Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Grant Wood Inspired Landscapes

For this lesson we started off reading through some of the pages of Mike Venezia's Getting to Know book about Grant Wood. I love telling them the story about how American Gothic came to be and showing them a photo of me in front of the original in Chicago! Great opportunity to discuss the difference between copies and originals. We discussed the difference between portraits and landscapes and we did a step by step drawing of a horizon line, barn, trees, fence, sun (always encouraging them to add their own ideas because they are the artist!) ....The next class, after reviewing, we talked about pattern and drew the lines in the landscapes with patterns in them. Then they traced everything with a chisel tip sharpie. The next class was coloring in small details with construction paper crayons and then adding liquid watercolor paints. Students also had to show me an understanding of vocabulary by filling out an assessment to be glued to the back of their artwork. This project took longer than I anticipated, (4 classes) but they worked so hard and I am pleased with the results!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Floating into a great school year!

First project of the year! Bubble drawing with 3rd, 4th and 5th graders!

Let's Shine this Year!

Back to school bulletin board! Hope you all have a great 2016-17 school year!

Art this summer!

I lucky that my kids love art so much! They beg to do it! This summer we went to an amazing place called Bookworm Gardens in Sheyboygan Wisconsin. It is a botanical gardens with sculptures and interactives for kids all revolving around children's books. Loved that we found some art related sculptures! My 6 year old son has such a huge passion for art. He wants to be an art teacher when he grows up. :) At our cabin this summer we made art with things found in nature.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Papier Mache Animals

5th graders created these papier mache animals using recycled materials! You can see from the bottom picture here, they used creamer shaped bottles, news paper, tag board and tape to create their armature for their animal. The next art class they had to distress one color of construction paper and papier mached over their armature. The class after they drew on details (eyes, mouth, legs) with pencil and went in and painted it these details. The class after they decorated with yarn, pipe cleaners, gems, ribbon, what ever they needed! I love when students say, "I wan't to do this"...."How can we do that?" and we brainstorm how to can do it! That is what art is all about, problem solving! I just adore these three unicorns and how they each went about decorating it differently!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Hot Air Balloons!

4th graders made these awesome papier mache hot air balloons. We started with a small balloon and taped a small dixi cup to the bottom. Then the kids mached the entire thing with paper (I didn't have enough newspaper or brown paper bag) which worked fine. The next day they picked one color construction paper to mache over the entire thing. Day after they cut out designs and mached them on. Last day, they attached the basket with string! I used an exacto knife to cut the bottoms (baskets) off before class. They look great hanging up even though my picture is kind of dark!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Our Keller Cougar Mural

The students and I have been busy this school year slowly painting a new mural in our school! We projected our school mascot onto the wall, traced it and added some squares to give it an abstract look!