Saturday, April 8, 2017

Please vote for me

Please take a few moments and vote for my picture of a famous person over on the

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

ArtBots by the Art Club last Wednesday

 The Art Club made their Art bots last week and we couldn't have had a better time!

Who says it has to have only two eyes?
Is that a banana????
Into Toucan Birds
creating ArtBots
Make mine unique

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Please vote for me!

Blick is having a contest beginning April 3rd.  Please vote for my entry here.
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Saturday, March 25, 2017

It's clay time!

Loading the kiln
I pushed my clay unit off until after February Break this year.  Here we are at week four and the greenware is going into the kiln.  I taught a few of the old standbys with the kids and threw in a few new projects this year as well.  Third grade explored the Egyptian burial process and are creating Canopic Jars.  We stepped into Ancient Greece for fourth grade and they are created urns to be decorated with slip or underglaze with geometric patterns.  Clay is a favorite unit of the year.  In about a month I will post some of the completed projects.
Canopic jars - the Jackal was a very popular choice

A powerpoint for the Canopic lesson

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Planning for some ArtBot creations!


I just visited my local Dollar Tree to gather supplies for the art club to make ArtBots.  I'm so excited! I have wanted to do these for quite the while but couldn't validate purchasing all those mini motors everyone was talking about out of pocket.  A few electric toothbrushes and pool tubes later we are in business.  I'll be sure to post photos of the Club Kids work in a few weeks.  
STEAM  should translate to FUN!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

District Exhibit for Youth Art Month

Student work top row center
Last night our local museum hosted the opening reception for our county YAM event.  The turnout was fabulous with people from the community as well as families and students.  It was great to see a few principals in attendance as well as our city's superintendent.  Hopefully, this is the begging of a great art movement for our county.  Photos capturing my student's work and some of the performers from last night.

Student work top row 2nd from right

Student work bottom right

Student work bottom round print
Top left

Student work top center

Student work top center

Student works - near bottom center
Bird and Bear

student work fish

High School band kicked off the night

One of my school's alumni now in HS band
Elementary Musicians performed

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Ages and Stages?

 Have you ever really paid attention to the developmental differences in students of the same age?  Today I noticed one of my first grader's work and proceeded to be amazed by the great effort.  Then I began to really pay attention to the vast differences in the level of work in that one first grade class.  Thought I would snap a few pictures.  Kinda keeps me grounded with my expectations.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Book review with a project connection

I just finished reading this terrific illustrated biography written by Kay A. Haring, Keith's sister.  I loved this.   Many of the facts I already knew about Haring's life and career are included in the narrative.  The additional personal information adds clarity to my understanding of the choices Haring made in his life.  I can not wait to read this treasure to my students.

I already enjoy sharing the images of "I wish I didn't have to sleep! with students.  The companion books will definitely enhance my Haring unit.

I usually use Haring with fourth grade students.  They have done a variety of projects over the years generally focusing on the simplicity of line in Haring's images as well as the implied                                                                       movement in his work.

This year students connected Haring to a project in trace printing.  They created a Haring figure and included hearts in the image.  These were then used for printing.  Here are some images of student works.

Student work

You can find another project connection here.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Chris Uphues borrowed from Cassie Stephens

student work
 When I spotted this project on Cassie Stephen's blog I knew I had to do it with one of my students.  We were exploring printmaking and I knew printing hearts with TP rolls would be a big hit.  My students also enjoyed learning about a practicing artist and viewing some of his work.  The project took about three weeks, a bit longer than I anticipated but happily most were completed prior to February break.
student work

I have a new love

Diffusion geometric to organic
I have fallen head over heels for a new art "medium".  In the beginning weeks of school I venture into a local distributor and purchased a mega size container of coffee filters.  I intended to utilize them as dots for an annual dot day project.  Students used them to demonstrate symmetry and for mandalas.  Check out the link to our Artsonia pages to view those.  Along the way, they were used for a project to demonstrate the difference between geometric shapes and organic shapes  (draw geometric, spray with water and they turn into organic shapes).  At some point,  I became totally hooked on the diffusion qualities obtained with coffee filters.   My students have added them to Morris Burton projects, used them to make trees, as well as Artist Trading Cards.  The other day I decided to play with one for a project for an Art with Mr. E project for his #aheartadaychallenge.  The ideas are totally endless.  My newest effect was dropping on some Kosher Salt.

Morris Burton
Analogous colors for trees

Start with shapes
Spray with some water
Let it diffuse

Morris Burton using the paper the filter was sitting on to dry

Dropping on some Kosher Salt
If you haven't attempted these
Close up of  Kosher Salt affect
yet, pick some up and try it out
with your students.  The "WoW"
effect is totally worth the experience.  
For now, I'm off to do some creating 
with these new papers.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Just Sharing

Last summer I took an Art of Education course where we talked about critiques.  I have adapted the use of TAG critiques into my classroom this year for grades 3,4, 5.  My goal it to get them thinking more deeply about their own art and the art of their peers and famous artist by writing about them.  Here is what TAG stands for:

T: tell something you like
A: ask a question
G: give some advice

For their first experience in writing a TAG, I used one of my own pieces of art that I had created as an example for a project we had been working on in class.  Since I work in two buildings, I use the example from the opposite buildings so the students would not recognize it as mine.  I refused to divulge who the artist was, saying only it had been made at the other school.  It was interesting to see how seriously they critiqued my work and gave me a great deal of insight into their thinking processes and the information they had retained from the lesson.   For one of my personal student goals, I had pledged to practice TAG with students four times over the course of the year.  

