The art teacher (Connie McClure at Rockville Elementary School) and I did this project with the fourth grade art class. My granddaughter, Kristin, was in the class as well as another relative, Trent.
Preparation: The teacher and I prepared beforehand for the art work. We wanted to be more comfortable with what we were doing. The teacher liked the idea that I took with me. She had never painted a gourd before. We did a practice gourd first. We did the Santa gourd with the students in three lessons.
The students observed the shape and size of heads and measured the
dimensions. They then studied proportions and drew the dimensions on their
gourd donated by Sandlady's Gourd Farm. We got the kids started and then
they could finish each part.. The children drew a simple Santa. They
started with A-like eyes. Next a band across his forehead.
Then an upside-down v for the top part of the hat over the band.
The nose could be a small m. A long stretched out m for the beard.
is a cute o. The beard is long curvy lines. We took pictures of the process.
lesson: The students colored in the eyes with a marker.
Next we showed them how to take a liner brush, dip the end in paint and
drag and twist the brush and then put a little white coma highlight in
right side of the eye. We put a dot on each eye opposite
the comma using the tip of the handle of a brush. The teacher told
them the dot was a reflection of light in the eyes. Next they used a marker
to color in the hat. The students used their markers to paint the mouth
red and put a bit of darker paint
in the middle of the mouth. They next dipped a liner brush in butter cream paint mixed with acrylic sealer and dragged the brush down making a beard between the wavy lines on the beard. Let dry. We took more pictures of the process.
Third lesson: The students painted the whole gourd with a clear acrylic sealer using a flat brush. We mixed a tad bit of butter cream with a tad bit of flesh paint and mix a small bit of thinner in that and paint over the gourd. This gave a transparent effect. Then they got their pictures taken several times.
With the teachers help, I emailed an article to the Clintonian Newspaper and attached four pictures. The following week, the students got to see their pictures and project in the newspaper. The teacher wants to give my other granddaughter private art lessons in exchange for gourds so that she can do more art classes with the schools.
The art teacher, Connie McClure, will teach an art class for teachers using the above project, a Santa on a spoon gourd at my Gourd Fest 2001, August 24 at 9 A.M. and again at and 1:00 P.M. There may be another class for teachers. (I will donate gourds to her school projects).
Sandlady's Gourd Farm
RR4 Box 86
Tangier, In. 47952
Fifth Annual Gourd Fest August 24-25
Web site: www.sandlady.com
Connie McClure, the art teacher
wrote to me afterwards... "Thank you for coming. That was a
terrific project for the kids. What other classes are available that
teachers might participate in? "