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Mondrian and Kandinsky Are Back

Kindergarten and First Grade started off the year learning about Mondrian and Kandinsky. They were inspired to create bold artworks by painting, cutting and gluing, and mixing colors.

Kindergarten began by learning all about Mondrian. They used their imaginations to look at his artwork.  Students noticed that he mostly used the colors red, yellow, and blue and lots of straight lines.


We began by cutting lines out of black paper and gluing them down. Remember: a dot is a lot and a blob is a slob!


The next class we read Mouse Paint which is an EXCELLENT book for the little ones. Kinders were inspired to mix up their own colors! They used tempera cakes to carefully fill in the shapes they had made with lines. They were amazed that they could make colors by mixing up the primary colors.


These turned out great, they are so colorful and the kids had a great time exploring and discovering art materials and color mixing.

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First graders had a similar experience learning about Kandinsky.


They even listened to music as they painted great big lines and shapes onto paper.


The next week, we also read our old favorite Mouse Paint. Several students were excited to read this book again and remembered the story from last year. They were old pros as mixing colors and had a blast filling in their shapes and designs.


I love the vibrant colors and variety of designs in the finished pieces:

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What a great way to start the year! Here is the EQ/Standard/Sample board. 2nd graders are working on their Matisse Drawing with Scissors composition. 3rd graders will learn all about Gerogia O’keeffe and create a painting based on her artwork. 4th graders will be exposed to #FAFATL and create artwork inspired by Catlanta. 5th graders will learn how to make graffiti style lettering and design their name.


BONUS: On Monday morning, one of my most vivacious 2nd grade students brought me this picture which she had drawn:


It is a phenomononally detailed picture of me teaching art! She included my magic hat, rules, owl, and ART letters on the whiteboard! It was such a great gift and really brightened my day.  🙂


All About Me: A Week 2 Activity

Week 3 of school is about to begin and class is great! I am so excited to have many of my students again from last year as well as some new faces. I can’t wait to see the amazing art Mimosa artists create this year 🙂

The first week of school was a whirlwind. I gave a tour of the art room and read the book The Dot 25 times! I also showed WELCOME TO ART! PPT to get kids psyched about the art they will be making this year and refresh their memories about the cool stuff we created last year. The second week of school was all about putting the rules into practice and an informal pre-assessment of the students skills. 2nd-5th graders watched a BrainPOP about portraits and then used this template to create their own:

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This activity allowed me to get to know my students a little better and see where they are at with writing, drawing, and following directions. It ended up being a great week 2 activity and will probably end up being the cover for sketchbooks. Check out my students this year:


And for everyone’s personal enjoyment here is a self-portrait of your’s truly 😉



A Tour of the Art Room

Year 2 of teaching is about to begin and I am going to hit the ground running. After a summer of travelling and other fun shenanigans, I am ready to get back to the art room and welcome my artists back for another great year. My classroom is looking good with a few changes and tweaks to make things run smoother and more efficiently. Let’s have a tour, shall we?

Here is my wonderful teacher desk featuring a poster of outer space and some clay face jugs. Behind is the cupboard covered with Letters to Ms. K. which I just couldn’t bear to take down from last year. If I get more this year I will just have to find a new spot. I have new rules this year which are written in HUGE BOLD LETTERS so they will hopefully be followed or at least paid attention to this year. I thought that having 3 simple and condensed rules might make things easier (we shall see how that pans out. . .) What are the rules in your classroom? Have you had the same rules for a long time? 


Next is the whiteboard. The owl points to a colored piece of paper that represents the table who is responsible for helping with materials and any other jobs. The color wheels are handy for reference and the giant blue crayon will be used as a magic wand, pointer, and/or miscellaneous prop — pretty much anything except the intended purpose which is a coin bank.


Here is the reading corner. The bookshelf was kindly donated by the media center specialist and I can’t even begin to tell you how many kids have gone up to it to check if the pencils are “real.” The million books include not only art books but books about other subjects too like weather and dinosaurs and firetrucks and countries. I think its important to have a variety of books that can be used for reference as well as support reading habits and inspire artists. The black board has the standards and when kids come back it will also display the essential questions and samples of projects.


Here are my TWO (yes TWO) bathrooms. One for students and one for teachers!


Next is the paper cutter and construction paper unit. I spend a lot of time here prepping. New this year is the Artwork Checklist. I was inspired by this blog to create it. I wanted to have a visual that students can use to measure themselves and do a little self-assessment.


Also new this year is the Class Behavior Chart. If the class as a whole has good behavior they will get a sticker on the chart. After 10 stickers they will get a prize. I haven’t quite worked out what the prize is yet. I have heard ideas for this sort of thing that range from free-seating day to barefoot day. I want to do something that will be free and will not take away from the curriculum or interfere with learning. Any ideas? 


The gallery and some storage. . .


“Recovery” Desk, drying rack, cart of random stuff, storage, Art Tips:


The Art Tips say: Draw Big, A Dot is a Lot A Blob is a Slob, Take Your Time, Draw Lightly, Listen and Look, Be Original, and Color in the Same Direction. Is there anything else I should add?

This is the Lines, Shapes, and Colors Wall with lots of handy references that kids use all the time. I made the flower with paint chips from the local home improvement store!


The Word Wall (which needs to be updated):


View from my desk:


View from the door:


Did you happen to notice my AMAZING ROUND TABLES?? I am so thrilled to have them! And all of the colorful flowers are back up on the ceiling making the room so friendly and bright.

Just outside my room are my bulletin boards. This year I wanted to be a little punny and playful so (inspired from Pinterest) I went with:


The other board is about S.T.E.M. which is the big buzzword this year and something I conveniently already incorporate into my classroom. I printed out pictures of students working and some examples of projects to show evidence of science, technology, engineering, and math in my classroom. As the year progresses I will add more. How do you incorporate S.T.E.M. in your classroom? 


I am so excited for my second year of teaching. There are lots of great things happening so check back for some awesome amazing Art with Ms. K!


Tessellations and STEM

Tessellations are a great art form that incorporate math. I have always been fascinated by tessellations — they are basically a visual image of infinity (so cool!). A good friend of mine recently published an eBook about this very subject and I wanted to share this awesome resource.

On the WEBSITE the author has this to say about his book:

This book will introduce the elements of Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) that you need to create your own tessellations in HTML5. You’ll start with the humble line and build up to  tessellations found in the book and the gallery. You’ll find links to resources for further learning here on this site. If you’re a beginner in web development, I recommend you get started on some of the Youtube tutorial.

Now, elementary students obviously are not going to be fluent in web development or coding (unless you teach at some kid genius school) but I think this concept is an EXCELLENT example of how S.T.E.M. can be used in the art classroom. The United States is currently pushing the idea of S.T.E.M. in education to make Americans more competitive and competent in the work force. Art has a significant role in this because it already incorporates ideas of science (observation, materials, chemical reactions) technology (apps, graphic design, advertising) engineering (designing, building, constructing) and math (measuring, shapes, symmetry).

Visit the SVG Tessellation blog to learn more about this cross-curricular art form!


M.C. Escher’s Famous “Day and Night” Tessellation