I found a cool project to do with my art students in the book, Adventures in Mixed Media by Jane Davies. First, I made scribble painted paper and after it dried, I made these cute bird ornaments. My art club kids made the paper in one afternoon and the next meeting we made the birds. My friend, Sherrill, had her 3rd graders make them out of scrapbook patterned papers. She made sure the wings contrasted with the bodies and they turned out adorable.
The kids thought my face on the bird looked a little creepy. But, given the choice to add their face, many of them decided to go for it. You can make the bird's eye on one side and add a face on the other and hang it either way!
I have a degree in Child Development and have been teaching for 25 years. Most of these years have been spent with second graders with the exception of 4 years in first grade. I love introducing my students to the joy of reading "chapter books" and the language of literature.
I am a mixed-media artist and am lucky to be teaching at a fine arts magnet school. I use music and visual art every day in my classroom.
I have been married for 29 years and my husband teaches High School English. I have raised 4 wonderful kids and am still working on the yellow labs that live in our house.