"Mama" by my daughter age 3

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Penguin Prints

First graders learned all about penguins. They watched a short video to learn all these amazing facts. Penguins eat fish, cannot breathe underwater, but are excellent swimmers, and slide around on the land on their bellies (this is called tobogganing.)

First graders learned about the art of printmaking. Printmaking is the art of making prints, often using printmaking tools. Printmaking can be compared to stamping.

Students used potatoes and sponges to create a print for the body of the penguin. They then used a paintbrush for the other details. They did such a great job!!

Tinted Winter Landscapes

Second Graders learned all about landscapes through this lesson. First we learned about value of colors and how to create a tint. Each student had their own paints to mix 3 tints of blue. While those dried, the students drew three different sized trees and colored them in with 3 different colors of green. The following week we dived in deep to discuss how to create a successful landscape. I found a Smart Board lesson on the Smart Exchange ( I can't take credit for creating this awesome lesson), that really broke down and identified the three main parts to a landscape: foreground, middleground, and background. Students watched a short art video of an artist creating a landscape drawing and then we identified each part of the landscape in that artwork. Next we played a vocabulary game that was like wheel of fortune to identify the parts of a landscape. Students then cut out and glued their different sized trees into the correct part of the landscape.

Lesson Idea from Dali's Moustache:


Paper Cut Snowflakes

Students learned about the “Snowflake Man” Wilson Bentley. A self educated farmer, Bentley attracted world attention with his pioneering work in the area of photomicrography, most notably his extensive work with snow crystals (commonly known as snowflakes). By adapting a microscope to a bellows camera, and years of trial and error, he became the first person to photograph a single snow crystal in 1885.

This lesson focused on radial symmetry and craftsmanship. We began by tracing different sized circles and folding them in half three times. Each line became one point of the snowflake.  Students then cut away shapes and once unfolded had a one of a kind snowflake. Learning targets were:

I can use my scissors safely.
I can cut paper with no jagged edges.
I can use correct amount of glue and glue papers flat.

Lesson idea from Dali's Mustache 

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Plushie Angry Birds

5th graders learned about the artist Claes Oldenburg through a Power Point presentation. Since 1962, Oldenburg has been making soft sculpture based on common objects ranging from household fixtures (such as toilets, fans, and light switches) to even food. Students also reviewed the art movement, POP ART. Pop art can be any every day item, also. Pop Art is short for Popular Art. It is inspired by comic strips, advertising, and popular entertainment…things that you would see in everyday life.

When deciding what students should create for their soft sculptures, I looked to what’s popular in their culture right now- ANGRY BIRDS! Students first created an Angry Bird drawing, they had a choice of 3 templates to trace, but were responsible for adding all the details in the face and body. They outlined in Sharpie, colored in, and cut it out. This would later be used as a guide for when they were adding details to their soft sculptures.

For their sculptures students used their drawing as a tracer, and traced it onto two pieces of felt, then cut it out. Students learned how to sew using two types of stitches in their sculpture- a straight stitch and a whip stitch. When their sculpture was about ¾ of the way sewn shut, they stuffed it with cotton batting to make their sculptures fluffy, like Oldenburg’s sculptures.

Students then cut shapes from felt scraps to create their Angry Birds face, and used tacky glue to glue pieces to the body. All the student’s did a phenomenal job on this project! They were engaged the entire time we were working on this, and I had several students who came in on their own time to work on it. It was great to see them so inspired and working so hard!

**Lesson idea from Art with Mrs. Nguyen**  
Thank you! my students love this project, I've done it several times now.


Painted Snowmen

First graders read the story The Ten Days of Winter by Denise Flemming. We then did a pencil drawing of a snowman profile. (Profile means a portrait viewed from the side). Next we discussed what texture and visual texture is. Texture is how something feels. Visual texture is what artists use to make something look like it is bumpy, but it really is not. Students created visual texture on the background of their art by using chalk and texture rubbing plates. Then they painted in their snowman using sponge brushes, again creating visual texture. Next they painted the details of their snowman and painted snowflakes in the background.

Chinese Dragons

Third graders learned about Chinese dragons through a Power Point presentation in art class. They learned that today, we know that magical dragons exist only in imagination and myth.  They are mythical creatures. But in ancient China, the people firmly believed that dragons were real and powerful. The dragon was the sign of the emperors. Legend says that there were 5 different type of Chinese dragons: Wood, Fire, Earth, Water, and Metal.

Third graders were working on their effort and craftsmanship for this art project. Students started out by using yarn to make the dragon’s body. Then, they used colored pencils to add a head and tail, and patterns around the string for the body. They reviewed that a pattern must repeat itself in order for it to be a pattern.

Students took their time in creating a simple, yet neat and detailed Chinese Dragon.

Quilts of Gee's Bend

Mouse Paint

For my SLO (part of Educator Effectiveness), my goal is to have second graders able to identify the primary colors and know which primary colors when mixed together create the secondary colors.Students took a baseline test of color mixing so I could know how much they knew before the color mixing lesson. After the baseline test we did a Smart Board activity to reveal which primaries when mixed together make the secondaries. We then read the book Mouse Paint.  For the project students used primary water colors to mix the secondaries for their backgrounds. They then made three mice from construction paper. It was a quick and easy color mixing lesson:)