Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Art Made Easy Podcast

WHAT AN HONOR!! I was invited to be a guest on Deep Space Sparkle, Art Made Easy, Podcast by Patty Palmer.  Yep, that Patty Palmer, you know the Patty Palmer I confessed a #Crush on last February?  WOW!! I have to say she is a treat to talk to. We had such a good chat and I'm so excited to share it with you today.

So here we go... I hope you enjoy this podcast (click here)

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


Look at the message that Donors Choose sent me today...

We’re doing something we’ve never done before to help you rally support for your classroom. Thanks to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, when a donor gives to your project or teacher page on November 29, both you and your supporter will be entered (maximum 10 entries) into our #GivingTuesday GIVEaway. One hundred teachers and donors will each receive a $5,000 gift card to support requests on our site.
If you needed an extra special reason to reach out, this is it. Let those who care about you and your students know how they can support your classroom on this global day of giving.
Your Team

Parents of Hassan,

We are often asked as teachers how can I support you? What is it that you want for the Holidays?  This is people.  I want to be able to make all my BIG ideas come true for your students in the Art Studio.  This is a GREAT way to show your support. 

On this day of giving, I want to offer an easy way to contribute—and a little glimpse into my classroom! To make sure my students have the materials they need to succeed, I’ve created a page on

Support my classroom today and we’ll both be entered in a special #GivingTuesday GIVEaway for a chance to receive a $5,000 gift card. Just think of all the students we could help!  I teach every student in the school.  I promise any request I make on is to better EVERY student education at Hassan Elementary.  

If I were to receive $5,000 for our Art Studio I know exactly what I would spend it on.  I would bring in an Artist in Residence.  I have a wish list of people who I would like to invite into our school.  These Artist are people who offer something I can't such as Fibers, Clay, or a Mosaic.

Whether or not we win the GIVEaway, your support would be a major win for my students. They’ve already accomplished so much this year, and I can’t wait to help them grow even more.

Thank you so much,
Mrs. Hahn

P.S. If you know anyone who may want to help, please pass this along!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Careers in Art- Botanist

I am continuing to work on #CareersInArt with my 3rd grade.  This one was a blast.  I asked the students to 'Become a Botanist'. Yes, a Botanist is a plant Scientist... but I explain that many times these Scientists need Artist skills to allow them to communicate their findings to others. Here is the flipped video that I presented to my Artist at the start of class. 

I brought in a lot of veggies and fruit.  I tried to find things that my students might otherwise not have an opportunity to interact with. I brought in the Key Limes because they smell amazing, the veggies and sunflower from my garden, and some fun fruit that were even new to my eye and pallet. 

When we think of teaching preschoolers we think of giving them experiences to welcome their five senses.  I tried to give my 3rd graders the same thing.  I let them touch, smell, look... nope, no tasting (not messing with allergies with fruits I'm not familiar with).  I even let the kids take one sunflower seed if they wanted to draw it, or pull it apart... or, many students put it in their pocket to bring it home to 'plant' it. Typically, growing a sunflower doesn't work really well in November in Minnesota... but who am I to tell them no. 

In the video, I showed the kids how to do some expansion on their observational drawing. I was shocked to see the little masterworks that they created from a quick project sample and a few suggestions in the flipped lesson.

While becoming a Botanist, some students explored watercolors.  I asked them to only use one sheet of watercolor paper, and I think this helped many students be a little more controlled with their paintings. 

Because the kids were only asked to use one watercolor paper, I also found that they chose to do practice paintings first on recycled paper.  I love when students make the choices to better their Artwork without me having to mention every step... sometimes, I just forget. This is another way that I have found success in choice-based learning. Students are starting to really think like an Artist in the Art Studio.

Our Media Center at Hassan is really wonderful.  I just have to go on upstairs to find some amazing books that will support any lesson I teach. 

One of the most successful stations that I saw in the choices given was collage work. I have some boxes labeled collage and they are filled with painted paper from previous projects. Use the good stuff... right?? I told the kids to have at the paper and they created amazing works.

After students finished their projects in class, I asked them to place them in the front of the room.  We took the time to look at the Art created in class.  We had a great discussion and students were able to share and talk about the work created.  This was a powerful wrap-up to this lesson. 

