Thursday, September 3, 2015

Kindergarten Communities

This month in Kindergarten, the classes are talking about communities and learning how we all work together for a specific purpose. Art Class, we created a class community mural! I showed the kids a slideshow that I created with different parts of a community: libraries, hospitals, restaurants, stores, police stations, and so on. Students picked which type of building they would like to make and added details to their buildings to make them specific.  They also wrote out the signs for the building they chose.  When they were finished, I glued them into the mural paper and let the students add details to the paper with markers. They really enjoyed this project and it'll look FABULOUS in the kindergarten hallway! 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Kindergarten Cities

Want to keep your Kinders busy cutting, gluing, and creating??? Then this is a great project for you! I love to teach step-by-step projects to my youngest of students and the oldest of helps them to stay focused when I am going brought the project with each individual step. For this project, I had 4x12" colored paper pre-cut. I showed the Kinders how to draw 3 half-circles on their paper and cut it out to make a bridge. Next, we traded our half-circles with our friends so we would all have different colored boats! Next, we cut out triangle sails and drew some water with oil pastels. Lastly, we created houses and buildings by cutting out squares and triangles and added stars and a moon into the sky with yellow oil pastel. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

3rd Grade Reflection Drawings

This has to be one of my all time favorite projects to teach! I sorta feel like a magician when I reveal the reflection pressed into the bottom half of the paper. The kids think it's so cool! To start, we talk about different types of art - landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes. Next, students share what types of big cities they have visited and some of the most famous features of those cities. I demonstrate how to draw different sizes and shapes of buildings on the upper half of the folded paper. The more color they add, the better the drawings will look! When the drawings are complete, they paint the bottom half of the paper with water and then fold the paper and reveal the reflection! You should try it with your students! You won't be disappointed!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Kinders Name Art

This is a GREAT first week of school art project for kinders!  It allows them to practice letter recognition while helping the teacher remember their names!!! It's a win-win!  I already had their names written on the black paper before they came to art class and set them at their individual spots so they know where their art seat is.  I also read the book "Too Much Glue" to the class before we began.  Let me tell you...I had 2 out of my 3 classes use gluesticks because the glue bottles weren't ready yet, and that was definitely the way to go!  Less mess and all around better works of art.  Lesson learned!

Friday, August 14, 2015

1st Grade Self-Portraits

Today in Art, which happens to be the second day of school, our first graders created these fun self-portraits!  I just love starting off the school year with self-portraits and a little bit of writing.  For this assignment, the students were to write one sentence about something they like to do.  Next, we all drew a step-by-step self-portrait and added the personal details to really make the portrait look like each student.  Before class, I printed out their names and they colored in the letters to add another element of fun!  I have a feeling these will be hanging in our hallway for a long time!