Thursday, May 10, 2018

Kindergarten Sun Stitching!

Kindergarten learned some basic sewing skills, like threading a plastic needle and creating a running stitch for our summer suns. After two sessions of sewing, we used a variety of materials to create a sun face and practiced using tiny dots of liquid glue. I think these are so charming and folksy!

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Fine Arts Night 2018

We had another big turnout this year - it was so great to see families coming out to celebrate art and music in our school! For the second year in a row, we added a community service aspect: raising money for our local animal shelter, FurKids. We had two items to raffle - a group project with lots and lots of little pet portraits, as well as a professional photography session with your pet. We are proud to present the shelter with a check to help with their expenses.

Artome once again did a wonderful job framing and displaying our art, and now that the show is over, students are going to be bringing home their portfolios starting this coming week with everything they have made this year - very exciting!
Thank you to my friend Mrs. Avery at Medlock Bridge ES for loaning me her fantastic collection of "face in a hole” art -it was fun to picture ourselves in a work of art. Thank you to all the families for your support and kind words at the art show, it was great seeing all of you.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Clay works in all grades

We have been having "Clay Days” over the last semester, where one day a week would be set up for clay all day. Then once that day's projects have been fired, glazed, refined, and packed - we start again with another weekday. This is a management system that makes it easier and more efficient to do clay projects with the whole school, because I can only store about 6 classes worth of projects at a time. Here are a few of the projects to we have created this year:
Kindergarten fossils

First grade pet portraits

Second grade thumb owls and bowls with spoons

3rd grade Mexican sun/moon tiles

Fourth grade coral reefs and cactus bowls

Fifth grade bowls, planters, and roses by assorted grades

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Embroidered pet portraits, 4th grade

We tried a new media with our #petpARTners project, which raises awareness of the homeless pet population in our community - embroidery! Fourth grade learned to load an embroidery hoop with fabric, thread a needle, tie a knot, and sew a few stitches like the running stitch, back stitch and satin stitch. Managing needles can be tricky, but this tip from Art with Mrs. E on Instagram was a good idea - I ended up making six smaller boxes with five needles each, one box per table. It made for quicker collection and distribution.

We started by tracing our empty hoop on paper and drawing a "head and shoulders" portrait of a dog or cat from FurKids animal shelter - a few students wanted to make their family pet. I shared these examples from this Pinterest pin to get an idea of how the embroidered stitches might look. 

Then, we placed our muslin over the pencil drawing and very lightly traced it onto the fabric. Finally, we loaded the fabric and started stitching - the first day of threading needles and making stitches is very hands on for me, because it can be a little confusing right at first. By the next lesson, however, most kids are rolling along and solving their own stitching issues. This is a great lesson to demonstrate problem solving!I have Open Studio mornings a few times a week, and I get the biggest turnout from kids wanting to work on their embroidery - they really get hooked. It is a bit time consuming and I have interrupted the lesson a couple of times for things like getting ready for our upcoming art show. But the results are great and they love learning a new skill. For the paper frame, we trace the interior of the empty hoop on to a piece of construction paper, cut it out from the inside, and tape the fabric behind.

I share these on social media to encourage people to “adopt, don’t shop” or to donate to their local shelter. #petpARTners ties in wonderfully with our character ed program, 7 Mindsets. These are some from our first finished batch - will post more soon!

Monday, March 26, 2018

Toucans: trying out tools and techniques!

Toucans are colorful and beautiful creatures, and are exotic and mysterious to us in this part of the world. All of the colorful toucans you see in this post started out as mystery drawings - drawings created by listening to clues and drawing along with the teacher to discover what the drawing will turn out to be. Grades 1-5 experimented with this lesson using different types of media - it is interesting to see the different looks created by the variety of materials: black and colored sharpie, tempera paint used as a drawing medium, watercolor paint, twistable crayons, oil pastels, and water based markers.