Thursday, October 12, 2017

3rd grade Owls 2017

Third grade is finishing up their owls this week.  This will always be one of my favorite projects!  I just love the combinations of colors they use and the white accent lines just finish them off!  They learn about symmetry and spacing, as well as the importance of a single 1/2" smidge of space! :)

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

1st grade ladybugs

First grade is finishing up these gorgeous ladybug paintings this week!  We did a few different types of borders, including the checkerboard style but then I decided the dots went with the ladybugs even better!  I love them both designs, however, so I'm posting both!  We created the borders on the first day and drew our ladybugs, using water bottle lids for the spots.  They learned about overlapping, proportion, also about symmetry in nature during the course of this project.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Parrot progress!

Oooo I'm loving how some of these are turning out!  They are practicing blending in color wheel order, using my handy dandy paintbrush color wheel I made at the beginning of the year.  (More on that later. :) 

We are also blending in our leaves, using dark and light green, along with some yellow.  This student is doing a fantastic job on her leaves.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

5th grade art fundraiser project - parrots!

We are jumping right into our fundraiser projects, beginning with 5th grade!  This is one of those projects that I've been doing for almost 13 years, since I first began teaching.  It's fantastic for teaching line, shape, and of course color!  It's also great for overlapping and teaching the kids about space because it's easy to "fill" in the background.  On the first day we draw the parrot together, beginning with the basic shapes. Next comes permanent marker, and then we paint the background with a tempera wash.  Seems backwards, I realize, but I've found that when they paint the background last, sometimes the watery blue will pull color from the more heavily painted areas and then we have a mess! :(

Next week - COLOR!  Well, painted color that is!  Enjoy your week!

Getting ready for a new year!

Obviously this did not post on the correct date as it should have!  PLEASE Blogger bring back the app to make it easier for this art teacher to upload photos! I had this post ready to go and evidently when the app closed, it did not upload, so we are well into September! These are from the August workdays.  I have 2 classrooms to set up so I thought I'd share some photos! 

New caddies at Badin!  For years I've used blue and yellow caddies but it was hard for the kids to distinguish which belonged to which table.  So to go along with my table colors, I added ribbons this year.  

I've had this sign for a while and I'm shocked it's still intact after all these years of hanging on my door, exposed to the ahem... elements?  Yes it's an interior door to a hallway, but sometimes things get a little disheveled out there! You know, almost as if a tornado went through? :) 

Ready to fill this space with creative kidlets! :) Enjoy your week! 

Friday, May 26, 2017

3rd grade donuts!

This is new project for third grade this year.  They learned a lot about value and how to use watercolor to create the illusion of a three dimensional object.  We drew the donuts by tracing a can for the large circle and a bottle lid for the center.  We added a couple of lines to give them depth, then began painting, using a darker version and a lighter version of the same color.  I think they turned out deliciously!!  :)

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Watercolor winter wonderland in 5th grade

I usually repeat this project every year in 5th grade and this year was no exception.  I had some really nice ones this year too.  We decided to use black tempera for the trees because I've found that few students can get the black watercolor dark enough and they tended to look gray in previous years.  So we did everything else in watercolor and then last painted the foreground trees.

Snowy cityscapes in 4th grade

This is a new project in 4th grade this year and I think it may be a keeper!  We discussed line, shape, perspective, and of course foreground, midground, and background while creating these colorful cityscapes. 

Schulz Self Portraits in 1st grade!

My first graders learned a little about Charles Schulz to create these adorable self portraits.  We drew them together and they added details to make them unique.  I always love to see how cute these turn out.  Each one has it's own personality, just like the students that created them!  

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!

I began this quick and easy lesson on form and shape with a substitute one day a few weeks ago.  Once I returned we went into more depth (no pun intended!) about how the curved lines make our hearts appear to pop out of the page.  We also talked a bit about the color spectrum so some students chose to do theirs in color spectrum order, although that wasn't a requirement.  We used one of my favorite mediums (besides paint of course!) Crayola Color sticks.  We even incorporated some fraction math by dividing the heart.  I should also mention that we drew everything in pencil first, then traced in Sharpie.  Otherwise you'll have black sharpie all over your rulers!  Instructions are posted at the bottom! :)  

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Kinder raccoons in winter!

So I'm having a bit of a battle with blogger lately... apparently they are not updating the app anymore, which makes it difficult to upload pictures!  I'm trying to figure out the most efficient way now that the app is not an option so apologies for the delays between posts!  Kinders are working on these adorable raccoons and finishing up this week.  We did a little directed drawing, then painted the sky and the gray parts of the raccoon, and last we are coloring the black parts and the hat and scarf.  I love how they are turning out!