Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Chiva Bus Parade

Chivas come from Columbia, South America.
        These fifth grade students studied the brightly colored buses, Chivas, of Latin America. This transportation is unique to the culture of people who live south of our Mexican boarders. Students shaped clay into basic bus shapes and then attached animals, ladders, and people to the outside of their buses before painting them in bright, bold acrylic paints.

These artisan rustic buses are adapted to rural transport.
Chivas must carry passengers, luggage, and sometimes even domestic animals over mountainous terrain.

These buses are built tough and can plow through
 just about anything, including mud!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Four Seasons Index

       The four periods into which the year is divided by the ever-changing position of the earth in relation to the sun. As the earth revolves about the sun in nearly circular obit, its axis at all times points toward the Pole Star and is inclined to the plane of its orbit 23 1/2 degrees. Therefore different parts of its surface are at different times of the year exposed to the vertical rays of the sun. Astronomically speaking, in the northern hemisphere spring extends from March 21, the time of the vernal equinox, to the summer solstice, June 21; summer from June 21 to September 21, the time of the autumnal equinox; autumn to December 21, and winter from that date to the beginning of spring. In the southern hemisphere the seasons are reversed, and spring begins September 21. In the torrid zone the changes in the seasons are not marked by differences in temperature, but by wet and dry periods.
       Artifacts included here come from several of my blogs featuring the holidays and/or weather related content.

Woven tree art project may be used to incorporate any
season: Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter, depending
on the landscape and colors used in the selection of
yarns as well.
Autumn Artifacts & Art for Enhancing Lesson Plans: Search Both The Halloween & Thanksgiving  Artifacts at Thrifty Scissors
  1. The Mist and All
  2. Craft a Fall Landscape Using Leaf Rubbings
  3. Shape a pinch pot acorn 
  4. Craft a Paper Scarecrow Jumping-Jack 
  5. Draw a Scarecrow Emphasizing The Use of Pattern(s)
  6. Harvester Picture Puzzle
  7. Practice Shading An Owl
  8. "When the Frost Is On The Punkin"
  9. Cut & Paste Popped Corn On the Cob
  10. A Wise Old Owl 
  11. A Fall Leaf Craft for Two and Three Year Olds 
  12. The Frost
  13. Tear and Paste Falling Leaves
  14. Create Fall Leaf Patterns
  15. A Fall Collage Featuring An Owl
  16. The Karo Corn Maiden Coloring Sheet
  17. "In October" Poem
  18. "The Cornstalk's Lesson" Poem
  19. Pumpkin and Jack-O-Lantern Number Books
  20. "Roasting Corn" Poem
  21. Paint Fall Foliage With Hugs and Kisses
  22. Paint, Cut and Paste a Leafy River Scene
  23. Craft a Paper War Bonnet
  24. Draw a Design from A Spider's Web
  25. Craft a Ruote Paste Web
  26. Draw a Shaded White Spider Web
  27. Wad, Wrap and Tape a Fall Pumpkin Craft
  28. Weave Indian Corn for Autumn Fun!
Winter Artifacts & Art for Enhancing Lesson Plans: Search Christmas Artifacts at Thrifty Scissors and Then Children's Christmas Arts & Crafts From The Belsnickle Blog
  1. "When Winter Comes"
  2. A stacked felt Christmas tree 
  3. The Snow Bird
  4. Christmas Paper Plate Snow Globe 
  5. Mark The Soft-Falling Snow  
  6. How Teachers Can Craft a Giant, Recyclable, Snowman for Their Classrooms
  7. Sculpt a snow scene with clay
  8. Jest 'Fore Christmas  
  9. The Snowman Song 
  10. 12 Six-Sided Snowflake Templates 
  11. Sliding Down Hill
  12. Little Ones Can Print Snowmen With Their Hands  
  13. Make pine cone Christmas trees
  14. Search for Winter Fun coloring sheets 
Spring Artifacts & Art for Enhancing Lesson Plans: Search Easter Artifacts at Thrifty Scissors and Then Easter Related Crafts at The Easter Egg Crafts Blog
  1. Stencil Rabbits Eating Clover  
  2. Draw a mother hen and her chicks 
  3. Craft a Simple Butterfly Mask
  4. Color Alphabet Chicks
  5. Craft a Very Hungry Caterpillar 
  6. Frogs, Toads and Pollywogs for Spring  
  7. Positive and Negative Bunnies
  8. Doodle an Easter bunny or chick
  9. Repeating Line Butterfly Design
  10. The Living Butterfly
  11. A Tisket, A Tasket, A Green and Yellow Basket 
  12. Dunking Ducks 
  13. Create a Butterfly Yarn Picture
  14. Craft a Paper Robin Toy for Spring
  15. "Handy" little butterflies
  16. Decorative Bird Box - design and finish 
  17. Draw a Bunny Portrait
  18. Drawing Butterflies Through Five Progressive Steps
  19. Craft Doily Butterflies 
  20. Search for Rainy Days and Rainbow Coloring Sheets 
  21. Search for Garden and Flower Coloring Sheets
    Summer Artifacts & Art for Enhancing Lesson Plans:
    1. Rain In Summer
    2. Salt Lifting Some Sand Castles
    3. Children love to paint rock pets
    4. Glue together a shell mosaic box
    5. Search for camping and scouting coloring sheets
    6. Weave Some Yarn Trees! 
    Check out more weather related artifacts from popular collections across the web...
    Additional Four Seasons Crafts:

