Tag Archive: spring

Celebrating Spring: Punchy Paper Garden

This little paper garden is perfect for spring and so fun for tiny hands. Using a variety of paper punches and recycled materials, each artist created their own unique garden. Materials: Patterned Paper Colored Construction Paper Paper Punches Glue Sticks Recycled Cereal Box First, the kiddos punch out a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes…

Famous Artist III: O’Keeffe

This session exploring different artists. To explore an artist means we examine the work as a class, draw inspiration from the colors, content and techniques and then turn it into something of our own. For O’Keeffe we discussed the color palette she used in Oriental Poppies (1928), brush stroke size, and how big she painted the…

Celebrating Spring: Butterfly Pillows

Our Butterfly pillow project was a hit in our Masters (5Y+) class. We completed this project over the course of two hour long classes. Because we used a sewing machine, and a real needle and thread for this project, it might not be suitable for children under the age of five. Here is a similar project that requires a…

Celebrating Spring: Mixed Media Birds

This session we are celebrating spring! In this project we used a variety of materials to create fun and dimensional “birds in a nest”. Materials: Construction Paper Googly Eyes Feathers Twigs, Yarns, Paper Shreds, etc. Leaves (real, fabric, recycled art) Blue Tempera Paint White Cardstock or Construction Paper Optional: Large Circle Punch We opened with a reading…

Celebrating Spring: Birds

First I must credit the amazing Patty at Deep Space Sparkle for the inspiration and foundation lesson plan. You can visit her online shop for amazing art lesson plans at amazing deals. And no she didn’t pay me to say that!! Patty mostly works with K-6 grade and while the bulk of my students are…

Celebrate Spring: Egg Carton Flower Bouquets

Spring Bouquet Materials: large egg crates (5-10 cups torn from the large carton per child) tempera paint tissue paper large buttons pipe cleaners The project began by giving each child 5 egg crates cut into individual cups. Older children can cut the cartons up by themselves but for most of my students I tore them…

Art & Literacy: Lois Ehlert Clay Flowers

Lois Ehlert’s, Planting a Rainbow, was a great fit for Studio Sprout’s summer curriculum because it combines the themes of art and garden. I love Ehlert’s educational approach through simple story telling and bold visuals. Planting a Rainbow is a great read because it gives children the opportunity to name colors, shapes and flowers.  …

Celebrating Spring: Paper Bag Butterflies

This project was inspired by the Artful Parent recycled paper bag heart project. Instead of hearts we adapted the projects to fit our spring theme. Our project became butterflies with a recycled twist! Since flowers and butterflies are such a large part of our spring season in Santa Cruz, CA, I began the class by…

Celebrating Spring: Accordion Garden Collage

Thank you Make and Takes for such a successful spring project! The first step to the accordion garden was to draw on pre-cut flowers with oil pastel. Prior to the start of class I prepared three different shapes and sizes of flowers using scissors and a flower punch. Some were tulip shape, some simple circles,…

Celebrating Spring: Salt Dough Animal Impressions

Story telling has been an increasingly regular part of my curriculum. I use books as tools for communicating themes and abstract concepts that tie into the project of the day. Stories and illustrations help children tune in deeper and enable them to grasp ideas that they normally wouldn’t understand via dialogue. It can also help…