One of the fifth graders became interested in a couple of quilty things I had in my upstairs classroom. She was more and more curious about some of my table runners. She wondered if she could come after school and learn to do some piecing and quilting. She ended up coming for a total of 6 sessions and by then she had a cute little mug rug that she wrapped up for her mom as a surprise Christmas gift. I bet she will be back for more lessons. I think she said she wants to make a pillow next!
Saturday, December 10, 2011
We will be making these sweet ornaments next week as a reward activity. The students that signed up have used 5 reward coupons to be able to do this craft.
I have to add a few trims and hanging cords to my samples, but they are almost finished.
Monday, October 31, 2011
A few favorites from the past, I love the way the glue line ghosts came out and the spooky color combinations they made for the backgrounds. The other silhouettes on the orange paper are fun too. The eyes have emphasis by applying white sticker reinforcements. I got the idea long ago from a teacher that was using Artsonia.
I may have some more Halloween art later today.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
It's been great getting to meet all the new 3rd graders to our building. You see, they are new because Kindergarden through 2nd grade is located at a separate school.
I will give some step by step details in another post soon.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Last week the 3rd graders practiced portraits and drew guidelines to help with the placement of facial features. Next week we will be working with the portrait mirrors and they will be making a self portrait to put onto a cut out backing that resembles a hand mirror.
Here a couple of finished mirrors from 2 students that were done several years ago. I think this group of third graders will do just as well. They seemed to really be interested in the practice we did with the facial guidelines.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
I wonder how many art teachers out there are subscribing to Scholastic Art magazine. I have been getting it for close to 5 years and I never realized what rich resources they keep on-line for teachers to use in the art room. I really was impressed with the section on the artist biographies too. I now have access to a smartboard, so I will be making use of some of the projection capabilities of the articles and the bonus video clips about some of the featured artists and techniques.
I recently became aware of this when I went to the website for a different Scholatic magazine called Storyworks. I was so surprised by the extra activities, informative videos, and the ability to project the magazine articles on the Smartboard that I went straight to the Art magazine section to explore that content too. I am so glad I checked in on this because I just found a wealth of content for art, that I know I will use all school year.
I especially like using this art magazine with my 5th and 6th grade classes.
We were informed about Georges Seurat and his pointillist style when we were working on our Sunday Afternoon mural last February.
We were inspired about the flags and maps when we looked at the work by Jasper Johns in a different issue.
The article helped to create our flag painting on canvas.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Wet Paint, in St. Paul is a favorite art shop. I like to visit when I get the chance to be in the area. Creativity is stacked to the ceiling in here!
I enjoyed shopping here and want to purchase a journal that is made out of a discarded textbook. The covers are spiral bound and it is filled with a mixture of unique paper!
The other thing on my shopping list is some ink style colored pencils by Dewent. The colors are more intense than regular watercolor pencils and once dry, they are more permanent. The larger set that I'd like to purchase has a DVD on technique that I may want to show to the 5th and 6th graders to help them get inspired to use their own sets of watercolor pencil more independently.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
She and her 7th graders completed them this last spring. I really liked them and know I want to try this lesson right away this fall, so I've asked her if I might repost a link here in my blog to jog my memory a month from now.
She also had her 8th graders doing batik images with crayon, crinkled paper, and washes of acrylic. They were beautiful too. I really liked the strong black outlines in her students' work.
As I run across resources for this unit, I've been posting them in this blog and on my Pinterest page. You may want to check out that website. It is a great place to save images and they list the source for the image so that you may get back to it like any one of your favorites or bookmarked sites. I think I am going to like it a lot for saving art lesson ideas! I haven't accumulated too many photos yet, but I intend to make it a resource for myself and others and I anticipate making many more categories!
For example, I pinned this cute little watercolor resist piece done by one of Anne's summer school students and it enables me to quickly go back to her blog "Use Your Colored Pencils" and read more about her lesson. When I save it in my pinterest page provides and automatic link back to the source.
What other batik ideas have you done with children for art lessons?
Thursday, August 11, 2011
While walking to dinner at a pizza place, a friend and I discovered the most quaint little park in Sparta Wisconsin. Isn't it remarkable?! It reminded us both of a Claude Monet garden. Because it is built over a creek, there are no lily pads; but the willow tree sure helps the setting look like a scene from one of his paintings.
We have driven by this park more than 50 times and we never realized it was there. We only just discovered it because we left the car parked up the street and decided to walk down to the pizza shop! What a pleasant surprise.
Now I just need to find the pieces from a costume. I have just the perfect black dress, white apron, MaryJane shoes, and the straw hat. I think I might even be able to locate black leggings! I dressed as Linnea for a library party at my school several years ago.
I can hardly wait to find what I need and go back to that location for a better photo shoot.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
|A School Favorite!|
We constucted our most recent painting on canvas. The students were able to finish it up in the last days of school. It was a fun way to use up some bonus round weavings that we had on hand from some ambitious fourth graders.
|Painting up the Edging of Weaving|
We tape looped the weavings into positions as the students went about deciding where each firework would burst open. When the composition was decided, I hot glued the cardboard looms to the canvas.
Fourth grader volunteers used acrylic paint in bright colors to highlight and bring extra pattern to the sky.
|Bordering the canvas Edge|
Several girls finished off the edges with a repeating pattern of finger and thumb prints in the bright acrylic colors. I think they enjoyed this step a whole lot!