Sunday, December 10, 2017

Thanksgiving II

The day after Thanksgiving, we headed to Lake Michigan to see it!

 It was a windy, coldish day.

 Instead of snow drifts, we had sand drifts.


 We also got to celebrate a 13th birthday.


We drove to MI to my cousin's house for Thanksgiving. Long drive, but totally worth it is see their new home and have some "hang out" time! We were met by a piano solo.

 Thanksgiving lunch was scrumptious.

 We did a "little" crafting after lunch was done and we cleared the tables off. 

 We left the spare tables up all weekend and crafted and crafted...and crafted.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017


 This girl had a birthday in Nov. Cant believe she is 29!
 She and friend Sara at Halloween workout.
We had a family lunch out after church for the Sept., Nov., and Dec. birthdays. That covers more than half of us!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Owl Coloring Books

A few weeks ago my classes drew owl art. We made simple line drawings that could be assembled into coloring books.

We looked at a variety of owl reference work that I  brought to class. I tell the kids that it is helpful for an artist to know how the real things look before drawing them. Also, looking at other people's art can spark ideas. We looked at a few coloring pages to give them ideas of what would be a good style for coloring.

The kids could draw an owl in any way they wanted to. I encouraged them to look at different references for ideas on position,  (wings up?, side view?, etc) composition (close up? full body?) and details (type of owl?, beak shape?, realistic or cartoonish?) of the owl they drew.

They dived right in and drew some wonderful owls. I took the rough drafts home and used a light table (cheap lap table from Amazon) to copy over their drawing with a thin black marker. Copies of each were made and I punched holes on one side. We assembled the coloring books in class and clipped them into inexpensive plastic folders.

This was a fun, successful project. The only thing I would do differently would be to leave about a 1/2" empty border around the edges of the papers before drawing. Copiers will not always pick up the whole page and so I had to do some after-printing line repair on some pictures.

These were done by 5/6/7th graders.

 These were done by 3/4th graders.

 Mrs. DG
Mrs. S