Thursday, July 30, 2015

Back to school sale announced for August 3-4!

I have been having a lot of fun the past year making resources for the art classroom and offering them on Teachers pay Teachers. I just got the news that they are throwing a sitewide sale for back to school and I'm happy to include my handmade resources at a 20% discount on August 3-4, and some of them are already free anyway :).
So plan to do some browsing of your favorite art teachers' stores on these dates and get inspired for the new year!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

TpT sale and High Museum trip

I have posted some new resources on my Teachers pay Teachers store this summer and am offering a summer sale July 1-4! Come check out my new vocabulary handouts and some old favorites too - thanks art teacher friends! 

I also visited the High Museum in Atlanta on Sunday- did any of you take advantage of free admission day? It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed several exhibits like....
The Art of Coca-Cola, with a room full of Warhols

The Mo Willems exhibit with the Pigeon and my favorite, Naked Mole Rat in several outfits. I just think he is a hoot.

 This was an exciting new piece by KAWS in the contemporary wing.

 And of course the Alex Katz show was just gorgeous with its oversized canvases of portraits and landscapes.

 Outside we were treated to some great live music, with a fantastic tuba trio! It was a great day.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Free admission to the High Museum tomorrow, June 28!

Dolvin families - there are some fantastic exhibits to see right now at our very own High Museum of Art, and you can see them free tomorrow!
Here are some of the exhibits you can see - I grabbed these pics from the website, so the buttons don't work but just click the link above instead of on the pics.

Monday, June 22, 2015

#dolvinsummersketch - let's share!

Dolvin kids, I hope you are having a fantastic summer so far - mine has been quite busy! Remember that sketching ideas sheet you took home in your portfolios at the end of the year? My readers and I would love to see what you've been sketching! There are three ways to share, with your parents' permission:
1. Twitter share a picture of your sketch by tagging me (@MKSAfaf) and use the hashtag #dolvinsummersketch
2. Using Instagram, post your pic with the hashtag #dolvinsummersketch. I will repost on my page too!
3. Email your sketch pics to and I will share them for you.

Here are some sketches I've made so far this summer...
This is my dog Peanut. She is one year old and loves to chase bugs at night in the backyard. I took some action pics of her and made this sketch from one. It's been really hot out during the day so we go for a lot of night walks.

I have also been working on drawing some vocabulary handouts/posters for the art room which will soon be available for art teachers on my Teachers pay Teachers store - click the link on the tabs at the top to go there. 

Can't wait to see your sketches, Smartest Artists! 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Wrapping up the year

The year's end is always a whirlwind of activity, from finishing those last projects to wrapping up clay and packing portfolios. We always try to get in a little reflection time in that last week too, by reviewing some of our favorite moments and media from the semester. We have a "media talley" section on our portfolios and we were successful at checking off all of them this year.

 Every portfolio contains a handout with instructions for our "Summer Sketch" activity - a list of suggested topics and directions for posting them online. #dolvinsummersketch
Teachers, I have a generic version of this handout on my Teachers pay Teachers page:

Another big event happening now is prepping for a major renovation in our forty-year-old building. All the framed student art collected over the years was removed from the walls and will be reconfigured, and many of my murals, like the Jack in the Beanstalk inspired one outside the media center, will be painted over - bittersweet, but excited about a fresh start too.

Weaving is part of our final curriculum unit and we didn't get much time to complete these due to interrupted schedules during testing weeks. I sent the looms home with instructions on finishing them up, and this student did a great job working on her own.

Our Artsonia page was super successful in our first year - we are ranked #2 in the state! It was so exciting reading the parent comments that poured in. I have to say that developing this program and watching the kids take it over with our iPads was one of the highlights of the year. Profits from sales will go toward keeping our studio stocked with tools for creation :).

Notes and gifts of appreciation are always a highlight of the year's end, so thank you so much to the students and families who brightened my days with flowers, notes and gift cards!

Happy summer to all - I'm looking forward to seeing those summer sketches very soon! 

Kindergarten lately...

Fish weavings and "April Showers" creations were some of our last pieces in kindergarten this year. The weavings are something we do every year, and the others are inspired from several Artsonia galleries like this one:
I really like connecting our art to seasons, weather, and other real world experiences. 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

5th grade clay bowls

Just like my recent 4th grade post, clay got pushed into the last few sessions of art for the year, so I needed something we could build in a day and glaze the next week, and still fit in some clay learning. So, souvenir bowls it was for my soon-to-graduate 5th graders.
On building day, the kids rolled their own slabs and texturized them before pressing into the styrofoam bowl molds. We also rolled coils for the numbers and scored/slipped for joining.

This past week, we returned the newly fired ceramic bowls to the styrofoam for support during glazing and to remind the kids not to glaze the bottoms. We used several coats of glaze and loaded them into the kiln for the second time...

Voila! Beautiful bowls that will serve as a nice memory from their time in elementary art class. Best of luck in middle school and beyond, 5th graders!