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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Printing with El dia de los Muertos designs

It's been a while since I have posted, so I decided to go through some photos and share some of the artwork the kids have created so far this year.  This project was the first foray into printing they have done.  It is  foam plate printing using Speedball ink and a brayer.  They loved it! We learned about El dia de los Muertos, and the kids drew the picture first and then went over the picture after placing it on top of the foam printing plate. We were excited with the way they turned out!

March of the Nutcrackers



Oh my goodness, are these not the cutest? I left them up for quite a while, because they made me happy every time I walked by.  It also worked well because the music teacher was showing them The Nutcracker in his class.  We talked about why in the world a kid would even want a nutcracker, and we discussed how a long time ago, kids didn't get all the stuff for Christmas that they do now.  Fruit, candy, and some nuts was a big deal! They just couldn't believe it.  I had a nutcracker to show them for an example and they all wanted to crack nuts with it...but it was just for decorative purposes ;).
I gave the students basic step by step instructions and then let them loose to give them their own personalities. They were allowed to use crayons, markers, and colored pencils to add the details.  Quite a successful project!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Yay!!! We get to PAINT!

Well, I must say that Laura Lohman at Painted Paper in the Art Room has it going on with her idea about not using water to paint with tempera! I have always loved to let the kids paint, but the spilled water and ruined paintings have hindered me from painting as much as I would have liked. This was great! The students did a fab-o job painting their warm and cool colors. We went over the color wheel as a review (quickly!) then moved on to more important things...ie. PAINTING! We did discuss warm and cool colors, and the friends we call analogous. They ARE neighbors you know... I had students in grades 2,3,4 & 5 do this. I put down big sheets of paper, so they wouldn't make tooooo big of a mess, and filled up those egg cartons I have been collecting for YEARS. Then I just split the classes up where some did warm, some did cool. We are going to be making collages of something...stayed tuned for what!

Back to School!

Lots of Ish love going on the first week of school! Many times my students get so upset when they can't draw something "just right" the very first time. That is where Ish comes in.
This is such a cute book. I didn't have the actual book, so we watched the one that was on youtube. I had to download it first, and take it to school on a jump drive, just in case you were wondering. I am not able to access youtube at school.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpICaczeQ9o
I went with it from the emotional standpoint. We talked about feelings, and how Ramon's brother hurt his feelings when he made fun of his artwork. We discussed how important it is for us to build one another up instead of pulling each other down. Then we talked about the Golden Rule, and everyone now knows that they should treat others the way they want to be treated. I wrote several emotions from the book on the board, and they picked one to illustrate. They then held up the pics and their friends guessed which emotion that had chosen. I feel like this was a successful lesson. The kids really seemed to enjoy it!

First Graders reviewed the colors of the rainbow and showed what they know by creating these beautiful rainbow drawings!
 
The boy that drew the last one handed me his paper and then said, "Wait! I need to label this!" I told him he didn't have to do that, but he was adamant!
Kids, what 'ya gonna do? ;)
Have you done any exciting lessons on the color spectrum? I'd love to hear from you in the comments.

Hope you guys are having a great time back at school!  We have been at it for a while now, but soon we will have another week long break!


Friday, February 20, 2015

Behavior in the Art Room

This has been pretty useful in the art room for behavior. My kids really have to be told quite often to check the noise level (not a surprise, is it?) and work more quietly. When I flip the colors on board to the next color, sighs and gasps ensue. I have a huge magnet clip that holds the pallets on the board. Of course, when they come in, it should be blue. Believe me, if it isn't, they let me know. "How'd we already get to GREEN?" I usually give a warning, then move the color. I even give them the opportunity to get moved back if they redeem themselves before the end of class. This only works if the classroom teacher works with you- so keep that in mind. When they pick them up, I can say, "Your class was awesome and on BLUE today!" or, "Unfortunately, Mrs. X, I had to move them all the way to RED." I used to keep up with it on a tally chart, but that has gone by the wayside. My new plan is to keep up with it by printing out a sheet and marking the color as they leave the room. The reward is that they get to do a special activity, such as using materials I don't have enough of for an entire grade level, or they can choose from a few predetermined activities. If you try it out, let me know how it works! I decided to create a printable version of this for you to try- check it out at https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Art-Behavior-Tag-Charts-1720287