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! 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Fine Arts Fair

And that's a wrap. A great school year has come to an end and I had the privilege of showing off my students' exceptional talent. I did it a little bit differently this year. Instead of using the whole shook as a gallery, I combined all of the works of art to our foyer and main hallway at school. I also hung up the artwork randomly instead of grouping them by class. This was great! It looked like a real art gallery! Plus, the kids kept looking and looking at the art of their peers, not just their own. I set up a creation station where students painted melted records that I will place in the garden to resemble flowers. Here are the highlights of the evening: 

Our Picture The Music Award winners had their winning pieces on display. 

Brother and sister art winners! Shania won the school-wide t-shirt design contest while her little brother win an award for his Picture The Music art. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

African Masks

This is a great lesson to combine the topic of African Masks with symmetry.  The kids love this project because it is very successful and stunning with the high contrast colored construction paper.  Here are the steps: 
1. Have the kids choose 2 colors of construction 
paper and fold them together in half  
2. Draw half of an African Mask on the folded side of the paper
3.  Cut out all of the shapes and save all of the pieces.  It's like putting together a puzzle.
4.  Fold the large tan paper in half so we have a line of symmetry
5.  Glue the two different colored face halves along the line of symmetry
6.  Now, put all of the pieces together using the opposite colors on each side.  
7. Lastly, add small details like dots and small lines with black and white paint and glue some raffia to the mask for added interest.