Wednesday, May 4, 2016

7 Mindsets Mural & FAN reminder

My 500th post!

Tomorrow night, Thursday May 5, is Fine Arts Night, so don't forget to come on out and see the fantastic art show! Also unveiling tomorrow night is our completed 7 Mindsets mural in the main hallway. It has been a work in progress all year as we studied each monthly mindset.
The design was inspired by my own childhood - I was always excited and energized by designs I saw on tv shows like Schoolhouse Rock and The Electric Company. Here are a few more pics from the progression...

Here are the first notes and thumbnails

A draft for projection

I made coloring sheets for each mindset so the students could join in

The real deal...

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Paragraph contest for Starry Night

After Starry Night was voted the winner of our mARTch madness tournament, students had an opportunity to write about why they thought it was the winning artwork. We had a large stack of entries with really well written paragraphs! It is so important for artists to express their ideas about their own art as well as others. Here are a few highlights: 

“It has pizzazz and makes you feel glorious.”

“I think that Starry Night won because it makes you look at a normal night in a whole new perspective.”

“The painting’s setting was very dark but Van Gogh made it bright, and even though you can’t see wind, he made me feel it with the visible and thick brush strokes.”


Mark your calendars for Fine Arts Night '16!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Clay slab aquarium/terrariums, 3rd grade

These adorable clay aquariums and terrariums have been a welcome change to my 3rd grade clay curriculum - everyone really loves them! This lesson was inspired by a post at - a cute clay fishbowl. It provided us the opportunity to work with rolling clay slabs, coiling, modeling, and joining clay as well as surface texture and glazing.
The first week, we discussed the differences & similarities in aquariums and terrariums, and rolled our slabs. We used a bowl as our "tracer" to get the right size and cut our shapes, smoothing the edges with a drop of water on our fingers. We closed the first session by writing our names in the back and texturizing some pebbles on the bottom. Then we wrapped in plastic til the following week. My clay boards that top the tables really come in handy when rolling slabs and coils - you can read about making these here:

The next session focused on brainstorming plants, animals, and objects that might be found in our containers, then coiled and modeled clay to create them, scoring and slipping to join them.

After the first firing, we glazed the surface with a few coats of Blick brand glaze.

To make them stand, I hot glued a cardboard easel back to each one.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Two-point perspective buildings

My 5th graders learn a new perspective drawing technique - perspective drawing helps create a feeling of space in your two-dimensional art. There are several types of perspective drawing, and this one uses two vanishing points on a horizon line. I created a helpful handout that is available in my Teachers pay Teachers store, right here:
Students drew their building designs, added details and landscapes, and uploaded to our online gallery Artsonia.

This week in the art room...

Lots to share but nothing quite ready for the official end-of-project post! Here's what kept us busy creating this week:

Kindergarteners learned that Pop Art makes ordinary things EXTRAordinary! Our favorite letters and numbers go big, bright, and sparkly, inspired by Jasper Johns.

Kinders also completed their stamp print architecture designs.

Fourth grade is working on "the paint puddle that came to life," as well as package design.

First grade are learning about parts of a landscape, brushwork, and Vincent Van Gogh with our Starry Night paintings.

Second graders are creating secret codes hidden in shape collages, inspired by artist Auguste Herbin.

Some fifth graders are sending art and letters to their Pen Pals in California, while others complete their string art.

Third graders are completing their Calder inspired sculptures.

And finally... Our whole school has been participating in mARTch madness for Youth Art Month. Our overall winner was Van Gogh's Starry Night!  It's not over yet, though - one lucky student who writes an outstanding paragraph about the winning selection will receive a Youth Art Month reward!

Thanks for stopping by - more specifics to come about all these activities :).

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

mARTch madness, Youth Art Month 2016

Week one is in the books and we are beginning week two of our mARTch madness art picks for Youth Art Month. We are voting on a variety of artworks that we regularly refer to in art class.

Round one: 1. Starry Night vs. 2. Yard Sale
Who will be victorious between Van Gogh’s painterly night sky of Starry Night and Georgia’s own Mattie Lou O’Kelley, with her Georgia countryside and brightly colored folk art? Both artworks are landscape paintings, but their moods are very different.
Round two: 3. Great Wave vs. 4. Jazz Village
These two artworks are from different time periods and made from different materials – Hokusai of Japan carved the Great Wave into wood hundreds of years ago, while Romare Bearden cut and pasted his collage in the twentieth century. Which will come out on top with the most votes?

Round three: 5. Pop Art Figures vs. 6. Mona Lisa
It’s a tough call – both of these artworks are portraits of human figures, but are VERY different in style. Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, Mona Lisa, was created during the Renaissance and is the world’s most recognized face. Can the bright colors and bold contours of Keith Haring’s modern street art compete?
Round four: 7. Lone Zig Zag vs. 8. Little Dancer
For our final match, we have two pieces of sculpture, or three-dimensional art. Calder’s Lone Zig Zag is an abstract sculpture that is kinetic, or moveable. What do you imagine when you see it? Degas’ metal sculpture of a young ballerina is life size and very true-to-life. Which will come out on top?

For the second week, we are going a little deeper with the final four winners and doing some compare/contrast work before voting. We are also using an online voting method instead of the paper ballots used last week.
Stay tuned for our final two and the overall winner!