Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Kindergarten Christmas Trees!

We did sorting, comparing, patterns, and measuring today in art class!  Whew! These kindergartners did a fabulous job creating  these stacked Christmas Trees! I had pre-cut strips of paper on their tables so they could select, compare, and measure which strips come next in the pattern. We glued stars at the top and hole-punched dots for ornaments.


You could either do the project along with them and show them each strip to glue down, or you can do what I did and show the process first and then then see who can do it. This time of year, I start to let go of some of the control to evaluate their skills. Either way you teach it, these will look great in a Christmas display!


Monday, October 13, 2014

Pumpkin Patch

Love, love, LOVE this little video about pumpkins!!!  I used it last year with my October lessons and couldn't WAIT to use it again!  It's just darling!  For my kinders, I decided to go with a simple lesson on landscapes and horizon lines.  We drew the ground and the sky and kept it pretty simple.  Next, I put 4" orange squares on their tables and had them draw and cut out pumpkins for their pumpkin patch.  They did a great job and this lesson goes to show that you don't have to have something over-the-top and extravagant to engage your students.  Sometimes simple is best.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Chalk Cityscapes

      I LOVED this chalk project!  Before we began, we discussed cities at night and some of the very interesting things that you could only find in a large city.  Students shared about some big cities that they've been to.  I had these skyline stencils already cut-out for the students to use for their drawings.  To get the illuminating silhouette technique, you have to trace around the stencil and then use your finger to rub the chalk up and outwards from the buildings.  Then, when you remove the stencil, you can see the silhouette.  We added stars, a moon, and windows when we were finished with the skylines.  At the conclusion of class, I showed the students this street artist from New York.  They thought it was VERY cool!!!

Paper Lizards

This was such a fun lesson to do with my Rainforest Unit that we are working on with my 5th & 6th graders!  These lizards look so great in the Rainforest display and add such color and whimsy!  You should definitely try this project out with your kids!  I initially saw this idea on Pinterest, so here is the link where you can get the detailed instructions...Paper Lizards.  I also showed this video about the Tropical Rainforest I found on You Tube...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Macaw Watercolor Paintings

Do you ever make a plan and write it down and then at the last minute decide to do something completely different? Yeah, that was me this morning 15 minutes before class started. And I'm glad I did. I went on a whim and decided to come up with a unit on the Rainforest for my 5th and 6th graders. For one, I looked at the hallway and saw some lonely wall space and envisioned an entire Rainforest display. I do that often...decide what art projects to teach based on where I'm gonna display it. We are making these paintings large, on 16x20 paper, so they will be quite striking on display. I had complete faith in this group of kids to make these paintings beautiful!  And I was right, again. I walked them through each step on how to draw the bird and how to use the watercolors to give it a feathered effect. Let me add, these were finished in one 50 minute class period! While they were working I showed them a You Tube video on the rainforest. 


Here are some finished paintings.