To create the faux 'bark', students used brown Kraft paper, either from a paper bag or from a roll. The edges were torn to make it look more irregular, and then the paper was crumbled up, dipped into a bucket of water, and squeezed out.
I had just three students this winter, and since they are there mostly for a fun hands-on experience, I have had to adjust my expectations. I always encourage and suggest, but ultimately let them make choices even if they aren't what I expected.
My sweet 2nd grade boy decided he wanted to draw/paint a beaver, and after looking at lots of photos of beavers, the painting below is his work. He was thrilled with the outcome and so am I, while I'm not so sure you would know that it is a beaver if I hadn't told you!
I painted the example below while the kids worked on their paintings.
In addition, I am one of the presenters in the Elementary Carousel on Blogging, also on Friday morning, at 11:00am. My mini-presentation will focus on getting the most out of reading blogs.
And finally, at 1:00pm on Friday, I will be at the AOE (Art of Education) booth in the vendor area, for a gathering of bloggers. If you want to meet some of your favorite bloggers, stop and visit! I look forward to meeting some of my readers!