Art classes are not limited to drawing and handwork lessons. School life offers many other opportunities in this regard. Let's pay attention to some of them.
Participation of children of younger classes in the preparation of occasional decorations should concern only certain elements, these of course, that children in these classes can do, if, of course, the concept of the entire decoration is already ready.
The duration of the occasional decoration is generally quite short. Anniversary has passed, some celebration or other occasion has passed”, so the role of decoration also ends. Therefore, any preparations for decoration should not consume too much work and effort. Elements, that the children are supposed to do, they must be so well thought out, to make them easy to make and give artistic effects harmonizing with the whole decoration. First of all, play-type decorations allow the use of various forms and artistic means. To create a fun mood in the room, which we know well from everyday observation, it's good to change the character of this room, this room. You can e.g. artificially lower the ceiling by extending a net of strings or nylon cord or a narrow ribbon below it, such, which is used for underwear. We attach various planes cut out of colored paper to this grid, some wheels, triangles, stars, that can be cut by children.
Fairy-tale characters painted by children on paper are perfect for decorating the room for children's play, and then cut out. Figures can also be glued from colored papers, may have some extras, np. from shavings, of wool, feathers etc. Full figures are very effective, which can be made from newspaper first, what was mentioned previously, and then cover them with colored paper, tissue papers, colored crepe, there may even be pieces of rags, tinfoil, Because such figures are lightweight, they can be easily placed in the space on stretched nylon lines. What a wonderful effect, for example,. Baba Yaga riding a broomstick, on which a black cat is still sitting. There's a lot of fun just creating these characters, which should be quite large, lest they die” on the wall, then the kids enjoy, while others view their work. It's good to form teams, each of which would develop a different fairy tale. How many different educational moments emerge then. Children help each other, they are trying, to do the job well, a sense of responsibility for the common is developed, teamwork.
A very grateful topic to decorate is International Women's Day. Suppose, that the general concept of this decoration on the central wall of the hall includes, in addition to the text, a bouquet of flowers as a colorful decorative element. Children can make flowers from colored papers. One manual job in the third or fourth grade is enough for this. On this occasion, it is worth discussing with children the meaning of making paper flowers, which will perform a decorative function for a short time.
Artificial flowers, even expensive, placed in a residential interior usually reflect poorly on the owner's taste. Fresh flowers, twigs or various species of grass are always a decoration of the apartment.
Paper flowers placed on dry branches can serve as a decorative element. These flowers do not have to imitate the forms of living flowers, may be different on one branch. If the flower forms resemble a poppy flower, you can make them in different colors, np. blue petals with a yellow or orange center, green poppy with red center, etc. Large cups of flowers made of colored cardboard and mounted on thin wooden bars or slats are very effective.. Leaves can also be attached to the slats, also made of paper. Such fantastic branches and flowers can be placed in a large black pot, wax, or a garbage can, wrapped or covered with plain colored paper or corrugated cardboard.
Wreaths can be useful for some decorations, which are very easy to do even in first and second grade. For this activity, you need circle rings made of cardboard, so big, How big should the wreaths be?. First and second graders can't do that yet. Cutting cardboard with a knife is envisaged in the manual work program in the fourth grade, so the children in this class can make cardboard rings. Two children from the first or second class can make one wreath together. Let them cut out four more or less identical flowers from colored paper and glue them to the ring with glue. Flowers should be placed evenly spaced, first four of one species, and then four others. This arrangement will give you a certain rhythm. Children stick other flowers between these flowers, instead of one larger one, for example,. three or two smaller. Of course, layouts may be different, but there should always be a certain rhythm in arranging flowers and color combination. Some art issues need to be resolved. Flowers must be arranged densely, to cover the surface of the cardboard. There are still leaves between the flowers, protruding beyond the edges of the ring. Flowers give a greater effect, that are not flat, but consist of several layers of flakes; they can still be bent somehow. A wreath in one place, from below, you can stick a few ribbons from long ones, narrow strips of colored crepe, cut at right angles to the notches. It is important, because strips of crepe paper cut along the notches are stiff. Of course, wreaths do not have to have "ribbons”, but they give them a folk character. For decorations for state ceremonies, you can give white-red and red ribbons.
International Children's Day is an opportunity to make various decorative elements with the participation of children. When discussing the technique of printing fabric patterns with a potato stamp, paper dolls were also mentioned, dressed in patterned dresses composed by children. If we think about decorations for International Children's Day in advance, then we can use these paper dolls to decorate the room. Let the children paint the dolls black, for children of the yellow races, and in white. Ready-made dolls can be laid out on the main decoration, children of different races can hold hands in a row alternately. Such a decorative accent will perfectly illustrate the international character of Children's Day. If there are many dolls, they can be used to make a frieze around the room or a row opposite the central decoration.