Every year I try to set time aside to snip Christmas cards. Since I am off work right now, nursing my foot, I had time to get my cards done. This was a design I originally came up with years ago. I decided to use it this year because I thought I could replicate it easily and send them all out in early December.
Some of these are symmetrical with the snowman and child on every side. Some I alternated the snowman/child side with an animal side. The later took too long to cut, so now I am just cutting the symmetrical one.
This school year has been so crazy busy that I haven't had time to do any snipping. I have really missed doing it. Here's the good news and the bad. I've got a little time to get some done now, but the reason is that I have had foot surgery. That has given me time to catch up on both school work and personal art work.
(Why am I now thinking that by posting that, I am going to start getting Google ads about foot issues?)
This week I am teaching my second graders how to overlap people in a drawing. I asked them first to draw the shape of a head. After that they cut out the shape and used it as a template to repeat and overlap the shape.
Most of the shapes are clearly head shapes. Not all of them are.
I didn't want to stop the one girl from continuing on the head shape she had in mind. My curiosity was piqued to see what she was going to do.
So, here are the results. One person's work is shown overlapping the expected heads and then the other has the unique heads.
Ta da!!!!!!! I love seeing how people's brains work.
This was an interesting comparison for me because I highly revere both of these brands. That being said, I have been using another brand of marker for the past 20 plus years. When I find an art supply that I trust, I stick with it.
Crayola markers have had a place in my class, but only the multi-cultural tone ones. A frustration that I have had with these is that the students don't seem to put the caps on tightly enough and they fall off. After they've been off for a few hours, they dry out and are worthless. So I have relied on them for those beginning of the year self portraits, but they don't usually last long after that.
Prang markers haven't gotten use in my class for the sole reason that I rely on another trusted and true brand.
Both of the sets of markers that I tested had the pointed tips. The Crayola set had ten markers. Prang had ten plus a bonus two. Something that I was thrilled with about the Prang was that they have gray. Kids often ask me if I have any gray and I have to send them to the crayon box. I've never had gray markers for kids!
The thing I was most curious about in this test was that the Prang box has a claim that it has "long cap-off life." Oooooooh, that's a big claim! I am highly interested in a student marker that can survive a little while without a cap. So, while I gave the markers my scribble test, I repeated the test three times. I did the first test and then left the caps off. I did the test again at 24 hours and then again at 30.
Both the Prang and the Crayola laid down a nice bright color in the first test. At 24 hours cap-less, you can start seeing the difference.
Here's the Crayola at 24 hours without a cap.
Here's the Prang at 24 hours without a cap. The Prang is still laying down juicy pigment.
Six hours later, at the 30 hour mark, it was still laying down pigment as well as it had with the first test.
So yay for Prang on this comparison! I could be a convert to this product.
P.S. After posting this I went over to the blog, Mini Matisse, to see how she rated the markers. She mentioned that the two extra colors were mint green and light blue, not gray. This makes me think that the Crayola must also have had gray. Oops. I can't double check this because I put the Crayolas in the mail to my granddaughter this afternoon. Grandma kept the Prangs for herself.