Saturday, July 31, 2010

Chuck Close

This was from my student teaching in 2007. Each student was given a small square and had to reproduce the same image onto a large square.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Supplies Time!

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

Last week of Chihuly!

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.

Puff Paint!

If you haven't tried this, you must! It's so easy and fun for students to watch the flour rise! I used equal parts self-rising flour, salt and water. I mixed in a food coloring but it works with tempera and acrylic. Enjoy!

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

Chihuly Projects!

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.