Art Based On Life
These images are examples of a project I used that was successful for most students while still being challenging enough to keep my smartest kids invested.
I taught middle school art for 19 years, three times being selected as a teacher of the year. One of the things I believe in is using nature as inspiration for art projects. While I couldn't always take the kids to the nature (those African safari costs really add up), I could bring the nature to the kids to a certain extent with photographs and video.
One of the materials that communities can readily contribute to art programs is old magazines. Magazines, construction paper and glue are the only "ingredients" in this project. This activity DOES require some specialized tools, however.
An artist's knife (
or other brand) makes cutting the top piece of construction paper much, much easier. And if you're using an artist's knife, you pretty much have to have a
so you don't slice up the surface beneath the work. I've used artist's knives safely with students from 6th grade up. I would encourage you to demonstrate proper usage before turning your own kids loose, however!
If you are interested in the full lesson plan for this activity, just drop me a note and I'll send you the PDF.