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. 

Scavenger Hunt Scavenger Hunt Scavenger Hunt

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

Summer Enrichment: Color Theory/Painting Class

Hello! Hope you are enjoying your summer! Over here it’s going swimmingly! After a week off, it was time for summer enrichment! Though I am teaching a painting class, I figured color theory would be a fabulous pairing! So we’re off and running! I have two groups of kids, ages 8-12, and no more than … Continue reading

Mondrian in 3D

Sadly I pushed this project to the very last minute and we ran out of time for the majority of the classes. After introducing the 2nd graders to Piet Mondrian with this awesome video.  We looked at several of Mondrian’s paintings and discussed the common elements used. (Line and primary colors)   Then I told … Continue reading

Police Week Art Contest Winners

Police Week was May 11th-17th and Alvin PD sent out information for a poster making contest for all the schools in the district. So our little guys (Kinder-1st) entered! Here are our winners!   Great job guys!

Street Art

This past weekend, I was the featured artist at a local arts festival, and I invited my students to stop by and come see the other side of their art teacher! I was so happy when a handful of them actually came! They got to bring art into the real world by becoming street artists, … Continue reading

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