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My First Art Market & Classroom Updates

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Well it has certainly been awhile since I have posted! Ever since the school year started, things have been incredibly busy.

I have made a few new paintings and a lot of new ceramic pieces . . .

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I also achieved one of my long time goals to participate in an artist’s market! I have always enjoyed going to art festivals and for the past few years I have been scheming about how to participate in one. A couple of weekends ago, I finally did and it was AWESOME!!

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I was a part of the Indie Craft Experience Made market. If you are from Atlanta you may have heard of this amazing group that hosts pop-up artists markets all over the city. This one was at the Hudgens Center for the Arts. I worked really hard on my booth setup and ended up having an excellent day meeting art-lovers and sharing my work. I can’t wait for the next opportunity to sell my artwork!

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I believe it is so important for art educators to practice creativity in non-school environments. You have probably heard that old saying “those who can’t teach” but I think that the best teaching comes from authentic, hands-on experience. It can be hard to make time to create especially after a long day of managing a classroom but it is truly meaningful development professionally and personally!

So while I have been gallivanting around as an artist I have of course gotten into the full swing of things with my art students! This bulletin board was created and inspired by our school mission statement.

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After the first couple of weeks of easy-going-getting-to-know-ya type activities, we jumped right in to some great projects! Kindergarten is currently working on fingerprint flower pots (I’ll be posting a blog about this process soon.)

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First graders are also learning about mixing primary colors and are using tissue papers to create a background for tissue paper portraits:

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Second graders are creating a lovely landscape with a foreground, middleground, and background.

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Third graders learned all about Georgia O’keeffe and painted beautiful flowers:

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Fourth graders are creating a warm/cool self portrait and they are turning out AMAZING!!!! (Blog post about this one coming soon too!)

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5th graders are drawing and painting a succulent still life. They are so whimsical and fun and there will also be a blog post about these soon as well.

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I am loving my new school and have been completely enchanted and charmed by my incredible students. I am so thankful to be a part of the Northwood community! As we are wrapping up projects, be on the lookout for blog posts of some fun new things in the works 🙂

❤  Ms. K

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Author: artwithmsk

Hello! My name is Ms. Katzin and I am an art teacher at an elementary school near Atlanta, Georgia. Teaching art is my passion and I love what I do!

2 thoughts on “My First Art Market & Classroom Updates

  1. Hello! I love the rock/crystal art that you did with the black background and white outline. Would you be able to give me some pointers on how you did this??

    • Thank you so much!

      I started off with some watercolor paper and looked at pictures of crystals online to draw them. After drawing the crystal shapes with pencil, I used a ball stylus tool and some masking fluid to trace over all of the lines. Once the masking fluid was dry, I painted over everything with watercolors. I tried to use similar colors for each crystal like dark green and light green or pink, purple, and blue. While the paint was still wet, I sprinkled it with some salt which creates a really nice texture.

      Once the paint was dry, I carefully peeled back the masking fluid to reveal white lines. Then I cut out each crystal.

      I had a bunch of small canvases that I painted with black acrylic paint. I used watered down white acrylic paint to splatter paint stars on top of the black. Once the canvasses were dry, I glued the cut out crystal to each canvas. I then added a little more white to the edge of each crystal to make them look like they are glowing.

      I hope this helps. I am sorry I don’t have any pictures of the step-by-step process, I did not do this project with children, as it is a little too advanced and complicated for my students. Let me know if you have any other questions. 🙂

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