Monday, September 2, 2019

Kitten's First Full Moon by Kindergarten

This was a fun first lesson for my youngest artists! We started with this wonderful book by Kevin Henkes and discussed the importance of illustrations in a book to help tell the story - in this case, the story of a kitten chasing the moon because he thought it was a bowl of milk.
After discussing the neutral colors of the book to represent nighttime, we drew a large circle using a tracer and a variety of lines and shapes below for the flowers and grass. We traced and colored with white and black crayon, then washed over the whole page with black watercolor. The next week, we drew the shapes for a cat and bubble cut around her, finally gluing her in the middle. 
I had a couple of fifth grade volunteers help me with each class and it was so wonderful having a few extra capable hands to guide my new kindergarteners as we learn routines in the art room. I'm going to take advantage of this scheduling situation as long as I can! 
Thanks to @primaryartwithmrsgenna on Instagram for the lesson idea!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Welcome back, Smartest Artists!

We have had a wonderfully smooth first week of school at Dolvin Elementary and it has been so good to see all the bright smiling faces coming in each morning. One of the things I love about being the art teacher is getting to know the kids over multiple years and watching them grow.
Our theme this year is "The Greatest School on Earth" - inspired by the circus! I added a ringmaster outfit to our beloved Dolphin, who wore a superhero outfit last year. We have been having fun making circus themed drawings this week in art class after doing our rules, routines, and rewards talk.

Our reward this year for special areas is called "Hats Off to Good Behavior" - classes have a chance to earn a Hat Sticker like the ringmaster dolphin wears, and the special area teachers will team up for rewards throughout the year - I love collaborating with other teachers. We even made a really fun video together to promote consistent expectations throughout our building.

Here are a few pics of my classroom - I try to change it up a bit each year. We are so fortunate to have a classroom filled with natural light and comfortable seating. It is truly my home away from home! 
Next week we will get started on this year’s portfolios and learn about the importance of planning for an artwork with sketching!

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Last week of school activities, 2019

In addition to finalizing our portfolios for the year to take home, we had some fun in the art room during our last lessons together. Inchies are tiny drawings made in a one inch square. I challenged the students to complete 30 drawings in just 30 minutes based on the theme of Summer, of course!

We also tried the Play-Doh Challenge - each table had a tub of dough and tools like popsicle sticks, marker caps, and plastic buttons. I called out a category and the kids had a few minutes to build their sculpture. We took a quick look at all the creations before smashing them and going on to the next. Lots of fun and a good way to use all that energy!

Have a wonderful summer everyone! I hope your families have enjoyed all your art and I look forward to creating with you again this fall.

Sewing and weaving part 2, spring ‘19

My youngest stitchers use some tricks to keep them on track while sewing. For our first attempt with first grade names, we use our finger as a spacer for the stitches - once they get the hang of it, they can omit that step. Then we do the "down and up" part with the needle at the same time, so that we don’t have to turn the cloth over (see second pic). I also remind them to pull the needle from the bottom so the end of the yarn isn’t always sliding out.    


My kindergarteners sewed a sun shape and filled the middle with doodads for the face - really cute!

Fourth graders made embroidered portraits, some human and some animals :)


Lots of my older students enjoyed potholder weaving at the end of the year - many stopped by in the mornings before classes to get in a little weaving each day.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Magazine page sculptures, 4th grade

This is a fun way for kids to experiment with 3-D form without spending a lot of dough - use old magazines or newspaper! You will need a reasonable amount of tape, but that's it. Roll tubes from the pages and assemble! Start with a three or four sided base and go upward from there. Some classes raided the yarn scraps and paper strip scraps for additional details. Students could work in teams or independently.

Murals and shacks

Can you tell I'm trying to catch up on my sadly neglected blog? Doubling up on the content for each post :).
Fourth graders learned about community murals and their purposes - beautification, advertising, sharing a message. We drew plans on printed images and  used a planning sheet for working out/explaining what the intention of our mural was.

First graders looked at the art of Beverly Buchanan and created 3-D shacks from recycled materials we saved in the art room. Folk artists often use what they have or find rather than buying specific art materials.