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Accordion Card Making

  In honor of my Dad's 90th Birthday I recently made him a huge accordion card with 90 candles. These accordion style cards are fun to make and can be created in different sizes and shapes.  I decided to try and use items that were currently in my art space since it is so hot here in Texas, and I was not looking to go out and shop when it is 105 degrees. The only thing I ended up buying were the pictures I had copied at Walgreens.  So how did I make it? I started off with a bronze colored card stock that came in an assorted package from Michaels. It was just in my stash!  I selected a sheet of 11 " x 8 1/2"  card stock and cut it in half to 4 1/4" x 11" I scored and folded each piece in half.  I used a decorative tape that was about 1 inch wide to join the pieces together.  I also applied the tape so that it would show on the back only.  This is where you have to decide how big your card or booklet will be. I ended up putting 9 candles on each page and wanted a
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Tis The Season for Thank you notes

  As an elementary art teacher, I have all ways been very lucky to receive many small gifts from students. I am always challenged to get thank you notes passed out quickly.  I always keep a collection printed that my students can also color. This year I made thank you bookmarks. You can easily copy or print on colored paper or white card stock.  I included a second set that just say thanks for diversity.  Check them out on my TPT page. Click  HERE Enjoy the Season!

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I am an Artist I always loved to add a cover sheet in my student's sketchbooks,  or add a sheet to their portfolios at the end of the year.  Here is a new one that I created for the first week of school. It makes a great icebreaker lesson, and assessment too.  I usually start the class with a fun art book as well.  There are so many book SEL books that make connections to the art classroom One of my favorites is Mixed: A Colorful Story Here is the read aloud! 

I had Art today!

I updated one of my favorite back to school drawing sheets  for the first day of art for the little ones.  You can find it here .  In the past I use a sheet that I received from a previous art teacher. The students created a drawing of themselves and me with the information about me, which I cropped out of this photo)  and their art day of the week.  I usually started off the lesson with the book ART!  Art by Patrick McDonnell Hope this helps you start off the school year stress free!  

Retired and Subbing

  After a year of blissful retirement, I have returned to the art classroom as a Substitute in the same district that I work in previously for 20 plus years.  It has been surreal to be in the same classrooms, but after all the craziness of the pandemic.  I was teaching 75 percent of my students online for over a year.  It is nice to have real students in the classroom.   I have traveled, and enjoy working out again.  I even have gotten on the computer to dip my toes into the world of   TPT  Art Day Creations with Mrs Carter and Canva.   I have only made one small sale,  but it is amazing to me how many teachers are working full  time in this field  now! Anyway, I have subbed 5 days this goal,  but I miss my sleeping in time and working out. I enjoyed drawing and reading with the 1st graders this week creating a color wheel garden,  Keep on the lookout for a few more lesson creations and posts from the Substitute Art Day!

Spring Photo Challenge for my students

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10 Art Activities for families to do at home

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Global Connections

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Mystery Box Contest

I received in invitation from Activa Products to take part in their  Mystery Box Art Lesson contest last month.  I had to create a unique lesson with 3 of the 4 products below that came in a box. I decided to create a new lesson for my summer school art class, A Passport to Art. I also wanted to do a lesson that would give choices to the makers.  So I came up with the above lesson. Here are the parts and you can find the lesson and the voting site HERE I cut a slice of pizza from a cereal box. I used a little foil for the crust texture and they wrapped it with the rigid wrap and smoothed it with my fingers. I mixed the Celluclay, which comes in gray and white, with warm water in bucket.  I made a patty and pressed it on the dry crust to form the topping.  I painted the pizza and used the air dry Activ.Clay to make the toppings.  To make the ice cream, or gelato, I used a small yogurt cup, spoon and ball of foil. I

Slice of Cake Art

#Bigartday17 is tomorrow in Texas. We had a big art time making cakes and pie in 5th grade this past 9 weeks. It was fun, it was messy, but I overheard many time, "this is the best project ever!" My inspiration was the lesson that Rita Martin posted on the Art Teacher Facebook page last year. I ordered the claycrete from Amaco that she recommended from School Speciality at the end of last year when I had some money left in my school spending account.  I ordered the large box and had some left over. I have 100 students.  I introduced the lesson using Wayne Thiebaud paintings and this  video .  On day one the students research the pie or cake they wanted to make. They also had to cut out a template from a cereal box that they brought and tape it together.  Use 3M tape, the cheap stuff didn't stay stuck.  I made several templates but a few made their own.  We also referenced this slide from the AOE You can play around with the templat