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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Kindergarten Self-Portraits

My kindergartners have been busy!  They worked really hard on creating their self-portraits.  I found a really great video on Pinterest of a teacher doing a step-by-step self-portrait with her class.  http://pinterest.com/pin/30469734949975123/

We watched the video & did it step-by-step with her.  I paused the video after every new thing she drew & talked about it with the students.  I used my document camera to draw & the students could watch me.  They drew theirs along with me.  We had a few mirrors out on each table to the students to look in to check & see what they looked like.  

Once it was all drawn out in pencil, we colored it in crayon.  We paid particular attention to our skin color, our eye color, & our hair color.  We used more than one color crayon if we needed to make a color we didn't have. 

We also added details to our backgrounds to make them more exciting & less boring!  Students could choose what to put int he background.  

Here are some of our finished self-portraits! 





If you would like to see our whole collection of kindergarten self-portraits, check out our Artsonia page!  

http://www.artsonia.com/museum/gallery.asp?exhibit=571151

Hope you enjoyed!  

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

2nd Grade Fall Glue Resist Trees

This fall 2nd graders worked on creating Fall glue resist trees.  

I was inspired by this beautiful piece of artwork I found on Pinterest: 
(Here is the link of it on my Pinterest page: http://pinterest.com/pin/30469734949878641/; When it's clicked on, it takes me to Tumblr, so I don't know where it is originally from!)

Anyway, once I saw it, I knew that my 2nd graders were capable of creating something similar.  We started by talking about Fall trees & what they look like.  Then students used a pencil & drew a "Y" tree on their paper.  I told them to make sure the branches went all the way to the edge of their paper so they could switch watercolors once we were painting.

Once the students drew the trees with pencils, we went over it with black glue (Just used the old glue bottles left over from last year, & a half glue/half black tempera mix).  
The green paper in the middle is for the students to test their glue bottles.  We found once we added the glue, it barely had to be open for the glue to come out.  And if it was open all the way, watch out!  Glue mess!  :)  They did a great job though.  I reminded them to make sure their glue bottle was touching their paper; "Use the glue bottle like a marker & color over your pencil lines"  It also worked well to give the trees texture.  


Once it was dry, we used watercolors to fill space behind the branches at the top of their trees.  
 We talked about creating new colors by blending them on their paper & not in the paint.  
 These students are in the beginning stages of painting at the top.  
 *Just another bit of info:  the pieces underneath of their artwork are our "messy mats".  The cafeteria saves the packages of foil Tyson wraps from the hamburgers & chicken patties.  They don't use them, so we make great use of them in the art room!  When they get too dirty, we just throw them away!


Once the students painted the top background of their trees, we focused on the background of the trunk.  We talked about "tye dying" their paper with watercolors - wet the background with water first, then go over it with watercolors to give the tye dye effect.  


Here are some of our final trees: 
 Students were able to chose their own colors & what they wanted to use.

 I'm always amazed how I can give the exact same set of directions to everyone & they can come up with something completely different!  




Hope everyone enjoys!  
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Monday, September 17, 2012

Adaptive Arts Outer Space Sculptures

     This week my adaptive arts students created outer space sculptures.  I found a recipe for "galaxy play dough" & I knew I wanted my adaptive arts kids to get their hands on it!  Here is the link for the galaxy play dough:  http://fairydustteaching.blogspot.com/2011/05/galaxy-playdough.html

We discussed what outer space looks like & the things that we see out there.  I showed the students images of outer space.  We talked about flat art (2D) & sculpture (3D).  Then, we started out sculptures.  

Each student was given a large ball of galaxy play dough.  Then I set out varying size wood pieces, pipe cleaners, & marbles.  

Here are our outer space sculptures.  





I think they did a great job & loved how they turned out!  The best part was they loved how they turned out! 



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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Adaptive Arts Class

This is my first year teaching an adaptive arts class.  I only have two or three students that come to class, and at first I thought it was going to be a real challenge.  After the fourth week of school though, I have found that this is an amazing class!  I was worried about underestimating what our students could do... or knowing their abilities & what they were capable of doing.  
The first week of school, I read No David!  Then we created our Davids.  
I found this lesson through Pinterest (what haven't I found through Pinterest?!) & here is the original link to Fall Into First's blog: 
http://www.fallintofirst.com/2012/06/david-learns-school-rules.html .  

I chose this lesson because I wanted to go over our classroom rules & I wanted to get an understanding for what the students were capable of.... Following directions - check.  Gluing - check. Understanding the big picture - check.  Having fun while making art - check!  
The students created their Davids & I think they turned out pretty cute.  
Here are our Davids
 I had precut shapes for one of the students as they are not able to use scissors.  
The other student tried their hand at cutting on their own.  Pretty good job.  :)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

International Dot Day!

     September 15th is International Dot Day!  It celebrates the story of The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds.  Vashti, a little girl, thinks she can't draw.  Her art teacher helps her believe that she is an artist by telling her to make a mark & see where it takes her!  
     If you would like to learn more about International Dot Day, click this link:  http://fablevisionlearning.com/dotday/
     We are celebrating International Dot Day on Friday, September 14th in our school.  Students & staff are wearing dots on Friday, reading the dot, & even watching it as a video!  
     In the art room, we are creating some exciting dots!  In second grade, we read The Dot & then worked in stations to create their dots.  On each table, I set out 2 colors of markers & many colors of crayons.  Students stood up out of their chairs, & they had one minute to use the markers at each table to start their dots.  Then we moved to the next table, & so on, until they made it around to all six tables. 
 Since the students only had one minute at each table, they worked quiet (without being told!) on their own. After the first minute, they realized just how fast a minute flies by! 
 Students had the choice to make many dots....
 Or just one large dot.  They had to fill the space.  
 I told them to make & mark & see where it would take them.  They were very creative! 






 Students also had the choice to make a "frame" around their art, like Vashti's teacher did in The Dot.
Because they only had a minute at each table, they had to think quick!  I really enjoyed seeing how differently all of their dots turned out.  








Here are some of our kindergartners dots.  They used crayon to create inside of a dot & cut it out when they were done.   






These are 1st grade dots.  The students used oil pastels.  

Some students had never used oil pastels before, so some of experimented with mixing colors. 


Other students came up with an idea for their dot.



Hope everyone enjoys our dots!

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