Quilling with 1st graders! This is one of my favorite 1st grade art projects. this year I stretched it a bit more. We reviewed the variety of lines we learned as kindergarteners (check out that project here). Then we looked at some examples of artists who use quilling in their work like Lisa Nilsson. Students then created their own quilling projects focusing on line. Students who needed an extra challenge are encouraged to create shapes. This took 2 classes. During the last half of the second day, we did observational drawings of our quillings and discussed the difference between 2D and 3D work.
fter created 2dimensional collages Kindergarteners moved on to 3dimensional paper sculptures. We started by comparing a collage to an already completed paper sculpture. Students noticed that collages are flat and that our hand can slide across it, while paper sculptures pop up and our hand runs into things when we try to slide our hand across. Then they learned a variety of paper sculpture techniques: folding, cylinders, tabs, bending, fringe, curls, etc.
Quilling is art where strips of paper are rolled, shaped and glued together to create decorative designs. 1st graders created these amazing paper sculptures over the course of two class periods. I mounted them to poster board using hot glue. I think this might be one of my favorite projects all year! It was so fun watching the kids experiment and try and create the variety of shapes and lines they know.