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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

We scream for Ice cream (and Cupcakes!) with Wayne Thiebaud!

I can't believe it, but I forgot to post about my one of my favorite art lessons from last year where we did the cakes! I'll get to that later...let's stick to this year. We just finished making Wayne Thiebaud "3 Ice Cream Cones" themed art in our own style and "3 Cupcakes". I showed students this clip of Wayne Thiebaud talking about his art.

For the ice cream waffle cones, we traced a triangle on brown paper 3 times. Then took a brown crayon to make "X's" for the ridges in the waffle cone. Cut out and glue the first cone's point touching the middle bottom. If you do that than you helped manage the even spacing for the other cones! Glue the other 2 on.

Now it's time to start using up those painted paper scraps! What flavor can you make? Start tearing small pieces to make a torn paper collage. Single scoop? Double scoop? Different flavors? Add detail with cutting small sprinkles and garnish with different fruits or toppings!

We're going to spread some glue on the tops if students want, and then add some sprinkles!


For the cupcakes, I premixed silver paint/water mixture and painted a bunch of gray pieces of paper, dried them, and cut them up for individual "cups" for the cupcake. I showed students outline with black crayon and how trim the paper.  Cut out and glue all 3 cups on your long 12x18 paper. At each table I had a different pre-mixed joint compound mixed with paint. We used popsicle sticks as spreaders. I got this amazing concept from . Then it's time to add some sprinkles before letting them dry. Add sequins for added dimension or 'candy pieces'.


  1. YUM! These are so tasty looking!!

    1. Lots of the classroom teachers thought I used real frosting! I said not to try and taste it because it's joint compound. SOmething else to keep in mind, use colored rice (you can make your own instead of buying it!)for the sprinkles to make them long lasting.

  2. Hi Kati
    I absolutely love your torn paper ice cream cones! I added a link to your post in my Wayne Thiebaud ice cream cone 'round up'':

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