After School Art

by Julie Kohl on February 9, 2011

Part of the reason I haven’t been posting much is because the only thing that seems to happen around here is snow and you can only say so much about snow!  It seems we have had some type of snow event every week for the last month or so.  We have now missed 4 days of school and dismissed early twice.  For Arkansas this is actually quite unusual.  We are in the midst of a “blizzard” right now.  It is just after 11 and has only been snowing about 3 hours and we already have several inches on the ground.  They are saying we could get up to 8 inches or even more before the day is done which likely means we will not have school tomorrow either.  So much for summer vacation!

Additionally, I have been teaching after school art on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  I did this last year and it was a very stressful thing because of the way the program was set up but I requested some changes this year and I am actually really enjoying it.  In keeping with the winter weather that ceases to end we have been doing winter themed projects.

One of my favorite art lesson sites is called Deep Space Sparkle, named after Patty’s (the author) favorite crayola crayon color.  3 of the 4 lessons I have taught so far for the after-school program came from her site.  Because the after-school program groups consist of a wide range of grade levels it is a challenge to find lessons that are easy enough for the younger kids yet still interesting enough for the older kids.  Yesterday my k-2 students put the finishing touches on their Close-up Snowmen.  Here are some pictures of the kids in action.  Their paintings are currently drying but when they are done (well actually when it quits snowing and we go back to school…)I will post pictures of the final products.  I was REALLY pleased with the results!




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1 ThyInspiredBliss November 24, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Those are adorable! Can I ask what kind of paper you used? Did you paint the background blue as well?

2 Julie November 25, 2011 at 9:16 am

Thanks! It is just regular blue construction paper! No background painting needed! We drew the snowman shape together with a black oil pastel. Students then got to choose how to paint the hat and scarf.

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