Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Friendship Circles


Continuing on with the Art to Remember Fundraiser Plans, I also plan to make a Collaborative Project with some of my middle-level students. I have never tried this with a fundraiser before, but I think it's going to be a hit.

Start the conversation with:
If you choose to, you can work in small groups to create this work of art. When we make art together we call it Collaborative Artwork. We will have fun working as a team to come up with color combinations and sometimes this isn’t going to be easy. Talk about different ways to create conflict resolutions before working as a group.

Once we create part of this project together, we will then take the pages apart from each other, and some shapes and lines to make designs on our own work.  The colors and circles will unite the works to one another, but the designs will make your portion of the design unique.



For this lesson, I'm playing with some old and new mediums for my classroom.  The part that brings out the most color on this project is the Kwik Stix. I love using this medium with all ages... it covers so smooth and it creates such bold colors. I also tried some Japanese Posca Pens in my class.  I can't wait to give it a try.  We'll see how the kids do :)  Finally, I'm using my good old permanent markers as well.
1. Tape two sheets of paper together on the back, use painters tape so it can easily be removed.


2. As a team, use a pencil to fill the pages with a variety of circles.



3. As a team, use your paint sticks to fill the circles in using a variety of colors



4. Separate the two pages.
5. Individually, use the paint markers and permanent markers to add shapes and lines to make designs.



I plan on showing students that their art is strong apart, or together. This would be a fun project to get 'dog tag necklaces' from A2R. See if they purchase this charm, they can keep one charm and give the other side to the friend... kind of like an art style 'broken-heart necklace' that you would share with a friend... just cooler, because it's their Art!




Monday, August 13, 2018

Realistic Pineapple


It's that time of the year again... I'm getting ready for the Art To Remember fundraiser! I love this lesson to start off the year. This year I'm going to be creating some old, and some new projects for our first projects.  Some of my older students will be creating Pineapples to learn how to create a form.  I'm very excited about this! They are going to be awesome!



In the Southern States, in the United States, the pineapple is a symbol for hospitality and welcoming. When pineapples first came to America, they were purchased to share with friends and family at special events. Later the image of a pineapple became a way to say welcome to guests and visitors.
Pineapples are fun to look at because there are so many colors and texture involved. In this lesson, we will learn how to create the complex looking design on the outside as well as the overlapping leaves coming from the top.  We will use watercolor and markers to create an interesting blend of colors. Finally, we will make the pineapple look three-dimensional using shadow. This is called creating a form. Here is how.
1. Create the background using watercolors. Divide the background paper provided by Art to Remember in half. Paint the top half one color and the bottom half another. This will act as the surface for the pineapple to set on. Allow this page to dry.

2. Create the pineapple on the watercolor paper with a pencil.




3. Outline the pineapple with the washable markers.


4. Use water to brush across the marker. Then use watercolors to add additional colors to the pineapple. Allow the artwork to dry completely.


5. Using charcoal, add the shadow to both the pineapple and the background.



6. Cut out the pineapple and glue it onto the background.



I would like to see these pineapples on some Art to Remember cutting boards... I think they would be adorable! I know the kids are going to think it's magic to create the shadow. This is going to be a fun project!

Friday, August 10, 2018

Artist Trading Cards Swap is Now Closed!




I'm sorry!! The sign up for the 4th Annual #ATCswap is closed for 2019.

We have well over the anticipated number of participants this year. I will not be able to manage any additional participants this year. 

The Swap is filling up so fast that I have to shut the sign up down by 9AM, Aug. 12th, 2018.


Thursday, August 2, 2018

Family Portrait Lesson Plan


Today I am presenting at The Art of Education, #ArtEdNow, an online conference for Art Educators featuring Artist and Art Educators. It's specific PD for Arts Education. That is why I love it, it's presenting to my TRIBE!! 


This conference I will be presenting on family portraits.  This lesson is an opening for a big question, What is Family?  It became more than just a pretty picture and more of a conversation between my students identifying the fact that EVERY family looks different. It was a powerful lesson.


If you are attending the conference today, I'm sure your head is swimming with ideas from all the amazing presenters.  I gave you lot's of tips and tricks that worked well in my classroom for this lesson. Most often when I present, teachers want to get ahold of the resources I used.  In this case, one resource is the Hair Reference Sheet. Because we were drawing Dad's in some of the family portraits, we had to talk about how to draw beards. Also, there are so many more hairstyles than what we see in the classroom, so I designed a sheet focused on different ways to create hair. I also spent a lot of time customizing my instruction to individual instruction with this lesson. I have provided this resource sheet on Teachers Pay Teacher if you are interested, click here for the Hair Reference Sheets. 


I also created the lesson itself. Take a look at the following video to get a short overview of what this lesson looks like.


Most of my lessons are in slide format so you are ready to present this via projection. In this case, I have some slides for students and others for teachers. The blue slides are tips, tricks, and things to consider when you are preparing and teaching this lesson. The white slides are instructions for students, prompts for them, students samples to discuss and the steps to create this final product. I took the time to make this lesson great because it's one that I will be teaching over and over for many years to come... it's that powerful.  I don't often repeat lessons, but I will need to for this one. It's a treasure. If you are interested in this lesson plan, please click here for the Family Portrait Lesson Plan.

If you want both, I have created my very first bundle. This is both the Family Portrait Lesson Plan and Hair Reference Sheets for a reduced price. Click here to go to the bundle. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

4th Annual Artist Trading Card Swap Announcement


We are doing it again folks! The Artist Trading Card Swap is officially being announced today, Aug. 1st. For those of you who have participated in the past, the short of this announcement is that you will be able to sign up on Friday, August 10th. For the rest of you, new to the ATC swap, let me share more.

What is an Artist Trading Card?

An ATC is a 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 inch work of art that is created by an Artist with the intent to give it away in a swap.

Who can Participate?

In this ATC swap, I have had students from preschool to high school. I have had public schools, private schools, and homeschools. Afterschool clubs have participated and even the teachers who sign up can participate as well. Here is the exciting part. We had over 95 schools participated last year from all over the United States and from several global trades as well.  I had Australia, Jordan, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Italy represented last year. Actually, 22 schools in Italy participated.

What do I need to make an Artist Trading Card?

To make an ATC for this swap, I request that participants use a high-quality substrate... Cardboard, chipboard, 80lb paper or higher. The cards can be created with most mediums but they do need to fit into an ATC sleeve, so three-dimensional cards must be a very low relief. If using any kind of collage, assure that it will not fall apart when traveling or after it's received by its new owner.

What is the timeline for this activity?

On Friday, August 10th, I will open up the trade for people to sign up.  I do not require the cards to come to me until February 1st of 2019.  That sounds like a long time away, but trust me, it's not. Then I try to get the cards turned around and back to you within the month of March (or before).

How do I sign up?

On Aug. 10th, I will open the ATC sign up on my Teachers Pay Teachers store.  I will have links to it all over social media and also here on my blog.  In the past, I have had to shut the sign up down quickly because so many educators sign up, so fast.  When you sign up, you get a google doc that explains in detail, when, where, how... and has lots of examples and activities of how other educators have created cards in the past. The cost of the ATC swap is a way for me to pay to send back all of the cards.


Consider if this project and timeline are going to work for you and your students this year. I would love to have you join in the fun! If you have more questions, please visit past posts by clicking here. The way that this project is celebrated online not only connects students with a physical work of art that they can keep, but also it connects classrooms and teachers online and via social media. Stay tuned for Aug. 10th for the ATC sign up.