Top three shelves were second grade bells (simply a pinch pot, turned upside down with animal features added and two holes poked through to add a small sphere that you can see grouped in the middle).
Then there was one shelf of glaze-fired tiles from a Mayco workshop I attended at conference (and I told two others who live near me I'd fire theirs). We used stencils and some different glazes--it's very similar to this lesson I found on the Mayco lesson plans site. I am thinking of doing a parent/child fundraiser next year with something similar (and maybe if I write it here I'll actually remember to do it!)
|We used some silk-screens and I missed part of my "L"|
|. . . but Heather didn't!|
And then the bottom shelf was the sixth grade tiny painted houses (African tribe inspired):
They're even more luscious now!
I did have six (!) students who didn't want theirs, so I totally snagged them and have them displayed behind my desk because they're AWESOME and I LOVE THEM.
Second graders (of course) knew that their bells were amazing, and they did an equally amazing job painting them:
|We use tempera block paint for it's fast drying time|
and then add a layer of gloss medium for permanency and shine.
|You can kind of see the cotton string here that I use to tie the bell part in.|
I use cotton twine so they can paint it.
I prepare the bells (tie the little sphere in) before students arrive.
Whew! I'm tired. Good thing summer is only 16 school days away!