Thursday, August 25, 2016

In the Art Room: Tissue Paper Relief by Third Grade

Now that our Monochromatic Selfies are complete, the third grade was ready to spend their third day in the art room creating tissue paper reliefs! I've been looking for a different spin on Dot Day and when I saw Blick present this at the AOE Now summer conference, I knew I had to give it a go!
This project took us the hour to complete and made for so much prettiness (not to mention educatin'). I created the video to share with my students...but you are welcome to share it with yours! 
Now, the relief might be finished but the project isn't complete yet! Our next step will be to adhere them to 10" cardboard rounds found on Amazon (I just have them sitting on 8" rounds for the photo) and continue our study of radial balance. I'll be sure to share that with you when they are complete. I was just too excited by these lovelies not to share right away!
 I mean...so fun, right?
 For this project, you'll need some of the following:
* Texture plates I used the ones that was recommended by Blick at the AOE conference. I liked the circle design as it went perfectly with our Dot Day lesson. However, they have a ton of cool texture plate designs to chose from. I purchased thirty plus because that's how many third graders I have in a class...and the artwork will need to remain in the texture plate until completely dry. 
 * Tissue paper squares These small squares are PERFECT if the kids are wanting to create a design. I left that completely up to the students. Many chose to create a radial design on their plate while some did a random one. I was cool with both. 
I was DREADING the idea of cutting tissue paper. I was so excited when I found these at the Dollar Tree! I purchased one for each table of four students and it was more than enough. It is a bleeding tissue, however...so some designs may get a little fuzzy around the edges. I was willing to take that as opposed to cutting thousands of squares.
* Large Tissue Paper This is where all of your scraps come in handy. The kids were instructed to use the smaller pieces for their design portion. When that was complete, they were to put AT LEAST three layers of large tissue on the back to strengthen the tissue design. 

* Watery Glue...with GLITTER! I just put white glue and water in a cup and sprinkled glitter into that. The kids also used soft brushes to apply the glue. Anything bristly tour the tissue more than normal. 
The kids put a piece of tape on the back of the plate with their name and teacher code. Here's what they look like as they are drying...not so interesting as the cool design is underneath!
 Not even gonna lie: the big draw back to this project was popping the creations out of the plate. Because the tissue is pretty fragile, I knew the kids might accidentally tear their work and become frustrated. It took me about 10 minutes to bust all of these bad boys out of the texture plates. I did crack a few of the plates while doing so...but they're fine to use again. 
Once popped out, the kids will trim around their circle design, cutting off the excess. 
 I know they'll be thrilled to see them when they get them back!
 Next up: add to a cardboard round and continue the radial design! 
This was such a fun and unique project that the kids really enjoyed. I don't often repeat projects but I can see this one happening again in the ole art room sometime soon!

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10 comments:

  1. this is such a fun project! i also really appreciate the video :) we homeschool & my kids LOVE anything on the computer!!!! so, please know that you will be front & center in the anderson house next tuesday for our art class :) i will see if i can post pictures of our process (the most fun part) & our products. laura anderson

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    1. Yay!! You can always email me the finished results, I'd love to see! cassieart75@gmail.com

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  2. love the idea, what if you coated the plates first with a small amount of oil or Vaseline, that might make it easier to remove the tissue paper and not break the mold, just a thought...............

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  3. How long would you say they take to dry? I've been thinking of purchasing a set of 30 plates but I have four classes of third grades four days in a row. Would overnight suffice?

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    1. Overnight should do the trick! I had just a few that weren't dry...but it's super humid here right now so that might have been part of it. Bring in a fan and you won't have to worry :) Have fun!!

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    2. Thank you so much for the idea and sharing. And sharing your Presentation! I'm going to give this a try after I find these texture plates! Thank you Cassie!! You're awesome!

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  4. Anonymous9/01/2016

    Was wondering if this would work for 2nd grade? Gonna use your "You Be You" fish lesson with my 3rd graders-because they need that lesson!! But was thinking this tissue paper one would work for 2nd grade. Thoughts?

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