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First: Cutting with Scissors
Helping little hands to manevour
Smooth and curvy
Skill with scissors may vary for young students. To practice we cut in half two pieces of paper. The first paper was cut with a very wavy, curvy line, which meandered in all directions toward the edges of the paper and then turned gentle corners back to center. We went near the edge of the paper but not off the edge until we reached the opposite edge of the paper.
The second paper was cut with angles: straight line cuts that end in a sharp turn in another direction.
Curvy and angled cuts are used to make crayon rubbings. The paper should be thick like card stock paper so the edges can be rubbed and seen on the rubbed paper.
Warm colors are the colors of things that make you feel warm: fire, the sun, heat.
Cool colors are things that feel cool to the touch like grass and water. A low temperature flame is blue and not red.
Press the curvy and angled shapes into a work of art
With warm or cool colored, peeled crayons on their sides we rubbed on top of a clean piece of paper with the cut shapes underneath.
We created a wavy-curves texture rubbing and an angle-curved rubbing. One rubbing was with warm colors and the other with cool colors.
Rubbing with crayons requires strength and determination to see that all the paper is filled with color.
After all that rubbing with crayons we had a snack!
To put it all together we cut one crayon rubbing in half with a curved or angled line. Then we glued half the cut out rubbing onto the full sheet of crayon rubbing paper. We created a cylinder by gluing the short edges together.
All is needed now is an electric candle or you can use a tea light in a jar and set it carefully and watchfully inside the lava lantern. These lanterns look beautiful at night.
These Arty Lava Lamps were left as open cylinders. I rolled them into a tube tight enough that they stayed in a curve. I learned this trick after class. The open cylinder allows me to lay the art flat for convenient storage when not in use. . The open cylinder lights up in a sunny window just as nicely as with a candle inside at night.
Jean Frank Stark
I make art and have taught to children for over 20 years.