Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Decorating Eggs with 'big kids'


I had a little 'girls night' with a bunch of my friends last weekend.  I am an activity person so I wanted to give a reason for us to get together.  I set up several 'stations' for decorating eggs.  The picture above shows the brown eggs and white-out pens. This was by far my favorite!



We also had a station with some Modge Podge and napkins.  This was a nice and simple way to decorate the eggs.  It went fast but it was one of the only stations that needed to dry.


I bought a new pack of colored sharpie markers (great excuse).  They were used for more traditional designs. 


 We used some Washi Tape as well.  It worked really well to cover up eggs that perhaps didn't start out as a successful:)


Another station was the glue dots covered with glitter.  I would over all say that was my least favorite... but it's always fun to get a little glitter all over:)

What a great time with some great friends!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Introducing my student teacher...


So excited to have a student teacher this last quarter of the 2013/14 school year.  Amanda is studying at St Cloud University.  She has so great ideas and is excited to get in and help the class.  I will post with some of her great lessons that she does at Rogers Middle School and Hassan Elementary school. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Using the iPad for Figure Drawing



As I mentioned in a previous post, the 2nd grade is working on figure drawing.  We have created a sketchbook and practice many times how to create a figure using a manikin.  I use the iPads as another way to review this idea.  I was inspired at the AOE Winter Conference where I saw a session of Pam Dalton using the app, Brushes. Her conference session was...

'Teach Your Students to Paint on the iPad' - Pam Dalton (Art Educator and iPad Artist)

 It's free and it's a GREAT app for multi ages.  I also like that this app will show you the process an artist used to create a final work of art.  When you are finished drawing, one can simply hit the 'play' button and see the drawing from start to finished.  See this short video to get an idea of how I used this in class. My coworker, Mr. Kantor also used this lesson as sub plans one day.  He posted about it as well, click here.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Figure Drawing: Introduction



I have been working with my 2nd grade on figure drawing.  It has been a blast!  It has been fun to watch the growth in this process.  One thing thing that I made for each of the kiddo's is a sketch book with the title, "My Totally Awesome Book of People".  I have been using this as a pre assessment and to show growth throughout this unit.

I asked my kids to help me introduce the manikin to my 2nd graders.  Feel free to use it in your class if you would like.