    Weave Some Yarn Trees!

    Use a fast drying paint for the first half of this art assignment so that the paper plates will not warp.
            This weaving project is accomplished in two parts. Above is the first part of the assignment. Teachers review or teach for the first time what a landscape is in art. Then students paint their own version of a landscape using acrylic or tempera paints, whichever is available in their classroom, on the inside of a paper plate. Make sure they include a foreground and a background. Above you can see that there is a nice variety of landscapes represented by these students: a green park-like setting, a couple of deserts including cactus and a glimmering lake with a rainbow above it. Below a student painted a lush green and blue mountain landscape with a white fluffy cloud hovering above.

    The worp of the tree branches is strung around the notches above and tied off at the bottom.
           For the second half of this art lesson, students will need yarn and scissors to notch the edges of their paper plate. These notches do not need to be exactly placed. In fact if the notches are a bit off, the result can be quite charming. Wrap the worf of the tree in and out of the notches as shown above.
    The simple process of wrapping a yarn tree trunk.
           At the bottom of the plate, where there are only two notches, students will need to wrap a smaller length of yarn to form the trunk of their tree. they should make this trunk approximately one to two inches in length.

     A colorful assortment of woven trees from these second and third grade students.
            Next, student weavers may pull yarn lengths in and out of the worp forming what is called the weft of the weave. They may choose to make a striped pattern to represent the leaves of their trees if they wish. All in all this makes quite a striking art exercise when completed!

    Part 1 of the weaving project from Cassie Stephens. 
    This is a snow scene.

    More Woven Trees:

    Sunday, October 8, 2017

    Quick & Easy Bulletin Board!

    Sometimes, teachers over think things like bulletin boards. Tack up a bright butcher paper to cover an old cork bulletin board and then let your students do the rest! I contributed a few scissors and glue bottles while everyone else laughed and scribbled.
             Young students should be allowed to feel they have a say in how their everyday spaces look. This bulletin board was decorated by kids in an after school kid care program. I hung up their paper puppets, drawings, and coloring sheets in just a few minutes. This old cafeteria never looked so colorful! I think they did a great job!

    On the upper left hand corner of the bulletin board I stapled the "visual" directions of how to assemble the turtle puppet. 1. color, 2. cut, 3. paste. The bulletin board was then filled in with the children's crafts. It got even fuller than what is depicted above over the following weeks.

    Saturday, October 7, 2017

    The Paper Town Hall from Cut-Out Town

    Directions for the Town Hall. Cut around the outlines. Fold on dotted lines,
    tuck tabs inside and where shown paste together as drawn in the above "model" sketch.
           Well, just when I thought that I had found all of these little village templates, out crops another one! Searching newspapers is a tedious process, even for an archivist! But here is the Town Hall; better late than never. I think it is the last of the series? I've cleaned it up, folks. Don't forget to enlarge it as much as possible before printing it out.