 To have students apply understanding of the purpose of Art making by writing artist critiques in the form of a TAG. Critique their own work, the work of peers, and the work of professional
artists, and demonstrate an understanding of the formal, cultural, and historical contexts of the work (National Art Standard - Responding, Anchor standards #7, #8, #9; MA: Re7.1.4, MA: Re 8.1.4; MA:Re 9.1)

For their second tag, we wrote based on the Artist Trading cards we received from the Mini Matisse' card exchange.  Throughout this process, students have wanted to be able to communicate more directly with the artist of the work they were viewing.  For their third TAG, I have decided to pair them with a classmate.  They will exchange papers and TAG an actual work from that classmate.  We will call it a Valentine TAG because these will be happening the week prior to February break which also occurs during Valentine's week.  I am sharing the worksheet I have put together for them.

With this being our third attempt at a TAG, I will be looking at the language they are using as they talk the art, specifically the use of Art Vocabulary.  Please feel free to download and use my handout to practice TAG critiques with your students.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Burton Morris in 5th grade

student work 
Thanks to Kids Artist blogspot for this great lesson on Burton Morris.  I was looking for a quick 2-3 day fun project for my 5th grade students and stumbled upon your lesson.  They are so loving this lesson and learning about the work of Morris.  My students always seem to enjoy investigating the work of a living artist and Morris's work was no exception.  I allowed them total freedom as they discovered the materials they wanted to incorporate into the making of their hearts.  There are many recycled papers and even some pressed tissue paper in use.  I love the results!

student work

student work

Thursday, January 26, 2017

A six minute daily draw......prompt

My classes participate in a 6 minute silent draw when they first arrive at class each day.  I tell them it is to help them engage their art brains.  It allows me time to take attendance, switch out supplies and mentally prepare for the next grade level lesson.  This month I added these light bulbs to my white board.  They are laminated so I can use it just as I would my whiteboard.  I am using the prompt from the #k12artchallenge as an additional daily prompt for the 6 minute day.  Students still have the option to draw whatever they would like for the 6 minutes but if they are stuck, they now have a prompt.

Do you shop NAEIR?

I signed on with a teacher's membership quite some time ago and have check out the site several times since signing up but never seems to accrue the required amount of merchandise to place an order.  Earlier in the month I finally found enough merchandise and placed the first order.  Now I am so hooked!!I was delighted when the first order arrived with all of my quality goodies.  There was a lot of stuff for my $50.00 purchase.  When my art club students ask to do some creating with Duct tape, I knew just were to look to economically purchase the needed supplies.  Well, the boxes arrived today.  I can't wait to see the kids faces  when they come to club next week!  We will be in duct tape heaven!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Artistic Narratives - Introducing Norman Rockwell

student work
Fifth grade students are completing a unit on Norman Rockwell. The focus was on the narrative qualities of his work. The complete lesson plan is further down in this post. I wanted to share some of their completed work with you. For the 2nd half of the lesson, I will be coordinating with one of their classroom teachers where they will be writing the narratives to accompany their illustrations. We plan to post work outside of both of our classrooms. I will post illustrations with a QR code link to the written work. She will post the QR code link to the illustrations along with their written work. This will be a great way for both of us to document collaboration in the curriculum.

student work

student work

student work

student work

student work

student work

Artistic Narratives

Overview:  Fifth grade students will use artistic details to tell a narrative.  They will then follow-up by writing the story to accommodate the work of art. Creating art in the Regionalism style of Norman Rockwell. (1894-1978)

Objective: As an Artist -
      I can interpret or create a narrative depiction through art.
      I can write a narrative based on the artistic detail of my work of art.
                 I can create and understand the use of visual cues to tell a story.

Materials:  A variety of prints by the American Artist/Illustrator, Norman Rockwell
                  9 x 12 white drawing paper
                  Medium of choice (crayons, markers, color pencils, watercolor…)

Week 1:  Background history on artist of choice, Norman Rockwell.  
Group analysis of a selected Norman Rockwell print with a focus on determining the narrative of the work and searching for the artistic details that contribute to the narrative.  If time: break into table groups to analyze an additional work for collaborate sharing.

Week 2: Create in the illustration style of Norman Rockwell.  Drawing first in pencil and remembering to add artistic details to enrich the narrative of the illustration.

Week 3-4: Continue to add two illustration with pencil if needed then using medium of choice begin to add color to the composition.

Week 4-5: Once illustration is completed, begin to write the accompanying narrative to tell the story of the work.  Use a dictionary, supplied, to check all spelling.  Look for good sentence structure and punctuation.  Story is minimally two full pages, hand written.  Once completed, publish both on Artsonia.


Refer to posted rubric in classroom to determine artistic development.