Thursday, January 26, 2012

When Pigs Fly...

- Bread Bags
- Newspaper
- Toilet Paper Tubes
- Paper Mache Goop
- Masking Tape
- Paint
- Tagboard
- Googly Eyes (Optional)
- Felt (Optional)
- Pipe Cleaners

Okay, so I read this last year from one of my favorite blogs, There's a Dragon in my Art Room, and I knew it was on my "To Try" list this year!

I read "When Pigs Fly*" by Valerie Coulman to my students. It's a really cute story about a cow determined to get a bike. His parents, of course, respond that he can when pigs fly. The moral of the story is to be persistent and never let anyone tell you that you can't achieve your dreams. With a little perseverance, anyone can reach their goals.

1. Stuff a bread bag with newspaper. This will be the piggy body.

2. Give each student one toilet paper towel tube. Show them how to cut it in half and then cut each half in half. They should have four quarters. These will be used for their feet. I pre-cut everyone's snouts, which was also a quarter of a toilet paper tube.

3. Demonstrate how to make a large "X" with masking tape across their tube so that it sticks onto their stuffed bag. The nose goes over the knot which the bread bag was tied with.

4. Paper mache!

5. Paint and add accessories. My exemplar was a little arteest, palette wings, beret and all.

Of course we had some angels...

And some flying via rocket...

A cook named "Chef Porker"

A superpig...

And some were insect inspired!

A couple with some lightning wings..

And my autistic student turned his into a Southwest airline... he was very specific about the colors and design of the wings.

There were so many good ones, I wish I could have showed you all of them! My students LOVED LOVED LOVED this project, they want to make another one!! And.... so do pretty much all my other students in every grade.

They are being hung in the art room and above the cafeteria line for all to see : ).

*So.... I was googling who wrote "When Pigs Fly" and JUST NOW I found an online version!!! How cool!! It's narrated AND the best part, free!! If you have a Smart Board you can show this on there. I plan on checking out the site to see what other cool books are available.
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  1. That jet pack is a riot!! Adorable -- each and every one!!

  2. Great job! Sorry it took me so long to see this post - oops! My only suggestion - your pigs are missing curly little piggy tails!! I'm so glad this process worked out for you. :)

  3. How creative! Oh the talent in your classes!!
    I'm a new follower. Very excited to read about all the fun projects (I am not too artistic and need inspiration).

    Daydreams of a Student Teacher

  4. We put little curly q tails made of pipe cleaners! : )