10 June 2014

Inservice day photos



Clean(ish)   white board needs a onceover

Work.   Lots of it.   Writing, rewriting, revamping, and aligning curriculum for existing and new grade level areas.

Gotta line it all up, you know! 

Have a great summer everyone.   I won't promise to post so if I do it'll be a nice surprise.   Don't forget to visit the additional school site MBG Middle to see what's going on over there as well.

23 May 2014

Friday Photos near the end of the year

The flurry of finishing has begun!   Already we've reached the last art class for several groups and projects have been taken home.

A few changes coming my way for next year but I'll be back here with our usual format again in August.   Look for Monday Motivations, Wednesday Works , and Friday photos here on the Lenkerville Artroom.   I'll be adding some additional duties to my schedule (all ART related, thankfully!) so I hope to keep in the swing of things over here come August.  I'll be working on another blog page to unveil in the fall as well. 

For now, enjoy some Friday Photos!

(yeah, I'm running out of quotes I haven't worked on yet so I did this one as an example of making more decorative letters)

09 May 2014

FRIDAY Photos - May 9th

 My view from my Art Cabin at Camp last week

 Really, really hoping this repair holds.   I would be lost without my cutting board!  I think I'll reinforce the plywood base with some metal brackets also.   It's the back of the cutting arm that's splitting the wood and making the cutting get all wobbly.

07 May 2014

Wednesday works from Camp Hebron with 5th grade

 Our Monday Motivation Totem poles posted this week were a preview to this Wednesday Works.

We have a extra special event in our school where the 5th grade class (yes, all of them) head out to a camp about 15 minutes away and stay for the week with our 12th graders as their camp counselors.  The teachers have classes and invite special guests to teach various lessons during the week.   They also canoe (and have a water safety course), horseback riding, hiking, etc.  

This was my classroom for the day I went over.   I met with each cabin group for about 45 minutes and we made our own totem pole elements as a recycling project.  I have had these coffee and nut or bread crumb cans in my room for quite awhile.  I needed 72, and I think I had 74 total. 

Colored paper, markers, oil pastels, and glue were the supplies needed.   We wrapped them in paper and decorated them before gluing onto the cans.

I had to be creative with supplies because there were still regular classes being held in my classroom back at school (with a substitute) so I couldn't clean out the supplies for them just to travel to camp. 

My alligator example.

...and all on display in my classroom for the week.   We have Grandparents day tomorrow!

30 April 2014

Wednesday Works - Pinch-pot monsters with 2nd grade

This one has been floating around online for quite awhile now.  I have done this a few years now and it's probably the biggest hit project of second grade for several reasons.   One, they get to use the "real" clay.   1st grade uses Model Magic (which I LOVE also)  Second, it's MONSTERS!   How can you beat that?!   And third, they love any excuse to get out the paints. 

We cover basic ceramic techniques like slipping and scoring (called "the zipper"), plus formation of a basic pinch pot.   Then they are turned on their sides and the monster mouth appears. 

Here are a few all painted up with tempera cakes (my other favorite thing ever invented)

 If you had time in the school year, you could clear coat these with a bit of finishing spray to make them shiny.   I may do this before the kids take them home this year. 

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