Friday, December 30, 2011

Cowboy Boot Lines (1st & 2nd Grade)

This was super fun! I think everyone enjoyed this lesson...maybe it's because we're Texan and cowboy boots rule the roost, or maybe because lines are so awesome. Who knows, but I do know that the kids had fun, made art and learned about lines.

We started by talking about line as an element of art. Then we discussed the different types of lines and practiced drawing them. I then passed out a template of a boot and had the students trace them on their paper. Then they filled the inside of the boot with different types of lines. Next we drew the background and added things that can be found in the desert...lizards, saguaro cacti, snakes.


For 1st grade they outlined their pencil lines with markers and colored the inside with crayons.










For 2nd grade they used all markers.








These boots are fantastic! Such a good job!!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Hide The Letter With Lines (4th & 3rd Grade)

Here is some beautiful work on Line from our 4th and 3rd graders. We started off the first six weeks learning about the element of art, line. We also learned the different types of lines such as zig zag, curved, horizontal, vertical, dashed, dotted and so on. The students first chose a letter from the alphabet and drew it really large on their paper. Then they drew 4 lines dividing the paper and in each section they drew a different type of line that they learned in class.



Next they outlined it in black marker.


Then they colored each section using a variety of colored markers.


See if you can point out the letters and the different types of lines they used.

Thanks to the awesome Karol Anne, another FWISD art teacher, for the wonderful idea!












Saturday, December 24, 2011

Sea Turtles (4th Grade)

For the Crayola Dream Makers Contest, ( a contest our school participates in every year), the students created sea turtles for this years theme, which is National Parks.  You might be thinking, what on earth does a sea turtle have to do with National Parks?  Well, we have an awesome little national park in our fine state of Texas!  It's the Padre Island National Seashore!  http://www.nps.gov/pais/index.htm.  It's located on Padre Island, the park preserves the longest undeveloped barrier island in the world with critical habitat for numerous rare, threatened and endangered species.  One endangered species being the sea turtle.

So we learned a little bit about sea turtles, what they eat, where they migrate, where they lay their eggs, and how many different species of sea turtles there are.







Then the students drew sea turtles and painted them with watercolors.


When they were dry they outlined them with black makers and cut them out.




Then they glued small pieces of card board on the back of the sea turtles, just to give them a little pop.




The next thing the students did was create a background for the sea turtle by gluing strips of cool colored (green, blue, purple) tissue paper onto a piece of heavy construction paper.






When that dried we glued our sea turtles on and viola!  Sea Turtles!!  Check out all the adorable sea turtles!  4th grade did an EXCELLENT JOB!!!  PROUD OF YOU GUYS :)














Sunday, December 11, 2011

Stella the Therapy Dog!

Well, the day has finally arrived! Stella starts Tuesday at my elementary school. After so many obedience classes she has passed her CGC (Canine Good Citizenship) and her Therapy dog test. All her paperwork is turned in and with the principals OK, she is ready to go! Woo Hoo! I'm so proud of her!!

She'll be coming to school 2 days a week and letting students read to her. Studies have shown that students who read to dogs often improve their reading skills. Having a dog by their side eases their tension and boosts their self-confidence. It's a relaxed and non-judgmental environment for the students. After all, Stella doesn't mind if you make mistakes, she wont make fun of anyone!

Stella has also started making friends at a local assisted living home and in January she will start working with hospice. She's going to be a busy dog!

For more information on the program click on the following links...

http://www.tdi-dog.org/OurPrograms.aspx?Page=Children+Reading+to+Dogs

http://abcnews.go.com/WN/study-dogs-children-learn-read/story?id=11428770#.TuVuF-b3HVQ