Thursday, December 19, 2013

Yay for CLAY!

Just a few animal bells and wall hangings to get you through the holiday break. The bells were made for 4th graders and the bird hangings were made by 1st graders.





What does the fox say?



Thursday, December 12, 2013

No Trees Were Harmed for This Project

Amate Bark Painting. This project has been out there for a long time, but it is always a success.

While walking at one of our great recreational parks, I saw the curling bark of a birch tree and knew that it would help the students understand that the paintings were created on real bark. Of course, I added my disclaimer so that the students wouldn't strip the poor trees at the park.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Joys of the Art Room

I LOVE the happy clouds.
Something about a box of oil pastels that causes a flutter in even the youngest of hearts.

Kindergarten is working with space and how we use some of our other elements of art (in particular line and shape) to fill a space. We also learned the terms landscape and cityscape and viewed some examples. We talked about the sights, sounds, and smells of the cities that we had seen. We all agreed that there was a lot of crowded space in the 

We set out to fill our space with a cityscape and used oil pastels to add another element of art, color. This was, for most students, the first time they had used oil pastels and were amazed at how easily the pastels colored. "This is awesome!" "Where can I get these?" "The lighter the color, the better it shows up on the dark paper!" "Can we use these again?" These remarks were like music to my ears.

Power Lines and Elevators

Cat in the window

Stain Glass Windows

Walking the Dog

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Peer Pressure :)

Sometimes all one needs is a little push and some inspiration to take a step outside one's comfort zone. I'll have to admit... we haven't worked with clay all year. It is a challenge on the best of days but excitement filled even on the worst of days. After spending the afternoon with the other elementary art teachers in our district, I felt inspired to break out the clay.
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. With a waning full moon and a week-long Thanksgiving break on the horizon, why not jump in head first?
In Fourth grade, we decided to make animal-inspired bells. We quickly reviewed the pinch pot hand-building and modeling methods along with scoring and slipping to join two clay forms.

A little Wonderland inspiration

Not quite a turkey ... but HAPPY THANKSGIVING!


Saturday, November 9, 2013

Pumpkins, Patterns, and Perspective

W hat's November without some pumpkin art?

Second graders worked with color, learning to mix tints and shades. After the paint was dry, pattern was added for interest.

Third graders reviewed the characteristics of a landscape and created pumpkin patches using 1 point linear perspective.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Get Caught in a Caldecott

Tuesday, November 5th was our annual Family Literacy Night.
My station was a photo booth allowing the students to become David from David Shannon's No, David and join the Wild Rumpus with Max and a wild thing from Maurice Sendak's Where  the Wild Things Are.

Students also had the opportunity to become illustrators using Ed Emberley's thumb-print creatures and use their creativity to design a personalized bookmark.

The night was also a success for our community service project Helping Hearts and Homes. Through the sale of student made art, we raised $94.75. Wow!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Combining 2-D, 3-D and Technology

Recently, Fourth and Fifth graders had a great time creating art where the 2-D drawing and the 3-D objects seemed to interact and react to each other. I saw this on Pinterest and knew that the students would enjoy the visual joke of it.
It was a challenge for many and fun to see how their minds came up with such interesting solutions. Since the emphasis was less on the drawing, several students really came out of their shells
on this one.

I loved his solution to cut off the corner when his fingers could not quite reach the neck.


I used my iPad to photograph each and the Reflector app to show all the completed works on the SmartBoard.
All around, a simple successful way to include some talk about
the elements and principles of art.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Helping Hearts and Homes

We are working on a year-long service project to benefit the food bank of ACTS (Area Churches Together Serving) and Oconee Food for Kids. At our school events, we will have a table set up with  home-themed crafts that the students have made. Parents and friends can support these community organizations by making a $5 donation and selection one of the hand made items to take home. At our curriculum night, we raised $80 with small clay houses. At our Family Fun Night next week, we will also have small home collages.

It is our hope to raise needed funds for these two organizations, but also for the art in our own homes to serve as a daily reminder of those in need in our community.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Day 21

The school year is off and running and our first pep rally is tomorrow. Go Titans and Dawgs! I have had "post" on my to-do list for days, and like the laundry, it hasn't gotten done. With Friday just around the corner, I'll try for a quick update.

Most classes have been working on their Square 1 Art designs with each grade working on a different emphasis. This is an annual fundraiser to buy materials for the art program. Kindergarten worked on naming and drawing lines, as well as cutting and gluing. First grade worked on reviewing lines and coloring. Second grade worked on portraits and composition. Fourth and Fifth grades have worked on a theme of "My Favorite..." which gave them more options to be creative and autobiographical. 
                       Look for the catalogs in mid-October.

Third grade has been studying Greece and the birth of democracy. In art, we designed vessels exhibiting the characteristics of Greek artifacts. We applied what we learned in second grade and worked to make our pots more realistic with highlights and shadows.

Friday, May 10, 2013

End of the Year Rolls Around

I have always been fond of circles (but not polka dots for some reason :)  Maybe it is the way our school years go in the art room. Never really an ending, just a few weeks for some R and R and we start over again. I get to see the same sweet faces again in new combinations and with sun-kissed noses. Together we start the next art adventure.

I had grabbed a couple of 3x6 feet banners at the Teacher Recycle/ Reuse Store last year and thought that I'd put them to use. Some of our second grade students helped me paint compositions using circles. When the paintings were dry, I added a sealer coat of varnish to add some shine and protection. Finally, the paintings were hung on the same bamboo frames that displayed our land art pieces. It's a great punch of color outside our main school entrance.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

BOE Art Display

April is our month for the art display at the Board of Education office. Click the link to see some of the K thru 2 art works.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Yay for Clay!

I don't know why I leave my big clay projects for the end of the year but here I go again. Our curriculum progresses the students through the hand-building methods of pinch, coil and slab. On the clay days, I wish that I had hour long classes or saw the students more often than once a week. My fellow team members (PE and music) are very flexible and accommodating but have projects to complete too. So, the students and I make the best of it and the kiln fires daily for about 3 weeks. Needless to say, I sleep well at night and they have a special keepsake or gift to share.

I will post some completed pieces soon. I have a glaze firing cooling now. Opening the kiln is like a birthday  gift. I can't wait to see what is inside.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks

Remember when PowerPoints were so cool and then we got interactive white boards that made us ooh and ah? Well, I'm jumping on the Prezi bandwagon with an on-line course taught by one of very own school system technology gurus.
A big shout-out to Brian Felker.

I love using instructional technology in the classroom and realize that it is certainly the future for the students that I teach. Also, they live in a "coming-at-you" world and we really have to do what we can to grab and keep their attention.

             Check out what I've learned by clicking the link
 and viewing full screen. If your my age, the zooming
might take a little getting used to :)