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!