Gnome Hut

My good buddy Ginger over at Paintbrush Rocket made these fabulous huts with her students. I thought they were adorable and  couldn’t wait to do these with my students.

Since we are studying Monet I wanted to have my Art Club students (in grades 3rd and 4th) create a 3-dimensional garden project.  
We looked at photos of Hobbit Houses and Gnome Huts for inspiration. I presented the question? If you lived in a small hut, where would it be? 
In the mountains, in the fields, or in the woods, etc? 
The students loved this project with such delight. 
One hut was a money hut and all the windows had coins in them. 

We created a 3-D Landscape background. We folded a piece of heavy tag board and used tempera paint to paint
 a horizon, ground and sky.


Students created landscape details out of painted paper in the shape of flowers, trees and clouds. 
Hint: to get the tagboard to stand by itself, cut 2 slits an inch from the fold. When the tagboard folds the slits will pop out.


Students made their Hobbit houses from gift wrapping paper tubes and preassembled cone shaped tagboard roofs . They applied cloud clay over the tubes and roof, then added details. You can mix the cloud clay together to get new colors. 
This was also a fun process for my kiddos!

Tempera paint in various colors
Painted Paper scraps
Cloud Clay or any air dry clay in various colors
Paper Tubes and Tag Board

Enjoy Creating a fun Gnome Hut!
Laura 🙂

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  • Reply
    zarah nitsa
    February 19, 2015 at 3:26 am

    Wow,What a unique painting with paper.How it is possible?. Its really amazing and excellent.
    Zarah from Ecbilla

  • Reply
    March 1, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Love the lesson.
    Blog question.
    How did you post the number of images all together?
    I am currently making a blog of our Culture study of India. No one at my school has a clue about the mechanics of a blog.
    Will you be at NEAE?

  • Reply
    March 1, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Thanks BeeLee. Yes, I will be at NAEA and will be at the NAEA Elementary Blog carousel on art teacher blogs on Friday, 3/27/2015, 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM
    Convention Center/Meeting Room 216/Second Level

  • Reply
    March 4, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Thank you
    Hope to see you there.
    Love the flower lesson.

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