Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Never had a speaker like this...

This is Marcia Tate... She was the speaker for our district inservice today. She was AWESOME!!! She is humorous and entertaining. Marcia talked about how the brain works, how we can teach our students, and how we can be happy and purposeful in our jobs. I was so impressed with this bright light of a speaker that I wanted to share her web site. I feel these book and her knowledge can help everyone of us become better teachers. I know that is what we all want, we always want to improve. Give her site a look and let me know if you already use some of her philosophy.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Metal working

I took a class with a good friend the other night. I worked with metals a long time ago for one semester in collage. Never really liked it that much. This class however, was a blast! The circle is my daughter Matisse's birthdate, the middle is out wedding date, and the tall silver piece is my son's birthdate. I'm really excited about this wonderful piece of jewelry! It is a perfect piece, just for me!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Art with a marble

My mini's are so excited for halloween that we have started to create artwork for the big day (two months away:)). Check out the spiderweb we made.

You will need a tin, paper to fit in the tin, tape, white paint (watered down), a small container, and a marble.

First, tape the paper to the bottom of the tin. I filled the small container with watered down white paint. Place the marble in the paint and roll it around. (Yes, the kids are still in their PJ's if you were wondering. Nothing like art 1st thing in the morning:))

Now roll it around the pan. The kids really got into this. You can see Matisse's hair whipping around her head as she move the pan.

We finished the project with a spider in oil pastel. I'm really proud of Matisse's spider. Not bad for being 2 1/2 years old (a mom can brag, right?)

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Trick or Treat

I have become closer friends with some of my coworkers after discovering we all have a love for sewing. We are young moms that get together with other young sewers once (or twice a month) at a local quilt shop, Quilted Treasures. You can get the pattern book we used for these cute bags at the here. We had so much fun making these trick or treat bags for our kids.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Who's in?

I need to do a check. Please let me know if you are in with the ATC project. This is what I think so far...

K - My K's will have the introduction to ATC and do them a couple of times. I plan to have them trade with their parents for Valentines Day.

1st- I plan to do the project I did with my study group last year. We did a warm up card every day with a letter of the alphabet. The last day they got their whole set back and they were able to trade them with one another or keep their set.

2nd- Anne from Australia will be my trade for the kids in 2nd grade. I'm still looking for another class from Australia (being Australia is a 2nd grade study in their home room). I need about 50 more students. Is there anyone out there that would like to trade with my kids?

3rd- Christy (from Indianapolis) I'm hoping will trade with my 3rd grade.

4th- I will be shoving ACT down my 4th grade throat:) I plan to have them trading with each other, with other schools in my district, with others from America (and beyond). I will use the ACT cards for their warm ups and if there is extra time in class. This group will have trading cards available to them in their classroom. The 4th grade team is great at collaboration so I know ACT's will be supported by them. I also know that School Arts Magazine has a trading card contest every year. We might enter in that as well. Right now I have the following classes that want to trade.

Lauralee (from NY (Right?)) is one trade. Kathy (from Florida) has a small number of home schooled kids who would like to do a trade. Marci (from Wisconsin) has a small classes as well. I think Erica (from Connecticut) has a large group that could trade too.

5th- I have set something up with our Cultural Liaison to do a trade with Japan.

The purpose of writing this post is to make sure I have everyone... or to see if anyone would like to join, (2nd grade from Australia or 4th grade anywhere) now is your chance. I'm organizing this project and I want to be able to present it to my kids and parents for open house. I'm so excited (if you can't tell).

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The process...

This is a way that Anne can tell her kids how the process works for the trade. Or at least what we are doing over here to prepare for the ATC's.

How I made the ATC.

1st I took a photo.

Then I taped my paper down and drew my photo twice.

Then I watercolored my drawing.

Then I placed design all around my image.

Finally I used black marker to add the extra details on the train.

I cut the two images apart to trade one with Anne.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

My photo for the ATC...

Here is the inspiration for my first trade with Anne...

Here is a little more about my first trade. As mentioned we are taking pictures of our community. I took a picture of this train. It is our commuter train in MN. We have a stop right across from my house so I thought it would be perfect. The other great thing about this train is that it brings hundreds down to our new Target Field where our MN baseball team the Twins play. This train is about a 'American Life' as you can get. More to come... stay tuned.

I'm learning from ACT...

