Rollin’ With The Homies

Second grade was reviewing different types of lines. (horizontal, dashed, zig zag, wavy, etc.)  They would first draw the line in the air, watch me draw it on the whiteboard, then draw it themselves.

While teaching a lesson on lines, I couldn’t help myself when we got to talking about the wavy lines…

Love this job!

Ms. Luna Signature

First Day of Art Club

Oh how exciting that we’ve got a new art club at our school! 25 kiddos and an excited art teacher make up our new club, and today was our first meeting! Even though my seasonal allergies stole my voice, I still whispered some exciting news to the new members and made them “solemnly swear” to … Continue reading

Hispanic Heritage Month: Puerto Rican Festival Masks

We have a large population of Mexican children at our school, so I wanted them to learn about another culture, but still within the realm of Hispanic culture.

So the 2nd graders learned about the island of Puerto Rico and the traditional masks worn during Carnival called Vejigantes (Veh-he-gon-tays)!

We paper mâchéd but since we couldn’t use balloons because of allergies, the 5th grade art room helpers and I used balls of newspaper wrapped in foil for the 2nd graders to use.

It was most of the students’ first time doing paper mâché and it was pretty funny listening to them being grossed out when the were doing it! But they did an awesome job!

2nd Grade Festival Masks

After I cut them open, the kids painted them. While they painted, I read a story about Ramon and the Vejigantes called Vejigante Masquerader.

2nd grade Vejigantes

2nd grade Vejigantes

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Modern day Mexico

We started this lesson talking about the word “Hispanic”, and that in the eyes of the United States government, this term applies to anyone who has roots in any Spanish/Portuguese speaking country. I wanted to make sure that even though we live in Texas, that the kids know that there are numerous other countries speak … Continue reading

The Teacher Goes To School

Like many other teachers, I thoroughly enjoy learning. So when I was told that the elementary art teachers in my district were going to take some classes at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, I was all for it! There were eight different classes to choose from, I went with Selfies and Flip Books. The … Continue reading

Welcome Back!

They say, as long as you learn from your mistakes, it’s a lesson well learned. 

Well, last year, I found that I was asked the same questions over and over and over again. Where’s the trash can? (Though you pass by it when entering the classroom), What sink? (one of the two in the back of the class), What drying rack? (The big metal contraption at the front of the room) etc…

So to save myself some frustration, as well as for the kids to get ownership of their art room, we had an Art Room Scavenger Hunt! 

Art Room Scavenger HuntNot only did this help the kids find out where frequently used items in the classroom were, but it also how to use them. The majority of my students are returning from last year, so they already knew, but this also helped new students who were paired with the returning ones. 

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The first pair to bring me a correctly completed scavenger hunt sheet was given a prize, and runners up got a sticker.

I made sure that their names were at the top of the papers, and then gave the papers to their homeroom teachers. I was able to show their teachers, and difficulty the students may have had with certain words, namely the questioning words (who, what, when, where , why, how) and spelling.  

So, the kids now know their art room, and homeroom teachers, got a quick assessment of areas some of their students need help in! Win Win! 

 

Till next time! 

Art Power

 

It’s That Time Again!

School is gearing to begin so that means we are back in the classroom getting is kid ready! 

My room is set up as similar to last year as possible, but the fun thing this year are the super awesome bulletin boards! Check these babies out!

The World Is Better With Art

Student and Staff eyes fill the opening 2014-15 Art Room bulletin board

 

 

 

Various quotes by artist referencing seeing or eyes.

Various quotes by artist referencing seeing or eyes.

 

 

 

Art Room Paint Brush

Art Room Paint Brush

 

Show who you are...Create.

Show who you are…Create.

 

Like last year, I will have the art room “Facebook Page” up all year long so the children can learn about different artists, and their art. But this year, I started the first artist’s page with myself. Goal being, that they can learn a bit about me, and that they in fact, know an active, living artist! 

My "Facebook Page"

My “Facebook Page”

Till next time,

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Final Summer Projects: Andy Warhol Style Animals

We have reached the end of our two week Summer Enrichment class. It was great experience! Our final projects were culminating of all the color theory that the kids had been learning for the past weeks. They learned about a few more color families; analogous, monochromatic, and complimentary, then were instructed to pick two combinations … Continue reading

Warm & Cool Sunsets

The summer enrichment class has been learning color theory along with proper painting techniques. This project grouped the colors that they learned about on the color wheel into two groups; warm and cool. The students first drew their sunsets very ala Van Gogh with the swirls, and then were asked to think of the things … Continue reading

Tints & Shade Color Wheels

Oh what an exciting cross-curricular project! First the students started with a demonstration on shades and tints. Add black to a color for shades. Add white to a color for tints. Then they used a worksheet to practice mixing. After this, they moved on to the actual project. Using a paper plate, they traced around … Continue reading

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