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Fun Art Professor

Inspiring & Nurturing Creativity in Young Chidren

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It's A Wonderful Life

Posted on December 14, 2012 at 1:13 PM Comments comments (22)
“Reflect upon your present blessings-- of which every man has many -- not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”- Charles Dickens

1946

That year, a film came
out that was considered a box office flop due to high production costs and stiff competition at the time of its release.
 
 


It was initially a major disappointment and confirmed, at least to the studios, that its famously successful director and producer was no longer capable of turning out the populist features that made his films the must-see, money-making events they once were.
 
The story centered around a man, George, who had given up his personal dreams in order to help others. Despite all his efforts to always do what he believed to be the right thing, his whole world came crashing down, prompting him to believe that suicide was his only option.

Enter stage left, George's guardian angel, Clarence. This celestial being enlightens George on the all the positive ways he has changed the lives of those he loves and how different life in his community would be had he never been born.

This film, considered a financial flop, was nominated for five Oscars and has been recognized by the American Film Institues as one of the 100 best American films ever made. It also takes the number one spot on its most inspirational American films of all time.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I love stories like this that are gentle reminders that we don't know the whole picture of our lives. So often, we only see the messy back point of view of our life's tapestry, not realizing that there is a beautiful picture on the other side.


So in honor of Clarence and all other guardian angels, here are some angel “fun art” ideas because...... 
 
A gathering of angels can enlighten the whole world.” - Unknown


Design an Angel #1– Suitable for framing or hanging on the refrigerator.

These angels need their wings. (just like Clarence) Have your little angel draw in the flight apparatus for these cherubs. (The bottom angel could also use some hair styling.) Give them a nice background.  Maybe rainbows or a beautiful night sky complete with shiny star stickers.
 
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Design an Angel #2
- tree or mantle ornament

This is an easy and sweet template. You can simply do a drawing on the    angel, or embellish it with glitter, sequins, cotton hair, or even little google eyes. You can achieve an elegant look by coloring the angel shape all gold. Use a number of them as part of a centerpiece or as name placecards. To assemble the ornament, cut out the shape, wrap it into a cone shape, hook one wing over the other and secure it with glue or tape.




 
Contact me on the comment section of this blog and I will send you the full size images of these angel projects via email.




For a more detailed angel ornament, check out A Christmas Angel Collection online at:http://www.isabellacatalog.com/p/A-Christmas-Angel-Collection.cfm
 


This book's artist based the design of these angel ornaments on works of art from all over the world, from as far back as the 12th century. You can use felt tip pens, watercolors, colored pencils, or crayons, and add glitter,sequins or anything else that suits your fancy.
 
For some perplexing reason, Amazon is selling this book for $80.00, but it is only $8.95 from Isabella.



Angels around us, angels beside us, angel within us.

Angels are watching over you when times are good or stressed.

Their wings wrap gently around you,

Whispering you are loved and blessed.

- A Blessing

Christmas Countdown

Posted on December 4, 2012 at 4:22 PM Comments comments (31)
Maybe it was the charming, nostalgic images. Or maybe it was just my natural born curiosity. But as a child, I was completely enchanted by Advent calendars, opening a cut out window each day, revealing some magical little picture.


Plus, as a child, I’m sure you can remember that the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas seemed like an eternity. The Advent calendar was a way of giving a little tyke some perspective of time while awaiting the much anticipated holiday.
 
 
 
 
 

I am currently teaching a religious education class to fourteen children that runs from 3:45 - 5:15 pm each Tuesday.

Ten of those fourteen are little boys who are, (how shall I put it?) rather exuberant.

In the arts enrichment after-school classes that I have taught, most of the students embraced the planned activities, thoroughly immersing themselves in the projects. A good number of this current group seem a lot more interested in wrestling and running.
(Last week I actually had to make two separate runs to the nurse station for ice packs to apply to heads that had collided.)
So the creative challenge here, in addition to the religious instruction, is coming up with simple and varied art projects to complement the lesson of the day that will keep the inartistic child happily engaged.
 
Creating a traditional Advent calendar would be either too difficult for that age group or too time consuming in prep work for myself.
 
 
 
 
 
Needless to say, I was thrilled when I received this creative and simple  fingerprint countdown activity from Guildcraft, an online supply site for purchasing art and craft supplies. You can register with Guildcraft and they will send you weekly “Freebie Friday” activities that you can download (www.guildcraftinc.com).
 
There are two downloads of this Christmas Countdown that you can print out from Guildcraft. In one, the ornaments are already colored, so all you have to add are the fingerprints to create the countdown lights. The second download is one that the child colors, in addition to adding a colorful fingerprint each day.

You can make the fingerprints using either inkpads or paints. Acrylic paints will be long lasting, creating a keepsake. Tempura paints are easily washable, but will flake after time.

If  you have trouble getting the download, this template is easy enough to duplicate. Simply draw out the wavy black string. Then add little black rectangle shapes as the light bulb "holders". Finalize it with the numbers "1 -25", one for each bulb.

Please let me know if  your child enjoyed this activity.  I will be trying it out with my students next week.