Sunday, August 7, 2016

Classroom Crayon Clock

I got a little crafty yesterday after seeing a crayon clock made by Jane on the Facebook Art Teacher's page. 
She was nice enough to post the back of hers which 
showed how to make this.

The clock was from Walmart, $3
You need about 4 boxes of 24 crayons
Hot glue and a cardboard circle to glue the crayons too.
This is an inexpensive craft! 

I used a cereal box to made a bigger cardboard shelf to glue the crayons on to. 
Jane duck taped hers, I just hot glued mine. Jane also arranged her crayons in Rainbow order.
I just wanted mine to be random. (kinda like me)
Make your clock unique!

 A few of my crayons melted from the hot glue so watch out!

Here is the back

I will hang it up next week in our new art space.

Hope you are getting super excited to start the school year! 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Homemade charging station

I made this handy little charging station this summer for our devices.

We were previously using the kitchen counter 
and now it is all contained in one spot
in our home office. 

We had a hole that was unused in the corner of the desk and an old printer stand..

I only purchased a surge protector and velcro!

I used the sticky backed velcro to attach the plug unit under the desk. 
The power cord went through the hole in the the wall plug behind the desk.

I used small clips to hold the end of the cord and keep it from falling down into the under space.

It is pretty handy and keeps everything tidy! 

Cleaning and downsizing the Art Room

I am so jealous of all the fancy art rooms that I have seen popping up blogs and Facebook. 

This is my new/ old art space that I taught in during Summer School.
It is an old space, since I taught in this classroom 9 year ago.

Our building is adding a SPED unit and my old space was in the wing that is being converted

It was big and open and now it is empty. I am going to stay positive and cross my fingers that we will get a new space in 2 years when our building is refreshed! 

Our building is being painted this summer, so I only added a little decoration this summer.

I am thinking of getting rid of some of the big chairs to help with space and using
 Creatubbles this year to keep the art clutter contained. 

I'll update this sight as I update the space over the next few weeks. I am hoping some cabinets were 
installed and the sink was fixed along with a printer moved. 

Stay posted!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Metallic Coil Pottery Success

We are winding down to the last 12 days of school and I have run short of time to glaze fire.
Our state STAAR tests were moved to May this year so my schedule changed.
 Sometime the oppsies
turn out to be good problems. 
I am cleaning out my cabinets since I have to downsize and move into a smaller room next door, 
and I forgot that I ordered these amazing Sargent metallic paints in the fall. 

They go on smooth and you don't need much when painting.
They also dry super fast. 
My 4th graders painted their bisque ware coil pottery in one class time and took it home today. 

We actually did this project in two class periods using zip lock bags. 
In class one, I introduced 
Coil pottery and we looked at the work of Maria Martinez and her beautiful coil pottery. 

The  4th graders cut a slab for the base and began rolling coils. 
We slipped and scored but left the coil texture unlike the smooth finish that
Maria Martinez created.  I required them to do at least two rows of coils for stability. 

On the second day we further explored fancy coils. 

I love this one! I just took them out of the kiln this morning. 

I originally thought we would paint first then use watered down india ink, 
but I reflected on my way way back previous career as a decorative painter. 
We would always paint in black first. 
That's what they did, painted the whole thing inside and outside in watered down india ink. 
They followed up with a small amount of the metallic paint on the "hills" of the coils. 

Stunning. The Bronze was the favorite and according to one math geek in the class, 
" 2/3 of the class picked bronze."

This goes into the Keeper File! 

Monday, May 9, 2016

Pinterest inspired Mother's Day Sculpture

that I found recently....

My 1st graders created a painted paper stem paper on 12 x 18 paper
using tempera paint and paint scrapers.

Who wants to use a boring piece of green paper? 

I had different green paper's for them to choice from. 

And on a 9 x 12 pink paper that I pre-folded for them in 6 squares,  they painted flowers using
 Rose Colors. I had them paint an orange dot in the middle first 
and then we painted the flowers Painted Paper style.
I also used Laura's lesson to paint these flowers in our hallway. Love them! 

On day two we put the sculpture together. 

The student's fan folded the green paper. This was harder than I thought. I stapled it at the top.
They then added flower details with oil pastels and cut the flowers out.
One of my super smart artist boys figured out that we need to taco fold the flowers 
before we glued them.

We did little math and talked about symmetry when we placed the flowers on the stems.

Super successful and I am doing this again next year! 

Hope you had a wonderful Mother's day like I did. 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Color Mapping

My good friend Karen finally shared her award winning lesson with me.
 It is a wonderful exploration into 
non-Objective watercolor painting based on color theory. 
I had to refresh my vocabulary while presenting this to my amazing 4th graders last week. 
We explored the world of Tertiary or Intermediate colors.


Here are the basic supplies
 fine point sharpie,
prang paints
90 lb cold press
 watercolor paper,
and a color wheel.

I review with my students the primary and secondary colors with part of this video.

We have so many new ELL student's and this was a great tutorial.

After setting our table to paint, the students painted a ribbon color wheel. 

We started with yellow, leaving a space a painting another amorphic shape of the secondary color orange. Using a wet brush they pulled the colors together to make the Tertiary color shape. 
We used small color wheels to progress around the wheel and painting a large snake or ribbon.

When they finished in one class period they could add a little salt or rubbing alcohol. 
(I heard a few requests for alcohol at the end of the lesson, yikes)

Today, on the second day of the lesson, we discussed Mapping. I shared my love of Maps. 
I took Map Study in College and it took me to a different place other than just reading a paper map. (yes, I am old)
We discussed contour elevation maps. 

Google it and you will see how maps are created with contour lines. 

The student's then looked closely at their watercolor paintings and starting drawing amorphic contour lines around the various colors that were created in the previous class with a fine tip sharpie. 

It was hard to slow down and just concentrate, 
but with a little spa music in the 
background they did it. 

They were so pleased with the outcome too, which made me beam! 

This guy had a lot of brown that he was unhappy with, but it worked. 

Thank you so much Karen, for sharing and a big shout out to Holly for the
 origional lesson inspiration with her art work. 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Do Ink Career Selfies

I finally have 6 iPads in my classroom. We jumped right into using them with the Do Ink Green screen app.

The student's created themselves in a future job using marker on card stock. The green straws were a donation from Starbucks! 

The student's added a background picture from safe picture sights that I linked on my notes.  
Here were my directions.

  1. Find a free background picture to copy on or
                                        Links are on your Ipad’s notes app
  1. Download the picture you want or take a screenshot of it.
  2. Crop the picture with the edit. (remove the surrounding junk and adjust color) make the picture your own image by changing it.
  3. Save this photo as your Background to the Camera roll.

I made mini green screens that were desk size. 

They are are so cute! I have them saved on my google pictures via the Ipads. It is such a learning process but they loved it.