Friday, November 19, 2010

Kindergarten Self Portraits!

This is our 3rd drawing of our portraits! Letting them practice with mirror, used a handout worksheet with half a face drawn, and finally a large drawing that we will watercolor!

Atmospheric Perspective Cityscapes, 4th Grade

1st we cut out newspaper buildings for background.
2nd Middle
ground buildings with construction paper.
3rd Tissue on top
4th Foreground bridge or roof of another bui

lding with construction paper.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Circle Weaving!

Third graders are ready for radial weaving!!! First, everyone designed a radial circle on paper. They broke the circle up into triangular slices, like a pizza. In each triangle they put the same design. (pics soon) Next, we moved into radial weaving on a loom. I let the studentes string their own loom, using Mr. E's guide! Of course, I had to do some and get a few tied off to start but they had fun.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

K- Fall Trees!!!

First, we discussed warm colors, diagonals, and the parts of a tree. Then we collaged a torn paper tree. I found that the next class some students were almost finished, so they drew their tree and had to include a horizon line!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


I wanted more room to add a Inspiration Station, which still needs a sign.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

New Chihuly Pictures!!!

This above website includes pictures from around almost every public school in Nashville. We all went CHIHULY!!!

Friday, October 15, 2010

CHIHULY @ Park Ave!

Mrs. Guiffre & I have been working hard! Here is a taste of Chihuly for K-5...I forgot the chandelier picture and some drawings are still not up....

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Planting a Rainbow!

Kinders' planting a rainbow garden....

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Build your own PLAYGROUND!

1st graders created their background first using crayon. We discussed horizon line, clouds, putting the sun some where else besides the corner, collage and geometric vs. organic shapes.

Students picked out their own colors of
construction paper, cut out their shapes and began constructing their fabulous playgrounds.

3rd Grade -Profile Silhouettes

I found this project 3 years ago and students just love cutting images out of magazines! I used an overhead projector to trace each students silhouette. We discussed how visual images play a role in their lives....

5th Grade - Falling back in SPACE!

Thank you Oodles of Art for this lesson idea! I think next year I will let students pick a destination of where they would like to 'fall back to" and maybe incorporate the 7 wonders of the world....

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

More Chihuly!

This project includes a 1/2 sheet of colored tissue paper, sharpie swirl, and splashed watercolor.

I'll focus on Chihuly's Seaforms and talk to students about cutting an organic, scallop edge.

I also tried marker and it worked.

Hang them from the ceiling!!! Awesome!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Finally Organized!

I finally organized my lesson plans and examples by 9 weeks!

Each notebook is divided by grade level with word wall words included.

The scrapbook paper is an Amy Butler design pack.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Planting a Rainbow!

This will be my new kindergarten project for identifying colors and creating a collage. I was visting with another art teacher and she did this project and I've been thinking about it ever since!

I've had the book 'Planting a Rainbow' since 2006 and now I have a project for it!

More pictures to come!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Changing Directions with LINES!

Students learned about different types of lines and using their imagination.

We used line printing
tools to create an imaginary place that they would love to go.

I'm not sure how I want to finish this project. Here is a finished example from last year.


We looked at the artist Giacometti and created foil figures. Students added modeling clay for shoes to allow their figures to stand.

One student had the idea to stamp his own shoe design on the bottom of the clay.

From here we will draw Keith Haring's simplified figures.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Kinders - Keith Haring!

Today's project was very exciting! Kindergartners looked at Keith Haring's 'dancing figures'. We discussed rhythmic lines, shapes, the figure and overlapping. Students picked out their back ground color and received a long rectangle with a pre-cut head. Students tore rectangles for arms and legs and a large one for the body. I gave students the option of tearing the elbow and knee to show more 'movement' from their figure. Students were also encourage to add 'rhythmic lines'.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

A Bad Case of Stripes!

2nd Grade Self- Portraits

This week 2nd graders will be watching the narration of The Bad Case of Stripes By David Shannon. The website has different celebrities that narrate different stories.

I also plan on using When Pigasso met Mootisse for K and Sophie's Masterpiece for weaving projects for 1st.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Flat File!

I found this flat file at our school's warehouse and I can't wait to paint it!

Last year, I used bookshelves to hold all the artwork and used labels by class and grade level. The problem was other students would either touch or move the papers. With the flat file, everything stays where I put it!

The 1st week of art!!!

The first week of school was great! All 22 classes!!

This year I want to begin organized. I'm very proud of my word wall this year that I spent 4 days making.

You can see the words below and above the paper. I made sure to write the grade level on the back of each.

The 5th graders are doing awesome on their project 'falling into space'. I found many bloggers that did this project so I had to try! I'll post more about it when the projects are finished.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


I am really excited about this hallway display I'm creating... 'What type of artist are you?' I was inspired by another teacher's poster of, 'what type of student do you want to be?'

I will add questions or comments above and below the reproductions.

Inside the classroom.....