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Art to Remember Fundraiser

I am so excited to share this year’s art fundraiser with you. From start to finish the experience was exceptional – it was easy, fun, and well worth the time in the funds  – and excitement – produced. 

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The past couple of years I have done a framed art show. The effect of 700+ works of art in the gym together is really astounding. That is one aspect of that fundraiser I will miss. The parts I will not miss are the time spent dealing with all of the artwork – gluing each piece to a special paper, filling out all of the little name cards, making sure everything is facing the right way, handling all of the frames, waiting for the show to be taken down (I was at school til’ 9 pm – yikes!), and making barely any money as a profit. So this year I decided to switch from frames to chachkis and boy am I glad I did! Not only did I make TEN TIMES MORE PROFIT than I did with the framed show, I also did not have to handle any money, stay late into the evening, or organize a crowded event. This fundraiser was a dream!

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I reached out to several different companies that do this sort of thing and ultimately decided to go with https://arttoremember.com/ Communicating with my representative was easy and everything came with easy-to-follow instructions in a neat little box. They even sent over a ton of sample products which helped me get the kids hyped up. 

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The paper we used was 8×10. It was the perfect size for a beginning of the year project. Here are the projects I did with each grade:

K Rainbow Lines: https://artwithmsk.com/2017/09/17/rainbow-lines-that-wiggle-mouse-shapes/
1st Rainy Day Portrait: https://artwithmsk.com/2017/11/06/a-rainbow-of-my-own/
2nd Whimsical Landscape: https://artwithmsk.com/2017/10/01/moana-landscapes-by-2nd-grade/
3rd Georgia O’keeffe Flower: https://artwithmsk.com/2016/09/26/flowers-and-portraits/
4th Vibrant Village: https://artwithmsk.com/2017/11/13/vibrant-villages/
5th Succulent Still Life: https://artwithmsk.com/2016/10/03/psychedelic-succulent-still-life-paintings/

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I liked the paper because there was no border or name card or anything else that the kids had to do other than create their artwork. Art to Remember sent me sticker bar codes with each child’s name which I adhered to the back of the artwork. Easy peasy!

Journal & Bookmarks 

The art was then shipped off and in return, each student received a custom order form with their specific artwork pictured and instructions of how to order online. They had about 2 weeks to place and order and then about a month later the products arrived. 

And lemme tell ya about the products!! The stuff is SO COOL! There are water bottles, mugs, magnets, phone cases, mouse pads (“What’s a mouse pad Ms. Katzin?”), key chains, pillows, cutting boards, night lights, and a million other cool things. The majority of the items are very high quality. The price point is a tad more expensive than what you would find at Target but the premium of having custom artwork is WORTH IT! So many kids told me that they will be giving their items as holiday gifts which is absolutely precious. The artwork looks absolutely STUNNING – it is vibrant, rich in color, and true to the original. 

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It took about 3 hours to sort and organize the products when they arrived. I made sure to thoroughly check each child’s order and make sure all of the items were included and correct. All of the small items were grouped together by teacher and there is an order confirmation number on each item which is individually wrapped. This made passing out the stuff so simple!

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Overall I am so happy with the process and products of Art to Remember. I have gotten a lot of positive feedback from the kids and community and am looking forward to another great fundraiser next year. 

If you are thinking about doing an art fundraiser please consider working with Art to Remember. I cannot rave enough about how wonderful this was for my school and community (and sanity!) I give it a solid 100 and know that you will love it too! 

❤ Mrs. K 

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Criticket

The idea for this critique games comes from mskitlang.com. So far, I have only played this with 4th graders when they completed their Important People Portraits. I am hoping to play with more grade levels throughout the school year.

Students started off by looking at a PowerPoint introducing the game. We watched this video which is a pretty good introduction to art critiques for young kids. Then, I explained what each ticket means:

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Students played a practice round with artwork:

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The practice round allowed students to see how the game is played. They quickly realized that this is an opinion game and that not everyone will have the exact same answer. In fact, there is no right or wrong answer! I gave the instructions. . .

