Sunday, October 29, 2017

Radial Symmetry

I did this kaleidoscope lesson years ago and it didn't go the way I wanted it to. I decided to do it again because it works so well with radial symmetry. I even have a class set of kaleidoscopes for my students to look through.
Only this time I changed it out a bit and stressed certain factors that needed to be in place. I also started the lesson by having the students do a mandala which I blogged about here.

This was done with my 4th grade students  on 12" square white drawing paper with markers.
I modeled for my students by tracing a wedge shape on a planning sheet (the wedge was 1/6 of the circle). I explained we would use letters on the wedge, either a name, initials or a word. The top and bottom of the letters need to touch the edges of the wedge. I believe this was part of what made it successful along with the fact that the circle was divided into only 6 equal parts.

 After they settled on what they decided to use for the wedge, they copied it onto tracing paper and transferred it to the circle they traced out on the paper.

They traced, flipped, traced, flipped until the circle was filled in.

I think they came out GREAT!!

My 4th graders have an exhibit in a local museum every year, this just might be the project I display!!

Thanks for Reading!

Sunday, October 22, 2017


The FAEA Conference these past few days was a blast!! I played at the vendors tables and made some fun projects. Took home some swag. I signed up for 4 incredible workshops (promise to share all soon). Presented a workshop and gave a power point presentation on getting a grant.
Here are the screen shots from that power point. I just downloaded to the FAEA site for 2017 conference handouts.

 What kind of grants should you be thinking about?

Where and how do I find grants?
 Photographs can also be used to advocate for your program.

Thought Co. Grant Writing Sources,
Grant Writing For Dummies Kindle Edition by Beverly A. Browning

The theme for the conference was "What is your superpower?" AND I WON the costume contest!
I introduce you to my new Queen of Recycle outfit. 90% made from recycles!
I have also been appointed to the 2018/19 board and will serve as a Member at Large.

Time to go and get ready for returning to school tomorrow. I welcome questions and will answer to the best of my ability!

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

One and Done

I know this may be hard to believe, but on occasion I really, seriously think the recycles that I collect take over the art room........

Sooooo when that happens I decide to fill the 2 back tables with lots and lots of cool stuff to make art with. I accumulated the trays in the above photo, leftover from the inside of laptop boxes. I do a Story in a Box lesson with the boxes, click here for details.

I did this with my second graders. By the end of the week the students who came in couldn't wait to start. After all, they saw their friends leaving art with the finished trays.

I did a really simple quick intro to the lesson. I told them it was a One and Done. Which means you have ONLY that art class to work on it. I asked them, what they thought they could make with the trays? I suggested designing a playground. But anything would be fine.

I cautioned about using too much glue....... I tried, that counts? Right?

Anyway, I really loved hearing all about what they made AND seeing just how engaged they were in the lesson. I may have even mentioned that they were making assemblages. 'Cause you gotta keep up the vocabulary!

Now the exception to the One and Done was my grandson, since I'm his ride and he has extra time at school to do art. I love how involved his turned out.
There's a basketball court and a pool and a whole bunch of fun outdoor things to do on his tray. My daughter will be thrilled.......

I am gearing up for the Florida Art Educators conference in St. Pete on Oct. 19-22. I will be presenting a free session on grant writing titled Grant-tastic. And a paid workshop on using stories to start your art lessons. (This one is filled up).

I am also running for Elementary Division Director, voting is until Friday, October 20 at 3pm. Both myself and the other candidate are good choices for the position.

The theme for the gala at conference is "What is your Super Power?" This will actually be the first time for me to attend the gala........ and let's just say I'm making my outfit using recycles!

Enjoy! And thanks for reading!!