Cave Art – Coffee Dough

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  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.  Stir until blended.
  2. Gather the mixture together with your hands.
  3. Knead on a smooth surface until you have smooth dough.
  4. Store dough in a plastic bag or a plastic container.  Don’t let it dry out.
  5. Divide into 3” balls.
  6. Shape ball into flat irregular rock.  Place on waxed paper or styrophome plate.  Make it thick to support the imprint.
  7. Initial or write name on back of rock dough design before imprinting with tape piece or toothpick.
  8. Imprint an animal stencil (deer, horse, zebra, moose, buffalo) into dough.  Be sure you rock the animal back and forth to imprint entire thing. Still not pressing too hard.  Or have a stencil that can be traced around.
  9. Incise edges with edge of a toothpick for extra design.
  10. If desired to be a necklace – put a hole in the top with a straw.   This is not necessary though.  It could just be a paperweight or decorate piece.
  11. Paint animal imprint (carefully) in black, red, orange, or yellow using a very small brush and dabbing paint on the animal.

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George Segal – Plaster Hand

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Materials Needed:  Stuffed Rubber Glove (fill with sand), Fast drying plaster gauze, Water bowls

What to do:
Before session begins cut plaster into strips.

Stuff glove (close end with tape or rubber band.)

Have children position hand the way they want.  (An example could be curved hand like you are holding something.)

Place plaster strip over around the fingers and wet the strips with wet fingers and smooth out plaster.  Dip fingers in water and rub over strip.  Wetting and blending the plaster.  If plaster is too wet you will see gauze or loose plaster and have to use more strips to fill in the holes.

Have children continue to place strips on hand building it up.  Spreading the plaster and smoothing with their wet fingers.

Continue to wrap hand and smooth out process until all the areas are covered.

Let them finish drying for a couple hours.

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Toulouse Lautrec – Light Up Lithograph

Use cardstock or heavy white paper.

In the sample above the first letter of the first name was stenciled on the page.

Use the cardboard stencils located in craft stores.

Stencil the initial with Gold or Silver crayons.

Use metallic colored crayons to fill in the inside of the letter.  Leave the area around the letter untouched.

With a paint brush cover the entire piece of paper with black tempera paint.  The letter will disappear under the paint.

Using paper towels wipe away the paint. The initial will “pop” through.

For this particular project we used initials but complete first names would be fun to do but a little more time consuming. Or, inspirational words can be used.  But, again a little more time consuming.

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Vincent Van Gogh – Patchwork Flowers in a Vase


This project idea is from Original Works, which is a fundraising company.  The class that worked on this had a great time working on the project and each piece turned out unique.  The samples above are from students that worked on this project.

Supplies: heavy white paper, crayons, colored construction paper, scissors, glue, fine tip black marker, pencil.

1.  On a piece of 8.5 x 11 inch heavy white paper, have the children draw a horizontal line on third of the way up from the bottom of the paper.  If the original line is made in pencil have the chidren follow up and trace it with a black marker.   The paper should be in the letter, or vertical, direction.

2. In the lower section of the paper have the children create a checkerboard tablecloth effect by drawing squares.  Start by adding vertical lines across the lower section.  Finish by adding horizontal line(s).   If they are beginning this in pencil have them follow up with the black marker by tracing the lines they have just created.

3. Next have the children draw a vase on the table.  The bottom of the vase should “dip” a bit onto the table.  This makes the vase appear to be sitting on the table.  (Don’t worry about a line showing through – it will be covered by construction paper).

4. Create the look of wallpaper by drawing wavy lines from the top of your page to the edge of the tablecloth.  Be careful to work around your vase. 

5. Using crayons, PRESSING HARD, color the tablecloth.  Create an “every other” checked pattern.

6. Cut multi-colored squares from the construction paper.  Glue onto the vase creating a mosaic appearance. (For the vase you may want to have precut squares of construction paper for the children to choose from so they can work on placement of the squares rather than cutting them all out).

7. Tear larger shapes from the constrution paper to glue above and around the vase.  These shapes will represent your flowers.

8. With a fine tip black marker, add swirls and loops inside the flower shapes to create the look of petals.  Add stems with the black marker.

9.  Sign your name (and the year, if you wish) with black marker or crayon.

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Marc Chagall – Starry Night Stained Glass


3 inch stars were located at teachers supply store.  They come in packs of twenty for just a few dollars.
On self adhesive clear transparent paper have the children scatter and press down stars.

With just blue tissue paper let the children place down the paper and fill up the entire space.  Paper can overlap.

Carefully close up the page.  You don’t want to see any open spaces so it is important that the space is filled and the pages are closed up carefully.

The children can outline the starts with black permanent marker.

We then let the children spread gold glitter in areas on the top of the page.
It looks nice with they are all hung together like a large Chagall window.   They should be placed on a piece of white paper so it “light” up the image.  Then placed on black background paper like a window frame.

Another idea is to switch out the white paper for aluminum foil.  Have the aluminum foil a little larger then the picture.  Crumple it up then pull it apart, gently, so that it is flat again.  If you glue the piece onto the foil it will glisten through.

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Egyptian Art – Hieroglyphics


Children like writing their names in hieroglyphics.   Give each child a black sheet of paper.  It is best to make a line for each letter of their name.  This way they won’t run out of room and will stay on the page.  Using a gold marker let them look at a sheet with hieroglyphic lettering.  First each child should write their name on the black paper in pencil then copy over the lettering with the gold marker.

These can be turned into name plates or bookmarks.

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Marc Chagall – Marker on Transparent Paper

Using tracing paper let children either trace an existing design or make their own.

Color in with markers.
Place between two pieces of paper that is open in the center and glue down.  Or, make a frame and tape on the backside of the frame.

Instant Chagall!

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