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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. 
Eeek!

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.

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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 Pics4Learning.com or photosforclass.com.
                                        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. 







Saturday, March 12, 2016

Dallas Staycation


I didn't venture anywhere this spring break except into Dallas. 
It has rained all week!

Yesterday my husband treated me to a day at the museums and staying overnight at the 
Hyatt Reunion. We even used Uber to go to dinner. We are living on the wild side!!

My week started off with a surprise Birthday visit from my daughter who is a grad student at NYC. 


we did some shopping at Northpark....


She stayed until Sunday and now is off to India for an 
NYU field trip. (this explains why I am a nervous wreak this week)
Anyway, she will do fine and is sharing many amazing pictures with us on Instagram ecarter5689

What would we do with out apps and social media.
Speaking of which, a new Facebook Group was started yesterday for Art Teachers who Blog. 
Are you in that group???

Back to my rainy week....
I had great plans to work out and plant my garden and I got about half that done. 
I did bring my school I pads home and uploaded rules and numbers on the screens after downloading this great template from this TPT


I have 6 new Ipads. Using my mac and the airdrop I was able to knock this out one rainy afternoon. 


I had to clean my house for Bunco Wednesday, which was my birthday.  

I actually share my birthday with two famous people, Barbie and Cassie Stephens! 
Yes Barbie and I are 57! You can't have your cake and eat it too....


sooooo I was totally surprised with my Bunco friends of 25 years got me this vintage Artist Barbie!



I am in love! Trisha Yearwood also had a whole show today about the dolls. 

We wrapped up the day yesterday at the amazing Perot Museum 
which has this 
great view of Dallas from the outside escalator. 

to the Pollock show at the DMA.


Mr. Carter really liked the Pollock show. 




My eyes are closed again!


Did you see the story on CBS Sunday Morning? Fantastic and I did keep my eyes open. 

I also was so proud of one of my former elementary art student's who has art work in the 
Young Master's show at the DMA.



Another teary moment!


After loading the uber app...We had a fantastic dinner at my favorite place in the 
Bishop Arts area of Dallas called Tillman's.



and we ended the evening with adult beverages at the Reunion Ball.



A room with a view and yes it is still raining!

Hope your spring break left you refreshed and ready to finish strong!