I did learned this technique from my co-worker Jayne, who taught it during summer school last year. I think drawing on tin foil is a unique experience for kids that can be done using a variety of themes!
My third and fourth graders had a great time making these abstract drawings using Sharpie markers on tin foil. To prepare the surface, pull out a sheet of tin foil and carefully flatten it on to a piece of cardboard or matboard. Tape the sheet on using washi tape along the edges. Use the side of your fingernail to smooth any bumps and wrinkles.
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Using a black Sharpie marker, carefully doodle a loopy line around your paper, overlapping and swirling it around the page. Do not scribble, but make a controlled meandering doodle-y line. We discovered that if your Sharpie is really pointy and you try to draw fast, you may poke a hole in the tin foil. Feel free to add flowers or other doodle-y designs.
One thing I’ve been thinking about a lot lately… social media! Instagram and Facebook are a double edged sword. On one hand, they give me so many ideas for projects to teach students and inspiration for contemporary artists and a chance to connect with other creative people. I spend time looking at other artist’s colorful artwork and many times it gives me the motivation to make my own stuff. On the other hand, sometimes after being on Instagram it leaves me vaguely (or more directly) dissatisfied with myself. My artwork is not as good as hers so why bother?, why do they get an award for xyz and I have none, I’m not as good as so and so because they got a book deal or are leading another workshop, there they go on yet another amazing vacation, their student’s artworks are amazing and how do they have so much time to make these incredible bulletin board displays, I will never look as good as her in that rainbow art teacher outfit, etc etc. Look. I follow some pretty amazing people, with many talents. That’s why I follow them, to get inspired. On the other hand, I am getting better at recognizing how I feel when looking at everyone else’s photos. If I start to feel a twinge of envy or comparison, social media goes off. Sometimes I am on Instagram and Facebook for 2 minutes in a day and I realize it is stealing my joy. It’s okay to disconnect. It is more important for YOU to do YOU and to not worry what everyone else is doing in their life.
The reason I started writing my blog was to make other art teachers’ lives easier. I hope to give you a spark of an idea for something you can easily do in your classroom.