Donuts: The Finished Product

Our donut project had a very nice conclusion.  I provided the students with cake colored acrylic paint and the students applied the paint to half of their donut, followed by a frosting color of their choice (and sprinkles of course), although most went with pink.

This was a great opportunity for the students to work with 3-Dimensional materials, as we will begin our clay segment of art once we return from Pesach Break.

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They turned out awesome and a lot of kids from the other grades have been asking if they can make them too…maybe we will: but out of CLAY!


Positive and Negative Space with 4th & 5th Grade

Students in 4th and 5th grade have been learning about the element of art that is Positive and Negative Space.  I begin by showing them the below picture:

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I ask them what they notice first: the faces or the vase?  and then I explain positive and negative space.  5th grade is working on a project called Faces & Vases where they create a Greek Patterned design followed by attaching silhouette cut-outs of their face (which I trace for them).

4th Grade is learning about symmetry in Positive & Negative space by creating the following cut-out project:


Where the Wild Things Are

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Last, but definitely not least, k-2 is learning about the wonderful author that is Maurice Sendak.  I have been reading them the book Where the Wild Things Are, because it is 1) a cute story and 2) it is a Caldecott winner for Outstanding Picture Book.  I have been teaching them how to draw a “wild thing” although some kids are just naturals…such as Ayelet who is in 2nd grade…

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….AMAZING

The Art Buffet

This week has been jam packed with so many different art projects, that I am referring to it as the Art Buffet.  And the title is actually very fitting for the first project I am going to introduce you to:

Now Presenting: My Favorite Family Meal

Students in 5th grade were asked to write about their favorite family meal in their sketchbooks.  They had to go into detail with it: who makes it, how often do they get to eat it, what’s in it, how does it taste, how is made, etc.  After the written description they had to draw a picture of it and THEN they were asked to create a paper collage of the meal.  They came out fantastic, and I was super appreciative of students adding details such as silverware, ice cubes, spices, etc.  It’s the little things that make all the difference in a masterpiece 😉


Next up: Weaving with 3rd Grade

I introduced 3rd and 4th graders to the wonderful world of weaving.  This was a very in depth process and both grades rose to the challenge.  They learned how to thread a loom and how to weave and switch colors.  They got really into it: the concentration levels were through the roof!


Under the Sea Value Studies & Perspective with 4th Grade

I know….I know….I love under the sea stuff….this will be the last ocean inspired project for a while!  I promise.  Anyhoo, I taught 4th grade how to paint using value with watercolor.  This week they added sea creatures using perspective.  I asked them to pretend they’re at the bottom of the ocean and they had to draw large and small fish in relation to how close they were to them aka Perspective!


Matisse with Kindergarten

Not only do I love under the sea creatures: I also love the artist Henri Matisse!  Kindergarten learned about the wonderful artist Matisse and his use of bright colors and patterns.  I taught them how to illustrate one of his most famous patterns too!

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All in all: a very lovely week full of variety!

I Have a Dream…

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I asked my 3rd grade class to create artwork based on their own dreams.  I asked the students to trace their own hand and I showed them how to add some more realistic features, such as fingernails and knuckles.

I then had the kids create a dream bubble and asked them to illustrate their own dreams inside the bubble.  I left it pretty open ended.  I encouraged them to think of dreams that are good for mankind, but if that was not their cup of tea, then they were more than welcome to use their own ideas.  This of course made for some hilarious results as well as some super sweet and endearing ones.

Please take a look at what we created this past week.

 


 

6th and 8th Grade are continuing with their tessellation artwork and they are turning out SO cool!

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Cara Rosenburg is currently working on a moose tessellation!  AMAZING!!  The final results should be ready by next week so stay tuned!!

William Wegman, Paper Weaving and Collage Galore!

We are back from yet another break and ready to get back into action…that is until we break again on December 23rd 🙂 !  My kindergarten students have been watching one of my FAVORITE art videos of all time: William Wegman’s alphabet soup!

The kids get such a kick out it because, C’mon!  …It’s dog heads on human bodies!!  The students were provided with dog heads and asked to illustrate a human body underneath it.


 

In 6th grade we have been working on creative collages.  I was really inspired by these images and thought it would be cool to do a project inspired by them.

I provided the 6th grade students with animal eyes.  They had the option of either owl or alligator eyes…and they were asked to create a collaged version of their animal.

This one was created by Emma Felix!

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And to end this weeks recap: 1st-3rd have been working on paper weavings.  This is really a lovely, tactile project that involves eye-hand coordination, and pattern identification A.K.A. GREAT project for little ones!!

They were so into it!  Awesome week boys and girls!  #SoProud

Weavings for End of the School Year Ants in the Pants

I like to save my tactile art projects for the “End of the School Year Ants in the Pants” syndrome, as I call it.  One of the projects I’ve done in the past that has been met with tremendous success – would be the Plate weavings.  I changed the project up a bit this year and had the students design their plate which serves as the loom.  5th- 6th graders are doing this project.

I first provided the students with a compass to make circles within circles – and then create designs within them.  That portion of the project took up about 2 class periods.

Next I had the students cut 19 slits all around their plate and get their loom prepped.  It somewhat resembles a bicycle wheel…

I had enough time to show some of the students how to begin their weavings and all I’ve got to say is “SUCCESS….AGAIN!!”  Hillel Torah students: girls AND BOYS love to weave.  The boys have even mentioned that the weavings resemble kippahs – so who knows….??  Maybe we will be able to successfully pull the weavings off and they could be used as kippahs.  We shall see…!

Not So Icky Bugs…

I can not believe how fast this school year flew!  I literally did a double take at my calendar when I seen how little time I had left for my remaining art lessons. On a sadder note, my phone with all my glorious pictures of beautiful student work, has ceased to work.  I am terribly sad because I had some beautiful pictures to share with you all.  However, all is not lost because I take photos regularly and have already accumulated a good amount on my new phone to show you what has been going on in the art room.

Before we left for Pesach Break, I had begun a Bug Unit with my younger kiddos.  I have a love/hate relationship with bugs.  I love their designs and patterns and I think they’re pretty cool creatures, but I HATE when they crawl on me….oooof!  I’m getting the Heebie Jeebies just thinking about it.  Anyways, the kids loved them.  They started by designing their own insects.  Then they selected their favorite insect and painted it large.  They also created a styrofoam print of the insect and made insect prints.  I think they turned out so cool.  I personally would matte and frame these!  Here is the lesson/process of how we made the print.

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And here are some of our Kiddo’s results.

 

Even if the print didn’t come out clear every time, the art was still very beautiful.

The next project on our list for kindergarten is creating 3-D paper mache bugs.

I am expecting them to be pretty rad…

Parents…Gotta Love ‘Em!

I sincerely appreciate when I have students that are crazy, enthusiastic about Art…it only further cements the reason of why I became an art teacher.  So when I had a student approach me last week , bursting with excitement over an idea she had for an art lesson – I of course, was all ears.  She suggested making tie-dye pillow cases for passover using sharpie markers and rubbing alcohol.  Sounded cool enough for me – I was in!

Luckily for the students, school and myself, her mother sponsored the project and also came in to give a demonstration for the students!  How cool?? So this is what we did:

Students were supplied with white cotton pillowcases and given a variety of sharpie markers.  We put a big piece of cardboard in the pillowcase to keep the markers from going through to the other side. The students were encouraged to come up with abstract designs that they wouldn’t mind “bleeding”, meaning that the ink would spread once we hit it with some rubbing alcohol.

We used spray bottles and droppers to distribute the alcohol once their sharpie marker designs were completed to their liking.  The kids loved this project due to the freedom of design and the “coolness” of the rubbing alcohol spreading the ink.  A couple of tips for those who would like to try this – definitely do the alcohol portion of the lesson outdoors if possible or somewhere that has amazing ventilation – the smell of alcohol is pretty powerful.  Also if you would like the design to bleed through to the other side – simply pull the cardboard out of the pillow case and then distribute the alcohol.  When the alcohol spreads it will automatically soak through to the other side of the pillow case and color it as well.

A BIG, BIG thanks to Shani Jacobs for sponsoring our Tie-Dye Passover pillows and to Dalia Jacobs for coming up with the brilliant idea!

Painting Galore!

These last few days have been filled with lots and LOTS of paint…and if you teach art – you know that paint = mess = fun = lots of work.  I usually spread my painting projects out so that they aren’t occurring simultaneously, but that just hasn’t been the case this week and I’m totally fine with that!  My tables are looking beautiful, bright and abstract!

This week I’m having kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade play with primary colors.  I took rolling pins and covered them with bubble wrap and asked the little ones to cover their pins with red, yellow, and blue paint.  Then they were able to have at their papers by gently rolling the pin up and down their large white paper.  They were so excited to see the variety of colors they were getting.

 

The results have been beautiful!

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We will add more to the dried pieces next week, but that is a surprise!


 

This week with 5th grade, I’m having 5B create color wheels.  I typically save color wheels and paint mixing for 6th grade, but I felt this group was up for the challenge, and they definitely were.

 

Look at the concentration on those faces!


 

I of course can not end this post without mentioning our school’s Purim celebration last week!  We had some amazing, amazing costumes: the creativity was out of this world!  I only wish I was able to get more pictures…

Here were some of my favorites:

And here was my costume:

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What do YOU think I am??

A New Resolution!

I have admittedly had a harder time updating with all the activities and days off we’ve been having with Fridays.  Fridays are typically my updating day.  However, I attended the NAEA (National Art Educators Association) conference this past weekend at McCormick place and I came back totally inspired (even more so ;))  and absolutely dedicated to the idea of regular consistent updates, even if it kills me!!

I attended a lecture on Art Teacher Blogging, which was led by the phenomenonal Cassie Stephens http://cassiestephens.blogspot.com/, Phyllis Brown http://plbrown.blogspot.com/, and Laura Lohmann http://paintedpaperintheartroom.blogspot.com/.  All incredible art teachers and totally inspiring.  I even had the opportunity to take a picture with Phyl who I am sure was like “Who is this crazy lady asking for pic?”  Anyways here we are and I look completely geeked (which I was!)

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I can’t wait to share some of the techniques, lessons, and ideas I’ve gained from the NAEA conference in my lessons to come!


 

Anyhoo, going back to the Picasso lesson I taught not too far back: the results are in and they are…drum roll please: …..STUNNING!

I’ll guide you through the steps/process I took for this lesson.  First I had the students illustrate faces and color them in using coloring blocking.  This lesson was altered for the nursery school students since obviously their fine motor skills are a bit limited.   Then I had them cut their faces up and rearrange to create a face in the style of the Marvelous Pablo Picasso.  Gluing them onto black paper made for a more dramatic effect.  This lesson is great because it can be tweaked and altered for ages 3-10.

Here are a few more results!

I hope you all have a great Tuesday despite these clouds and forecasted rain.  Up NEXT: Purim!!!