Projects in Progress

The Donut Club

Inspiration and ideas can come from anywhere, even through a deep supply closet cleaning.  This past week, while organizing my supply closet, I came across a package of rigid wrap and then all of a sudden it hit me!  We will create paper mache donuts during clubs!  Clubs is a weekly session our junior high students get to take unique classes such as yoga, cooking class, and Art!  ūüôā

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Students were shown how to create the base of the donut by twisting and wrapping paper around their hand, followed by wrapping their donut shape with masking tape.

Next week will wrap our donuts with the rigid tape to make them extra sturdy!  Stay tuned!


Self-Portraits

In our regular art classes, 6th and 7th grades are currently working on self-portraits.  Students viewed a slideshow of several famous artists that are known for their self portraits: Van Gogh, Picasso, and my personal favorite: Frida Kahlo.

I showed the students how to use this awesome site called blockposters.com.  We uploaded our pictures onto the site and it broke our photos up into larger scale print which we printed out.  Next, students were shown how to use carbon paper and we traced our photos onto a large sheet of white paper.  Check out our progress so far!  They are looking pretty cool…

Next week students will add words that describe their personality to fill the background.


4A Weavings

I rotated the weaving project between the two 4th grade classes.  And this week it is now 4A’s turn to weave.  They are doing a fantastic job so far.  I also created some threading “needles” out of cardboard to help with the process.

Check out some of the finished results from 4B!

Mad about Matisse

It’s no secret….I am absolutely MAD about MATISSE. ¬†I have probably mentioned my love of Matisse in several blogs, so I will spare you all the details, but I still have to share this darling,¬†darling project I am doing with Kindergarten through 2nd grade. ¬†Parents: this project is definitely getting hung on the fridge, somewhere, anywhere!

As you might recall, I taught the students how to create one of Matisse’s most famous designs a couple of weeks ago.

Well this week we are using those prints and creating a Still Life of a table with a vases of flowers.  Everything is patterned: Henri Matisse-Style!

We cut out a table, and then we cut out a vase. ¬†We glued the vase onto the center of our “table”. ¬†I guided the students into creating a variety of Matisse designs on the vase and wall paper. We finished by adding flowers of course!

Check out our beautiful results!!

STUNNING!!

The Art Classroom Surprise is Announced & Maccabia!

Good News Galore Ya’ll!! ¬†So I can finally share the surprise that I had mentioned a couple blogs ago. ¬†Let me preface this by giving a HUGE, MASSIVEThank Youuuu” to the Hillel Torah PTA for sponsoring this AMAZING addition to the art classroom. ¬†You ladies are fabulous and I just can’t thank you enough for this! ¬†I’d also like to thank our business administrator Dov Shandalov who assisted in making this process run smoothly (it wasn’t easy!) and Rivka Varnai for helping this idea come to fruition! ¬†Our students are about to benefit tremendously and I know without a doubt – they are going to love every second of this new experience. ¬†Thank you, thank you!¬† ¬†So are you all ready for the surprise???

Hillel Torah now has it’s very own KILN!!!!

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For those of you that don’t know what a Kiln is: it is essentially an oven for baking ceramics. ¬†This is super fantastic for students of all ages as this now gives our kids the opportunity to work with clay, texture, and bring a 3-Dimensional element to our art program. ¬†I anticipate the clay portion of art to begin around Spring and go through summer break. ¬†How exciting!! ¬†Am I right?? ¬†Thank you again PTA!


Ok so this past Monday I went to the Nursery school to visit my Little Littles and if you have children at the Nursery School, then I’m sure you might have seen these displayed. ¬†I taught the Little Ones about the fabulous artist that is Roy Lichtenstein.

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We talked about his use of Primary colors and dots.  And THENNNN we used our OWN face to create a Roy Lichtenstein inspired work of art!


Last thing I will talk about in this week’s blog is dun dun dunnnnnn: MACCABIA!

I am assisting the students in creating their banners for the competition portion of MACCABIA.  My role is one of guidance.  These kids have been so amazingly motivated and independent: I am so excited to see the finished products!

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 ūüėČ


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!!

Welcome to 2017!

2017 is looking very promising! ¬†The Art room is about to have a wonderful new addition to the program in the next couple months and I’d like to keep it a little secret until it’s officially here. ¬†The suspense shouldn’t last too long because I am anticipating our new addition in a few weeks: so bear with me!

This week I got to visit the “Little Littles”, as I call them, at the Nursery school. ¬†My trip up to the North Woods of Wisconsin over Winter Break (which was FULL of snow), inspired me to create a snowman project for my Nursery school students. ¬†Although we didn’t have snow at the time, ya’ll know it’s just a matter of time before we do! ¬†This is winter in Chicago we’re talking about over here!

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I asked the Little Littles to arrange their snowmen in the “correct order” smallest circle to biggest and they had to glue them down. ¬†We added hats, scarves, eyes, carrot nose, and arms.

We finished by adding Snow with white paint all around the snowman for an extra wintery effect!

This project had a variety of elements: cutting and using scissors for the 4 year olds, arranging by size, gluing, assembling, and painting.  It was all in all, a very good project for the age group with super cute results!


….Meanwhile back in the main building…¬†

6th & 8th grade are learning about M.C. Escher and tessellations!

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I taught the students how to make their own tessellations and I’ve got to say: they got so into it you could hear a pin drop in the classroom. ¬†They were amazed at the fact that they were able to create something that could fit perfectly from all directions.

They will get to figure what their tessellations resemble next week!

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 ūüôā ! ¬†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

What’s going on in 4th-8th Grades

As promised, I am here to share with you what is going on with the older kids!  We always begin the school year working on color theory.  My goal is for the students to have a complete understanding for how color choices can affect their art.  Students created all 12 colors on the color wheel using just the 3 primary colors: red, yellow, and blue.  They then cut those out and arranged them in the color wheel fashion.

Next: students worked on value paintings.  This was a quick lesson where they got familiar with adding black and white paint to get darker and lighter values.

They did a marvelous job!  I was super impressed!


In Clubs, we are getting into our 3-D portion of art. ¬†I show the students how to create a variety of features using cardboard. ¬†We, cut, assembled, glued and taped. ¬†The following week, we paper mached over the features. ¬†Our last and final week will be used for painting in the features. ¬†I think they will look SO COOL when we are done and I can’t wait to display them.


Lastly, I introduced 4th grade to Zentangle. ¬†I love introducing 4th grade to Zentangle because it’s an excellent way of teaching students about the element of Line. ¬†They LOVE watching Youtube tutorials of Zentangle patterns. ¬†I think it’s pretty inspirational ūüôā

Just look at all this awesome art!

Camp Chi Trip

The past 3 days РMs. Calleros was M.I.A. in the art classroom.  Why you ask?  Because I went to Camp Chi with 6th grade!!!  It was tiring Рbut of course: AMAZING.  I absolutely LOVE Wisconsin Dells.  The terrain over there is stunning.

We had numerous activities planned for the students. ¬†The activity¬†I led, was a weaving project that used sticks collected from¬†the forest (after dousing myself in bug spray). ¬†The project is called God’s Eye and it’s actually a weaving style that originated in Mexico. ¬†The kids got super into it and it’s really quite easy and beautiful. ¬†The only difficulty is finding straight sticks….not as easy of a find as you’d think!

Excellent work ladies and gentlemen!!!

We finished our trip with a ride on the Wisconsin Dell ducks which are these boats that drive on land and water!

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It was a blast! ¬†Now we’ve only got 7.5 days left of school!! ¬†Where did the school year go??