Tuesday, October 6, 2015

MoFA's Art Under The Big Top, Maclay Visual Arts Is Participating!

For details about this event click below:
I pulled from our classroom projects to enter several pieces digitally to meet the requirements for Art Show.  The guidelines are listed in the pdf link below:
We had lessons of printmaking, mixed media, watercolor, clay. Tempera painting and  paper mache'
I chose this time to share how neat some of the chosen lessons looked.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Draw Me A Star by Eric Carle

Draw Me A Star by Eric Carle art activity was done by kinders.

Children's books are always a make a great art project.
Here is the art project based on Draw Me a Star by Eric Carle.
Prep work:
You have to print off the words "Eric Carle Draw me a Star"
Just make a textbox and use bright colored letters and choose "shape fill" and use black.
Also, pre-cut the tissue paper and stars.
Show the read aloud:

Kids paint black across the top of the blue construction paper.
Let black paint dry.
Kids glue on the words "Eric Carle Draw me a Star"
Kids glue tissue paper to the cut out stars.
Kids glue the stars on the blue construction paper.

Here's Earth, Wind, and Fire with "Shining Star"


Friday, October 2, 2015

Laurel Burch ART CLUB Cats

Lauren Burch information can be found here
We discussed cats.
Talked about patterns.
Had a conversation about color.
In art club we play music and just kind of chill as we work.
Had kids pay attention to background and give it some love.
All Art Club members were successful.
I found a lot of visuals on Pinterest.
Other Art Ed Bloggers that have taught this lesson:
This was my first lesson with Art Club. I am doing artist studies this year.
I try to have a flyer with spotlights of artist information on it to hand out. 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Torn Paper "ME" Self Portraits for Kinders

For the "ME" self portraits, you will need the following items:
construction paper
google eyes or foam eyes
sheets of scrapbook paper
Provide kinders with a head (have head pre-cut)
Let the kinders choose what scrapbook paper they would like to use for their shirt (have shirt pre-cut)
Kinders glue the head and the shirt on the construction paper.
Kinders tear small squares of construction paper for hair.
Kinders glue the hair on their head.
Kinders draw a nose and a smile.
Kinders write their name.

After this activity, your room will probably be a little upside down. 
Why not a little kid-friendly Jack Johnson singing "Upside Down" with Curious George?


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Peter Diem Art Club - COWS

Art Club meets once a week  in the Middle School Art Room 3:15-4:15 
These cows are from Peter Diem.
This year's theme is we are doing mini unit studies on selected ARTIST

Click here for our last blog on Peter Diem
Each one shows such individualized personality =)
Love the thought process behind this one. Gotta LOVE 'Merica!
Some like to cover the whole sheet of paper
Some only wanted to do penicl drawings with details.
Love the stripes and big eyes!
A template of the COW can be found on this website

We used 9 x 12 Card Stock (Beige)
Oil Pastels
Reference Sheets
Played music and got our ART on for an hour!


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Wigged Out!

So need a colorful lesson on teaching lines?
How about the book, Wig, written by The B-52s with pictures by Laura Levine?
How did I teach the lesson?
I talked about attending the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia.  I explained to the kids that The B-52s started a music explosion in the town of Athens.  I also talked about the many times that I had seen The B-52s in concert.  After many questions, I asked the kids were they ready to meet The B-52s.
Then, I showed The B-52s Wig video from late 1980s.
Kids cracked up on this video, but they ended up singing along.

Then, I read the book below that I got on Ebay.  Since I had showed the video, the kids were able to easily follow along as I read. 

When I opened the book up, I see the book says, "To Samantha-WIG OUT! Hey Samantha, Love, Kate".  Hey, my name is not Samantha, but I sure do like the cool PEACE necklace drawn by Kate.  Kids were a bit concerned that I had Samantha's book. 
I gave kids a sheet with examples of some of the wigs.
Once I got the kids started painting, I played The B-52s music.  Fun stuff!

Kids drew their people with wigs in pencil.
Kids went over the pencil with a sharpie.
Kids began painting the background.
The kids painted the foreground.

One kid copied Kate's PEACE necklace.

Here we are, all wigged out!

This last one reminds me of Kate.  There is a lot of red paint and the lips appearing to be singing or making the "dog-fish" sound in Rock Lobster.
To continue the tradition of Athens music, my daughter has been immersed with all the old stuff since she was a young child.  Now a senior in college, she invited me to go with her to see Kate Pierson of The Bs at The Georgia Theatre in Athens this summer.  This was a great mother-daughter concert. 

We had to be first in line to get this awesome pic of Kate playing the guitar.

Kate and her Bs are one fun band.  One reason that I loved sharing about The Bs is because they just did their own thing.  They were individuals shining and being happy doing fun music making others happy.  As a teacher,  all I really want to do is help make the kids grow up to be...