Saturday, December 29, 2012

Kim Scream

So, the kids were painting their own versions of Edvard Munch's "The Scream" and Kim Jong Il makes an appearance. 

Friday, December 14, 2012

Olive the Other Reindeer (Kindergarten)

Someone gifted me the most awesome gift EVER!  Olive!!!  I love Olive, you have no idea.  I watch that movie at least twice a year since its creation...and yes I'm 40.  There's something about the artist's style (J. Otto Seibold) that I can't get enough of.  Love his work.   I brought her to my classroom and hardly anyone knew who she was.  Shocking, I know! I had no choice but to introduce her by showing my kindergarten class "Olive the Other Reindeer" on Tumblebooks.  They loved her!

After they took the online quiz (Tumblebooks has those along with the book) I passed out papers, pencils, and crayons and demonstrated on the board how to draw her as they drew along with me.  We had very little time left in class to finish them, but man, they are ADORABLE!  So proud of my little kinders, they are FANTASTIC little artists. 

Olive next to the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree.

I think this is supposed to look like Santa's Sleigh and not a skate ramp.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Calaveras (4th grade)

I found this idea on pinterest and tweaked it a little.  It originally was a mask of a calavera created on paper plates and then glued to a Popsicle stick.  I needed something for a Fall PTA night so I thought adding fabric and other textures would be a nice touch.  We traced a calavera shape onto a paper plate and cut it out.

Then students drew their calaveras with lots of lines, shapes, and patterns.

The next step is to color with markers and glue onto a 9 X 12 black piece of construction paper.

The students then added a border with construction paper and strips of fabric.  They also drew patterns in the background with metallic markers and glued sequins on as a finishing touch. 
 They really loved this lesson, I highly recommend it!


Sunday, December 2, 2012

Stella Loves Her Job

It's really great to be able to bring your dog to work.  It's even better to see the students love her, talk to her, wave to her and write her letters.  Here's a photo of her on the job.  She's pretty happy.  I'm very lucky.

Mondrian Cactus (K - 1st Grade)

WOW!  I love my kinders this year!  They are AMAZING!  So amazing that I thought I would do this lesson with them.  The Mondrian Cactus.  This year's theme is Western, so I came up with a lesson that combines Mondrian with the Saguaro Cactus and Collage.  It turned out great!

First I began by reading "The Seed & The Giant Saguaro"by Jennifer Ward.  Then we talked about the artist Mondrian and how he used Geometric shapes, vertical and horizontal lines, and primary colors in his work.  

Next we traced around a cactus template.  I gave the students glue sticks, and pre-cut geometric shapes, and black lines.  The students glued the shapes and lines onto their cactus.

Next we cut out the cactus and glued them onto blue paper.  We talked about what a background was and what kinds of things lived in the desert.  Then I gave students oil pastels and the created their backgrounds.

The results were amazing!  They did such a great job!  Kudos Kinder and 1st grade!