Saturday, December 3, 2016

Artist Trading Cards, Trade Day 2016

An Artist Trading Card Update!! 

Many of the participants of the swap will be receiving their Artist Trading Cards this week.  In this post, I want to go over the specifics of the trade itself.  I will be highlighting more about the cards traded, as what to do after the trade.

We had a total of 102 (two packages just came in) schools who sent me cards this year. In the packages we received, we had...
12,397 cards in total!! 

Let's first talk about where the cards were from this year.  Hassan received most of the cards from inside the United States... But truly from all over the US.  The state that sent us the most was Texas.  Some of you know we have an amazing #PLN (Professional Learning Network) in Texas that is extremely active on social media.  I have connected with many of these amazing teachers because of the #GrundlerTeam (Matt and Larua Grundler)... They are so awesome to have a Twitter chat every Thursday night, that allows us to get to know each other and collaborate professionally.  Twitter Chats are amazing and if you haven't tried to join one make it your New Year Resolution!  Hope to see you Thurs. nights 8:30 CST for the #k12ArtChat.
Outside of the United States, we had cards from; Germany, Belgium, China, Canada, Scotland, Thailand, and Italy.  In fact, we had 10 schools from Italy participate. This was do to another amazing connection I have to one person in Italy. Miriam Paternoster who is the author of Arte a Scuola, and amazing Art Education blog. She reached out for me to the educators she works with... and let me tell you, they had some STUNNING work to send us.  Click here for her post on the cards her artist created. Stunning work!!

Image pulled from Arte a Scuola
As far as schools who participated, the vast majority was Intermediate, kids age 9-12 years of age. When cards are exchanged, it's very hard for me to exchange only High School with High School and Primary with Primary. Participants might have cards from all levels return back to your school.  It leads to some great conversation with your class after they trade.  I have more to share on the reflection in an upcoming post. 
This year I offered an opportunity to teachers to participate as well.  Over half participated so this tells me that Art Teachers are interested in ATC's too. I will make a few changes in this area (as well as other areas) for next year.  But know, I will do my best to accommodate this opportunity again. 

So how did I go about this trade?? I have been receiving packages for months.  I put them in my back room and didn't pull them out until 'Trade Day'.  Durning Fall conference, I pulled all the packages and cards out onto my tables in my classroom.  This is when I started to panic a bit... It was a lot of cards, a lot of participants. I took a deep breath and started working. 

I wanted to celebrate the cards, so I took pictures of what I believe to be all the cards that were sent to me.  I might have missed one or two trades when doing this because I had parents coming in and out for conferences too... so I might have missed some. If you want to see (most of) the trades that were sent, click here

As far as preparation goes, I had Katelyn Fiss (our health clerk) donate some time.   She was asked to write out the international postage information. This is a challenge for us because it's often in another language, but what a learning opportunity! 

Those of you in the States know that the day after Thanksgiving is a shopping day we call Black Friday.  Everyone leaves the house very early in the morning and starts shopping for the 'Doorbusters'.  It's something this lady does NOT participate in.  So my Aunt and I went in early and did some morning 'swap'n' instead of 'shop'n'. 

We packed up the envelopes... well, we ran out of envelopes and recycled some boxes too. I had some helpers bring them to my car... and they were off to the post office. 

Being a teacher is not the most flexible schedule.  I camped out in the front of the post office door to be the first one on the day I mailed out our packages.  I was so nervous.  I had 100 packages to send out... That is a lot to ask of an employee first thing in the morning.  I need to give a BIG digital hug to Dan from the Rogers Postal Services.  He helped me with a smile and allowed me to bring in all 12 boxes.  He made this dreaded trip so, so wonderful. THANKS DAN! 

Hopefully, our participants will be getting their packages soon. I ask for forgiveness if the numbers are off.  I really tried to get the right number back to you, but well... I hope the previous information will allow you to understand there may have been some human error.  I will not be able to send any additional cards. Upcoming posts will focus on passing the cards out, and celebrations of some of the cards sent my way.  Be sure to keep checking back for more updates on the 2nd Annual Artist Trading Card Swap. 

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.