Thursday, March 31, 2016
While in Athens, GA, visiting the college kids, we went to Big City Bread Café for breakfast. As soon as I walked in, I thought, restaurant owners, you sure have some cool art. We ordered and I waited very patiently for this nice gentleman to quit blocking the art by standing by the coffee maker for 3 days. Good grief, dude. Get your coffee, get your cream, and move. There is art to be seen.
Finally, the dude moved.
I snapped the pictures below.
I showed the kids the rooster paintings. I said, "Ok kids, take this project and show you own it." Some of these 5th Graders took the roosters all of the way out of the barnyard to the beach and possibly even to Van Gogh's "Starry Night".
It is hard to believe, but I introduced this lesson, talked about The Big City Bread Cafe's yummy food, and had the kids paint the rooster, all in one class period of 40 minutes.
I tried to get the management to tell me who was responsible for the paintings by email, but no luck. The artist was one that chose not to put their name on their work. Ugh.
If in Athens and you need a good breakfast, Big City Bread Café, is good place to go.
If in Athens and need good music, head to the Georgia Theater to hear bands like Third Eye Blind.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
This idea came from
*See link for complete details, thanks KidsArtists
I had the students in art club discuss facial features. I showed them how to divide up the paper. We used 2 (45 minute) club times to create the facial drawings.
These were a lot of fun to create - 1969
- white drawing paper 12x18 size
- reference photos
- examples of faces
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Forgotten disco balls? Well, awhile back my 4th Grade made a paper with grid lines using a T-square. In the midst of art teacher life, I forgot about the projects. I had placed them in a strange place (many strange places in my room). Recently, I found them and the following project evolved.
The kids used oil pastels.
They drew a circle on the grid with a bowl.
They used oil pastels to fill in the space.
The art activity took 1 class period.
Kids took ownership and did their own thing.
It was a easy project to do the week before spring break.
The Original Disco Ball on the movie, Saturday Night Fever.
Monday, March 28, 2016
The Maclay Oak tree is a symbol of our community on campus. Everyone loves it. We decided to paint it with watercolor and each artists took a different spin on this lesson but the results were the same - hands on and fun! We have blogged on Oak Trees before on the blog. Click the links below:
The real Oak Tree of Maclay is in this link
We used 12x18 white paper
Sax Liquid Watercolor
Reference sheets of our Maclay Oak
And created our own versions!
Friday, March 25, 2016
I found this little bunny at The Beesknees Cousin from a Pinterest link. I just loved him! Thanks Beesknees Cousin! The project was done by third grade. Have a look.
The kids drew bunnies with pencil.
They used a sharpie to outline.
They filled in with watercolor.
I told them to stay in the brown, mustard, and clay paint in the watercolor tray. (Yeah, I spy some hot pink on the bunnies, too!)
Also, I encouraged them to mix the watercolors.
The project took one class period.