Friday, September 5, 2014

700 followers! Week four accomplishments, too

Just saw that I reached 700 followers on my Blogger dashboard - thanks so much for keeping in touch with my Smartest Artists :). (Thanks to Bloglovin' readers too!) One of the most popular things on my blog has been my student portfolio posts, and after a few years of sharing them through email, I am happy to announce that I will have them available for you on Teachers Pay Teachers in the next few days! Stay tuned for that announcement/link.
I can't believe we are a full 4 weeks in - there is so much to do in those first few weeks and I feel like I should have more work to post, but honestly we are still putting touches on a lot of it. I do have some that I'm proud to show you though:

Kindergarteners continue the tradition of starting the year with Mo Willems' Pigeon, who found a friend or two in our drawings. Focus: combining simple shapes, illustration, filling the space

First grade family portraits - focus on filling the space, drawing portraits with overlapping, using materials correctly

Second graders will be revealing their colorful tissue paintings next week, based on Miro's abstract style. Focus- abstract art, drawing from our imaginations, using good craftsmanship

Third grade positive and negative dots based on The Dot. Focus - illustration, craftsmanship, positive/negative shapes

Fourth graders created observational drawings, first gesture figures then contour still life with shading.

Fourth and Fifth graders made color wheels, value scales, and notes on their portfolios to refer to - these and other things now available on Teachers Pay Teachers!

Fifth graders made black and white observational drawings of rocks and shells to warm up, then moved on the contour line gem stones which we will fill with hues, tints, and shades, creating form.

More info on these soon to come, see you soon!


  1. I was just looking around Teachers-Pay-Teachers to see what was new and guess who I came across!?! Yes, it was you! I picked up your rubrics... I am creating a new rubric for my 3d-5th grades and have been collecting ideas for inspiration! Thanks for sharing yours! Looking forward to seeing what else you have to share! I just made up a " How to Draw the Pigeon" sheet for my K-2nd activity center, today during my prep! ( and then I see your post tonight and who's front and center but the pigeon! )Your kid's pigeon's came out so cute! Good luck with your tpt store! :)

  2. Yay - Mrs. C is my first shopper! Thanks so much for your support! I don't know why it has taken me so long to get this started, but I'm excited about it now and am hoping to get lots on there to share, and I haven't even started shopping around myself! That's next. Thanks for letting me know and good luck with your pigeons!

  3. Congrats all round to you and your students! I'm really digging the abstract dots and color value gems:)

  4. Congrats on your reaching 700! You know you have WAY more readers that follow you through other readers, too!

  5. Adorable family portraits! And I absolutely LOVE the value gems! I will most definitely be having my 5th graders work on making those this year - perfect since we did value leaves last year :)


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