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TAA! Gnome Huts in Model Magic!

TAA! Gnome Huts in Model Magic!

I LOVE teaching teachers! WOW this has been an AMAZING group of CREATIVE people here at the Tennessee Arts Academy!!! Here is a step by step look at my Gnome Hut lesson. Β This lesson has evolved… Β Laura Lohmann of Painted Paper Art built upon my project by suggesting it needed a background. Β The two of us presented this lesson at the Ohio Art Education Association convention a few years ago. It is a favorite for both of us! Proof that collaboration make a good project a great project! Here is a closer look….

This project is a SPACE and FORM project. Β Of the elements of art, space and form can be skipped over a bit in the elementary classroom. Β This project is intended to hit on these two elements that are very much related. Β Forms reside with in a spaces. We are forms and we interact and live with in spaces. Β This project illustrates this in a fun, playful way!

First, create the SPACE. Β Cut two pieces of cardboard or chip board to the same size, (we used 7×7). Β Then tape them together using any kind of tape. Β I prefer the Kraft Tape, (lick and stick). Β Using a wet sponge, moisten the tape to tape together. Β Leave a little space between boards so that they can bend 90 degrees without trouble.

Then PAINT! Create a FOREGROUND, MIDDLEGROUND and BACKGROUND. Β Having a walking path slowly get smaller helps illustrate this idea that things most forward are larger and things further away appear smaller.

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Once painted, prop the boards up on a 90 degree angle with a paper tube. Β Attach with the kraft tape.

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Create the gnome hut by making a paper tube with a 3″ strip of tag board. Β Then, make the top of the hut by cutting a 5″ circle in half. Β Hold the half circle with the flat side up. Β Take the corners and match them, making a cone shape. Β Tape together. Β Do not worry if there are holes, they will be covered.

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Each student starts with half a pack of each color from a classpack. Β However, the teachers used four whole packs. There were left overs, but to decorate the scenery with the model magic as well, a whole pack is needed.

First cover the paper tube with one color. Β Make a large pancake and wrap it around the tube. Β If the pancake is too thick, it might crack. Β Do the same with the cone top. Then decorate. Β Students can mix colors if they feel like it!

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