Wednesday, January 18, 2017

What a Hoot!

I just love these second grade owls.  Some of them made me "hoot and holler" out loud.  The project took 2 class periods. 
The kids painted the background paper.
I cut out a stencil in the shape of an owl.
The kids sponged the owl stencil that I had cut out.
Then, they used spouncers to make snowflakes.
After the owl had dried, they put details on the owl with oil pastels.

"Who, Who," said the owl.

Here's The Who singing "Who Are You?"


Monday, January 16, 2017

Putting Hundertwasser Into Perspective!

We have posted on Hundertwasser in the past.  Click HERE for previous post. 
I wanted to do some landscapes and perspective drawing with my 8th graders.  After several days of thought, I came to the conclusion that I could do both on the same project. 
We discussed perspective drawing and practiced for several days.
Then, I gave the basic landscape review.
The kids drew.
The kids painted with watercolor.
The kids outlined with a sharpie.

I really was impressed with the results.

There are a total of forty-four "I"s and eyes on this post. 
Here's a song about Bette Davis' Eyes by Kim Carnes.


Friday, January 13, 2017

TAB, UbD Elements and Principles Unit for Middle School - Theme Underwater

Not every lesson I do is TAB, but I do find a happy medium in each lesson to give each student a way in which to use their talents and gifts along the way.  This lesson in particular, I had a theme of underwater and texture. How to create both by using their choice of mediums.
I ran across this article and it was a pretty good read.
This is a work in progress for me and I am going on my 26th year of teaching art. I find in order to get student's personal best, I need to continually have open conversations with them about their art. This requires lots of interaction in each class. I have my middle school students for 1 9 week quarter on a rotating wheel. I'm constantly walking around, discussing with students about the process for creating the particular lesson at hand. I'm also asking them questions, demonstrating and giving advice. It creates a more  of a relaxed environment for all creative juices to flow.
I find they're willing to take more risks because they aren't creating the exact same project, so the competition is gone. This is huge when entering local contest. I can have the sane themed art lesson but can enter in different categories because of the mediums chosen, Make sense?
Here the artist wanted to experiment with salt techniques and watercolor.
Love this one above and the perspective with the layers of yummy paint. Oh, so fun to watch this one take place in the art room.
Amazing sea horse. Looks very graphic to me as in it would make a cool stamp or pillow. How does a TAB lesson look in my room? Well, I teach in a backwards design. (Understanding by Design) Currently, I'm picking the theme and my students pick the subject and materials. For example, this lesson was an underwater theme / beach. I incorporate some mandated element or principle in the lesson via a check list.  Students are creating art with different subjects related to my overall theme of the specific lesson involved. They are showing their understanding of the student learning expectations.

Google Docs from the video with  Johanna Russell

Below are the worksheets I use to help me wrap my head around my units for the 9 weeks.

This is my Understanding by Design Guideline for my 9 week Quarter Lessons. I hope you find it helpful. I have combined many ideas online and put them into this one document. Special thanks to 
Krista Voorhis, Montclair High School. I ran across her CURR 530 unit online and was able to spin it into the document that I needed for my classes. I hope this helps you wrap your head around these concepts. If you have any questions feel free to contact me at my school email
Happy Planning - 1969 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Pop Art Peeking Through the Winter Trees

I am not sure why this art activity happened with the 8th grade.  It was one of the last days with the students before Christmas.  The students wanted to dot paper.  They do love spouncers.  I love them, but I do not love washing them.  They "spouced" the dots on the paper and then, they thought these trees looked fun to do.  I gave them some paint and a credit card and they made trees.  The students cut the trees out and glued them on the dotted paper.
And...Here is the art.

The Pop Art Project with winter trees was just a relaxing project for the kids before exams.  All they needed was time to talk and do art without thinking too much. 
Need to relax?
Listen to Dave.  He is always good for providing a calming effect.