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 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!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

#BigArtDay15 in North Texas was a Snow Day

The circle themed #bigartday15 art show has been installed at my school with the help of a few awesome PTA moms and myself,
 but an overnight ice and snow storm has delayed our school event!

So here goes....a virtual art show! 

Let's start with the littlest....Kindergarten created Monet's pond using painted paper on 10 inch cardboard painted circles. 

I loved coming up with this new lesson and they were all successful.  

see my previous link about this fun lesson! 

I used last years most popular blog post for the Concentric Circle lesson in 
1st grade with these little artists. Look how bright and colorful they are. 

The 2nd grade and 4th grade created Circle Weaving. 
2nd grade's project came from the super successful lesson  
over at Cassie Stephens's amazing blog. 

4th graders not only wove in a circle, but they made the clay looms for their weaving. 
If you want to see how we made these read this previous post. 

I am super excited about the feedback I have received about the 3rd grade hanging abstract circles. 

They painted abstractly after drawing with oil pastels, then we used paint on the white side, flipped it over and painted black on the brown side, them painted with white gesso. Super fun. 

This lesson was a twist on one of Cassie Stephens dot day ideas. 

I will be posting how the kids did this next week. Stay tuned. 

5th graders also did weaving on the almost extinct CD's. 

Needless to say...we used a lot of yarn this winter weaving....

We also collaborated as teachers and students this past fall on Dot Day by painting large cardboard panel's that are displayed in the hall near the music room. I used push pins to hang them.

Stunning...I hope they stay on the wall over spring break. 

So there you go, our #BigArtDay circled themed art show. 

Youth Art Month is celebrated in  March in Texas. 
 I am so glad we could participate in the Big Day of Art celebrating you artists  
even on a Snowy day. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Value study+ IC Rock art + Texas Symbols = Longhorns


This is one of those old but good lessons that we just revisited in 4th grade. My teacher friend, Melody, shared this with me when I was a new teacher in my district 15 years ago and new to Texas. 

The ties to the IC curriculum are really great in this lesson.
I start out with the story of the The Caves of Lascaux's

I have many prints from this collection and we focused on the horned cow.
We then talk about how these animals came to Texas....

I follow this with some research on the Texas Longhorn symbol and we do a guided  contour drawing of a longhorn together with various options. 
We use pencil and follow up with China Markers for the Rock Art look....

On day two we talk about VALUE. 

We do a quick value scale and practice in our sketchbooks.

I then give the student's a choice of materials to finish

1. China Markers
2. Ebony Pencils
3. Crayons
4. Oil Pastels

The objective is to finish their Rock art with three levels of Value and to add a personal Brand.

These are just a few, but many other's finished successfully in three art class periods. This lesson could be adapted to many state standards with regards to state symbols. 

Welcome to Texas!