Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Change of Plans is a Good Thing!

So on Monday when I go to another school, I was completely prepared to give my awesome lesson on Craftsmanship. I knew it to be completely awesome because I had done it the week before at my home school to a lot of oooooos and aaahhhhs. I also did a lot of oooooos and aaahhhs right back at them 'cause they actually got it! Did it with 1st-5th.

But when 5th grade came to my portable and one of the students had a bearded dragon with her, I just HAD to change out the lesson. The student bought the privilege to have the teacher's pet with her for the whole morning with class reward dollars. (Teacher did make sure it was okay with me to have a visitor.)

I put the little critter on the cart under the Elmo (document camera) and did a really quick drawing lesson using shapes right onto the white board. I would love to say I did a really great lesson and included every element of art, known to man, that I could think of. But during class we lost time relocating and then returning to the portable due to a tornado watch (a practice drill). A very crazy, hectic morning!!

Anyway...... check these out!

Thanks for visiting Mrs. Spikey!
Being spontaneous was really fun, I know I enjoyed seeing what these new students of mine were capable of.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Where in the Art Room is........?

I met Glenda Lubiner through the Florida Art Educator's Association. She held my hand the first time I presented at the state conference in 2012. Glenda also helped me choose a name for the presentation that I did last October. We occasionally bump into each other at conferences and we are friends on Facebook. Glenda writes a column for Arts & Activities Magazine titled Tried & True Tips for Art Teachers. I have been reading her column since long before I met her. However, now that I know her and know just how wonderful she is I couldn't ignore her Facebook request asking for some "Back to School" tried and true tips. Check out tip #1!
So it occurred to me that I haven't done this activity for years. Should have done it last year when we moved back into the renovated space. Now, while I know I must start the year off with "all the rules" I really feel that I just want to continue where I left off last February. You know, just jump into the middle of making art! YEAH!!

Anyway, before this activity can happen the room needs to be completely set up. That was my first challenge since I couldn't get in there until the day AFTER we came back to work. Let's just say I was able to take the necessary photos of my art room about 15 minutes before they were setting the alarm for the weekend......

Yesterday I proceeded to pick each of the photos, one at a time and add the words to them. I used the app Meme Design. Then I did an internet order to my local Walgreen's.
Here's a few to look at:

My game plan is for students to come in the art room, sit on the carpet. We will chat a bit about the summer. I will gush at how they have all grown up so much since the last time I saw them..... Yes, I smile, hug and exclaim how wonderful they all look! Then I will tell them that they are going to share out, what they know/learn about the art room, using photos that I will pass out. I will model with one of them and pass out all but the one on craftsmanship. 

I plan to save this photo for last, do a demo and then hand out the worksheet that goes along with this poster that I blogged about here.

I thought this would be a great way to share my expectations with my students. They won't be sitting the whole time and listening to me. It should reinforce the rules that they have heard before. With the exception of kindergarten. I plan to do a shorter/slower version of this activity for them.

While the above activity will be wonderful for my home school. There is not much happening in my room at my 1 day a week school. I did leave it last week with tables set up. And chairs did get put in there. Work in progress.....

It is a portable that the P.E. coaches are sharing with me and a music teacher.

I am planning to do selfies with them. Click here for the first time I did this. I am planning to tie the selfies into my poster of the Mona Lisa. It will be a lesson on portraits/self portraits and what do we learn from them. Also, my way of getting their attention by saying, "Mona!" And they say, "Lisa!"

What do you teach the first week of school? How do you teach the rules? I'd like to know!

Thanks for reading and have a great school year!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

My Very Colorful Day

The conversation went something like this:
My daughter: "Let's take Jake (my grandson) to Medieval Times in Orlando."
Me: "Nah, if we are going to Orlando (about 2 hours away) I want to go to The Crayola Experience."

And since my daughter is so very awesome, we not only WENT to The Crayola Experience, but we got in FREE!!  She did her research. How, you ask?? We are teachers!!! And they are promoting FIELD TRIPS!!

We had fun. I'm the art teacher so I know I had more fun than my Math Coach daughter. My grandson had fun. We were exhausted.........

Here's the floor plan:
The three of us walked around the entire 2nd floor where they had all the activities. The first activity we did was to name and wrap our own crayon. I don't think well under pressure, so my color is Sheryl...

Then we lined up to do the Melt and Mold, where I made a ring for my daughter and one for myself. Meanwhile she was helping her son make a shark. Other choices were a car or a seahorse. FUN!

