Monday, September 29, 2014

My classroom webpage is on it's way


Well, here it is.  New school, new website.  It's coming along nicely.  It's not close to being complete, but by the end of the year it should be nice and complete.  Come check it out

Thursday, September 25, 2014

School Wide Stop Motion Animation


I was completely inspired last spring by seeing Mr. Haske amazing, Keith Haring inspired stop motion animation.  See the video below. I tweeted about it right away and knew I would do a project like this in my classroom for the first week of school.  And so I did. 


The inspiration was our theme of the school year.  We (Hassan Elementary) is turning 10 years old this year.  We are having a year long birthday party.  AWESOME.  Our Husky mascot, Pride joined us on the first day of school as we all sang happy birthday.  As most art teachers know, we don't have one first day, we have several.  I'm on a 6 day rotation this year so I met 5 new classes every day, for 6 days.  I stuck with the same lesson for all classes.  My goals were as follows...
  • I wanted the students to learn the location of tools and the design of the room.
  • I wanted students to feel safe with the lesson they were going to complete on day one.
  • I am a new teacher to the school so I wanted to take the time and get to know my students as they were working on a simple coloring sheet.
  • I wanted to make a large group collaboration for the students of Hassan.
  • I wanted to celebrate our theme. 
This project met all of my goals.  Heres how I did it.  I created about 200 hand drawn, line drawings to fulfill the goals of my story line.  Then I got smart and used line drawings and the copy machine for the rest of the 550 images.  It was a TON of work, but I had a vision and I'm so happy with the final result.  Each page was numbered so when kids were done, I organized and took pictures on the Stop Motion App on my iPad.  I did this after every class for the 6 days.

This was my set up, taped to stay in place for the week

You can see I used braces to keep the pages in the same position.

Lot's of paper, but the project was worth it. 
So, here it is, the final project... I hope you enjoy it!


Parents and teachers were all given the link of this video and it has about 800 hits in two days.  That really says something.  Hassan parents and kids are interested and excited about art and our project.  I have lots of great comments and emails to show how much they care.  It was all worth the work.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Table Coloring Rubrics


ISD 728 is going rubric happy.  It's beneficial to have a poster in my room with this detail of what makes a 1,2,3,4 artwork, but I have found that kids don't use it.  I'm hoping that these small, bookmark-like rubrics to have at each tables will help out.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Never Ending Pencil Battle...


These jars have been such a help in class.  Having a place by a pencil sharpener to place dull pencils and quickly replace them with sharp ones has helped my younger kids quite a bit!  The older kids do this as a job when they are finished with their work.  I haven't had to sharpen any pencils thus far.  Thanks to all the smart teachers who post their ideas... I know I have seen this on Pinterest once or twice. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Relating to my students, specifically the boys.

I'm working on relating to my boys this year.  See I'm joining this school after the very cool Mr. Kantor had been here for two years.  He was great and the kids loved him... and he's a BOY!  That is some major points in a young boys eyes.  I'm working on relating to more of my boys to try to win them over.  I know I will never be Mr. K, but I hope to be O...K...
So the opportunity came up to have football players in the classroom.  I jumped at the idea.  It was great.  The guys came in for about an hour and just encouraged the kids in the art room.  They talked about their art, football, and anything else the kids wanted to chat about.  At the end of the hour the kids wanted to get an autograph from the football players, the high schoolers were happy to sign their name for their adoring fans.