Sunday, November 21, 2010

leaves on craft paper

I was really pleased how this project came out. It was for 2nd grade and was a lesson that took 2- 45 min classes. In the first lesson I put real leaves on the table as well as photos of leaves. They were taught how to draw by observation using pencil. We tried to overlap and make some leaves go off the page. On the 2nd week we traced with black sharpe and uses the construction paper crayons to color in ( at least 2 colors per leaf). The background was to be colored white and they were asked to add wind with the the sharpe. Here are some of the final products....

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

a thought from a 4th grader...


My 3rd, 4th and 5th graders use art journals. Some of the topics are about artists we are studying other topics come from the book above. I read the question then give then 2-3 minutes to write and reflect, then we share our thoughts aloud.
Last week I read a random question from the book to my fourth grades. The question was something like..."What would it be like if on Fridays we could only see yellow?". One of my students answered " There would be no more racism". Words from a 4th grader-WOW!!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

My Artist Spotlight Questionnaire


Just incase anyone wants to see it/use it : )

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Artist Spotlight


I was inspired by Mr. E and his terrific boards to create this board. My goal was to once a month change the board with artists from our school that try their best every time and have a positive attitude. I am trying not to choose only "the good artists". I thought this was a great way to promote art in the school.
October went smoothly, I had 3 children chosen and gave them a questionnaire to fill out with their parents about their artwork... who inspires their art, what materials they like to use and so on. I announced the November artists but they have been slow to turn in their paperwork. As soon as I get the questionnaire back I will put it on the board with their photograph. At the end of the month I will give them a certificate and a sketch book I bought at the dollar store.
I am thinking I should do next months artist very soon so I will not be so behind. Speaking of being behind, I had plans to put more posts up on a regular basis -it is just not happening. I have to try to make the time. UGH!