When Anne and I were talking about making an art trade, she mentioned that we might work on a larger size then a traditional trading card. She told me... Maybe an A3 or an A5. WHAT? What is that? I did my homework and learned a lot. I explain to to Anne that we typically would say a sheet of paper is 9 inches x 12 inches (at least in the midwest America). That was the confusion. We agreed to trade a 6x12 inch or A5 work of art:)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Artist Trading Cards!

I'm excited to announce that I made my first trade! Anne, from Use Your Coloured Pencils, and I have been working on our plans for a trade for many weeks now. Here is our plan...

  1. Take pictures of our community.
  2. Have the kids draw/paint two pictures of from the images we took of our community.
  3. Trade one picture from each student with the students of Australia.
  4. When we receive our art work from Anne's school my students will compare and contrast the artwork of the other students with their own.
Anne and I decided to do a trade between ourselves 1st to see how long it will take to mail and to help our students understand what our vision is for this project. I'm so excited to my very first 'art pal'!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Just another way...

I'm always looking for new ways to store things. This is a way I like to store fat quarters and sewing tools. This is a tool box right out of the hardware store. The wheels are helpful and the layers are wonderful to see all the material easily!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Artist Trading Cards!

I need your help!

I have a goal this year to make sure every student in my school knows what a Artist Trading Card is. I have a couple of trades set up but I am still looking for more. I have about 110 to 125 per grade, K-5. I am hoping to trade with other visual art teachers/ classes. My 5th grade is trading with Japan. My 2nd grade is trading with a couple of schools from Australia. Anne from use your colored pencil, has about 60 students who will trade with my kiddo's but I'm still looking for a couple more from Australia. I have 4 more grades to set up a 'art pal'. I will blog soon about my (our) plan for the trading cards. Anne and I have been working on some great things!

If you are interested you can comment or email me at Nicholechahn@yahoo.com

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Last Chapter

This is another page I felt I had to include on my blog. I hope by including my 'last chapter' of the 2010-2011 school year, I will have a focused year ending with great success! Please lean more about the 'last chapter' by visiting the page and let me know if you have created your own. I will be more then happy to check in with you throughout the year to see if you are making your goals:)! Please do the same for me!

New Page...

I added a new 'page' to my blog. This page is to help RES parents lean what knowledge students will obtain in their visual arts class. Bloggers can use it to find projects on my blog easier as well. I have my posted categorized as grade levels. Here you can see what objectives are covered during what grade. These goals are created from the state standards, the district standards and my personal goals for the my classroom.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Student work display...

I always hang student work in our local library. It is a lot of work but I think it is one really great way to advertise for my program. When you are a visual art teacher, you need to advertise 'visually' in as many places as you can. Make yourself seen!

Versatile Blogger Award

One of my blogging friends thought enough of me to request a bit of infromation. She was awarded a Versatile Blogger Award from Bea at http://http//alljoinin.blogspot.com/. I made her top 15 blogs! Cool... Of corse I will do as she wishes and fill out her request... so here it is.

Rule #1: Thank the person who gave you your award.
  • Phyl, from There's a Dragon in my Art Room is one of the most caring bloggers I have met. She always takes the time to write a comment. Not any old comment, no, she writes her heart out and has my respect for it. I know, from reading her blog, she is a glitter filled soul sharing her wide range of color with her class, friends, family, and by writing a blog, the world! It is amazing to be recognized by such a person. Thanks!
  • Update! Thanks to Erica and Tishalou. Both have listed me as a top 15 as well and they are spectacular (and listed below) as well. Thanks Girls!
Rule #2: Share 7 things about yourself

  1. I am a 31 year-old person trying everyday to have a better day then the last.
  2. I have been teaching at Rogers Elementary in Rogers Mn for 7 years now. I taught one year in Minneapolis (elementary as well) and one year strait out of college in Kiel, WI (high school)
  3. In the summer I like to offer classes through our local art alliance or community ed. Other then that, I take the summer off with my family.
  4. I have two Mini's. My son, Sawyer, is 4 years old and is a kind hearted new soul. My daughter, Matisse (age 2) is not new at life at all... she is a spicy little thing who loves to school her brother. Both of them make me laugh EVERY day! I very rich in mommy love!
  5. I am married to a husband that loves me and likes me. He is a tech ed teacher and we take the summers off with our kids together. We recently celebrated our 7th year together in marriage.
  6. My ideal vacation is to be doing something, creating something. I can't stand going to the beach and just sitting there... I'm always sketching or making. I love taking classes and learning.
  7. I am a technology lover! I love blogging because I have met some wonderful people from all around the world. I love when people become followers of my blog because it allows me to find more blogs, more people, and have more conversations.

