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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Stretching my brain cells today


I have been working on cleaning up my computer and trying some new websites this week.

Have you ever used Canva?

I uploaded the app on my ipad a while ago but didn't use it. I began using it this week to create banners for twitter and a few wedding ideas for our upcoming daughter's wedding. 
I also began following them on twitter after I noticed our technology department was using it to design posts for chats. 

Well, I  switched over from the ipad to the computer site.
 It is much more user friendly and I created the above banner free today. 

I had a few problems with the sizing. I used the preset size and only had half of my header with my banner.  I did a little searching and found out the Blogger heading is 1060 x 288 pixels . I then noticed on the Canva site in the right corner and noticed it lets you create size you want. 
You make it and save it as an image. 
In the Blogger layout page, you click on the header to edit.
You can then download the image and save. 

I am pretty proud of myself for figuring this out. I would love any feedback you have also. 

These were some of my practice ideas as I worked on the size. It is a lot like photoshop. 






I have also gotten reacquainted with Animoto
This is an amazing video service that is free if you are a teacher. In the past you had many time, photo and music limits, but now it is very generous.
 I made this link for my summer school kids a few weeks ago. 

 My personal resume is here: Beth Carter
I created this Animoto as my introduction for a technology class I am going to in two weeks.
I think I may make on for the first week of school introductions as well. 

Now you can see why my brain hurts in a good way! 
my twitter is updated too! 

Monday, July 20, 2015

It's hot outside!

Hot enough to melt crayons rewards for back to school incentives in my treasure box. 


The rain finally stopped and the sun is out in North Texas. We have had our yearly amount of rain as of now. I will say my garden is pretty dry finally. 
 I managed to create this pinterest project with my cucumbers today from my little garden.


I decided to try to melt my peeled crayon in my molds on the drive way since it is almost 100 today. They do tend to stink up the house when I do them at 300 in the oven for 8 minutes. 
I did this a few years back when it was 105 outside successfully. 
It hasn't been 100 yet which may explain some of the issue I had with even melting.



The cool colors which were a mixture of construction paper and metallic FX Crayola 
crayons melted pretty smoothly today.  All in all outside it took about 6 hours in full sun to melt.

The pinkish warm colored crayons took a while longer. I got impatient and popped them in the oven which was preheating for the chicken parmesan for dinner. 

Another interesting observation was with the new molds I purchased on Amazon. 
I ordered these after seeing them on the Art Teacher's Facebook site. Just as my friend Renee said, they tend to break. The heads pop off. They were also small. 


I think I will continue using the  24 Wilson Silicon candy molds that I have had for years from JoAnn's. 



You have to watch for the seasonal molds around the appropriate holidays too. 


Anyway, I made 100 rewards today. I am so glad I planned ahead and had my student's soak the used crayons in water to peel them the last week of school.
Afterwards, we sort by colors and broke them in to smaller pieces. I put them in baggies and then just place them into the molds on cookie sheets. 

It is supposed to be hot all week so I have 300 more to make!  




Monday, May 25, 2015

Rain Rain go away!


If you watch the news then you know we have had record rain here in North Texas for the month of May. The gardens are growing in and outside of the classroom, but enough is enough!

My fifth graders just finished these amazing one day pinch pots....




They used Sax underglaze with a clear coat to finish last week. 

It is hard to get the clay to dry out and find a non stormy day to run the kiln this month!



We have had 3 inches of rain on Saturday.... not to mention the amount falling right now. 


my little garden is lush... but 


it needs some sunlight to ripen the tomatoes. 


Third Grade is working on their last project....



We looked at Rufino Tamayo's  paintings and drew repeated slices with oil pastels.

12 x 18 white sulfite paper

Sax tempera cakes


love these...I know I pinned this idea from Pinterest but can't find the pin..
Thanks to whoever originally posted this lesson. 




I was also treated to the Teacher of the year dinner last week with many of my long time teacher friends and family.





my girls


Art Teachers!


My Family... 11 more days then stay tuned for Summer School Art!




Sunday, May 3, 2015

Gardening in my classroom

Kindergarten's annual Mothers's Day bouquets are blooming from the April Showers. 

We had a record amount of rain here in North Texas last month.
 The lakes in our county are finally full. Hopefully the drought will go away. 



The kiddo's have not been out to recess very much, 
but a garden has bloomed in the classroom and my personal garden has too. 


I even have tomatoes!



We have created Mother's day flower sculptures.

We have Painted flowers in first grade....check out Laura at Painted Paper for fabulous ideas. 



We have also created Clay pinch pot flower vases.

Second grade students are studying plants so these sunflower collages and pinch pots worked well cross curricular. 


Check out Mrs. Knights site for more of these awesome creations.


I had enough clay left in my cabinet for 5th grade to make a second project.


I can't wait to see how these turn out...


 Stay tuned!





Thursday, March 12, 2015

Youth Art Month lesson #YAM #BigArtDay15


The #YAM and #BigArtDay art show is hanging up. The 3rd graders have been telling me this was there "most favorite art project."

Who knew painting on 12 inch cardboard circles from School Specialty could be so successful? 

I was inspired by a post over at Cassie Stephen's site for Dot Day for this lesson and came up with my own twist on her successful lesson. Thanks Cassie. 

My kiddo's did have an art history starter to this lesson looking at the 

 circle paintings by Kandinsky and learning his importance in Art History.

Then using black oil pastels we took a line walk on the white side of the cardboard.

No pencils! 

The conversation started like this....
1. Draw a straight line
2. Draw line that intersects the first line
3. Draw a curve line
4. Draw a zig zag line........and so on

Then we review the primary and secondary colors.
1. Paint one shape yellow
2. Paint one shape orange etc.
Any left over shapes were free choice or Black.

With some classes we had to do this in one day since we had bad weather days, but I would recommend two class times. I really wanted them to listen to classical music and enjoy painting.






On the second day the student's finished painting and then flipped over the cardboard and painted the back black with liquid Prang black paint and a big brush. Wow, that was messy but fun. 

Let that dry until the next class....in the case of my snow days, I painted the backs black.
The cardboard warps if you only paint one side we discovered.

On day 3, I had boxes with circle shapes and dot makers and cardboard cut for straight lines for each table. I did a brief demo and gave each student a plate with White Gesso for stamping.




As they finished, and the paint did dry quickly some student's who BYOD (Bring Their Own Devise)
took pictures of both sides of the art work too upload to their digital Art Portfolio the created on Discovery Education's Board Builder. 


(I have two mini ipads in the art room and 4 computers. We also used cameras, but I have to upload the pictures, so it's not as quick as the ipads.)

Any who... the next part was hanging the art work with paper clips for Open House, Big Art Day.

Thanks mom helpers!

then it snowed again.... so it will be next week.





What do you and your campus or community do for Youth Art Month?

Join us tonight #K12ArtChat on Twitter and be part of the conversation!