Turkey Quills, Paper Insects and Packing Tape Portraits: Nontraditional mediums for the elementary classroom

Session 4: Grades K–6

This class will explore several unusual techniques. Students will study the Declaration of Independence, create their own quill, and then create a declaration of their own which they will transcribe using their own quill. They will learn simple methods of calligraphy and learn how to draw a scroll. Next students will explore alternative approaches to paper mache. They will create enormous three dimensional flying insects. Last, students will create unusual portraits using packaging tape transfers and other mixed media techniques.

Piece of Cake Printmaking

Session 5: Grades K–6

In this workshop students will explore several different types of printmaking. Students will learn new terms and techniques to create simple craft foam stamps, Chinese chop marks, and Brazilian Xilogravura. We’ll also use household materials to show students how to build reusable and affordable jelly printing plates.


Elicia Gray

Elicia Timpson Gray has been teaching art for more than 20 years. She has taught every grade level from preschool to college in the United States, Canada, and Africa. She is currently an art specialist at Lakeview Elementary in Provo, and is an adjunct professor at Brigham Young University. She loves mixed media, wild colors, patterns, and texture. She has five children and is married to a giant. She loves adventure and exploring new places and ideas.