    Tuesday, October 3, 2017

    Paper Village Index

    Samples of paper village buildings and dolls in this index.
           In this index, young visitors will find all sorts of paper playthings that will keep them preoccupied for hours or perhaps even days. There are paper people and animals to color, little art lessons including paper doll crafts and lots of templates for crafting paper buildings. Enjoy and don't forget to check back for new additions!
    Paper Village and Paper Doll Artifacts: 
    1. The District School of Cut-Out Town
    2. Color and Cut Out These Victorian Paper Dolls
    3. Little Factory from Cut-Out Town
    4. Doll Quotes
    5. Mr. Roger's Neighborhood Resources
    6. Mermaid Paper Doll Parts 
    7. "Myrtle" paper doll
    8. Cut and Paste Paper Pueblos
    9. My paper puppets made by Sesame Street Workshop
    10. Favela Painting
    11. Illustrated Objects for Designing 1880 Something Doll Houses
    12. Draw An Animal Hospital
    13. Some nursery furniture for the paper doll house
    14. A Treehouse Collage
    15. Paper Doll Craft 
    16. "Irene" paper doll
    17. Historic Paper Buildings at Greenfield Village
    18. Miniature Paper Kitchen Furnishings for Your Paper Dolls
    19. Craft Little Houses from Milk Cartons
    20. The Strangely Changing Face
    21. 100 Little Paper Villages: Mega List
    22. Rainy Day Paper Dolls
    23. Little Church from Cut-Out Town
    24. "Thomas" paper doll
    25. Paper Circus Performers for Little Ones
    26. The Little House from Cut-Out Town
    27. Weave a Paper Dress
    28. Paper Circus Toys for Young Students to Color
    29. The Little Store of Cut-Out Town
    30. "Clare" paper doll 
    31. The Paper Town Hall from Cut-Out Town
    Illustrations of a box apartment, it's windows, walls and a basic floor plan.
        How To Make A Box Apartment For Your Paper Dolls   
            Girls and boys who are fond of paper toys might enjoy making an apartment for their paper characters similar to the one pictured above. There is are also patterns for paper furnishings in the list above if they should choose to furnish their paper accommodations as well.
           To make the apartment all that is necessary is a sturdy box 24 inches deep. These dimensions are the best for the size furniture  that is published above, but if your box is an inch or two longer or shorter or wider or narrower it won't matter very much. If you can not secure a box that is at all near this size it is best to get a larger box and cut it down. A box may also be made of scrap cardboard of the proper dimensions.
           The box is divided by a straight partition which goes down the center and two crosswise partitions, which divide the box into six rooms of equal size.
           One long side of the box is taken off, as the apartment is to be entirely open across the front, and this sidepiece is used for the long partition which goes down the middle of the box. Before putting the partition in place you should make the doors which lead from one room to another and which are shown in the picture above. Also paper or color the partition with paints to suit the different rooms. In order to do this first decide what color you with for the walls in the rooms to be or if you would prefer; select a fancy scrap paper to paste on top of the walls instead. Divide the long partition into three equal parts by making slits which reach from the bottom half way up the side. Then cut the crosswise partitions long enough to span the box plus four inches deep. These may be cut from the box lid. Each of these crosswise pieces is divided in the middle by a slit which reaches from the top half way to the bottom. Fasten these cross partitions on the long partition at the places where it is cut and then place the partition unit inside the box temporarily to see where each section of wall comes. Then with a pencil mark on each side of the walls of every room which room it is, so that when you disassemble the partitions to paper or color the walls you will understand where everything should go. Paper or color the remaining wall sections inside the box to correspond appropriately. 
           Next cut the doors in the two partitions. There is a drawing of how these door frames could be finished in the illustration above. There are likewise window types drawn above that could be used as either templates for cutting or ideas for drawing directly on top of the walls of your apartment rooms.

