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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Calaveras (4th Grade)

I found this idea on pinterest and tweaked it a little.  It originally was a mask of a calavera created on paper plates and then glued to a Popsicle stick.  I needed something for a Fall PTA night so I thought adding fabric and other textures would be a nice touch.  We traced a calavera shape onto a paper plate and cut it out.

Then students drew their calaveras with lots of lines, shapes, and patterns.

The next step is to color with markers and glue onto a 9 X 12 black piece of construction paper.

The students then added a border with construction paper and strips of fabric.  They also drew patterns in the background with metallic markers and glued sequins on as a finishing touch. 
 They really loved this lesson, I highly recommend it!


Sunday, December 2, 2012

Mondrian Cactus (Kindergarten & 1st Grade)

Let me introduce you to the Mondrian Cactus.  This year's theme is Western, so I came up with a lesson that combines Mondrian with the Saguaro Cactus and Collage.  It turned out great!

First I began by reading "The Seed & The Giant Saguaro"by Jennifer Ward.  Then we talked about the artist Mondrian and how he used Geometric shapes, vertical and horizontal lines, and primary colors in his work.  

Next we traced around a cactus template.  I gave the students glue sticks, and pre-cut geometric shapes, and black lines.  The students glued the shapes and lines onto their cactus.

Next we cut out the cactus and glued them onto blue paper.  We talked about what a background was and what kinds of things lived in the desert.  Then I gave students oil pastels and the created their backgrounds.

The results were amazing!  They did such a great job!  Kudos Kinder and 1st grade!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Me Quilt Drawings (5th Grade)

This 5th grade lesson was created during the 1st six weeks of school.  Students folded their paper into 12 squares and then drew things they liked and their names.  The name had to be spread out in the boxes and when drawing they had to utilize all the space in their square.  Outstanding job 5th grade!

Artists of the Month (October)

I can't believe I haven't posted the artists of the month yet!  My apologies, things have been quite busy around the art room lately!  Here they are, the artists of the month of October!  Hopefully, I'll have some more picked out for December before the Holiday break.  Enjoy and congrats to my great little artists!

Name Roller Coaster (4th Grade)

This is a project 4th grade did the first 6 weeks of school.  Students drew a series curvy lines across their paper.  They repeatedly wrote their names between the lines, making sure the letters touched the top and bottom of the lines.  They outlined their names in black marker and then colored in the different shapes with various colors.  The kids really enjoyed this lesson, I think they turned out great!