Coffee Filter Art

Fridays can tend to be a pretty crazy day for me at work.  We usually have a language arts assessment of some sort, and this Friday we also had a math test!  I try to make sure to squeeze and art project in on days like that to give my kiddos something fun to look forward to.  I love art days!  My school does not have an art program at the elementary level, which I feel is very important.  Last year, my class did a musical called The Color Factory.  It was the cutest program where they sang songs about colors and had little skits in between.  I was surprised when my music teacher told me that some of the kids did not know how to mix colors!  I couldn’t believe it!  Once I thought about it, it made perfect sense because they do not get the opportunity to have classes with an art teacher. I made sure to squeeze a lesson on ROYGBIV to help them learn the colors of the rainbow.  I am looking forward to doing that lesson again with my class this year!

This is the first art project we did at the beginning of the year.  It seemed fitting since our school theme this year is Reach for the Stars.  It was super easy and the kids loved it.

This is the first art project we did at the beginning of the year. I found it on Pinterest.  It seemed fitting since our school theme this year is Reach for the Stars. It was super easy and the kids loved it. We just traced our arm and hand and they colored them however they wanted

This week we got a chance to do coffee filter art!  I love this project because they were able to use their imaginations to make their coffee filter into whatever their little hearts desired.  We had planned on doing this project last week and I usually try to have an example made before we start so they can get a visual of what their final product will look like.  Unfortunately, last week our test took longer than I had anticipated, so we had to push it until the next week.

My coffee filter art example.

My coffee filter art example.

This week they kept asking me when we were going to get a chance to do our art project.  One of my sweet girls came up to me while we were waiting for buses one day this week and handed me a book from my classroom library titled What is Round? by Rebecca Kai Dotlich with photographs from Maria Ferrari.  She thought we needed to read it to inspire our artwork!  I made sure read this book before we got started.  It started a great discussion before we got started.

This is the book that we read before we started our art project!  It was a great way to get them started brainstorming on what they were going to make out of their coffee filter!

This is the book that we read before we started our art project! It was a great way to get them started brainstorming on what they were going to make out of their coffee filter!

Materials:

coffee filters

markers

squirt bottle with water

glue

construction paper

Instructions:

Fold filter in half.

Fold filter in half.

Fold in to a quarter fold.

Fold the filter into fourths.

 

Fold into eighths.

Then fold into eighths and spray with water bottle generously on both sides.

Start making a design on the filter with markers.  Since the filter is wet, watch the color spread throughout!

Start making a design on the filter with markers. Since the filter is wet, watch the color spread throughout!

 

Make sure to do the EXACT same pattern on the back.  This will ensure that the marker bleeds through the entire filter.

Make sure to do the EXACT same pattern on the back. This will ensure that the marker bleeds through the entire filter.

Open it up and viola!  Instant artwork!  Then comes the fun part!  You get to decide what to make it into!

Open it up and viola! Instant artwork! Then comes the fun part! You get to decide what to make it into!

Here is my class example that I did with the class on Friday.  This one is much more colorful and turned into a beautiful hot air balloon!

Here is my class example that I did with the class on Friday. This one is much more colorful and turned into a beautiful hot air balloon!


 

 

 

 

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