Friday, September 27, 2013

Food Sculpture

Even though I am intimated by sculpture projects, I keep on creating lessons for my kids!  The 8th grades looked at Claes Oldenburg's food sculptures and used his work as inspiration for their own pieces.  They had to construct their work in such a way that in the end the final sculpture had to be assembled much like some of Oldenburg's work.  These pieces are on a much smaller scale than Mr. Oldenburg's!

Trick or Treat!

I love fall and Halloween themed art!!  The second graders are reviewing the difference between landscape, portrait and still life and all of their projects will be fall themed.  This is their completed still life (also a review of secondary colors!).

Killer Kinder Candy Corn

The Kinders have been learning about 3D forms in their classrooms, so to reinforce that idea in art we talked about the difference between a triangle and a cone.  Then we created these torn paper candy corns.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Victorian Houses on Abstract Backgrounds

I like the spooky vibe these houses have!  I did this with 4th grade and we went over how to draw three different Victorian houses.  They could mix and match or use one of the examples for inspiration on their final piece.  They used watercolor markers in either a cool color combo or warm color combo for the background.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Apple Baskets

I love these and so did the first graders.  Such an easy line and shape lesson!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

What the Kinders have been up to

When I started teaching I had A LOT of kids in the lower grades who just did not like art and I didn't get it.  They were pessimistic about their work before they even started!  I worked so hard to get those kids to just give it a chance.  Now I start each year instilling a love of art in my littlest artists, the Kinders.  I really want them to enjoy coming to art and creating a masterpiece each week so I start every class with "Art is so easy and art is so fun!".  I've found those two phrases set the tone for the whole year!

Anyhoo, my Kinders have started the year in the same way most of yours probably have with color, shape and line projects.  So far, we've done a primary color seahorse, mouse color wheel, an owl drawing and a scarecrow.  And they LOVE everything they make. 


For the past 6 years I've used Kids Art Fair for my annual art fair, but they closed down.  They were the easiest company to use - they supplied the frames, display racks, paper, and a rep to check out all the parents.  I wouldn't mind having a show that is not a fundraiser, but I don't know where to start!  Any advice would be most appreciated!

A New Year!

I'm into my 4th week already and so far so good!!!  I spent my first week re-organizing my room and I still have piles and piles of stuff on my shelves.  This year I decided to hide my piles behind shower curtains!

I'm using my huge window wall for an art element review.  I've already seen multiple kids looking at it for help during projects:

And I added a few new signs found on Pinterest: