February 25, 2010

3-D RELIEF FLOWERS - 1st Grade

In an attempt to teach 3-D Relief and layering....this project was born. Some turned out amazing...and the others....I will not be showing you!!! HA HA Over all the kids did a great job though. They enjoyed making things "POP OUT AT YA!"

A Frog in the Bog

This week I read A Frog in the Bog by Karma Wilson to my Kindergarten classes. They LOVE this story. It takes on a song like quality, and with the counting aspect...the students are totally engaged during story time. At this point in the year, I'm trying to talk to my kindergarten students about details, craftsmanship, and taking a work of art all the way to completion. A couple of the student did not have time to finish, but I wanted to show their work anyways. I was so pleased how the frogs took on their own little personalities!!!

February 20, 2010

Art Education Bloggers

Hello friends! Just wanted to let you know that I lost my blog list when I was playing around with the HTML trying to change my blog layout(and no..I did not copy/save my old version). My blog list was the only thing that I lost(I think?). I've found some of them to add back, but if you were there...and now your not...LET ME KNOW!!!!! Also if you were not there before, but would like to be added...LET ME KNOW!!!!!! Happy blogging!!

February 19, 2010

a project in process

This project was another attempt to loosen up after doing point perspective. In my mind it was much cooler. Isn't it funny how that works out that way sometimes?!?! However, all is not lost. I believe I'll take this project a bit farther. I think it will turn into a mixed media project that has more of a Blips & Ifs or NY Waterfront feel by Stuart Davis.

February 18, 2010

Recycle/Found Objects Garden

Kindergarten was in a flower state of mind after the O'Keeffe projects..so on with that theme. I had someone donate a ton of green ribbon(not sure why anyone would be in possession of that much green ribbon to begin with...but hey...I'll take it!!!), another person donated med. bottle tabs(the big circle part of the flower), and someone else had given me bags of beads and bobbles. It was a bit out of the ordinary for my students(I usually push drawing, painting, and collage at the kindergarten level), but they LOVED IT!!! The beads bouncing everywhere was a bit unnerving, but worth it in the end.


Ms. Luquire did a Pop Art lesson with our second grade classes. She used Andy Warhol has her inspiration. The first class time the students watched DROPPING IN ON....Andy Warhol(If you do not know this series...check it out!!! I love it! They have books and videos). The students then did their sketch & some started incising their plates for printing. During the next class time students completed incising their plates. They also cut two pieces of paper in half and taped them back together. This added a bit more color to their prints! Ms. Luquire worked with 6 students at a time at printing stations while the rest of the students worked on another project.

February 17, 2010

City Scape Collage/Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold

This lesson is VERY loosely based on Tar Beach. My student teacher had been doing a unit of city related projects with a grade level. After doing point perspective....we felt the students needed to loosen up and have fun with color. Wanting to stay with "city"...I showed her the book Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold. This quiltish city collage came from us bouncing around different ideas. They are fun & colorful...and the students enjoyed a change of pace.

February 12, 2010

Matisse -Egyptian Curtain

The Egyptian Curtain (oil on canvas) Henri Matisse ,1948
I love Matisse! He is my fav. artist(though Van Gogh is a close second). When Ms. Luquire and I were discussing lessons, Egyptian Curtain was brought up because the students had been working on INTERIOR & EXTERIOR spaces. She came up with this lesson that used black construction paper, construction paper crayons, and textile themed printed paper. The 1st graders LOVED this project!!! I think that they turned out AMAZING!!!

February 11, 2010

Sanford Foohy

I have never been "picky" about markers. As long as they work, I like to have a nice variety on hand. Different brands give you different colors which gives you different results in the art work. Foohy Gel Markers, however, seem to be (or should I say..seemed) a brand beloved by art teachers everywhere. Unfortunately, Sanford has yanked Foohy Markers from the market. We need Foohy! Mega marker makers like Crayola, Prang, RoseArt..etc...need to have a quality product like Foohy Gel Markers to hold them to a higher standard.
BRING BACK FOOHY!!!!!!!!!!!!

February 10, 2010

Kindergarten - Georgia O'Keeffe

Ms. Luquire taught a lesson on Georgia O'Keeffe to our Kindergarten classes. The students looked at work by O'Keeffe & many examples of close up flowers(thanks to a 90% off calender I had!). Ms. Luquire introduced Radial Symmetry to the students as well. They used tempera paint & oil pastels(for the center the following week). We limited the color palette to only 3 colors(one of which was white) that we pre-dispensed. They were allowed to pick out of the colors set out. This was done for a few reasons: keep students from making "mud", speed up the process, allow student to create tints. We also did not allow student to rinse out their brushes so that they would mix their colors.