Glowing Cat Eyes

These glowing cat eyes are made from blending a few layers of pencil crayons. White on the bottom, then yellow, and for those interested in more detail, a bit of brown. Please note though, that the average pencil crayon and black construction paper won’t deliver these results. The projects works best on … Read More

Black Paper Cat

The credit for this super cute paper cat idea goes to an old Family Fun Craft book. I just worked out a few details about the size and materials, that I am happy to share. 1. Cut body from black cardstock paper (most construction paper is too soft). Fold back and cut … Read More

Stick Drawing Halloween Costume

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This is me in my Stick Drawing costume this morning. Can’t say I’d want to walk down the street very long with the mask I made, but I was proud to be the ONLY stick drawing in our school’s parade. Thank you Pinterest for coming through with another costume idea that was … Read More

Halloween Cardboard Signs

A Pinterest posting inspired this idea for my afterschool Cardboard Crafts class today. There is something about torn tape that just makes the coolest looking letters. The more uneven and lopsided they are, the better. 1. I chopped up old corrugated cardboard boxes with a paper cutter, and offered kids either square … Read More

Ceramic Pumpkin

This project comes from Ellen at Clayworks Studio. It’s basically making two pinch pots and blending them together. My kids grade 3-5 loved making these and the success rate was very high. 1. Give each student a piece of clay about the size of a small apple. Instruct them to remove a … Read More

Haunted House in Coffee

I saw this idea in a recent Arts and Activities magazine. I thought a haunted house would be a good subject matter because of all the moody brown tones that could be created. 1. Students dissolve bits of instant coffee with water on a plate. The house is ‘drawn’ with a paintbrush, which allows for lots … Read More

Batik Crayon Pumpkins

Batik is a resist-dyeing process that originated in Indonesia. Children can simulate the look with crayons and watercolor. 1. Show the students how to draw overlapping circles to start their pumpkin picture. Stems are added near the top, and lines that radiate out curve down to the bottom. When complete, the drawing … Read More

Ceramic Pumpkins

This project comes from Ellen at Clayworks Studio. It’s basically making two pinch pots and blending them together. My kids grade 3-5 loved making these and the success rate was very high. 1. Give each student a piece of clay about the size of a small apple. Instruct them to remove a … Read More

Bone Letters

You could make this a lesson about anatomy and what the different kinds of bones in your body look like – or you could just make some creepy looking name signs for Halloween! 1. I drew examples of some typical bones on the board. They generally look like sticks, but have large … Read More

Pasta Skeleton

A fun way to mix basic anatomy with art is by creating skeletons from pasta. 1. To make a sturdy pallet, the students arranged 20 popsicle sticks horizontally and secured them with 4 sticks glued vertically to the back. 2. A variety of pasta shapes were needed. I started by briefing the … Read More