Thursday, December 16, 2010

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Kirigomi Snowflakes

I was given a great book about Kirigomi, the ancient art of paper cutting and folding. There was a chapter on these wonderful snowflakes, so I decided to try it with my 6th graders. Well, that was 5 years ago, and now it has become a tradition here at St. Helen's, that when you are in the 6th grade, you learn the secret to making these incredible snowflakes. I have heard from many parents that the kids come home and decorate the house with them.

It's becoming a winter wonderland!

Friday, December 3, 2010

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

We started making our Christmas ornaments this week. My art room is starting to sparkle with glitter and sequins.

Here are some of the 7th graders holding up their tie dye ornaments. We made them out of plaster tape, which they cut into a star shape after it was set. They then used liquid water color and painted the star. The colors came out really vibrant. Then they added matching beads on the string. They turned out beautiful.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Wednesday I took a group of 8th graders to Mangia Mangia to paint their window. We had a great time. These kids did such a wonderful job. St. Helen's has some very talented students. When we were finished with our work we enjoyed some of Mangia Mangia's delicious pizza. What a treat.