Sunday, November 25, 2012

New Use for Old Technology

When the elementary art teachers in the district were asked to donate some student-made ornaments for the holiday tree at the board office, I went searching through the cupboards to see what we had. I must have had a visible light bulb above my head just like in the cartoons when I saw 100's of empty ready mount slides. With a quick trip to the workroom recycling bin, I found scrap laminating film and cut it to just larger than the slide window. After I tried to explain what a slide was (haha,) fourth grade students used glue, wire, beads, and Sharpies to create these wonderful minis. I can't wait to them on the tree with the lights behind them.


I am also looking forward to seeing what ideas my creative fellow art educators came up with. I've heard hints of some birds made from scrap wood. I guess I will have to wait and be surprised.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Feels Like Fall

With a cool nip in the air and Mother Nature putting on her annual show, the art teacher's fancy turned to fall for inspiration. We were also inspired by students' works from Mrs. Knight's class at Dolvin Elementary.

Sunflowers are by 3rd graders with attention to texture and radial balance.

Fourth graders first worked on drawing fruits and vegetables from observation but then we took artistic liberty and experimented with water color paints. Our fall inspired projects will be on display when we have visitors on this Thursday for our Thanksgiving Feast and later in the evening for our Science and Literacy Night.


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Story Character Pumpkins

As a fundraiser for a local charity, homeroom classes decorated pumpkins as their favorite story book characters. Students and parents will be able visit the media center and vote a penny a vote through November 15th, our Science and Literacy Family Night.

Although I don't have a homeroom, I couldn't miss the opportunity to extend the art curriculum into the celebration. I chose Vincent van Gogh as my character (artistic liberty, of course.) Many of the students are familiar with his style and work, especially his sunflower still lifes and Starry Night.

The pumpkin is displayed with the others but is not officially in the competition. I still come out the winner because it offers students and parents an opportunity to talk about art outside the art room.


Veterans Day ... A Time to Remember

Now that most of the talk of the presidential election is behind us (yes, even our youngest citizens are full of opinions and debate,) it is nice to have a time of unity. With a theme of patriotism, we honor and celebrate our heroes who have fought and are fighting for the rights and freedoms that we enjoy every day.

Thank you, Veterans!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Take Me To Your Leader

Second graders did an out-of-this-world job on painting robots. Thanks to Mr. Post at for the great lesson.

After reviewing/comparing/contrasting shape and form as two of the elements of art, we worked on using highlights and shadows to create the illusion of depth. With a little bit of artistic know how, flat shapes became forms and our robots seemed to jump off the page. The students enjoyed putting on the final touches to make each robot unique.

I loved it when many 3rd graders said,
"Why didn't we get to do that last year?"