Mona Lisa Puzzle
Print a large poster-sized picture of the Mona Lisa. Cut the picture into as many squares as you have students. Give each student a square. Have them redraw the square onto a piece of paper the same size as their square. Do not tell the students what the picture is. After the students complete the drawings, have the students try and arrange their version of the painting. When the arrangement is complete in the right order, glue the pieces together onto a large poster board and hang it in the classroom.
Use this art project after discussing the poem written on the Statue of Liberty and what the poem means as a value system for America. Have the students paint or draw a picture of themselves as a statue, holding on to whatever symbolic representations they want to use for their values. Children could also make a clay represnetation of their statues. Have the students write a small poem to go along with their statues. Allow each student to discuss their statues with the rest of the class.
Light Switch Plate
Give each student a plastic light switch plate. Provide the students with acrylic paints and paintbrushes of various sizes. Allow the children to paint the switches however they like, or you can choose a theme for all of the children to paint. Allow the paint to dry for two hours, then spray the light switch plates with acrylic sealer to protect the paint from peeling and scratches. The children can take the plates home the following day.
Plaster casting can be used in conjunction with a variety of subjects. Plaster casts work well when learning about fossils, dinosaurs, money and the basic art subject of casting. Choose a specific topic for the children to cast before completing this project. Provide the children with air-dry clay, a four or five inch wide cardboard ring something to press into the mold and pre-mixed Plaster of Paris. Have the children make a mold from the clay. Press the object into the clay, then use the cardboard ring to as a guide for cutting the clay into a rounded shape. Allow the clay to dry. After the clay is dry, Spray the mold with cooking spray and pour the plaster mix into the mold, using the cardboard ring as walls for the plaster. Allow the plaster to dry for 24 hours, then pull the plaster out of the mold.