Sunday, March 18, 2012

Spring!

It's that time of year again.  Sketching the beautiful blooms on the peach tree in our garden.  Such wonderful weather to do it too!







Foxes (Kinder)

Kinder created these beautiful foxes to decorate our hall with.  We learned how geometric shapes can create a fox and how different types of lines can create a background!  We also practiced drawing big and adding color to the whole space.  Aren't they awesome?












Thursday, March 15, 2012

Art Show!

I can't believe it's already that time of year again.  Art Show time.  Time is going so fast!  We only have 11 weeks left of school...that is so INSANE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Put up as much art from my 900 students as I could, which comes to 41 I believe.  I hate that I can't put up all of my students work but am thankful for what space I have.  I'm proud of my kiddos for working so hard this year.  Go Wildcats!!!









Model Magic Owls (5th Grade)

Every now and then something good comes out of my horrible addiction to pintrest.  While wasting away hours of my life I found this awesome tutorial on how to make owls.  http://4crazykings.blogspot.com/2009/04/how-to-make-quick-clay-owl.html

Check out art clubs (AKA South Hills Art Cats)  amazing owls we created out of model magic!  Are they not the most adorable things you have ever seen?  I love them!!!  Tell me whoo, whoo, whoooooo doesn't love a cute little owl?












Monday, March 12, 2012

Writing About Art (2nd Grade)

Last week 2nd grade students did a worksheet on looking and writing about art.  I really didn't know how well this would work.  I had done this before with 4th and 5th grade with stellar results.  I have to admit that I sometimes have a difficult time getting my 2nd graders focused and on task.  So I threw caution into the wind and took a chance.  The results were phenomenal!   I had not one person complain about having to write in art or why they had to do this project.  They loved it and loved discussing it after they had completed the task.  I don't know why I was so hesitant.  I need to have more faith in my 2nd graders.  I have learned my lesson - big time.  Take a look at what they did!  It's soooo cute!

First I handed out postcards of a work of art for each student.  I'm lucky to have quite a collection (I'd been collecting these cards since high school!) Then I passed out a worksheet with the following questions...
1. Who is the artist?
2. What do you see?
3. Do you like it?  What do you like or not like about it?
4. What colors do you see?
5. What do you think the painting is about?
6. Turn paper over and draw something from the painting.

I had to show some of the students where to find the name of the artist, sometimes it's tricky to find it.  I let the students work on their own answering the questions.  I had markers on the table for them to color the pictures they drew.  This was a really great project and thanks to the Amon Carter Museum of American Art for the idea!



I like how she added the horse and carriage!





 




 



















 


How sweet of that tree to hand the horse an apple!