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Art Reflection- Careers in Art

I have been doing a concentration on #CareersInArt with my 3rd grade this year.  We are all loving it.  The kids are having a blast and learning a lot.  Click here to see more lesson plans and videos on Careers in Art. 

I wanted to make sure that the kids had a formal reflection about the careers we had covered in the past four visits to the art room. I started the kids out with a worksheet that we completed together.  I didn't want them to worry about the names of the careers, I wanted to hear more about the reflection... what they liked (and why) and what they found challenging (and why).  Feel free to share this reflection with your own students.  I have a FREE printable on my TpT store
The next part of the project, I showed my students how to draw a troll.  They created a troll to be one of the 4 careers in art.  In our case, the trolls had to be an architect, medical illustrator, toy designer, or botanist. I glued this worksheet onto the back of the artwork at the end of class.  The next class students were able to finish their designs by drawing, outlining and coloring if they had time. The artwork was sent home.  With the reflection sheet on the back, my hope was that the kids would share this with their parents and it would help communicate what we have been doing in the Art Studio. 

You will see a lot of Troll projects from me right now because it's the kids pop culture right now... it's HOTT for this minute in time.  This idea could be changed for any main character.  You could use your mascot, something seasonal (a turkey for Turkey perhaps), or themselves. Or even an interior design project with no subject at all... just the inside of a room of a career in Art. 

Above is a Botanist Troll. 

We have a Medical Illustrator above complete with teeth and bones. 

Here's a Troll with a ponytail.  She just happens to be an Architect. 

This Troll is more of a Yoda Troll I guess... He's a toy designer. 

It was a fun project for my students to do while reflection on the content learned thus far this year.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Hassan Elementary #MannequinChallenge

Here's the setup... It's a Friday. It's the last day of school before the kids get a week off and the teachers have conferences.  There has been the 'super' moon for the last couple of days... that means not just a full moon, but a super full moon.  The whole school dressed in 50's style on Thurs. to celebrate 50 days of school. We had BINGO as a PBIS celebration on Thurs. It's Mickey Mouses Birthday on Friday, lots of Mickey Ears on little heads. To top it off, it's indoor recess because of rain and wind.  In fact, the whole state of Minnesota is under winter weather watch because the first snow of the school year is about to happen today, many of our neighboring schools not too far to the north were closed for the day.

I'm going to be real with you for a minute (as I always am on this blog) I was scared to go to school. All I could imagine was so much craziness for the whole day and not in a good way.  I'm mean who can blame them.  For some of these kids, it's the fifth time they have experienced a first snow of the season in their lifetime.  They deserve to be excited... I just didn't want to teach them on a day like this. 

So I sent out an email to my staff inviting them to share the Sesame Street: Mannequin Challenge video with their kids and then if they wanted to participate in the Mannequin Challenge, I would come by during my prep and take a shot of it, splice the three or four videos together and share it with parents.  My hidden thought was we could call out Mannequin Challenge anytime during the day and have a minute of quiet and still... Teachers will survive!

I was amazed at the response.  Teachers were totally on board, I got emails back from so many of my coworkers who were totally on board.  It was overwhelming, and beautiful, and fun.  So during my breaks in the day I was running around the school calling out the challenge and filming.  It was amazing! 

I got 20 minutes of clips.  So I broke it down to two videos... the 'long version' and 'short version'.  Here we are, the two videos to share with you...

What did I learn from this?? The school I work at ROCKS!! REALLY!!  I buzzed around and saw real education happening.  Yes... it was a 'set up' with the still students... but the activities were not set up at all. Music class had body movement and instruments, Phy Ed had a turkey game that used the whole gym, there was a book fair going on, kids were on Chrome Books, there was calm during indoor recess, I saw robots being programmed, and older groups meeting with their buddies.  There is so much that happens in a school in one day. SO MUCH!! 

Plus the kids were in love with this! It's pop culture, it's their world.  It's a fun challenge.  They will look back and this and say, remember that time?? Yah, that was so 2016. I'm glad that the staff at Hassan were so willing to play this pop culture game yesterday.  It was a lot of fun!