Thursday, March 27, 2014

Gooney Birds

Lovie Stuffies!!!

Oh my gosh, these turned out so great! I think this is one of the most loved projects ever. The 4th grade made these stuffies all by themselves. They first made the pattern by doing half of the creature on a folded piece of paper, and then cut it out. We discussed symmetry, and how this was how to make them match. They then chose the felt they wanted, and traced the pattern onto the folded felt piece. They then cut out the creature. This wasn't easy-you really need sharp scissors to do this, and some of mine lack something to be desired. Some of the kids chose buttons for eyes, and started by sewing the buttons onto one side. Then the students went to work sewing the 2 pieces together. I showed them a few basic stitches, and the blanket stitch. Most of them were just happy to get them to stick together! The students then used batting to stuff them. Some added features with Sharpies, and some used stick on felt or foam. I left some things out for them to choose from and they really got creative. Here are a few to admire...
Now the 5th graders are begging to do this. I thought they were "too big" for this sort of thing, but boy, was I wrong. When I asked them if they wanted to make them I had an overwhelming response of "YES! Can we Please?!?!?" How could I say no?

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Picasso- why are you so weird???

The kids are always asking me, "Why are those Picasso people so weird?" I have to explain to them that he just had a different way of looking at things. They have had a ball working on these portraits. I think it is because there are no rules. Here are a few of the ones that are completed...
Stay tuned for more!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

This weather is for the Penguins!

It has been super cold here in Tennessee, so we've been learning about penguins! Here are some adorable examples of the pop-up baby Emperor Penguins that a couple of my talented 5th graders created.  They drew the penguins step by step with me, then colored them with colored pencils and outlined with my beloved Sharpies.  They then cut them out, made a zig- zag pop up tab out of the scraps, and proceeded to paint the background.  After the background was dry enough, we used double stick tape to attach the penguin to his habitat.  Needless to say, they were really proud of their creations!  To prepare for this lesson,  we watched a few videos from National Geographic Kids and BrainPop.  The other video won't come up, but I saved it on my computer at school.  I will see if I can get it to load from there.

I also showed them a video from BrainPop, but you have to have a subscription to play it.  If you do have one, just search for penguins. :)  These are all really short videos, but the students learned so much.  I have a globe I use often, so we looked at it, talked about the equator, and how all the penguins live in the Southern Hemisphere.  Then they named all the places they live.  (This info is on the BrainPop video.)  

The third graders made penguin collages, and they were pretty darn cute as well.  I received a donation from Newell Rubbermaid (makers of Sharpies)  that included A LOT of liquid paper, so they used that to add snow!

I must confess that after the first day of disastrous penguin making, I made stencils.  I don't know what the deal was, but they just couldn't get it.  This is the next day class, which turned out much better.  I didn't take pictures of the rough day.  It was the first day after vacation, so I will give them that.   

The kindergarteners (that I only have for 20 minutes at a time) listened to the story of Tacky the Penguin.  They loved it.  We are still working on our coloring skills, so they did a sheet with Tacky on it.

First and Second grade drew Adelie Penguins.  (Some wanted Macaroni penguins because of those cool yellow feathers!) They were so proud of themselves!  Here are a few examples...

I love the glasses- she is so cute!  This little girl always adds glasses to her subjects in pictures-because she wears them! I think that is awesome. :)  The last one reminds me of Beyonce dancing for some reason... I love how the kid's personalities show in their art.  

This activity took about 2 weeks to complete.  There are a few kids that still aren't that will be fun with the makeup days we will probably have due to the weather!  

Monday, January 6, 2014

Looking forward to the New Year

We lucked out today, and due to the bitter cold, In-service was called off.  I have been spending most of the day thinking up what we will be doing for the rest of the year.  I have pretty much decided on picking an artist, and coming up with a project integrating the elements of art and any other subject I can pull in.  I'll get back to you later with a plan-maybe it will help you come up with some ideas as well.  I would love to hear from you- what are your favorite artists to teach through?

Monday, December 16, 2013

My Snowmen at Night

After I made the Snowmen at Night with my 3rd graders, I went home and got to work on a set that were inspired by the book.  Even "Ole Pickle Nose" was included!  I believe the kids like him the best!