Wednesday, November 25, 2015


I am So grateful to have the week off to stop and enjoy Thanksgiving. I 
reused some of our wedding props and chalk pens to make these today.  I love chalk pens. 
You can wipe them off if you need too. 

Hopefully you all will have time to rest, enjoy family, and reset for a busy three weeks 
next month. 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Native American Pictograms

This is an old lesson repurposed. I used to do the traditional paper bag and headdress lessons with Kindergarten and 1st grade, but they now do it in their classroom. 

I still have all of these handouts. 

Most came from the Art Teacher's Book of Lists
My learning to read and ELL student's love these. 
I decided we could still use them but on a 
Canoe Sculpture.

 Using the Reading Rainbow streaming video of 
The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush as my lesson introduction
 the student's expressed a story with pictures on their paper canoe.

I pre traced a canoe on a 12 x 18 folded sheet of brown paper. The more faded the better.

to add a little texture and fun we rubbed on color using the texture sheets and peeled construction paper crayons. What fun!

The students then wrote their stories with black crayon and colored them in with the construction paper crayons. I went around gluing the curved ends while they drew. 
I stapled in a little seat made of tagboard when they finished to pop it open like a real canoe. 
They were pretty happy to be taking this home this week! 

Needless to say it was a crazy glad to have one week off!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Day of the Dead

We are finally finishing up our Oil Pastel Sugar Skulls in 4th grade this week and learning about the Mexican Holiday Dia de los Muertos

On week one I introduce the lesson with books and videos such as this one below.

We used chrome books and ipads to learn to draw skulls using this awesome site: 

The student's drew the skull big on Tru Ray Black that I cut into a 9 x 12 size of construction paper. 
Good paper is the key to keep it from falling apart in the water at the end. They traced all pencil lines with a small piece of white hotel soap.  
The lines appear gray.  Then they begin coloring all the white first with small circular strokes being careful not to go onto the soap line. It takes about two class periods to color.

here is a picture of the small chunks of white hotel soap bars.

Put the paper into a tray of water to wash away the soap. I dry on newspaper on my drying rack.
They oh and ahh at this time.....

Finished just in time for the hanging up before the holiday. 

Sunday, September 27, 2015

I am Back!

I have spent the last few months just being a working mom.... The school book I am ready, "Teach Like a Pirate" talks about passion outside of the classroom...I have been working on finding my mom time and not so much on the computer.  

My eldest daughter, Ashley, recently got married. I made it my mission to focus my time on her and art making for the wedding. My youngest, Emily, who is my artsy side kick joined the action with her art creations.

I made place cards for the reception.. using labels, chalk marker and wine corks.

We photoshopped old family wedding pictures for the reception.

I also got to spend quality time with my parents who live in Indianapolis.

We enjoyed three lovely showers this summer.

I made these Marquee letters for the Bar at the reception. 
They are the Heidi Swapp Letters at Michaels.

Emily and I also made the Photo Booth props. Some were the wooded props from Michael's and some she made with cardstock. 

Emily and I painted this sign and did the chalk boards. 

I ended up with a very happy daughter....

Now back to reality.....

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!