Sunday, October 11, 2015

1st 9 weeks in the books, early October

Our ninth week of school was a great week for reflecting and catching up. Most classes did final touch-ups, began Artsonia uploads, and critiqued their works and those of peers. The annual fall still life is also up and ready for drawing! 

On Friday, I totaled our Class Dojo points to see who had earned their Art Star (10 points) and which classes get the treat for top points per grade level. Those lucky art stars will get a handmade star crayon as a reward :).

First and second graders have been learning about the "Nouns of Art" - people/portraits, places/landscapes, and things/still lifes. We made family portraits and goldfish still lifes and then critiqued them using The Art Stack - both of these sheets can be found on my Teachers pay Teachers page.

Third graders began assembling their "Not Dots" pieces inspired by the book The Dot, when the main character Vashti "paints a dot by not painting a dot" using negative space. Using scissors and hole punchers, we filled a page with holes and layered it over a brightly painted background.

Fourth graders also used The Art Stack critique with a buddy and completed their ASL hand contours.

Fifth graders began using viewfinders and creating thumbnail sketches which were enlarged to create a cropped composition in watercolor. They chose bicycles or animals for a complex subject.

I am also working on a mural in the main hallway for our character education program called 7 Mindsets - each month we focus on a positive thinking concept, and the mural is filled in for that portion. I designed it to be fun and colorful like the things that inspired me when I was a kid, like Schoolhouse Rock and PBS shows from the 70's. Here is how it looks after the first two mindsets: 
Thanks for stopping by, and all the resources here can be found on my Teachers pay Teachers page:

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Dolvin parents: Art News you can use!

News from the Art Room

It’s the end of the first nine weeks and students are excited to begin sharing the artworks they have created in art class. Although the actual works of art are being collected in student portfolios until the end of the year, there are several ways parents can enjoy and share the artworks all year! The first way is through Artsonia, our online gallery and digital portfolio. Artsonia allows families to share artworks online, leave comments for the artist, become fan club members, and even purchase products printed with the artwork all year long. It is a fantastic resource and the students are learning to use our class iPads to photograph and edit their art, as well as create artists statements, all online. We are beginning uploads this week as students select their favorite piece from the first nine weeks, and all should be available online in the next few weeks.

Another great way to stay up to date with our art learning is through  the art class Instagram and Twitter pages. Instagram is my current favorite social media - so quick and easy and really shows a lot of the great things we do daily. I post pics here almost daily, as I enjoy reflecting on the day in the evening while posting. Mrs. Knight’s students also get updates through Class Dojo using the Class Story feature – an Instagram-like feed of pics and updates. All student portfolios will go home with the students by the year’s end after all art shows and special displays are complete for the year – we love showing off our accomplishments!

Here are all the links you need, and thank you for your support of our art program at Dolvin:

Instagram - @smartestartists

Twitter - @MKSAfaf

Class Dojo – parent codes for signing on were sent home with students. Here is what Class Story looks like:


Saturday, September 26, 2015

September in the art room, all grades

It has been a busy month and October is looking full of promise as well. Here are some of the things that have been keeping us artfully engaged lately...
Kinders have been painting fall leaves with crayon and watercolor resist - they love painting and are quickly getting used to routines like cleaning your brush, using a painting mat and placing work on the drying rack. We enjoyed listening to Vivaldi's Four Seasons while painting, since we are celebrating the beauty of fall.

First graders completed their collages from the book The Best Artist in the Ocean

Second grade began their still life study with a version of Matisse's Goldfish. We learned how different art materials can create different effects, like pencil/Sharpie and crayon/watercolor.

Third graders prepared a background for our lesson based on the book The Dot - we used different materials to paint textures with neon colored paints - more on this next week!

Fourth graders continued their Keith Haring inspired works by drawing contour line hands in the American Sign Language positions - this lesson was borrowed from Mr. DeWilde's class. I have been excited to try it since finding it on Pinterest.

Fifth graders have finished their "Gemstones in a Surreal Setting" - a shading lesson that goes from reality into something beyond!

Happy Fall, y'all!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Miro style tissue paintings, 2nd grade

Second graders began the year with the story Ish, which inspired us to be loose, expressive, and worry-free in our drawing. Next, we looked at the art of Joan Miro, who definitely had that same idea for his art - it is called abstract. We examined one of his well- known works and guessed what was happening - then we read the title and it cleared up a few questions. Reading the title of a work can often be helpful in understanding it better.
      People and Dog in Front of the Sun

We drew characters in a setting using abstract lines and shapes inspired by Miro, then we added random color by tissue painting, or wetting the paper and arranging colorful tissue squares. When dry, we peeled the squares off and created a descriptive title for our work. These artwork info forms are available on my Teachers pay Teachers page,