Thursday, December 22, 2011

Students Independent Art Work

I have students show me work that they do on their own that is fantastic! Here is a sample of some of the talented students at Cumberland!

By Marta, Amaan, Phillip, and Sam

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Holiday Gifts to Make

This year the ELS classes at Cumberland are making polymer clay pens to give as a holiday gift to someone special. I have done this project with numerous groups, and they always turn out GREAT! Here are the directions, and a link for a spiral pen that can be found on the Sculpey website.

The people at Polyform have been very generous to our school, and donated a lot of clay to us. I have a lifetime supply of the four colors shown in the picture below. If you would like to try this project at home, please see me and I will give you some clay!

You will need: Sculpy Clay
                        Bic Round Stick Pens (it has to be this kind, as others will melt when baked)

1. Use the pliers to pop the ink out of the center of the round stick pen.

2. Knead Sculpey clay to soften.

3. Push clay all over the pen (except the opening) however you would like using coils and mixing clay together to make interesting designs in the clay.

4. Roll out to smooth the clay. Make keep pressing the clay against the pen, as it comes loose when rolling.

5. When covered, preheat oven to 250 degrees.

6. Bake for 15 minutes at 250. Be careful to not over bake the pens, as they will burn.

7. Let cool, and put the ink back in the center.

8. Wrap them up and give as a gift!

Thursday, December 8, 2011


It's that time of year when we see snowflakes everywhere. 
Make-A-Flake lets you make as many snowflake designs as you would like without making a mess, and saving paper.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Picasso Portraits

Students in Mrs. Polson's 2nd grade class created abstract portraits this week in Art class. Picasso used color to create mood in his artwork. He had a time in his life when he was very sad and painted in mostly blues. This was called his 'blue period'.

When his life became happier, he painted using reds during his 'rose period'. The students selected blues for sad portraits, and reds to show happy.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Fun Videos

We have been using a lot of youtube videos as inspiration for projects this year. Here are two that have been a hit at Cumberland.

Click here for Crazy Frog-
   Keep your eye out for the way the city buildings change perspective throughout the video.

Gummy Bear- just fun!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Body Art by Mrs. Wasserman's 5th grade class

Here is a collection of Hands by students in Mrs. Wasserman's 5th grade class at Cumberland. They were so much fun to make, and everyone came out with unique designs.