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Water bottle Flowers

At the very end of last year, my third grade students cut apart plastic water bottles to make these flowers.  I started them off by cutting the bottom of the bottle off, then they continued with scissors.  You can round off the edges to make the petals look more realistic.  Then, these were painted with acrylic paint.  I hot glued these down to a large white piece of foam board.  Some kindergarten students also made little round lumps of model … Read more…

Alphabet Art from the First Graders

What is a focal point?  How do artists arrange their composition?  What is emphasis?  How have words and letters been used in art?    These are some of the questions the Primaries explored in their first unit.  We looked at the art of Stuart Davis by viewing a slideshow.  The Primaries created a work of art using letters and numbers.  They choose one letter or number to use as the focal point and then surrounded it with other letters and … Read more…

What can you do with a dot?

What is art?  What materials can be used to create art?  How do we properly use art materials?  These are the questions that the Nest (grade K) discussed at the beginning of the school year.  They also learned about the most very basic mark in art… the DOT.  The class read the book: They also looked at a slide show of artwork that uses dots.  These are some examples: Aboriginal Art made in Australia. Georges Seurat and his Pointillist technique. … Read more…

Primary Self-Portraits and Machinery Drawings

I started out the year with the Primary students (1st grade) drawing small, quick self portraits. One kid drew himself as a pirate! lol. The 4/5s (4th/5th graders mixed) looked at gears and drew them from observation.  I also had pictures of gears and machinery for them to look at.  I showed them basic steps to add shading and value.  After they had drawn 3+ gears, I told them that we would be turning them into inventions.  We had things … Read more…

I updated my school website!

I have a special art website just for the parents at my school.  It is more specific and organized by grade level.  We don’t have traditional grade arrangements at our school.  Here is how our grades are set up: Nest– KindergartenPrimary– 1st gradeUpper Primary– 2nd gradeIntermediate– 3rd grade3/4s– 3rd and 4th grade mixed4/5s– 4th and 5th grade mixed5/6s–5th and 6th grade mixed Generally kids will enter in a unit and progress through the units in order.  So, if they are … Read more…

New School Year!

Today was our first day of school.  Would you like to see a glimpse of my room?  Any of these pictures you can see larger by clicking on them. Paints Paintbrushes Free Draw Cart View of the classroom.  We have small rooms because we have small classes. This is the view from our window.  It is the back of our school.  The playground is to the right and there is a bike trail in the distance. Miscellaneous supplies Kiln room … Read more…

Fun Blog

I just discovered a fun blog from a kindergarten teacher who does lots of way cool art projects.  These kids are so lucky to have such a creative teacher!  I’m impressed with the felted balls she made with the kindergartners.  Why have I been intimidated by teaching felting to kids?    Plus she has such a cool name and it is her real name, lol. Meri Cherry’s Blog

New Collage Doodle

The full collage/doodle Detail Detail Detail– I almost like the details more, because they are cropped more tightly. 🙂      Speaking of doodles, this is a very fun book for kids.  I have this in my classroom and sometimes kids will take it out in their free time.  It is small, pocket-sized, but has a lot of pages.      I also enjoy this book, which is fun for scrapbookers.  It is more like a booklet, but it has a … Read more…

woah!

While searching the internet for some clay how-to’s I found this picture.  Woah! That’s crazy! It’s on About.com

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