Monday, September 10, 2018

Watermelon batiks, 3rd grade

This lesson has been so fun and is packed with learning! Thank you to Instagrammer @artedallthetime for the inspirational post - I hadn’t done a paper batik in years and was excited to revisit it after seeing her students' work. My 3rd graders started with a set of thumbnail sketches, and we each selected one sketch to enlarge on to a thick white drawing paper. 
For the batik, you need a layer of wax (crayon) and a layer of dye (watery paint). We used warm color crayons for most of our picture and then crumpled the paper to crack the wax. Once the paper is flattened back out, we brushed the cool color tempera over the entire page and quickly rinsed the excess off in the sink. We were very gentle in this stage to keep from getting rips in the paper.



Once dry, we completed a 321-Art! assessment sheet and shared our reflections with our classmates. Batik is such a fun way to give your work a unique texture, especially for a simple design like these watermelon still lifes.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Sneak peek of projects in the works...

Stay tuned for more on Kindergarten magic carpets, second grade shape compositions, third grade watermelon batiks, and much more! Find us on Instagram for daily art room updates - @smartestartists. Hooray, it's Art Day!

Super Powers

Our school theme this year is Superheroes - #DolvINcredible. For our first art lesson, my 1st and 2nd graders illustrated their own special abilities using a comic style drawing with a “super signal.” We reviewed shapes and the correct way to use our drawing tools. Fill the space!

"There are always flowers..."


Our first drawing lesson in 4th and 5th grade was inspired by the famous quote by Henri Matisse - “There are always flowers for those who want to see them." We took flowers from our school garden (thanks for planting last spring, K-1 kiddos!) and brought them in to observe and draw. Observation drawing is one of the most important exercises to improve your artistic skill, in my opinion.

We used a variety of drawing tools like crayon, sharpie with thick and thin tips, and thin brush watercolor. The following week we had some choices for finishing up our drawing, like filling empty space, adding color or including the quote. We also wrote responses to Matisse's quote and discussed them and posted in the hall. Dr. Rose, our school superintendent, was visiting one morning and was able to stop in and see our creativity in action - very exciting!






Sunday, August 12, 2018

Taking Care of Business

Week one is in the books! We covered all the business of behavior expectations, procedures, and seating assignments, and even had a little time left over to get started on an art activity. Grades 3-5 practiced some origami and worked on problem solving, while K started their magic carpet line drawings and 1-2 drew a representation of their super power to go with our #dolvINcredible superhero theme.

Next week, we will introduce our paper portfolios, where we keep our work and take notes and vocab. Our digital portfolios in Artsonia will be coming in a few more weeks. We will also begin our paint bucket reward system - classes who show teamwork by entering and exiting the artroom appropriately and clean up their areas will get a splash in their paint bucket.Our art quote of the month is by the French master Henri Matisse: “There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” What does this quote mean to you? Write it on a post-it and add to our bulletin board!

Reminder- applications for Comic Creators and Needle & Thread Clubs are due this coming Friday, August 17. It’s going to be a great week! 

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Welcome back Dolphins!

Hi Dolvin families - It's time for another school year and another fun, creative year of art class with my Smartest Artists! It was great seeing so many of you at sneak peek. During the school year I try to post blog updates weekly, giving you some behind the scenes pics and scoop about our latest art adventures. I post to Instagram almost daily, so if you are an IG'er, please follow me @smartestartists. 
I am still updating my blog with new information this week, but here are a few things to know about my art class at Dolvin:
Artsonia - students will be publishing their artworks to their digital portfolios using the Artsonia platform. Thanks for all the terrific feedback about Artsonia, btw! The kids and I LOVE reading all the comments. If you are new to Dolvin, you will be getting information about Artsonia in late August/early September.
Art Day - on your student's assigned art day, please wear clothes that are appropriate for art making/mess making. We try our best to stay neat and clean but sometimes... things happen! :) Students are welcome to bring an apron, smock, or old t-shirt to put over their clothes if they wish.
Portfolios - we keep all of our art made during the year in a student portfolio, so that we can look at our progress over the year and have lots of choices for sharing our art at various exhibits, including Fine Arts Night in the spring. The entire portfolio will be sent home at the end of the year.
#petpARTners - for the third year in a row, we will be featuring dogs and cats from our local animal shelter FurKids Atlanta in a few of our projects this year, and sharing them online and in our community to raise awareness of our homeless pet population. It is wonderful to see the kids excited about helping our community through art!

Please check back soon for more updates, and I hope everyone has a fantastic, #dolvINcredible first week back!

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!