Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Holiday Primary Works

The past few weeks we have been gearing up for the holidays at the primary school. I'm a fan of reindeer so I'm exploring two different approaches this year.

My second graders created a Reindeer landscape. This project also explores a variety of textures. I posted about this project previously here:

This year, however, I used shredded paper for the snow on the ground. Someone donated it to the art room and I found great use for it. I love donations!

My first graders made Reindeer Portaits! I found this project somewhere on pinterest and I just did my own version on 9 x 12" blue construction paper and we use geometric shapes to help create the portrait. This project took 2 forty minute classes to complete. It is made entirely from construction paper. Colors needed:  Red, white, black, brown, and green

Next time I think I might like to allow students to stamp snowflakes onto the background for a little extra fun.

Lastly, my kindergarten students made a portrait as well. We read the book "Russell the Sheep" by Rob Scotton. We looked at Russell's hat and made note of its pattern.  The first week students printed a pattern onto a piece of 6 x 9" white paper. We stamped with unsharpened pencils and pieces of cardboard to create dotted and straight lines.

The second week we cut the patterned paper into a large triangle.
(Student pattern work)

We drew a large rainbow on a small piece of white paper for his face. I already had squares pre-cut for the neck and curved shapes for the ears.
Students cut, assembled, and glued their shapes onto 9 x 12" blue construction paper.
We glued piece of cotton ball for the top of the hat.
Lastly, we painted snowflakes around Russell using eraser ends of a pencil.
This took 2 forty minute classes to complete.


  1. I came across your blog through pinterest and just wanted to say thanks for sharing your ideas. I have enjoyed looking through all you past posts and getting ideas. I'm not a teacher, but I am a stay-at-home mom looking for fun projects to do with my daughter. I think we would enjoy doing many of your art projects. Your students and school are lucky to have you. Thanks again!