I love reading to my artists, and we often find inspiration for our artwork from books we look at in the art room. One of my book-inspired projects caught the eye of Angie Miles at Happy Reading, a website devoted to literacy.
Angie interviewed me about a Lois Ehlert art project that I created with my 1st Graders – follow this link to read my words of wisdom! The Snowball Effect
First Grade artists are finishing up a project inspired by Lois Ehlert’s winter story, “Snowballs”.
We created a cardinal collage and learned about the French word, collage, or “to glue” along the way! The cardinal was made by folding a red construction paper circle in half like a taco – and in half again – and one more time, to make an ice cream cone – and we end up with how many triangles – eight! Students cut along the fold lines and played with their triangles “like a puzzle” to build a standing or flying bird. Everyone’s bird is different since we all put our “bird puzzles” together in our own way.
There’s something so fascinating about using the paper punch – and my 1st graders loved punching out a big pile of white tagboard holes for the “snow”!