30 November 2012

friday photo - 30 Nov 2012

28 November 2012

Wednesday Works - Hanoch Piven Relief Portraits - 5th grade

This is just one of the many new projects I've planned to try this school year.   Of the 5 for 5th grade - Hanoch Piven Relief Portraits is the one featured today.

If you're an art teacher like me, you have boxes and bags of "things" people thought you might be able to use.   Bags of spools, a box of wooden cones from thread, some small plastic lids from who knows what, washers and buttons and felt scraps, etc. 

I gave the students free-reign of the boxes.   With a medium sized piece of scrap mat board, they started planning out a portrait.

After all their items were arranged and glued into place, we painted them.   This year is also the first year to try out tempera cakes instead of the jars we've used in the past.   The first two classes have already decided they like these much better than the wet paints. 

 (paper towel for hair)

This one will be placed on the write-up pile and added to the curriculum lesson plan binder!

Did I also mention, we (I) wrote an email to Hanoch Piven and he sent an email back to us?    The kids were so excited!

Thank you Mr. Piven!

21 November 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!   

We'll be back after the holiday break with more projects and artistic inspirations.  In the meantime, enjoy some time off with your family.

14 November 2012

Wednesday Works - 2nd Grade Monet Waterlily ponds

There are so many elements to this project but I do enjoy it.   The kids get to work on materials they haven't used before, use materials they know in a new way, and they get to paint.   That's always a favorite :)

 We start out the first class with clips from "Linnea in Monet's Garden"


Then we start coloring on coffee filters.   Anything they want but it has to be in crayola or washable markers only.   To keep them straight, we used a thin Sharpie marker on the edge to write their names.

At the end of class we wad them up and dip them in a little bit of water.   Then let them dry overnight.

To begin the painting day, students drew "string trees" or trees with one single line all bunched up to look like trees reflected into the water at the edge of a pond.  They also added some blue to the sky with the side of a crayon.

Then a color wash goes over the whole thing, as if the trees were under the water.  Also let dry overnight.

The final day was assembly.   A few lily pad leaves and our coffee filter flowers added to the surface of our ponds and we're finished. 

 The crayon "string trees" and some clouds  really make the reflections and the kids reinforce their wax-resist technique from their earlier lesson this year (Toucans - Wednesday works - 2nd grade Drawing with Children lesson - toucans)

Here's a closer look at what the crayon rubbings do to the water/sky area.   The kids loved this part the most. 

09 November 2012

Friday Photos - 9 November

And a Thank you to all the Veterans who have served with honor and in sacrifice and to the families of those that died for this country.   I am proud to be serving in your footsteps. 
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