    Thursday, September 28, 2017

    The Circus Procession

    The Circus Procession 
    by Evaleen Stein

    Oh, hurry! hurry! here they come,
    The band in front with the big bass drum
    And blaring bugles, — there they are,
    On golden thrones in a golden car,
    Tooting and fluting, oh, how grand I
    Hi diddle, diddle!
    The fife and the fiddle!
    Hurrah , hurrah for the circus band!
    And the red-plumed horses, oh, see them
    And daintily lift their hoofs and dance,
    While beautiful ladies with golden curls
    Are jingling their bridles of gold and pearls,
    And close behind
    Come every kind
    Of animal cages great and small,
    O how I wonder what’s in them all!
    Here’s one that’s open and glaring there
    Is the shaggiest snow-white polar bear I
    Woof! but I wonder what we’d do
    If his bars broke loose right now, don't you?
    And O dear me!
    Just look and see 
    That pink-cheeked lady in skirts of gauze
    And the great big lion with folded paws!
    O me I O my!
    I’m glad that I
    Am not in that lion’s cage, because
    Suppose he'd open his horrible jaws !
    — But look ! the clown is coming ! Of course
    Facing the tail of a spotted horse
    And shouting out things to make folks
    And grinning up at the tall giraffe
    That placidly paces along and looks
    Just like giraffes in the picture-books!
    And there are the elephants, two and two,
    Lumbering on as they always do!
    The men who lead them look so small
    I wonder the elephants mind at all
    As they wag their queer
    Long trunks, and peer
    Through their beady eyes, — folks say they
    No end of things, and I’m sure it’s so!
    And you never must do a thing that’s bad
    Or that possibly might make an elephant
    For he’ll never forgive you, it appears,
    And will punish you sure, if it takes him
    years !
    So do not stare
    But take good care
    To mind your manners, and always try
    To smile politely as they go by!
    But the camels don’t care if you laugh at
    With their bumpy humps like a capital M,
    They lurch and sway
    And seem to say,
    As they wrinkle their noses, long and gray,
    “ This swaggering stride is quite the plan,
    It’s the way we walked in the caravan!”
    And now more cages come rumbling by
    With glittering people throned on high;
    So many spangles and precious things,
    They surely must all be queens and kings!
    They look so proud
    Above the crowd, 
    O my, how fine it must feel to ride
    On golden wagons that hide inside
    Strange animals caught in cannibal isles
    And brought in ships for a million miles!
    But hark ! it's near
    The end, for hear
    That sudden screeching in piercing key!
    The steaming, screaming cal-li-o-pe!
    Just plain pianos sound terribly tame
    Beside this one with the wonderful name,
    And wouldn’t you love some day to sit
    In a circus wagon and play on it?


    by Evaleen Stein

    Let us take our baskets early
    To the meadows green,
    While the wild-flowers still are pearly 
    With the dewdrops' sheen.

    Fill them full of blossoms rosy,
    Violets and gay
    Cowslips, every pretty posy
    Welcoming the May.

    Then our lovely loads we'll carry
    Down the village street,
    On each door, with laughter merry,
    Hang a basket sweet.

    Hey-a-day-day! It is spring now,
    Lazy folks, awake!
    See the pretty things we bring now
    For the May-day's sake!

    Hallowe'en by John Kendrick Bangs

    by John Kendrick Bangs

    BRING forth the raisins and the nuts -
    To-night All-Hallow's Spectre struts
    Along the moonlit way.
    No time is this for tear or sob,
    Or other woes our joys to rob,
    But night for pippin and for bob.
    And Jack-o'-Lantern gay.

    Come forth ye lass and trousered kid,
    From prisoned Mischief raise the lid.
    And lift it good and high.
    Leave grave old Wisdom in the lurch,
    Set Folly on a lofty perch,
    Nor fear the awesome rod of birch
    When dawn illumes the sky.

    'Tis night for revel, set apart
    To reillume the darkened heart.
    And rout the hosts of dole.
    'Tis night when Goblin, Elf, and Fay,
    Come dancing in their best array,
    To prank and royster on their way.
    And ease the troubled soul.

    The ghosts of all things past parade.
    Emerging from the mist and shade
    That hid them from our gaze;
    And full of song, and ringing mirth,
    In one glad moment of rebirth,
    Again they walk the ways of earth
    As in the ancient days.

