Saturday, January 26, 2013

Snow Peeps Collage (2nd Grade)

Now that it's 70 degrees outside I guess it's time to post last month's snowmen and women collage.  Yeah, we got a warm spell coming up this week, boo!  I want more cold weather :( 

The 2nd grade students first traced two circle templates on white paper to create the snowman body and head.  Then they glued the circles to blue construction paper.  They created the nose by cutting a large triangle shape out of orange construction paper. They made their scarves out of two different sized rectangular construction papers and created patterns by cutting strips of 2 different colored papers.  The final step was painting the snowflakes and drawing the arms and mouth with black oil pastels.  They turned out marvelous!  Good job guys :)

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy New Year!

Wishing you all a Happy 2013.  May it be the most AWESOME year ever!

Premio Dardos

I got an AWARD Y'all!  That means someone (Phyl) reads my blog!  YAY!

 It is the Premio Dardos award, and I've been given it by Phyl from There's A Dragon in my Art Room, which is a great art blog and I highly recommend it :) I've learned a lot from her!

The Premio Dardos award  is a virtual award sent as a ‘gift’ from one blogger to another as “recognition for the creativity, effort and dedication” we each put  into our blog. The award originated in Spain around 2008-2009 and has been sent from blogger to blogger ever since.

 To accept the award, you simply:

  1. Link back to the person who nominated you (which I already did above)
  2. Display the award icon (also above), and
  3. Nominate others whose blogs you admire for these qualities.
Artful Artsy Amy I love her blog.  She has such a bright and happy blog with super large pictures.  She has wonderful lessons and it looks like she has a blast with her students.  I do miss her elementary school lessons since she moved to middle school :(  If I ever make the switch, I know who to go to!  Her blog, her work, her students work are amazing.  Definitely a blog worth following.

Art. Paper. Scissors. Glue! Another blog I love to follow.  Great images, great lessons, funny cartoons that appeal to the beaten down, exhausted, art teacher in all of us, LOL!  I really enjoy kicking back, avoiding lesson planning, and wasting away hours looking through her blog.

Kudos to you both (and you too Phyl) you have helped me out when I'd no idea what to do next!

Warm/Cool Curvy Lines (3rd Grade)

This is yet another lesson found on Pinterest that I used for my 3rd grade line, pattern, & color lesson.  I tried to do the right thing and find the link in my pinterest board, but the images wouldn't show, and a ton of the lessons I've pinned are missing.  What the what?  I hope it remedies itself by tomorrow because I'm planning for the next 6 weeks.  Did you hear that pinterest?  You better work!

Anyway, just to let you know...when I showed the 3rd graders this example and told them that was what they were doing they were like..."Ms.  there's no way we can do that!"  After showing them the steps they had it down.  Some of the students needed more motivation when it came to the pattern department.  I had posted a few pattern ideas on the smart board for them, which seemed to help. 

It starts with a curved line, with a loop.  It goes from one edge of the paper to the other.

Then students choose between cool or warm colors.  They pick 3 or 4 and use the side of the marker (to get thick lines) and follow along the black curved line, using one color above the other.

Then I handed out rulers and had students draw 4 lines across their paper.  (I forgot to take a picture).  In each section they have to create a different pattern.  After they filled the spaces they outlined their pencil lines with sharpies.

The results were stunning.