Thursday, March 5, 2015

Kindergarten Starry Nights

     I needed a landscape project for kindergarten, so I came up with this van Gogh inspired lesson and am really happy with how they turned out.  The kindergartners loved learning about van Gogh and liked his thick paint strokes.  We tried to make broken lines on blue or turquoise paper with various kinds of media including oil pastels, glitter liquid watercolors, and metallic watercolors.  This lesson provided a nice opportunity to talk about horizon lines, and that objects and people need to be grounded on or below them in landscapes.  Because we drew the landscapes on separate (black) paper and then cut them out, the students were really forced to have objects touch the ground. 
     I love including photographs of the kids in their projects, and we just tossed them in because we thought it would be neat to actually BE in Starry Night and to really see a wild sky like that! 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Super LEADers with 2nd Grade

     At our school this year, we have been studying the book, The 7 Habits of Happy Kids by Sean Covey.  These habits help the kids to take charge of themselves, their learning, and their school, and it has been so neat to see the kids embrace these ideas and really take pride in the awesome things we do here at school.  Because the students are using these habits throughout our school, it was easy to have conversations about them in art class.  The students chose the habit they think is most important for their artwork focus, and it was easy for the kids to select one because they have become so familiar with them.

    For these artworks, the students imagined themselves as super heroes whose super powers correspond with their chosen habit.  We did some brainstorming and writing to help fully develop these ideas.

    We then practiced drawing body proportions from quick sketches, and we were off to the races!  We also looked at real super hero artwork to gain inspiration for costume design.  With the help our wonderful media specialist, Mrs. Baker, and a wonderful parent volunteer, Mrs. Lonzrick, we were able to take some dictations on these portraits to help the students really make their ideas clear.  The end results are very fun, but also very thoughtful works!


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Night Lights

My school is leadership skills, and we've started having leadership groups where multi-grade level students are grouped with teachers to hone in on a topic of interest in which they can become a leader.  I have seventeen 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders in my group called the Clay Kid Leaders.  We are focusing on creating functional ceramic work that can help ourselves or others.

We just made these cool night lights.  They are meant to sit on a bathroom counter or maybe a dresser with an LED tea light underneath.  We made the form by wrapping a thin slab of clay around a school paper towel tube.  We then used another slab to close off one end.  The kids then poked holes in them and added designs.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Back at It!

Last week was my first week back to school after the birth of my beautiful daughter, Clara, in July.

I also loved getting to spend time at home with my two year old, Rex.  But alas, the time quickly came for them to spend some quality days at Grandma's house and for mommy to get back to school and make some art with her other kids! 

I was so incredibly lucky to have the most wonderful long-term substitute teacher EVER.  Mrs. Jen Lonzrick did really great work with the kids and I was able to walk into a happy classroom where kids have already gotten used to working hard at learning about art.  I gave Mrs. Lonzrick various lessons from wonderful elementary art blogs, and here is some of the great work that she did with the students.

The lesson for these awesome fall leaf prints came from Deep Space Sparkle.

The lesson for these pattern pumpkin paintings came from We Heart Art.

This Mondrian lesson came from Deep Space Sparkle.

This lesson, based on the book Sky Color came from Deep Space Sparkle.

I adapted the lesson for these relief sculpture fish (made with Model Magic) from Sax Art lesson plans.

This van Gogh lesson came from Deep Space Sparkle.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Back to School Prep! Mona Lisa Inspired Portraits

     I always do a project or two to hold over the summer for back to school displays.  This year, I did my Mona Lisa Inspired Portraits with first grade at Brimfield.  This time, I had the kids use 18" x 24" paper so that they would be bigger, and I have to say that I love them on this scale!  I also had the kids write speech bubbles saying things they wanted their portraits to say to students at the beginning of school.
Here are a few other lessons that I've done and held for back to school: