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All about this week's 3D Yerushalayim art project!

The idea of cutting colored shapes and assembling into houses, came from a certain 'Bead-covered Yerushalayim' project found on chinuch.org. Preferring lighter colors than the standard construction paper set, I decided to use white cardstock and paint the shapes with water paints. The cardstock we used happened to come in the form of paper plates :-) That might not have saved any money, but it saved a trip to the store, which is also something.

Day 1- yesterday:

I penciled triangle, rectangle, and dome shapes, plus two trees and one chomah, onto five or six plates. The kids (ages just-4, 6 and 6) cut out the shapes. Then we painted them with birthday-party water paints, picking colors at random. (OK, I picked at random. They picked pink, peach, and pink.) I used cereal box cardboard for a background. (I stuck together two cereal box rectangles, printed sides together, to hide the fact that the cardboard came from cereal boxes.) White paper painted blue made a sky. The puffy sky you see is made of baby wipes and three drops of food coloring. I wasn't going to do that, but I made a mistake with the paper sky and this was an easy solution. It looks nice, doesn't it?

Day 2- today:

We arranged the colorful shapes into a pleasing rainbow city reminiscent of Yerushalayim. Glue-sticking all those pieces took all afternoon! Scraps of card stock, folded into little accordion springs, separated the various 3D layers. (The attached picture is from before the glueing.)

Day 3- tomorrow:

Frame options include silver and gold pipe cleaners, gold cardboard (I have one sheet), and foil. Latest idea is to use more of the same card stock, painted in a nice pattern. Any suggestions?
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( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 16th, 2009 07:00 pm (UTC)
Day Camp Art
Yea! Did you instruct them to fill the whole sheet of paper? It's beautiful.
Jul. 16th, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Day Camp Art
Do you mean in painting the shapes, or the layout? The painting was basically their own work. They do painting in school so they'r pros. I'm ashamed to admit that I did the layout. (I should have had the kids do it but I was more excited than they were.)
The whole project measures 11" by 17". The buildings didn't end up quite as lopsided as in this pre-glue picture. I'll post another pic when the project is really all done... after we do something about that frame.
Jul. 16th, 2009 10:11 pm (UTC)
Didn't yet mention that this 'day camp' consists of two kids, both mine. We got to go away for two weeks (house-sitting = free bungalow!) and I figured I could entertain them for the rest of the month, saving the cost of day camp.
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