Rule #3: Pass the award on to 15 bloggers whom you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic.

This part is going to be tricky because I truly enjoy so many blogs. The ones I will mention are the ones on the side of my blog list. I most often check out the newly changed blogs.

  1. There is a dragon in my Art Room
  2. Art Project Girl
  3. VividLayers
  4. Tishalou
  5. Useyourcoloredpencils
  6. Make it and Love it
  7. Anna Mariahrner
  8. Lines, Dots, and Doodles
  9. Adventures of an Art Teacher
  10. The Art Teachers Guide to the Internet
  11. Mrs. Art Teacher
  12. Art with Mrs. Smith
  13. Skinny Taiste
  14. See What We Did Today
  15. Mary Making

OK Phyl, Hope you enjoyed the fun. I can't wait to see if other blog follow suit and share more about themselves as we did.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Sand Mandala

We found a way to use all that sand the kids and I had fun coloring earlier this year. We made Mandalas.

We went to the MIA this summer and had a great time. We saw this amazing Mandala and I gave it a try with my kids. We used white glue on a board. It takes a lot of dry time in between colors but it is a fun project.

This image is from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The website has an amazing explanation of the Yamantaka Mandala. It is an amazing piece. It would be an excellent resource if you were to teach a lesson on Mandalas.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Shower Curtain...

Adding more to the bathroom. I appliqued some birds on our shower curtain. I love how they turned out. When I posted about birds most recently I got a great suggestion from Tisha. It read:

I've got birds going on the brain too:) You know this blog? http://blogdelanine.blogspot.com/ This woman is really amazing!

I checked it out and Tisha is right. It is wonderful!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Here's the 'How To'...

Her they are, the 'how to' of the lunch carrier. Thanks for asking!

You will need three fat quarters, some velcro, and some fusible lining.

Cut 1 top and 1 bottom @ 18x18
Cut 1 pocket @ 61/2x18
Cut 2 straps @ 4x18

Velcro= 2 @ 21/2 inches

Fusible Lining= 1 @ 5 1/2 x 8
1 @ 18 x 18
1 @ 3 x 18

I started with the pocket. I place the pocket lining on one side of the pocket fabric. Fold in half (right sides facing one another) and stitch up the two sides. Clip the corners and flip right side out. Then fold the top down and press. Stitch across the top.

Here are the handles, I placed the lining in the center of the strip, and pressed the sided in. Then I pressed the whole strap in half and pressed. Then stitch long side to secure the handles together.

Here they are... You're half way done. They look good don't they!

Sew three sides of the pocket to the inside material. As you can see, you want to place this at an angle.

You will sandwich the lining with both right sides out. and quilt in some way. Maybe a couple of lines across, or random stitching. You will also place binding on the square. I can't explain how to bind... please google it:)

At this point I placed the container and ice pack in the small quilt. Pin the velcro and the handle in place and then sew.

Hope these pictures help a little with how I sewed them on. I'm not a pattern writer so I did my best to explain this project. Hope you enjoy these cute little lunch carrier.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

From his eyes...

I love taking pictures and my kids are used to being the subject of my images. A couple of days ago I put the camera in my four year old sons hand. It was amazing to see what he found interesting. I was laughing inside as every time he punched the capture button he would say, 'I got it, Yes!' It is fun to grow and develop artist at work and home:)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Birds, Birds and more Birds...

You know when your mind get stuck on something you see it everywhere? I just ran across this cute bird pattern from Above All Fabrics. My mind is on BIRDS these days. How cute is this? I added more birds to the bathroom, stop in tomorrow to see:)

Monday, August 2, 2010


Not sure what is going on... I changed my template to bloggers 'easy' templates and I had blogging friends tell me they are unable to comment. I was having the same problem on 'There's a Dragon in my Art Room'. I was able to comment when I switched from Safari to Firefox. Please just put a little hello on this posting to see if the comments are working. Thanks!
Old Confused Face by: Stinja

Weaving for fun...

The trip to the Children's Museum of Minneapolis brought on so many of ideas...

Here we have a weaving station that my mini had a blast playing on. As you see it is just a set up loom. There is a bunch of ribbons and so forth below in a container. Kids could come and go, putting in one or more ribbons through the loom.

This might be a station in my room for 2010-2011 school year. I have many manipulative for 'extra' time in my classroom. This would be a fun on going weaving in my room.