SchoolArts Magazine

DEC 2008

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Early Childhood Studio Lesson Caps for Sale Left to right: Andrew's finished cap; Caps for Sale parade and celebration; Genesis removes stickers to reveal the masked fabric of the cap; Ariel shows her excitement at the discovery of the masked design. Dale Wayne the hats using masking tape, then ne year, I found denim paint over the fabric and tape. caps for sale online for When I went to our supply closet only 19 cents each, as looking for tape, I came across leftlong as I bought the whole over adhesive labels, stickers, stars, gross. For less than $50, I became dots, and tape (gum reinforcement the proud owner of 144 stone-washed stickers for notebook paper also berets. Since our first graders have a work). Students had a great time unit based on the book Caps for Sale applying all of these embellishments by Esphyr Slobodkina, I began a tradito their caps. I reminded them to be tion of painting hats. careful when stroking the paint over I usually have students sketch the stickers so as not to lift them designs for their hats on paper first. or distort their shapes. I showed It helps to trace the area on their students how to wash their brushes papers upon which the design will between colors and dab them on a be painted to give them an idea of paper towel so the paint remained size. Students thick enough not then transfer their to bleed under the It was gratifying to see designs to their how students' personalities tape. hats with chalk, It was gratifyemerged in their caps. and paint them ing to see how using acrylic students' personpaint. It takes two class periods to alities emerged in their caps. One stucomplete the project, and students dent made a symmetrical design out wear their caps at the end of the unit of her stickers, using a gold reward celebration—a "Hat Party." seal with rays of thin rectangular labels radiating from the center. Improvising with Tape Another student created a landscape This year, not only did I run out of with his, complete with a sticker of caps, but I was short on time. Thankthe setting sun on the horizon. fully, I found three dozen caps for $22 on eBay, but we only had one week to The Hat Party paint them before the party. I decided We let the paint dry overnight to keep to have students tape off sections of little fingers from smearing the wet O paint. The next day, I could hardly wait to remove the stickers and reveal the designs, but I decided if it was fun for me, it would be even more fun for students. So we saved the big reveal for their celebration. The room was full of squeals as students pulled off their decorations to expose the color of the cap underneath. Note: I tested the stickers on the caps beforehand to make sure they would peel off after painting. We waited more than a week to remove them, but some were difficult. Removing them immediately after the paint dries may work better. Resource Slobodkina, Esphyr. Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business. New York, NY: HarperTrophy, 1987. Dale Wayne teaches art at the Geneva School in Winter Park, Florida. dalesglassart@mac.com NatioNal StaNdard Students explore and understand prospective content for works of art. Web liNk www.genevaschool.org/art_home. html schoolartsonline.com 35

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