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February 2018

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and it's a steal at a couple of dollars for a fifty-pound bag that can be pur - chased at a home improvement store. Students use bottled glue to trace the lines and then sprinkle sand on top. Several teachers have expressed con - cern over the potential chaos of glue and sand, but with a procedure in place, it's not bad. Painting During the second class period, when the glue and sand are dry, I pass back the art and let students feel their tex - tured designs with closed eyes while I pass out paint. I suggest putting out separate sets of warm and cool colored tempera paint and asking students to stick to one color family the first day. This helps students see how analogous colors blend together nicely to create harmony. I urge students to cover the whole paper and show how they can high - light the textured lines with paint, or let them blend in. During the third class, students finish painting and some choose to switch to a new color palette or enhance their paint - ings with patterns. I let students choose the option that will best help them communicate their ideas. This lesson is a lot of fun to teach and a favorite with my students. Catharine Morris is an art teacher at Pau- line Central Primary and Pauline South Intermediate Schools in Topeka, Kansas. catharine.morris@yahoo.com N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Creating: Conceiving and developing new artistic ideas and work. W E B L I N K www.katiemorrisart.com Sand is an unexpected media that piques students' interest and it's a steal at a couple of dollars for a fift -pound bag. 1. Place a small cup of sand on top of a mat in the center of each table. 2. Students take a pinch of sand at a time for sprinkling—no dumping allowed. 3. Gently curl paper to dump excess sand back in the cup. 4. Set artwork aside to dry. 5. When the whole table is done, use a small dustpan and brush to sweep any remaining sand off the table. Quentin Hill, grade two. Procedures for Working with Sand SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 33

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