My 5th graders are creating Emoji Stuffies! In the past I've done "ugly dolls" & "shape monsters" for sewing projects with my 4th graders. We now have 5th grade in elementary, and I decided to move the sewing up to be one of their projects. I am using Smart-Fab's pre-cut circles. I purchased them through BLICK(I believe they come in a pack of 100). They are a great manageable size for students that have no background in sewing. Doing too large of a project can become extremely overwhelming. Some of my classes are finding great success...and some are struggling a bit. The struggle is worth it...I feel sewing is a life skill kids need! Here are some of the finished results. They used Sharpie & acrylic paint to create the faces.
April 26, 2023
April 25, 2023
We just had a Five Below open up in the town where I live (which is about 30 min. from where I teach). It was packed with all kinds of arty goodness! They had some things I've not seen at other Five Belows (I have 3 kids...we love this store!). They had a set of Jelly Gouache! I've seen it online (YouTube, IG, TikTok..etc), but had never worked with it before. I love getting to try new things, but hate paying a lot!!! For only $5 for a set of 12....low investment to try something new!
I made a set of 3 videos sharing my experience over on TikTok! Go there for the details. Here I'll just share...I like them...worth the money...but not the same a watercolor!! I need to watch some instructional videos! ha ha
April 20, 2023
WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE!
I am slow to the cordless hot glue gun game. I've seen them in passing, but felt like it was a luxury I didn't really need. I WAS WRONG!!!! They are total game changer. The one I got also uses low or high temp sticks...so I did not have to go out and buy special ones. I purchased mine from School Specialty, but I'm sure you can get them anywhere.
April 19, 2023
April 18, 2023
I'm sharing with you a new "coloring book" created by an art teacher friend of mine. She has been painting a series of flowers for years, and has now turned it into a coloring book! I love being able to support my friends in their ventures.
After a rough day at school yesterday...I was so excited to have something new to help take my mind of things! I used alcohol markers. As with any coloring book...it is best to keep a piece of cardstock or chipboard behind the page you are working. I really enjoyed the images because they are not "standard" adult coloring book type pages. Most adult coloring books are mandalas or stained glass inspired. This is a book of flowers/plants with an artistic flair.
I've included the link below if you are interested!
April 13, 2023
April 10, 2023
April 09, 2023
Ask a young person what they want to be when they grow up, and more than likely they will say ..."FAMOUS". I often do identity lessons with my students, and this conversion always comes up. Gone are the days of students wanting to be teachers, fire men (and woman), or police officers. They now say, "I'm going to be a YouTuber, TikTok'er, Gamer...etc." Their desire is to be known...to be famous.
April 04, 2023
While doing tapestry type weavings with 4th grade, I have students use five colors within their "color story". After adding their five colors, they are allowed to add a "specialty string" into the mix. They are allowed to use it 3x within their weaving. I tell them if you use it more...it isn't really "special".
What is specialty string? I have a pretty big variety that I've obtained over the years. I found some of it at Dollar Tree & Big Lots for a very good price. I found some of it in the clearance section at craft stores. I Keep my eyes open for things that are fun/different, and that I think my students could successfully weave. Let me give you all a tip...DO NOT GET POM POM YARN!!!!! Imagine a bunch of little pom-poms going through the warp strings!! UGH! Trust me...it is a headache and totally not worth it. Here is a look at the top of my specialty string box, and some weaving examples from years past (we aren't to that point yet this year...just started them!).
April 03, 2023
I honestly thought we had an art show since the pandemic, but after looking through my blog, social media, and my phone/iPad....I guess not?!? Art shows are a lot of work. If you have not organized an all school art show before....you have to be organized! You have to have a plan. You have to have caffeine! HA HA! I do a thematic art show. You can search my blog and find all the ones from year's past. I really loved this year's theme...TGE PET SHOP! I start doing projects related to the theme as soon as we get back from Christmas Break. There are a lot of absences due to illness during this time...and we often add a lot of new students as well. I try to have at least 4 projects that are within the theme of the art show so students have choices to select from. If you have questions...please message me or hit me up on social media. I'd be happy to share my experiences.
SO HERE IS THIS YEAR'S K-5th ART SHOW.