Then we lined up to do Drip Art, this was like doing spin art with melted crayons. WOW!

I was also able to get a print out of me in a coloring page. LOVE IT!

There were a lot of different activities that required sitting and coloring, dripping crayons, cutting out stuff and of course Model Magic. My daughter and I are the type to walk around and observe. We are not necessarily the sit down type. We grabbed some of the activity sheets and the Model Magic, we didn't stay and play. I didn't get a chance to see the movie because I thought it was continuous, it wasn't and my timing was off.

I will say from my perspective a lot of thought went into planning and decorating the place. Upon entry you are given a bag to hold your goodies, tokens to get a crayon to wrap and a package of Model Magic. Extra tokens are available for 50 cents. AND there are drying ovens for the wet projects. The website is great, it lists the activities and has loads of information on it. Crayola has also made the effort to meet state standards with their many activities! What they need to think about is having a separate line for families. It was not fun standing behind a long line of campers. 

They also have a store with some pretty cool merchandise. I got a shirt and a magnet. The lunchbox was from the cafe and came with my lunch..... may have to share the box with my grandson.

Some of my other photo ops.

In exchange for the free tickets I was to forward all field trip info to staff. My AP beat me to it as she had been called by Denise McKinnie, the Group Sales Account Executive. With my other school (I am 1 day a week somewhere else this year) I sent info to the principal and she shared with staff. Unfortunately we cannot afford that kind of field trip- too far and too expensive.  But my AP did suggest they could come to our school!!  .

Deck out a bus and have a Crayola Caravan! My head is on overload thinking of all the cool things you can bring to schools across the country! Hear me, I am willing to brainstorm!! There are currently only 3 Crayola Experiences-Orlando, Fl., Minneapolis, Mn., and the first one in Easton, Pa. 

There are 50 states!! 50 STATES!!

And seriously who doesn't like the smell of crayons??

I am officially back to work tomorrow and excited to start the new school year. Everyone at my, 1 day a week, school has been super nice and very helpful. Should be a good year!

Thanks for reading!
What are your thoughts on having a Crayola Outreach program come to your school?

Monday, August 1, 2016

Using the Alphabet in Art

I'm not sure why, but I love incorporating lessons using the alphabet. One really cool project I did with my students was having them design positive and negative space using an alphabet that I found online. Here is my unfinished (as usual) example. As you can see my letters match the word. C is for camouflage, E for emphasis, F for form, and so on.
I'm sorry that I cannot give credit for the above alphabet, I did this project a while ago, before I started blogging. I have a scanned a blank copy and you can find it on my resource page. I also found the following really cool project after writing this blog and felt an update was needed. Check this out Collaborative collages. It is from a School Specialty blog.  And I just happened to have found a bunch of magazines in my mailbox the other day!

Since the subject of today's blog is using the alphabet in art, check out the cool birthday present from my daughter-
 I can't wait to hang it in my art room. My students are gonna love it!  I don't think my daughter realizes just how obsessed I am with the concept of using interesting photos as alphabet letters. I have been on the search for my own letters and have yet to complete an alphabet. She just knows that when we are out and about that I am always taking weird photographs. She found this shop BGIE (Best Gift Idea Ever) while on vacation in St. Augustine. Click on the name to connect to their site. Amazing!! They have over a dozen shops throughout the United States! And their new product, in some of the stores, is putting the letters on magnets. I am hoping to buy a set this week! I have been in touch with the manager at the St. Augustine shop.

They can be used in so many different ways! Centers? Drawing challenges? Inspiration? My mind is going into overload! I was eating pretzels yesterday and was playing and making letters with them! Think of all the fun my students can have making letters with recycled materials and photographing them with iPads. OH YEAH!! Technology in the art room!

Here are a few of the letter photos that I've taken over the last few years:

I'm planning on having some fun making and photographing letters along with my students to complete my alphabet. One concern I have about a few of my photos is that I know some of the places I took them have all these rules in place so that they can't be used without permission (in regard to profiting from the photo). Just something to keep in mind. It's fun looking around and finding the letters!

I know that doing a photography lesson along with the alphabet has been done before. Since my son, who decided to return to school about 2 years ago, did this photo montage as one of his class assignments. I found it interesting that he could use letters from signs as opposed to letters in nature or in architecture. Or from recycles..........
Photo credit: Peter Depp
I'm really excited to be getting ready for the new school year, being out on medical leave was NOT fun. Students return on August 15 and I have planned so many wonderful lessons!


Thanks for reading! 
I would really love to hear about your lessons using the alphabet!