Thursday, November 17, 2011

Clay Creations: Oceans

Third graders each made a clay octopus and underwater scene with Ms. Wanamaker after reading Tickly Octopus by Ruth Galloway.
They loved this project!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Wayne Thiebaud Cakes

Here is a quick, one day project that the kids just loved. We have just finished our pinterest-inspired tints and shades ice cream cones and we have been talking all about artist Wayne Thiebaud. Today we showed the children how to draw cylinders, stack them, and decorate them to make fanciful cakes. We provided some pictures of beautifully decorated cakes from a local bakery. The kids LOVED this project! This would be an excellent project to leave for a substitute.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

James Rizzi Cities!

Our student teacher, Ms. Wanamaker, was so inspired by a recent James Rizzi presentation by fellow art teacher, Kristyn DeMint ( that she decided Rizzi cities would be the perfect project for fifth graders in our art classes. Using tempera paint, colored pencils, and pieces of cardboard to raise the cities, fifth graders have been constructing art inspired by Rizzi. It's hard to see from the pictures, but the city "pops" out. Each layer has cardboard behind to make it appear 3D, much like Rizzi has done in many of his works of Art. What a cool artist and what an AWESOME student teacher!

Day of the Dead

Here is a very simple Day of the Dead project. Fourth graders designed calaveras inspired by the folk art traditions surrounding the Mexican celebration.