Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Art + Language Arts

This is a great lesson to do with 1st graders! Pick a story and have them sequence it illustrate it! We divided our papers into four sections, labeled them 1, 2, 3, 4, and drew what happened 1st, 2nd, and so on. This was a great story about kindness and treating people with respect, even if they're different than you. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Positive Negative Insects

This is a great project for 5th graders and above.  All of my 5th and 6th graders did this project!  First, you want to start by drawing half of a spider or an insect on one side of a 9" square.  Cut out the insect perfectly, leaving the negative space in the paper.  Next, trace the shape you cut-out on all 3 other sides of the square.  Cut out all of the insects/spiders.  Draw a shape into the body and cut that out, as well.  Next, glue the 9" square like a diamond on the 12x12" background paper.  Flip the shape of the insect onto the background paper, leaving a symmetrical 2-colored bug.  Make sure to enforce using very minimal amounts of glue.  Too much glue will wrinkle the paper and make it look sloppy and messy.  Good Luck!

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. So....in 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 students...it 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!