I do have a SUPER HOT tip for you until then...every fall, I bust out my Haunted Mansion CD that was originally recorded in 1969 and sold at Disney as a souvenir for the ride. We play this over and again in my room in the fall for my older classes and you can seriously hear a pin DROP. The kids LOVE the slightly spooky and silly tale that lasts about 30 minutes. I noticed that during their free time, my kids were illustrating the story and I thought, HOT DOG! We need a haunted house project. So, when I saw what Ginger was up to, I was super stoked to heavily borrow her idea.
So here was my little example I cooked up.
Side note: I used to read chapter books to my students as they worked and they loved it. Their favorite are the choose your own adventure types. However, it was hard for me to help kids and provide feedback while reading. So switching to audio books has been a game changer in my room. I've recently invested in more (the Radio Theatre series is a fave) and I'm excited to play The Legend of Squanto to my students as we approach Thanksgiving. I'll keep you posted on that one, I've got to do a teacher preview first.
Back to the project! True story: when I mentioned the use of puffy paint in the video today, the kids literally cheered. They truly are my artists, I tell ya.
Here's what they managed to knock out today.
This kid cracked me up: "We used watercolor in my old art class but salt!? No one ever told me about SALT! Look at it!"
Apparently, I say the words, "I say 'Go For It'" a lot in my art room because in the video, where I do say it a couple of times, the kids said it along with me.
I was thrilled to see the variety of takes on this project: vertical or horizontal format; round stars or star shapes; variety of mark making. You give them fluorescent oil pastels and they'll go to town, these kids.
So much yesssss.
Next up: we'll paint the black silhouettes and add puffy paint.
Our final day will involve using the silver sharpies which I don't anticipate taking long. A quick project to wrap up this study is in the works.
Until then, pet that sweet black cat in your path and have fun!