Tuesday, October 11, 2016

2016 FAEA Conference Overview

Gonna blog an overview of what I was up to at conference this past weekend. Currently playing catch up with my sleep, laundry and other things (video games count as other things, right?). Definitely plan to go into more detail in the next few posts!  Promise!

Calder's Circus: Learned some interesting things about Calder and got some great tips on how to play with wire and how to teach it to my students. Didn't have a chance to finish, had some trouble with the heavy gauge of the wire.

Playtime with Gelli Pads: OMG who knew you could just keep printing layer over layer until you LOVED the result? And look at how pretty the stencil turned out!

 Royal & Langnickel Brush: Gave out a nice assortment of goodies and I learned quite a lot about different brushes and how to take better care of them.

Crayon Mosaics: Didn't have time to finish. Also happy I haven't changed out the old crayons yet from last year! Lol!

Journal Junkie Workshop: Loved this exercise using shapes and symbols.

Inkless Tesselation Prints: This was tricky and I got frustrated with it. Other people at my table did great. More about that down the road.

African Ndebele Doll: Loved this, had to leave a little early to facilitate the next class and didn't finish it. But I have plans for it........

Cool Cotton Yarn Sculpture: This was fun, the balloon dog when finished will be yarn shapes glued together.

 Ugly Doll Soft Sculpture: I got so involved in this I didn't take a lot of photos. However I did finish on time!

Only one of my workshops got cancelled due to Hurricane Matthew. So all in all a great conference!

And I did leave time to visit vendors and made this by painting with sand over at Blick.

Tried out this incredible tray of tempera paint and HAD to BUY it! Jack Richeson & Co.

And I spend money on this stuff. Love that book: Draw, Paint, Print Like the Great Artists, in the photo.

And what's the point of a conference if you don't get a NEW shirt!

Got a lot of free samples, still sorting them out for treasure chest at school. I give a lot of the freebies to my students, in the hopes of creating future consumers of those products.

I've got some plans to submit proposals for next year, thanks in part to discussions at the elementary division meeting. Excited!!! Very Excited!!! And tired.........

Thanks for Reading!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Two Years Ago Today....

Pretty happy that today marks two years since I started my blog. Read my first year reflections here. Really happy that I was a Rising Start finalist in The Art of Ed blog contest! Which means I got to put this on my blog.

Totally impressed that MY Craftsmanship poster has made the rounds on Facebook and Pinterest.

 My poster:
Some of the others I've seen:

Was flattered that I was asked to adapt one of my posts for my state art magazine.
View it here.  Read the original article here.

Got some clip cards published in School Arts Magazine. Read about it here.

Have made some awesome connections and put my art out there. I did 3 illustrations:

For this coloring book. Click here to purchase.

Had over 50,000 page views. Got a small bunch of followers. All in all happy to be blogging.

Gotta go and get ready, because tomorrow I leave for my state conference! I'm sure I'll have lots to share as I signed up for 10, yes TEN workshops! Can't wait!

AND Thanks so much for reading and all the great feedback!!
Here's to another year of sharing with you fine folks out there!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

As I was thinking about the title for this week's post, the movie titled The Good, The Bad and The Ugly came to mind. The good would represent the lesson I thought was incredible! (Just really happy with.) The bad would be the one I kind of have reservations about...... (The little ones had fun with it and did learn something.) AND since I really adore kid's art work- the ugly would be how messy the tables looked afterwards. (Which I neglected to photograph.)

The good: The lesson I'm working on with my 2nd to 5th students is all about lines, shapes, patterns and space.

I was given a tub filled with these wonderful foam shapes. My grandson helped me to load up a cardboard tray for each table. I also put out markers and gave students paper with 6 boxes on it to work out their patterns and have a reference sheet for themselves. 
 After a short discussion followed by my modeling with my Elmo (a document camera).

 Students got to play and plan out their designs.
 It was amazing to see how engaged the students became. They also did a great job cleaning up. We will use these sheets in some very interesting ways in the very near future! And of course I will blog about it!

The bad: The lesson with my kindergarten and first graders. I have seen the little rainbow umbrella person all over Pinterest and thought, "What a cute blending primary into secondary rainbow lesson."

 The book I read to students was A Rainbow of My Own by Don Freeman.

I however didn't want to do a full on paint lesson and decided to use these gel sticks from Faber-Castell. The gel sticks when applied to paper have a crayon like texture until you add water with a paint brush and smooth out the texture. A really cool effect! This seemed so quick and easy that I didn't even bother with paint trays........ mistake #1.
Mistake #2 not making sure that the little kindergarten students understood that my tracers are NOT part of their art......
Mistake #3 was using paint brushes that were too big-in other words could hold way too much water and flood their project......

I managed to correct all mistakes by the second day and I did enjoy listening as the children were blending their colors. Soooo if my learning objective was for students to understand how to use primary colors to make secondary colors - then this was a good lesson. 

And while they may seem to all look alike, they really do have their own personality. My reservation is that I would really like to see students do something else to make them a little more unique, but I'm at a loss. All suggestions gratefully appreciated!! I'm thinking students could fill in the background.....

And like I first wrote, the ugly was the mess. Which was no big deal........ it is an elementary art room after all.

I would love to hear about your good, bad and ugly experiences!

Thanks for reading!  
Please share, I'm real close to 50,000 page views and this blog is having a 2nd birthday next month!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Creating Architecture With Corners

So what do you do when you get a hold of a WHOLE bunch of corners??
Why WE MAKE ART, of course!

First we painted our corners and the cardboard (our base) that would be glued under it.

Then we let them dry.
 Then they had to be stored until we returned to the art room to continue working on them. (The corner would be glued to the base on the day they finished.)
Then we got to assemble our houses, castles, forts, pyramids, water slides........
With a wonderful variety of things that had been donated to the art room.

Welcome to our neighborhood.
The corners were the by product of getting all new laptops last year. The pyramid style corners came wrapped around our brand new bookcases. (Shhhhh they were supposed to go back-but, I have awesome custodians.)

We painted using tempera paint. We glued using white liquid glue-sometimes way too much! And we decorated with wooden sticks, paper scrapes, leather scrapes, foam pieces, puzzle pieces, leftover die cut leaves (I don't think I'll EVER use them ALL up!). Buttons, bottle caps and anything else I thought would work. I did this with grades first to third and happily have enough to do with my fourth grade starting next week. Some of the larger classes took 2 class sessions to paint. But some of that was because of logistics. Handing out stuff, clean up and so on.....

I tied in architecture and what an architect does. I read some classes this book, if I felt I had the time.
This project was incredibly fun and was very, very cheap to do! It also cleared up some serious storage space in my art room! (You know...for more stuff??)

I love doing art with my students that re-purposes things that might otherwise clog up a landfill. How about you? Do you have a favorite recycle project??

Thanks for reading!