I did a really fun art activity with my students this week which turned out so well, I took pictures of it so I could share it on the blog.
As a teacher, I have learned never to throw anything away because everything can be used for crafting somehow. Over the Summer, I began collecting wine corks. I figured wine corks would be a great addition to any craft supply bin.
Having said goodbye to the season of Summer, I knew I had to start thinking about art activities and crafts I could do with my students at school. I had a bare bulletin board I needed to decorate so I went to my craft box and came across the wine corks. A light bulb went off in my head and an idea was born!
Here is what we made:
My first group of students made Fall trees using tempura paint and wine corks.
1. I pre-cut a template for the base of the tree and re-glued it to a white piece of paper for every child.
2. I traced the circle around the top of the tree to help the kids contain their cork prints.
3. I offered them tempura paints in the colours of Fall: yellow, green, orange, red, brown. Each paint dish contained a wine cork for colour printing.
4. Students worked in groups of 4 per table.
5. Students were asked to fill the circle area of the tree with different coloured wine cork prints which represent leaves.
I had two other tables groups doing the same tree template but using different materials.
One table used cut-out paper shapes in Fall colours to represent the leaves of the tree.
The third table used pastels to fill in the leaves of the tree.
In the end, we created a bulletin board display filled of beautiful fall trees, all made using different processes: printing, collage and colouring.
We had a wonderful afternoon exploring and creating Fall decorations for the classroom.
And now, I’m doing the same activity with my girls at home.
It’s what they love best about their mama.