Monday, August 29, 2016

Art to Remember, Primary Petals

I presented at the Art of Education conference, ArtEdNow this year twice.  Once was on this super cute project that we called Primary Petals.  It's the Art to Remember activity that I'm choosing to do with my K's this year. (lesson plan here)

This lesson is unique because it uses some wonderful materials such as PlayColor sticks by Jack Richeson and some basics like watercolors.

I'm going to have students start out with a tracer.  I'm working with my K's so I'll be providing the tracers but for the older kids, I would have them create their shape for a vase. 

Outline this drawing with sharpie and add a horizon line.  The line can be dotted between the vase lines to make it look like glass. Then I have the kids do several layers of swirls using PlayColors. This is a difficult task for K's so practicing this first might be a good thing. 

Use the play colors to create the stems and the 'table cloth'.  It's a good idea to have patterns available for your students to look at for the table cloth.  You can use traditional watercolors or liquid watercolors for the rest of the work of art.  The PlayColors are water resistant so they repel the light medium of watercolor pretty good. 

...And then they are done! The flowers have been successful and unique with all the students that I have worked with. I can't wait to share the results as I work on this project in class! 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Are you celebrating #DotDay16 this year?

Dot day is coming up!  Hassan Elementary Specialist did Dot Day in a BIG way last year. I thought I would give a quick post to share some of the ideas we did as a team last year in case you want to bring it into your school this year.
At the start of the 2015 school year, I asked my students to color one 4th of a dot. They then put the paper together to create a united dot.  Click here to look at the post from last year!

You can make your own dots in your classroom this way too.  I shared this collaborative project sheet on Teachers pay Teachers for free. Click here for the link.

Update: After sharing this post on Facebook, a member of our #PLN in the Art Teachers site shared this image of her upper grade level students doing this same project.  I love that we see choice here and collaboration. Thanks Ms. Todd.

I have done meditation with The Dot. Once the book has been read, bring your students through a meditation imagining the dot, it's colors, it's scent, touch, and sound. The kids love this and it's a great calming activity.  Click here for previous post

If you are still blessed with some nice days outside, try making dots on the sidewalk.  That was a hit for these K's. Click here

You can even use dots for assessment.  I asked these littles to decorate their dot to see what skills they were coming into class with on the first day.  It was some great incite. Click here for more
Last year was working on stations in the art room and had the students make dots at each of the stations.  It was a lot of fun for sure! click here or watch the video below

We also made a human dot... 

Phy Ed created games using balls (calling them dots).  Media created digital books. Music created compositions with 'dots' or notes and played them on percussion instruments. All AMAZING projects that were sent home to parents but because of faces and names attached... we can't share them with the world.  Work as a class, team or school as you celebrate #DotDay16!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

August: TpT Must Follows

This is one of my favorite new practices on this blog.  Once a month I'm celebrating the resources on Teacher Pay Teachers.  Today I'm really excited to share two bloggers that I admire so much and have followed and celebrated for years now. 

First, let me share Art is Basic. Marcia Beckett is the author of the blog, Art is Basic.  We have collaborated on a couple of projects in the past but I follow her blog to learn, learn, and learn how to teach!

I recently bought this Abstract Art Book for my littles.  I'm excited to add it to my lessons for this year.  Thanks Marcia!  

The other blogger I'm celebrating in this post is Hope Knight.  She just shared that she is in her 25th year of teaching... but I don't believe it.  Don't get me wrong, she is an amazing teacher who could only have gotten that way with ample experience. She just looks so darn young :) Hope is the author of Mrs. Knights Smartist Artist.  Again, Mrs. Knight shares so much to the art world.  I admire her! 

I was very excited to see this recent share on Mrs. Knights Smartest Artist TpT store. Our school is becoming a Seesaw school this year for kindergarten through second grade.  This is going to be perfect!! Thanks for saving me time Hope! 

The Seesaw is not the only purchase I have made from Mrs. Knight.  I also bought a "Make it! Planning and Reflection Sheet". Yes, Yes, Yes!! This is amazing. I can't wait to help my students think deeper using this printout. 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Art To Remember, Sea Turtle

These turtles were a hit last year! I did this with my 2nd and 3rd-grade students for their Art To Remember project.  The way I broke it down (demonstrated in this video) allows every student to be successful.  For the lesson plan, click here.

Drawing the design on the back of the shell is much easier than it looks.  Draw a triangle up, and then down, and then connect them. Now from each corner of the hexagon, draw a line out to the edge of the shell.  So easy for students to follow along. 

I gave suggestions of how to color the shell but allowed students to color how they would like as well.  They came up with some great ideas! 

I created a finishing station for my students with liquid watercolor. This worked really well.  After they were completed with this step, they brought it to me and I placed the sticker with their name on the back.  This way, kids could tell me 'what way was up' (if the image was horizontal or vertical).  It depends, where you place the sticker on the back as to where the direction for the print. 

There you have it!  Another 'kid tested, parents approved' project.  This was a hit for sure.  I had students creating these lovely turtles for the rest of the year.  I saw them everywhere in the school.  That is when you know you found a great way to teach your students, when the project is recreated over and over. 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Bit-O-Bio, Faith Ringgold

I fell in love with Faith Ringgold when the Art of Education had her speak at a conference.  She is a treasure.  Such an amazing storyteller, illustrator, artist.  She made great gains in women equality and speaks to her African American history in her art and word.  Of course, you would want to highlight her in an art class.  That is why she is my latest Bit-O-Bio.

This video talks about her childhood, her inspiration from her Mom, and her efforts for women's rights. Amazing lady for sure. The images that are created in this video include a picture of Ringgold as a child.  She always was an artist.  Also, the many children's books that she wrote and illustrated and finally an image inspired by her book Tar Beach. 

As with all the Bit-O-Bio's, there are questions and answers in response to the video.  This will allow teachers to review the information shared in the short Bit-O-Bio.  Teachers can share the books, artworks and images created by Faith Ringgold to make this lesson stronger. 

Click here to view Faith Ringgold's Bit-O-Bio