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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Stikits Sculptures (Kinder)

Can I tell you how excited Kinder students were about this project?  They had never heard of Stikits and this about near blew their minds.  It didn't take long for them to start creating amazing sculptures.  I gave them a quick demo on how to use a damp sponge to connect two foam pieces and some examples of what can be done and they were off.  It was fascinating what they came up with.  Wish I had purchased more boxes for 1st grade.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Recycled Faces (1st & 2nd Grade)

OMG!  This is the most adorable lesson EVER!  And the students LOVED it!  It's also a great lesson to get some recycling in.

I introduced the lesson and talked about texture, collage, form, emotion, and relief sculptures.

First students painted the background of their cardboard.  Next students picked through the recycling boxes (each table had one with buttons, bottle caps, string, toothpicks) and glued items down to create a face.

After everything dried I passed out oil pastels and students added details to their faces. 

Let me warn you...they are way might overdoes on the cuteness...just sayin'.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Pinch Pot Monsters (3rd & 5th Grade)

It's clay time!  I love that I have figured out how to work the kiln.  No longer am I intimidated by it.  YAY!  So here are the 3rd grade pinch pot monsters.

First students wedge the clay to get the air bubbles out.  Then students make a ball, put their thumb in the middle and start pinching and turning.

After they make a little pot (this is the body of the monster) they will slip and score the details, like eyes and teeth.

Once it's fired they get to paint them.

Check 'em out, yo!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Knowhat2do Poster Contest (3rd Grade)

It's that time of year again, bad weather time, tornadoes, hail, strong winds, lighting.  Every year the city of Fort Worth has a poster contest and I try every year to have students enter.  This year only 3rd grade was able to find the time to do the contest. 

First we talked about what to do in severe weather.  Then students picked a weather circumstance and drew it. 

Here are the results!  Good job 3rd grade!!

I really don't know what to do in a sharknado. 

Monday, May 12, 2014

Pattern Fish (1st & 2nd Grade)

This is one of the art lessons that I never get tired of teaching, and all the grade levels LOVE doing this. 

I first read the book "Pattern Fish" by Trudy Harris.  We talk about patterns and point them out as we read the book.

Then I demonstrate how to draw a fish and the kids fill the fish with different patterns. 

After they finish, they cut them out. 

Adorable, right?

Friday, May 9, 2014

Kinder Rainbows

Kindergarten created these rainbows for their Summer PTA concert in May.

1st I showed their favorite video "ROY G. BIV" by They Might Be Giants.  You can find the link here...

Then they used paint sticks...btw Playcolor Poster Paint Sticks are AMAZING, if you are an art teacher, buy them... to color the rainbow in the ROY G. BIV order.

I passed out white paper and they used black, blue, or light blue to create their big fluffy clouds.

After everything dried they cut everything out and glued them onto blue paper. 

All I have to say is Adorbs...all of them are adorbs.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Warm/Cool Color Leaves (3rd Grade)

Here are some wonderful leaves 3rd grade created.  In this project we learned about geometric vs. organic shapes, warm/cool colors, and how to layer colors with oil pastels.  

I showed them some examples of organic leaf shapes and had them draw the leaf with black oil pastels in the middle of the paper, making sure to almost touch all four corners of the paper. They then had to decide if they wanted the background and leaf warm or cool colors.  Then they were free to experiment with layering the colors. 

Look at how they experimented with colors!  So impressive, these guys!  Good job.