August 30, 2012

Red Grooms Inspired Dali Salad: 3rd Grade

We looked at the work of Red Grooms & watched a video on Dali Salad. Students created a self portrait (using mirrors), and were allowed to draw any food item they wanted behind/around them.  We used watercolor to paint their portraits.  I allowed them to mix their own skin tones in a small container.  This proved extremely challenging, and I'm going to switch the lesson from watercolor to tempera.  

August 29, 2012

PD Day Projects: "The Pout Pout Fish" Inspired Craft Wars

Have you seen Craft Wars?!?  I really want to be on it!!  We have decided to do a one hour Craft Wars at the start of each PD Day(we have 5 this year).  We have random supplies laid out...and give the teachers a few objectives that must be accomplished in their creation!  My wife actually gave me this idea!! The teachers that attended our PD Day on Assessment/Grading yesterday created these beautiful works while listening to The Pout Pout Fish.  My friend Janet and I were leading the workshop..and we had to find a way to work that into the day!!! ha ha  Every elementary art teacher should have this book in their classroom library! I did a dramatic reading(really..just how I normally read..ha) while teachers were getting underway with their project.  We only told them that their must be a fish...there must be an environment...and craftsmanship must be excellent!  I know that the images you are looking at do not look like The Pout-Pout Fish.  HOWEVER...I am not really a fan of copying images from other artists.  So this is inspired...not a copy.   This work was later a part of the grading/assessment portion of our day.  

August 27, 2012

Supply Boxes

I am not here to support Wal-Mart.  I am here to support teachers!  That being said, if you are in need of supply boxes....Wal-Mart has their pencil boxes for 25 cents a piece. least in our area they do.  Not sure how that works elsewhere.  Don't send me hate comments...if you think Wal-Mart is the are for sure welcome to your opinion.  However, I want to find the best deals for myself(and usually that is NOT at Wal-Mart)....and if I can save you some money too...awesome!  

I have one box per table.  Each supply has a different colored lid.  Crayons are green, Markers are blue, Colored Pencils are clear, Scissors are pink, and now....Construction Paper Crayons are black.

August 25, 2012

Windows In: Red Grooms "ish" Project

As part of our Red Grooms focus here at MNPS...we are pulling from all the cities Grooms created in his work.  The "windows" my 4th graders are creating will be added to building that will be in the hall.  We're creating our buildings from butcher paper, and students will be adding bricks by stamping sponges.  

August 22, 2012

Red Grooms Inspired Taxi: 2nd Grade

This is day 2 of working on our Red Grooms inspired taxis.  Students to continue on with the collage aspect of their taxis, but also allowed them to use markers to add greater detail.  I then had student create profile views of people to ride in their taxis.  Profile views can really mess with students....and I really had a mixed levels of success.  At least I now know that is an area we need to spend some time on.