Friday, October 11, 2013

If the Dinosaurs Came Back!

Kindergarten Art

In Art class, we read the story “If the Dinosaurs Came Back.” We were inspired to use squares and rectangles to draw a city scene with marker. Then we drew and cut shapes to create a dinosaur!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Exploding Dots!

We just loved celebrating International Dot Day at our school this year! After reading "The Dot" by Peter Reynolds, students from Kindergarten through fifth grade created dot-themed art projects to start the year. "Just make a mark and see where it takes you" was the perfect message for our young artists.
Fifth Graders made these exploding dots. Their paper sculptures were bright, vibrant, and very fun! Students loved this project and the results were stunning.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Hello Again!

This morning I logged on to my blog page and was delighted to see that I now have 400 followers. Like so many of you, I started this blog more than two years ago because I was so inspired by other blogs I had been following. I felt I should be giving something back to the Art Ed world.

More posts will follow in the weeks ahead detailing what we've been up to. I was lucky enough to have a wonderful student teacher working with me for the first 8 weeks of school and we were able to complete some pretty amazing projects with the students! I am also 31 weeks pregnant, so please excuse my absence from the blogging world for the past few months! I am a busy mom, trying to balance being a wonderful teacher, preparing for a new baby girl to arrive at the end of December, and taking care of a lively, beautiful, and precious 18 month old. Lately I have thought about starting a blog about being a mom!

I hope you are all doing well and again, I appreciate your kind words, encouragement, and support. I have to admit, there have been days that I have stopped to wonder if I am valued at all in my profession. Am I more than just a common planning time? Do I do more with the children than make pretty things to hang in the hallway? The parents from my district, as well as the support and praise of the blogging community, has carried me through some pretty rough patches in the past few months.Thank you!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Matisse Masterpieces

The Toledo Museum of Art, our local museum, has a beautiful Matisse mural called Apollo. Third graders used that piece as inspiration to create their cut paper designs!


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

File Folder Books: American Artists

I was so inspired by the following post from the blog, That Artist Woman, I could not wait to try this project. Please refer here: for the original post/lesson plan! I adapted it slightly to fit our project.Gail is a wonderful art teacher and I just adore her blog-so inspirational!!

We created these books out of file folders. Here are the steps we followed to create them!
Day One: Painted file folders (I pre-folded and stapled them) with tempera paints
Day Two: Assembled books by attaching yarn to the binding, adding beads and letters to clothespins, adding metallic paint or modge podge, and titled our books
Day Three: Keith Haring Exploration
Day Four: James Rizzi Exploration
Day Five: Roy Lichtenstein Exploration
Day Six: George Rodrigue Exploration
Day Seven: Wayne Thiebaud Exploration
Day Eight: Andy Warhol Exploration
Day Nine: Jackson Pollock Exploration
Day Ten: Aminah Robinson Exploration

Basically, I taught a mini lesson about the artist and his/her work. We often used the artist's official website (for example, Aminah Robinson and Keith Haring have great websites for kids!) The students then created a mini work of art to go inside their books. 

On our last day they completed a little Jeopardy game where they had read a statement about an artist and identify which artist was being discussed. I also made a brochure for their books discussing the art of each artist. The kids surprisingly remembered so many facts-even weeks later. They loved this project and were so proud to take them home!

I am so impressed with the artwork my Kindergartners have been creating this year! We created these still life vases after looking at many examples of still life paintings and reading Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert.


Thursday, April 5, 2012

Dhurrie Rugs/Magic Carpets

Third graders have also been learning about art from India. They looked at examples of dhurrie rugs and created their own with cut paper and yarn.

-Dhurries are flat, woven rugs used as floor coverings.

-They've been made for centuries in India.
-They are made with bright colors, simple designs like stripes, geometric shapes.

-They are woven out of camel and goat hair.

-Royal families would use dhurri rugs to decorate the floors of their palaces.