I Confess…The 7 Days of Elements of Art

I confess that I had a lot of fun with this unit. It came to me one night 2 weeks before the end of the year before Christmas break. As luck would have it for my A and B day 6th graders there were 7 schools days left before the break.

(To the tune of “The 12 Days of Christmas”)

On the first day of art class

my teacher taught to me:

The Element of Line

On the second day of art class

my teacher taught to me:

Circle or square and

The Element of Line

On the third day of art class

my teacher taught to me:

Form is 3D

Circle or square and

The Element of Line

On the fourth day of art class

my teacher taught to me:

Tints, Shades, and Tones

Form is 3D

Circle or square and

The Element of Line

On the fifth day of art class

my teacher taught to me:

Space (pause) Near or far

Tints, Shades, and Tones

Form is 3D

Circle or square and

The Element of Line

On the sixth day of art class

my teacher taught to me:

Rough or Smooth

Space (pause) Near or Far

Tints, Shades, and Tones

Form is 3D

Circle or square and

The Element of Line

On the seventh day of art class

my teacher taught to me:

Lightness or Darkness

Rough or Smooth

Space (pause) Near or Far

Tints, Shades, and Tones

Form is 3D

Circle or square and

The Element of Line

I made an “ugly” Elements of Art sweatshirt that I wore each class. I made my students a print out of the ugly sweater and each class they filled out each section with the new element they were learning that day. Check it out.

 

Each day, I had my students do an art activity related to the element they were learning. We started off by playing an element of arts memory game.

Line

Students created ornaments designed with lines after discussing line in art.

Shape

Students created cubist Christmas trees coloring in triangles after discussing shapes in art.

Form

Students played a shape and form “telephone” game after discussing form.

Color

Students filled out color ornaments after discussing color in art.

Space

Students were introduced to perspective by drawing these snowmen.

Texture

Students made texture rubbings using texture plates and this worksheet of snowflakes.

Value

Students finished of the learning experience with the element of value by using oil pastels to make moonlight snowmen.

Next year, I plan to start right after Christmas so I can spend more time on each value, but this was fun and a great way to engage the students before winter break.


 

How do you handle the days leading up to break? 

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We Are F.A.S.H.I.O.N Studio-in-a-Box Goodies??

Of course all I can think about is my subscription box. I’m busy trying to drum up interest. Me. Little old introverted me. I’m on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Tumblr, Instagram, Google+, Pinterest, here and my Launchrock page proudly putting my idea out there. Are you with me?

Thinking about how I’m going to stock my boxes and scouring the net for some real cool stuff. Look what I’ve found so far.

Did I also mention that I’ll be creating my own projects for the boxes too! What am I doing? LINKING LEARNING, LITERACY AND LIFE THROUGH FASHION!!! That’s all!

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Why have I been MIA?!!

Pardon me while I wipe away the cobwebs on my blog. In addition to getting my office business ready, I’ve been laying the groundwork for opening up the studio next summer and working on some ways to raise money to apply with United Charitable to officially bring Destiny by Design to life.

In small ways, I’ve brought bits and pieces of the program to life but nothing full on. One of ways I’ve brainstormed to begin raising funds is with a GREAT product. I’ve designed and sold baby accessories. And I’ve designed and sold bags but this is by far the product I’m most proud of.

The We Are F.A.S.H.I.O.N Studio-in-a-Box is THE fashion design and sewing studio for girls all in one box. Right now, I’m in Phase 1 which is basically the test phase. What do you think? When I was a young girl dreaming about designing clothes in New York City, I would have LOVED to receive a box full of fashion and sewing goodies and I know that I’m not alone.

Teaser Page

 

If you want to be informed of when this great project becomes available check out this link. Share it with your friends. Don’t miss out!

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The Creative Call|Upcycled Mini Kitchen Hack

So often the creative call in my life involves projects I’ve done with or for my son. When he was about 3, he was particularly interested in play kitchens but I had no interest in buying him a kitchen that I didn’t think he’d use for long. So I decided to do a hack/makeover of an old nightstand from IKEA that I wasn’t using and I could see that it would make a perfect stove and oven.