    The beacon light shines on the hill,
    The will-o'-wisps the forests fill
    With flashes filched from noon;
    And witches on their broom-sticks spry
    Speed here and yonder in the sky,
    And lift their strident voices high
    Unto the Hunter's Moon.

    The air resounds with tuneful notes
    From myriads of straining throats.
    All hailing Folly Queen;
    So join the swelling choral throng,
    Forget your sorrow, and your wrong,
    In one glad hour of joyous song
    To honor Hallowe'en!

    Friday, September 22, 2017

    Indigenous Peoples Index

    Samples of lessons and crafts about Indigenous peoples.
           Indigenous peoples or Natives (formerly Indians) held undisputed possession of the wilds of the Americas before the European invasion of those continents. Once masters of the fairest regions on the globe, the natives represented many degrees of civilization. They ranged from nomadic tribes, wandering the grasslands freely in order to hunt the buffalo to survive to those native peoples whose architectural achievements in the tropical rain forests of South America made their conquerors marvel.
    Indigenous Peoples' Artifacts & Art for Enhancing Lesson Plans:
    1. Craft a paper war bonnet
    2. Gobble Up Over 100 Turkeys!
    3. Cut and Paste Paper Pueblos
    4. Picture Puzzle: Find the hidden potter
    5. Molas Characterized by Kuna Legends, Real Animals, Politics or Geometric Shapes 
    6. Squanto, The Native American Hero of Thanksgiving 
    7. Weave Indian Corn for Autumn Fun!
    My Indigenous People's Art Lessons & Crafts from Art Education Daily:

    The Life of President George Washington

    Gilbert Stuart's unfinished 1796 painting of
     George Washington is also known as  
    The Athenaeum, his most celebrated
     and famous work.
           George Washington(1732-1799), an American soldier and statesman, the hero of American independence, and the first President of the nation which he helped to establish. There are two Americans of the generations now past who have won the undying love and reverence of their countrymen - Washington and Lincoln.
           Though they are equally honored, the one as founder and the other as preserver of the American nation, they are thought of as totally different types. Lincoln, so much nearer our own time, is by far the more human figure. His humanity, his rugged appearance, his humor and his kindliness are remembered as the characteristics of a very real man. Washington is more or less of a mythical personage. The idealized portrait painted by Charles Stuart, reproduced right, is in a way symbolic of the impression that Americans cherish of the "Father of His Country." He seems to them a lofty figure somewhat detached from everyday life; a great man, but one aloof from his fellowmen; a strong man, but without fire and vigor. The complete record of his life refutes these ideas. There is every reason to believe that if he were alive to-day he would be a virile and influential figure in American political affairs, a personality as vivid as in his own time. 
    Artifacts About President George Washington:
    1. Questions and Answers About George Washington
    2. President Washington's Receptions
    3. Farewell, Address To His Officers
    4. Tribute To Washington
    5. Ode For Washington's Birthday
    6. Washington's Birthday by William Cullen Bryant
    7. Welcome to Lafayette by Edward Everett
    8. The Twenty-Second of February by Webster
    9. True Heroism
    10. Under The Washington Elm, Cambridge
    More Online Resources:

    The End of Washington's Story

           Washington declined a third election, delivered his famous farewell address and retired to Mount Vernon in 1797. Thereafter he devoted himself to agriculture, though in 1798, at the prospect of the war with France, he was chosen commander in chief of the United States army and accepted, though he was not called into the field. He died in December, 1799, from illness brought on by long exposure in the saddle. The news caused almost as widespread mourning in Europe as in America. The greatest statesmen and soldiers of every nation united in paying him tribute as a man, general, statesman and friend of humanity. The words of his old friend and companion, "Lighthorse Harry" Lee, "First in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen," were without question literally true. He had avoided the snares of factional and partisan politics, had generously overlooked the harshest criticisms and had respected and used the abilities of his severest critics and opponents. Though a slave-holder at his death, he was in favor of the gradual abolition of slavery by legislation, and by his will he arranged that his one hundred twenty-five slaves should be emancipated at the death of his wife, so that the negroes of the two estates who had intermarried might not be separated." Washington's body and that of his wife, who survived him nearly three years, rest in the family vault at Mount Vernon.