Sunday, December 10, 2017

Triangle Card Challenge


This is a really fun last minute holiday activity to do with your students. I may have been inspired by a Santa that I came across that was painted onto a triangle. I started to wonder what else could be made with a triangle?


Students were given triangle tracers that were 2" along the bottom and 4" on each side. They got white 6"x 9" drawing paper (paper should be folded in half, like a book) and a choice of markers and colored pencils.


An intro to the lesson was a discussion about the greeting card industry.  What kind of occasion would you give someone a card? Who designs that card? Did you know artists get paid to illustrate cards? Where upon one student wanted to know if he was getting paid for his card today.........


I showed students the different ideas I had for using the triangle to make a card. They could use my ideas but they needed to add to it. AND of course they could come up with something on their own.

 I can't believe I didn't think of an elf........

 Love the snow coming down in this one.


This student ended up adding some Christmas things to his dinosaur, but I got too busy to take another photo. It did make me think the triangle challenge could be just about anything and not just the winter holidays.

IMPORTANT UPDATE!!
Came across an address on Facebook to send to recovering soldiers at Walter Reed Medical Center and decided students could do one card they keep and one card for me to send out. They ended up writing some beautiful sentiments inside the cards. Turns out the address was incorrect. Contact your local V.A. to find out the procedure to send them cards. Thank You Tammy!!


I've got 2 weeks until break and the students are beyond excited for the upcoming holidays!
Let's hang tight, we can make it!

Thanks for Reading!






Sunday, December 3, 2017

Learn About Art


Here is a little something I do with either early finishers or students we are waiting for that are in Tier 3. Tier 3 is help for some of our students and takes place the first 20 minutes of Specials.

When I have everyone in class I will present the next lesson we are going to work on. But in the meantime..........

I modeled for students how to fill out the worksheet. Asking them the questions that are on the paper.
The worksheets can be used with art posters, art post cards or art calendars. Since it was the first time, I had the many postcards that I collected from my many museum trips spread out for my students.

 Students used colored pencils to color on the copy paper.


Now that they know what to do. They will find copies of the worksheet and more postcards in the draw at the front of the room under the white board.

The other drawers have photos of textures and drawing prompts that students may also use when they have time between projects.
Click here or go to my Resource page for a copy of this worksheet.

What do you do for early finishers?

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Positive and Negative Space

My state standards include teaching 3rd graders about Positive and Negative Space. I provided patterns and a storyboard for this lesson. And while many of you frown about "cookie cutter" lessons, you gotta start somewhere. You can also consider this a practice lesson and have students create they own pattern for Higher Order Thinking.

The first class I did this lesson with, I had a lot of confused students. That's what made me decide to have patterns available for them. (Positive/Negative pattern is available under the Resource page.) Next time I plan to photocopy patterns onto colored paper to make it even easier for them. We had a discussion on what positive and negative space is.

Students picked out a pattern and got a 12x41/2" black piece of construction paper, and a 9x12" piece of white drawing paper.

Students learned about making a continuous cut and were cautioned that there were no scraps with this project. (Except for the pattern pieces.)

They were instructed after cutting everything out to place down their cut pieces before gluing them.
Students who finished early were sent around to help others.

When children returned the following week to art they were instructed on how to use the white pencil on the black side and the black pencil on the white side to add details. Symmetry was reviewed and expected as part of their project. Black and white paper could also be used for details.



Students loved doing this and many of these wonderful projects will be out on display for the 3rd grade concert next month. The 4th and 5th graders were disappointed they weren't doing them.

Check out my blog post from the last time I did this lesson: Art on a Cart. Definitely art cart friendly!

Hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving break! I've got some new lessons I'll be doing between now and the winter break. Can't wait to share them!

Thanks for Reading!






Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Itsy Bitsy Spider


The project that inspired this lesson is in the book 25 Terrific Art Projects.  By Karen Backus, Linda Evans & Mary Thompson.

The beginning starts out the same. I started by reading this book to my students.
Then I directed them on making the spider web by modelling and reviewing our vocabulary for the different lines we learned about.
 Draw a diagonal line, make an X by drawing another diagonal line.
                                  Add a vertical line.                    Add a horizontal line.

                                   Add some curved lines all around.

I did this with kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades. Now for how I changed it out. Students were instructed to draw where their web was. Was it in front of a house? a garden? a porch chair?



 Depending on time you might be able to draw and paint during one session. We used crayons and watercolor paint on 12" squared manila paper. I saved making the spider for last and I changed that out as well. The book called for using salt dough and I decided to use plastic Dananimal containers.

Here are the steps I took to prepare the bottles.
                                  Using a box cutter, cut off the top.   Then cut the bottle in half.
      Remove and discard label. Using the point of a compass make 2 holes on each side.
          Using a hole-punch make a hole in the bottom and attach about 10-12" of yarn.
                                    (I did have some of the older students attach the yarn.)

When students returned to art, I modeled for them how to make the spider. I demonstrate to them that regular markers will rub off of the plastic, so we will be using Sharpies, because they are permanent. (It's so cute because some of the students tell me they are not allowed to use those markers....)


The spider legs are made from pipe cleaners. Two of them will make 8 legs. I show 1st and 2nd grade how to fold the pipe cleaners in half, then place the fold all the way down between the blades of the scissor and to pull on the pipe cleaner as they squeeze the blades of the scissor together. I cut them for kindergarten.

Now they have 4 pipe cleaners, one for each hole in the two sides. After inserting the pipe cleaners, they will fold it in half to create 2 legs, then twist them together, close to the body, and bend them to look like spider legs.

Then I stapled them to their beautiful web paintings.


The primary students loved doing these spiders and they were really excited to have donated their Dananimal containers for this project. I do believe the older students were upset not to have made them when they were younger. They don't understand the need we have as art teachers to change it out and perhaps wait a few years to collect what we need for the project.

Now it you have followed this blog recently, you will have read about my storyboards for the students to see step-by-step directions. I didn't do it with this project and I gotta say it needs to happen. Even if I use photographs for the storyboard. Turns out it just goes so much easier. I did have students that completed their spider to help others. That's always a good thing for the early finishers to do.

As a Title One school using recycles is so vital to stretch the budget.

What, if any do you make with recycles??

Thanks for Reading!