Friday, April 30, 2010

Number Sentence in Art

Number Sentence In Art

Students worked on paper weavings one week. The second week they finished and coated with glitter glaze (shown above). Great product! If you can't use the glaze, use watered down glue and sprinkle some glitter on top.

When the weavings are dry (day three) students were given the following instructions on the board...

1. Do your worksheet.
2. Trace your numbers onto your paper.
3. Draw your vertical and horizontal lines.
4. Outline with sharpie (numbers and lines)
5. Color with many different colors.

As students are working independently, I had the die cut in the back of the room. Students were called back by number and I cut the number out on the die cut for them. They were amazed with the tool!

I thought it was fun to show the kids that numbers can be beautiful. I pointed out that the addition problem was correct on two levels. One, it showed them what the numbers added up to be. Second, it shows that vertical plus horizontal lines equals a weaving (which uses both kinds of lines). The final project looks fun and clearly shows learning other subject matters through art!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Mothers Day Cards

I had fun making these cards with my mini Matisse's. The kiddos' did a nice job and now we are done with all our cards for grandma's, daycare, and one extra to frame.

For the stamp I used a suggestion from a friend. I used corrugated paper and rolled it up. Place a rubber band around the paper to hold it together. The stems are put on the flowers with a q-tip.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Watercolor Butterfly

I'm such a proud mama. My kiddo brought this home from preschool. His teacher told me they placed a stencil on top of the paper and had them paint in the inside. I love it! Happy spring!

Birds on a Line...

Welcome baby Chicks!

Every year our K classes get eggs and hatch chicks. This year we wanted to welcome our little chicks in style. Students worked on paper collaging and problem solving. They are so excited about the chicks they can hardly handle it:)

One Day activity (60 minutes)

6x18 yellow sheet (body)
4x6 yellow sheet (wings)
3x 4 orange sheet (beak)
1x12 orange sheet (legs)
Google eyes
2x2 tissue sheets (feathers)
Glue on a container top

Fold the large sheet of yellow in half and trim the edges so you curve out the body. The top is the folded side

Cut the beak, wings and fold the legs, glue them on as well as the google eyes.

Use a pencil to wrap the tissue paper around and glue the 'feathers' on.

Hang on a string by just draping the chick over the top.

Stand back and admire these cute little chicks!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Handing out with ease

Tip: I found a quick and easy way to collect and hand out projects with ease. I ask each table to put their art work in a pile in the center of their table at the end of class. When I collect the projects, I place them criss-cross.

Handing work back is easy too... because the kids all have assigned seats, I call one person's name from a table and they take the whole bunch back to hand out to their table mates. Quick and easy!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

K's Mothers Day Card...

Mothers day cards...

This was a skill lesson for my K's. I wanted to cover design, painting, cutting, and glueing... I got it all in this one lesson.

Lesson 1

Talking about design. My favorite saying for design is as follows
Tip: Shapes and lines make the best designs.
We draw out designs in pencil and then outline the design with oil pastels. Depending on the group or the time you have to teach, We watercolored the designs too.

Lesson 2

I broke the cutting and glueing into two lessons. I really worked on the proper hold of the scissors and how to glue properly. For cutting they had to try the difficult shape of their own hand. I also had them cut their designs into hearts... very difficult for K's.

This was a great project to really work on skills.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Thick and Thin Numbers

One of my objective in 2nd grade art is to teach about thick and thin line. One of the objectives of 2nd grade math is to teach students how to add two digit numbers. I used Jasper Johns to help me teach Math through art!

Day 1

  • Introduce Jasper John's and his 'ordinary to extraordinary' approach to art.
  • Discussed thick and thin line (drawing on smart board, identifying line, making body into thick and thin lines)
  • Practice page, working on thick and thin numbers
Day 2

  • Review from last lesson
  • Fold paper into fourths
  • Draw with pencil two single digit numbers that are thin and two that are thick.
  • Outline and design the numbers with oil pastels
Day 3

  • Allow students to finish oil pastel if needed.
  • Place pre-cut tissue paper on each number with water.
  • Work on worksheet (seen below)

Tip: I typically ask students to paste the worksheet on the back of their work so parents and teachers know what was studied in the work of art presented to them.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Spring Fling

Fun little spring project. The students painted with a brush the three lines ob brown and used tempera cakes and water to put the white on with their fingers. The butterfly was a oil pastel transfer. Students work on the butterflies as I worked with small groups to make the background. It was a nice project experimenting with many mediums.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Spring Eggs

My husband made me a frame that I can open and change art work easily. My two mini's created these masterpieces this spring. We used colored sand, crayons, raffia and glue.

Matisse, Age 2

Sawyer, Age 4

Friday, April 9, 2010

Op Art

I have seen this on a couple of blog such as One Crayola Short, and Art Projects for kids. If you aren't already, you should become a follower of these two great blog! I thought this project was perfect for this my 4th grade. I'm always amazed at how excited they are about Op Art. One resource new to me this year was Optical Illusion Card by Usborne books. I was able to use them at tables and on my doc cam.

Check out the demo of my sample project. Just hit play!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Summer Classes

This summer I am teaching some classes through the Elk River Arts Alliance. Here is one class that I will be teaching this summer.

Garden Stones

Create beautiful art for your garden! Students will create a mosaic-like design out of concrete and a variety of treasures. Some garden stones might have sayings on them, the artist’s hand-print, or just an original design. Whatever choice young artists make, this piece will be treasured for years to come! Youngsters may take the class alone, or a parent may also register to work with their child. In the latter instance, there will be two fees charged and two stones may be made. Great for students 4 to 8 years of age.

Thursday, June 17 from 9:30 to 11:30 AM

Register by: June 10

Class fee: $19 ($17 members)

Materials fee: $10 per person payable to teacher in class

Instructor: Nichole Hahn