Symmetrical City Reflections

The first graders got a lesson in symmetry! We spoke about how there was an imaginary line down the middle of things, if one side was the same as the other, we would have symmetry. Then we turned into ninjas and HIIIII-YAed around the classroom to see what was symmetrical and what wasn’t after looking … Continue reading

Symmetrical Sailboats

The kindies… just love their sponge like brains ready to absorb all the mathematical information that was given to them during this math/art mash-up unit. They learned about the word symmetry, and some of them even learned the cognate word in Spanish, symmetria. They learned about the line of symmetry cutting something down the middle … Continue reading

Frank Stella’s Protractor Series

The 4th graders learned about artist Frank Stella and specifically his protractor series of paintings. Since angles are apart of the 4th grade math curriculum they were able to appreciate the geometry found within Stella’s paintings. Some of the 4th graders in Art Club recognized his name when we went to the art Museum! These … Continue reading

Romare Bearden Collages

  Romare Bearden has always been an artist ¬†near and dear to my heart, because of my undergraduate work on the Harlem Renaissance, and having the pleasure to work at the gallery he and several ¬†artists of that era founded in New York City. I was super excited to introduce my art club to one … Continue reading

Art Club Goes to the Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Early Saturday morning we loaded up twenty-six 3-5th graders onto a bus to go into Houston to the Fine Arts Museum! I grabbed two of the art room’s iPads and we had student photographers to document the whole trip! We walked through the sculpture garden:                     … Continue reading

Charles Demuth Math/Art Mashup

3rd grade is learning about Charles Demuth and specifically his painting The Figure 5 In Gold. After looking at several of Demuth’s paintings and discussing how he used diagonal lines to break up his picture plane, they were told to think of a number between 2-9. Then they were given a sheet of 12 x … Continue reading

360 degrees with the Second Grade

Its Math/Art Mashup time in the art room. All grades are getting a little dose of “Whaaaa that’s math?!? This is art class!!!” Pow! Second graders learned about compasses today! And how many degrees were in a circle! They used the compasses to make different sized circles but were limited to using complementary colors. Pretty … Continue reading

Kinder Easter Egg Baskets

What’s an art teacher to do on the day before Easter break, and is all burnt out? Model Magic Easter Egg baskets! Pinch, roll, and shape! Lets hear it for great ideas! And an awesome group of kids!

Picasso Faces

This years’ group of 2nd graders have been getting their fill of art history. While I wait for other classes to complete a project, I’ll do a quick art history lesson with the classes that are finished. So this time we learned about Pablo Picasso! We watched a super awesome slide show of his work, … Continue reading

Op Art w/ 5th grade

Some of my students aren’t painters. Some of them aren’t draw-ers. Oddly, this project made those forementioned students SHINE! We watched a brief video on M.C. Escher to introduce to them that math can also be found in art. Then we watch a video on Vaserely, the pioneer artist of Op Art. Then we started … Continue reading

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