Saturday, July 31, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
I have purchased a few items here and there before tax free weekend. Regular markers and sharpies were $0.60 and thin line markers were $1.00.
I picked up the giraffe at HomeGoods for $10.
Wal-mart's website sells crayola classpacks of crayons, construction crayons, oil pastels and markers for a really good price.
Click here to check it out!
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
I found these flash cards at Target for $1.00! I'm going to laminate them so theywill last longer. These flash cards are great close-ups of animals, insects and landmarks for students to reference and draw from.
They also had math flash cards. Go look!!!
Friday, July 23, 2010
I love watching students create their work! It's so awesome to see the final products at the end of the week. Here is a peek....
I added two more projects this week. The puff paint was a huge hit because students used the heat gun and the Chihuly inspired drawing. Students loved making a mess and using the chalk pastels.
Another project that turned out much better was the insoluble painting. I used more oil than
watercolor this time and they were lovely, I must say! Students used collage tissue paper for the background.You can see the baby oil resting nicely on the watercolor.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
I began compiling two, rather over-growing, notebooks last year of my own examples based on each lesson I taught. I enjoying looking threw them and remembering the success and challenges the students had.
How did I begin this? I purchased Explorations in Art by Davis Publications in 2009. After teaching elementary one year, I knew that I wanted to include more art criticism, aesthetics and art history. The teacher editions gave me a foundation to work from.
I have 'updated' some projects the past couple of days! My biggest challenge is trying to settle on a theme for 5th grade this year. I know I want to include 'art from around the world'. Should I go 'timeline' or 'travel journal'? I already know 'travel journal' sounds very interesting and inspirational to the brain!
Thursday, July 8, 2010
These are the Chihuly projects that I tested out a few weeks ago. The students really enjoyed all the projects and I hope to include them into the curriculum for next year.
Most of the projects are from
This marbling project was so much fun! We made a journal and a notepad.
We made a paper-weight inspired by pulled glass. We used air dry clay, tempera, and sealed with mod podge.
The window clings turned out great!
Students made 3 enclosed forms with 14-gauge aluminum wire and 'Arti' sick paint. You can also create images without the wire.
The insoluble painting was a little wacky! Students added different shapes inside the laminate pouch for the paint to move around. Next time I will measure the watercolor vs baby oil.
Students used a heat gun to manipulate their shrinky-dink form!! Sharpies are awesome!
We also made a yarn bowl and a tissue bowl using a balloon form.