Friday, September 19, 2014

Perler Bead Projects

I had some Perler beads, so my students and I played with them. We had large ones.

And small ones.

The book that came with the large beads had a couple of projects I liked.

Once the beads are in place, you iron them with a paper covering so they will adhere to each other (which is why I did this at home).

This is the back, showing the beads melted.

And the front. Isn't she adorable?

I love the colorful butterfly, too. This is a wonderful activity for children. They can follow designs or create their own.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Not-Your-Childhood Patty Cake

I just watched this video on YouTube. It was so adorable, I wanted to share.

I love the song (written by Kurt Hugo Schneider, who you'll see at the end of the video), the creativity, and the way these young people are able to keep their hand motions going throughout the entire song. Amazing!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Don't Judge The Book, Just The Cover

I've discovered new artists because of the artwork on the cover of books. The most recent is James Jacques Joseph Tissot.

The Ball, 1880

Isn't that gorgeous? James Tissot was a French painter and illustrator who lived from 1836 to 1902. He was famous for his fashionably-dressed women in scenes of everyday life. I do love the clothes, though I'd only want to wear something this fancy on rare occasions.

On the Thames, 1882

Isn't it brilliant how Tissot uses bright color to focus on the child?

Hide and Seek, 1877

Here the bright color is used to outline the focus of the painting.

October, 1877

Seaside, 1878

I love the reflection on the floor.

Lilacs, 1875

I can't imagine how difficult it is to paint folds on a dress like this.

The Fireplace, 1869

The color of this dress is so beautiful.

The Bridesmaid, between 1883 and 1885

I wonder if she's enjoying her thoughts. 

Young Lady in a Boat, 1870

Even with a book, this young lady is thinking, too. I wonder if they're thinking about their clothes.

Kathleen Newton in an Armchair, 1878