs.
After they got the designs on their turkeys, they painted as they liked.

These turkeys are jivey.  So what else, but the BeeGees singing “Jive Talking”?

Need an art activity that relates to Fall?  How about the warm colored pumpkins on cool background squares that you see below?  The third graders did a great job on this 3 week project.

I had the kids divide their sheet by folding into 4 sections.
I gave them blue, purple, and green paint.  I told them to add white and make tints.
I told them to paint each square with the tints.
In the following art class, they drew and painted a pumpkin. 
When painting the pumpkin, I encouraged them to use several tints of orange.
Once our painting was complete, we outlined the pumpkins with sharpies and glued them on our cool color painting.
Have a look!
I like this pumpkin project.  It does not just jump out at you with “Happy Halloween”or “Happy Thanksgiving”.  This is a Pumpkin “Pop Art” Project that includes lots of art basics, but I chose to focus on tints. 

Is a pumpkin a vegetable or a fruit?  My googling results seem to point towards fruit.  What kind of fruit?  Sit down, folks.  A Pumpkin is a BERRY!
Speaking of Berries, here is Chuck Berry jamming with Eric Clapton and Keith Richards.  Pretty cool jam session…