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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! 








Monday, March 7, 2016

#bigartday16 is a wrap


These two are best ever kids, and they were so nice to let me take their picture at 7 am. 
 Their mom is our Kinder teacher and 
I have known them since they were born. 

The art work is up, the open house is over, but the images remain. I created to photo booths for parents to take pictures of their kids and remember the night.  It is always a hit. 


I am so glad I ordered these flags and letters earlier in the school year. I boxed up my letters to use again with my props. Michaels has the best wooden props!
All of these props help since I needed to put it up quickly. 


This year's open house was a Flower Themed event. 
I was so proud of each grade level as they created some amazing works of art. 
It was so nice to receive so many compliments from parents, teachers and kids! 


Third grade slab vases with their lovely flowers,


Sunflower pinch pots created by 2nd graders



and 1st grade artists painted flowers with the best self portraits. 


Painted Paper roses by third grade framed the display cases. I love this lesson!


Kindergarten Monet water lilies  which I changed this year.
We used chinet plates, but I am going back to the cardboard circles next year. 


5th grade made pinch pot flowers and 4th graders created Cassie's woven spring trees. 


2nd grade also completed my favorite sunflower still life collages. 
The bottled watercolor paint is vivid! 


 I had a creative moment when the fourth graders collaborated and made flowers using my painted paper scrapes for the frames in our main hallway. These two loved seen their work in the 
Wall of Fame. 



I created my signs using Canva... a very cool and free site. 


and my team, they gave me a free morning to get it all together! 

Spring Break.....