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First, I had to nail the drawer shut. He wouldn’t need that anyway. Then all the wood (not the back) was primed with white primer(I let the primer set overnight), I got a metallic spray paint and sprayed the whole nightstand and the piece of wood that I was using as the door. I did have to break out the power saw for the door, the back and the microwave oven (I’ll talk about that later). As long as you know the measurements you can have someone at the hardware store cut the wood for you.

The door was cut to fit inside the nightstand opening. I cut a 6 x 7 rectangle in the middle for the oven window and used a piece of plexiglass (from Lowes) and screwed it on the inside of the door over the rectangle.

BAM! Oven window.

Then I used another piece of wood larger than the opening and nailed it closed in the back.

 

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To attach the oven door, I used hinges at the bottom and strong magnets on the corners of the door and the edges of the opening. I found that the door slammed to the ground, so I added ribbons and stapled them on the inside of the door to keep it from slamming to the floor when he opened it up and then added a handle. Once I did that it really started looking like an oven.

 

Our oven is blue on the inside so I painted his oven blue inside as well. I didn’t do it but while it’s still wet you could sprinkle in some glitter to give it more of a real oven affect. The finishing touch inside was a cookie cooling rack that sat on two pieces of 1″ thick wood screwed on either sides of the oven.

While I was at Lowe’s, I picked up a set of 5 oven knobs. I drilled five holes in the drawer front and inserted dowel rods. Then I put the knobs on the dowel rods. *Don’t glue them in because you want your child to be able to turn them.

You can use CDs painted black or anything round or you could paint the circles directly on the nightstand but I used black furniture movers to make the burners. Sorry about the front two burners but my son put stickers on the burners.

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After I finished the oven, it looked a little lonely and I wanted to add a microwave. I found the perfect one at IKEA but it was too wide for the nightstand, so my husband cut down the wood and re-screwed it together. Perfect fit.  I used wood glue to attach it to the nightstand, let dry over night and we had an oven/microwave kitchen set.

Up-cycle hack complete!

Below is a breakdown of materials.

Items Needed:

IKEA DUKTIG top section for mini kitchen
IKEA LANSA Handle 9 5/8″
3 Cans White Primer
2 Cabinet Hinges
3 Cans of Krylon’s Stainless Steel Spray Paint (The stainless steel paint gave it a modern kitchen look)
5 Oven Control Knobs

Magnets

Ribbon

Cooling Rack

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Instead of buying plastic pans and pots, I actually found mini pots and pans from Marshalls and bought food from Amazon. For a good while he LOVED it but as I suspected he grew disinterested. I couldn’t bear to part with this awesome creation so I’ve stowed it up in the attic for now. We’d like to adopt and maybe soon it will find a new life and be a new love for another child.

Who knows?

Stay classy!

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She Tried It|Extreme Makeover Doll Edition Part 2

Of course, I wanted to try to make my own upcycled doll so I made a trip to the local thrift shop and found an unloved doll to transform. Sonia provides instructions on her website for those of us that want to become part of the movement. And she has several videos on YouTube to help you with your transformation.

I found a doll at the local thrift store for about .05.

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Before

Even though I planned to paint over her, I tried to rub off the eyes like Sonia does. That was a fail.

Scary huh?
Scary huh?

I wanted a brown doll so I got matte spray paint from the craft store to use on the doll. I used a variety of acrylic paints that I have for the face.

Painting

After I spray painted her and let her dry, I decided to color her hair. I found a great video on YouTube that showed me how to change the color of her hair. Unfortunately that was a fail. As soon as I started to rinse it out like she said the color began to come out. You can see it was black but came out a kinda brown with golden highlights. I got off as much of the paint residue as I could and then I blow dried it. After that I styled her hair.

I thought about adding more curls but instead I decided to go with pigtail braids. Good thing I didn’t try because dipping her hair in water would have taken off all the color.

After that I was redressed her and got busy working on her face. This part was the most difficult and the reason why I won’t be trying this for a living. You really need a steady hand for this job. Not that I was going to do that anyway. I looked at Sonia’s video and one of her brown dolls to get the colors. Her eyes are not symmetrical but then again neither are mine. Hey I tried. Most of Sonia’s dolls have no eyelashes that I can see but I wanted her to have some, so I used a paint pin and gave her just a few.

Face Painting

Almost Done

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TC Before and After

 

Sexy to sweet.

This project was fun and challenging but I’m going to tip my hat to Sonia Singh of Tree Change Dolls.

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Stay classy!

 

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