Glue and Pastel Spiderweb

spiderwebThis basic glue and pastel process can be used with a variety of subject matter – this spiderweb worked well for little hands that were just learning how to control a glue bottle.
Week One: Distribute 9″ x 12″ sheets of black construction paper to each student. Ask them to make a dot with a pencil somewhere near the center of the paper. Show them how to draw straight lines out from the center, going to the edges of the paper: about 2 lines up, two to the right, then the left and the bottom edge. Next, they need to draw a series to concentric circles around the center dot. Encourage the students to keep the lines simple, with lots of space in between. Distribute a bottle of white glue to each and show them how to trace all their pencil lines. To keep control of the glue line, it helps to keep the nozzle dragging on the paper when they squeeze.
Week Two: After the glue has dried, give the students chalk pastels, and show them how to color on the paper, and then blend the powder in with their fingers. Rubbing is essential as it blends the chalk into the paper, and cleans it off the glue.

6 Responses

  1. Anonymous
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    I really like this idea. I am trying it now with white paper to make a large feather design. We are studying birds and I thought this would work so well to make creative feathers and use our pastels.

  2. Sarah
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    I did this today with my 8,3 and 2 year olds. I helped the 2 year old trace the web I drew and the 3 year old traced the web with the glue himself. I loved to watch them pick their own pastels and rub them in. Thanks.

  3. Anonymous
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    I did this project last year with my grade ones while doing an Eric Carle unit. (We just read The Very Busy Spider) The kids really enjoyed it and they turned out fantastic. I got many compliments from parents and other teachers. I will definitely be doing it again this week actually. Thanks Kathy for awesome art ideas. You are my #1 art site I check.

  4. Rosie
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    You must have reposted this one, because I was looking through your archives last week and picked out this one which my class just finished today. A great one to bring back, though! They turned out beautifully. I was very impressed with 5 and 6 year old’s ability to weild a glue bottle. Thanks for you site! It’s my number one stop when I’m looking for art ideas!

  5. Kathy Barbro
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    Yes, you use just your average white glue which then dries clear. Those clear lines stay black when the chalk is colored over it. Works pretty well for such a messy medium.

  6. ster
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    This project looks great! I’m just wondering if you use white glue to make the spider web lines, at what point do those lines turn black?

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