Monday, October 20, 2014

I Can... Statments

I CAN!  I can statements are the 'hot' thing right now and a 'must have' for ISD 728.  So, here is my game plan.  I have them posted on my cupboards.  I will be posting the 'I can' statements will be posted as my students learn the lessons and the mini project will continue to grow as well.  I think this will be great to see what our art classroom has accomplished over the year.  The students also LOVE to see what the other grades are doing.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Contour Line Owl

What a fun Project!!  This owl was inspired by a post I saw on a blog called Whatever.  Actually, I've seen it over and over again on Pinterest.  I watched the tutorial which taught me how to teach this lesson to my students.  I needed to slow down some of the steps so I made another supporting video for my 3rd graders to follow.  We practiced 3 times, first time we could pick up our pen for the continuous line drawing.  The next two tries, they were asked to keep the pen down.  This was very challenging for my students, but they love giving it a try.  The kids looked at the growth between their practices.  It was fun to hear them buzzing about their artwork. 

Our final project was bigger and on colored paper.  We drew the bird with sharpie and colored each section in with construction paper crayons.  I gave the kids two classes to complete this project.  I found the second day of coloring for an hour to be too much.  Next time I do this lesson, I'll be making it smaller.  

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sweeper Organization

If you have designated a place for everything in your classroom... the kids will keep it cleaner, I promise.  So here is my new system for these cute little sweepers.  I had some sweepers from years past, but they were different colors.  I know, why should that matter... I don't know why it does, but it does in the elementary and middle school.  If there is something that is different, the kids all want to use it, or no one wants it.  So I found these for $1.50 and they are all the SAME.  Worth the money.

I put a dot on the wall with paper and packaging tape.  These colors align with my table colors.  I hammered in a push pin in the center of each circle.  Then I put the same colored pipe cleaner on the sweeper.  I have had this in my room for weeks and the kids have used it every day.  Each sweeper is still put on the right color and put away every day.  That is ART TEACHER BLISS!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Halloween Final Touches

A few more areas that just needed to be decorated.  We added the shadow into the front windows.  We just used tag board and tissue paper.  The kids designed it, and I cut it out.  I added a couple of pillows that I created last year.  The web was a great system called, reverse applique.  If you don't know what that is, check out this tutorial on That Darn Kat (click here).

The candles are my favorite!  My Aunt C. gave me this sweet candle holder.  It needed a little TLC and some spray paint, but it is perfect.  I looked at 3 stores for candles.  I got frustrated and just bought white candles and sprayed them black too.  I then lit the candles and used red crayon next to the flame to make the 'blood' drips.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Goldsworthy Fall Fun

Andy Goldsworthy official website

Why do we live in Minnesota?  Because of Fall.  We love the colors and the cool crisp air.  We are really fortunate to have a couple of days off from school, it's going to be great weather and the peek if fall colors.  Wait... Did you say two day off from school... What are we doing to do with the kids?  

Here is one idea.  Get outside and make some beautiful, natural art!  First check out the work of Andy Goldsworthy.  Then gather all the leaves you can.  Get outside and do some designing.