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Christmas Character models

I couldn’t resist doing a little festive project this year. So, using balloons as our armatures, the students created their very own Christmas character paper maché model. The children decided for themselves what type of character they wanted to make and I was pleasantly surprised by the variety we had. Santa (of course), reindeer, snowmen, Christmas bunnies, Christmas puddings and Christmas penguins!

The balloons were paper machéd until they were quite solid (we did around four layers of newspaper and used child friendly paste glue with PVA mixed in), then painted them with poster and acrylic paint. The finishing touches of making scarves and Santa hats really brought their cheeky characters out. The students thoroughly enjoyed this project and all the models were finished in time to take home to put on display.

So, all I need to do is wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New year x


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making owl decorations

Young artist with her Owl

The children loved making these little owls. They really are so cute and the Santa hats can be removed so that your little owl can be displayed all year round.

They are made from bendy corrugated craft card, we had an enormous roll of it given to the Art Cabin. The circles for the body and eyes are made from tall triangular cut pieces of card which are tightly rolled to make a circular shape. To make the eyes concave (to form an eye socket), just roll from the point of the triangle towards the wider base. To make the body convex (to form a tummy), just roll from the wider base towards the narrow point.

The dimensions depend on how big or small you want your owl to be, but roughly speaking the eye sockets are 1.5cms at the base tapering to 0.5cm and about 20cms long. The body is about 2.5cms wide at the base tapering to 1cm and about 45cms long.

The corrugated cardboard was also used for the eyebrows and small wings. To finish, wooden beads were used for the eyeballs, orange paper was rolled to form a beak and orange card was used for the feet. Raffia was threaded between the eyes to create an hanging loop, this could then thread through the Santa hat (which was made from card & cotton wool).

Christmas owls

modelmaking owls

Young artist with his Owl

owl decorations

Owl with Blue Santa hat

sticking the wings on to the side of the body

sticking the wings onto the side of the body

making owl decorations

Sticking the owl together

owl tree decorations

Sticking the eye sockets to the body

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Christmas art project

This is a lovely Christmas art activity to do with children. Triptych panels (3 panels which are hinged so it can open and close) were often found in Churches during the Middle Ages. They depicted biblical scenes and were either carved from wood or painted with egg tempera using fine pigments on a gesso ground the base being wood. The Church congregation back then were often illiterate, so painting scenes from the Bible helped to explain the Christian message to them.

This project uses a thick white board, wide masking tape, powder paints (fine artists pigments are expensive and the preparation they require for use is not suitable for children), egg yolks and a drop of water. Begin by drawing a Church window shape on the board and cut it out using a craft knife (adults must do the cutting here). Trace around your shape on another piece of board and cut it out. One of these shapes must now be cut in half, this will give you 3 panels for painting.

For the tempera paint – crack open the egg and separate, keep the yolk for making paint. Use a teaspoon to place some egg yolk into a palette, add some powder paint and a tiny drop of water and mix.

When all of your painting is completed, tape the half panels either side of the whole one to form a hinged triptych.

The children who painted these triptych panels told the Christmas story. They worked in groups of three, each painting part of the panel.

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Here is something the Art Cabin kids made a couple of weeks ago. The Christmas wreaths look really festive and were easy to make (we had 5 year olds making them).

All you need is some stiff card cut in a circle with another hole cut out from the middle. Some kitchen tissue to use as padding (rolled into sausage shapes)and some tissue cut into strips to cover the padding (dip the strips in PVA glue and wrap around the padding). Coloured crepe paper covers the white tissue paper once it has dried. Add a hanging loop (we used raffia and ribbon). Wired Christmas ribbon was tied in a bow and glued at the top. Lots of holly and ivy leaves were cut from decorative papers. We made templates for the children to trace around. Once the leaves were glued in place a final dusting of glitter completed the look.

Making a Christmas wreath

hanging loop and festive bow finish the look

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