Friday, December 14, 2012
Each year I like to teach PORTRAIT to my 1st grade students as it is a great way to teach proportion, formal balance, and color blending. We also discuss what makes a portrait a portrait---when the artist focuses your attention on WHO the person is instead of what they are doing. We also learn about blending colors using oil pastels. As you can see, it makes for some interesting color. This year, I added a pattern component. The portraits were remounted on colored construction paper and different patterns were added around the "frame". We did discuss regular and irregular pattern so the students could practice both on their portraits.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Every year, we have a tradition where each class chooses a book, then uses a pumpkin to create a character from that book. Every year, I am amazed at the creativity that comes out of these children and their teachers. Here are just a few for you to enjoy.
This is another Color Study lesson done with Kindergarten students, where they mix primary colors to get secondary colors. In this lesson they are creating trees, growing in grass with fall leaves. Can't you just feel the wind blowing through the branches as the leaves swirl to the ground?
Friday, October 19, 2012
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The website below has a wonderful video on Redesigning how we look at Teaching and being a Teacher. Instead of the typical "apple", ABC's, or crayons and pencils, this design studio began looking at what TEACHING actually is and what designs would reflect this. The feeling was that these "normal" symbols were very immature, giving the impression that teaching was as "easy as 123". Maybe this design will better represent who we are and what we are really all about. Take a look and see if you don't agree. click on VIDEO I love the quote stated below the video.....THE ART OF TEACHING IS THE ART OF ASSISTING DISCOVERY. Mark Van Doren
Friday, October 5, 2012
Every year, like many other art teachers, I put out a Trash 2 Treasure list. This usually consists of the normal "garbage" that families might throw away, that could actually be useful in the Art Lab. On this list I include the phrase "Anything that might be fun to use in an art project." Well, sometimes, I get some really interesting stuff. This year, I received a bag of eyeglasses! I must say I have never, in my 25 years of teaching, received glasses..........but what a great idea! If YOU have a wonderful idea about how I might be able to use these glasses in an art project, let me know. I am excited to have them as a possible "ingredient" in a new masterpiece.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Yeah, Yeah.....I know, I am WAY LATE putting down this post. Here it is October and I am just now showing off my decorations for the year. But, we do have a fun thing going on outside and inside the art lab to portray our theme of "Recipe for Success". That's right! We are COOKIN'! Below you will see the entrance to the art lab, The plaster sculpture from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, the Art bulletin board, and scenes from inside the "Gallery Bistro". Enjoy!
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
The first part of every school year here at the Creek, students create a small work of art that is used for our Art To Remember fundraiser project. Families get an opportunity to purchase different items with their child's artwork printed on the front. These make wonderfully unique gifts and keepsakes for families to share. Now the Artwork is COMING HOME! It is time to get the order in and get it back by October 12th! Orders coming in after that will be included in a late order that will be sent by November 2nd. Enjoy your child's creativity and know that the process has taught them more than the product!
Friday, June 1, 2012
Today was the last day of art classes for this year. It is always a wierd day for me. However, for a last day there was still a lot of great work that needed to be finished. This squirrels were one of those projects that my 2nd grade class needed to complete. I usually don't expect the BEST artwork on the last day, because the kids are so excited about school ending, they don't really focus as much on the artwork. But THIS class did an awesome job of finishing this project. A perfect way to end their art year.............with a bang!