  • Place your sketch with your final artwork.
  • Working in teams of two, you will play Criticket with your classmate’s artwork.
  • Remember: there is not RIGHT or WRONG answer – this is an OPINION game.
  • Be honest about your opinion, don’t pick something just because others did, be original!
  • Not everyone has to get a ticket, if you don’t get one it doesn’t mean nobody liked your artwork. This game isn’t about “liking” the artwork, it is supposed to make you think deeper.

. . . and then we got started. Students placed their sketch with their final artwork. They teamed up and did a preliminary walk-around.

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After they viewed each of their classmate’s artwork, they started placing their tickets.

 

When the team is out of tickets, they have to sit back down. When everyone is sitting down, we come back together as a class and discuss. Students get to share why they placed their tickets where they did. The conversation is positive and uplifting, one group of students even applauded for each other. Overall this activity was a great way for students to support one another and show empathy and kindness. I can’t want to do it with another group!

❤ Mrs. K


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Seahorses by Second Grade

Second grade loved this seahorse project inspired by Colors of My Day blog. We began by reading Eric Carle’s Mister Seahorse. Students noticed the lines and shapes used to create the illustrations.

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We drew wavy lines on a piece of white paper and then painted over them with cool colored tempera cakes. The kids were amazed that their crayon lines showed up through the paint.

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The next week, each student glued down two pieces of yarn. Then they used warm colored tissue paper to create a beautiful patchwork design.

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The next week, we did a step-by-step seahorse drawing on the warm colored paper. Students cut and glued it to their cool colored background and added details like seaweed, sea creatures, and even mermaids and buried treasure!

These are so precious and look great on a display with 1st grade’s Tiny Seed collages.

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❤ Mrs. K


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Activities for the Last Day of Art Class

It can be a challenge to plan the last few weeks of art lessons. You want to do something that is engaging and educational but fun. It is the end of the year after all! This year I did a bunch of different one or two day lessons and then on the very last day of art I had students do Genius Hour or The Day the Crayons Quit. I wanted to create a blog post about these and some of my other favorite last day lessons.

Water Graffiti
I have talked about this one before. At my old school, I had an enormous and mostly empty courtyard outside of my classroom. It was perfect for doing Water Graffiti. Basically, we would take big cups of water and paint brushes outside and paint with water. This was not only exceptionally fun but also provided a nice little science lesson about evaporation and the water cycle.

I would give challenges of who could paint the biggest ____ or who could work together to create a ______, who could write the entire alphabet without it evaporating. I haven’t done this in a few years but it is super fun on the last day, especially if it is nice out!

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The Dot
This activity is perfect if the weather isn’t great or if you have a group that you just don’t  trust to paint outside with water. I read The Dot to the class and put big pieces of butcher paper on each table. Students use a variety of art supplies to create their own dots. Usually there is an episode of Magic School Bus playing too 🙂

The Day the Crayons Quit
I will never tire of reading The Day the Crayons Quit to students. It is hilarious and so is the sequel. We begin by reading one or both and then do a step-by-step to create the crayon craft. This project is definitely more on the crafty side which I often try to avoid but it is so cute that I deem it OK for the last day of art class. I did this project earlier this year with the classes I had on Halloween because it was also Book Character Day. It is a perfect one day lesson for an exciting school day!

Each kiddo gets a popsicle stick and we create the crayon details, the name of the crayon color, and the face with sharpie. Then, they color it in. Next, students pick a pipe cleaner that most matches their crayon’s color and they cut it in half. I hot clue the pipe cleaners to the back to create pose-able arms and legs.

Genius Hour
“Ms. Katzin, why is it called genius hour if specials is only 45 minutes?” one sassy yet observant student asks. The answer is because this is an idea I borrowed from the kindergarten team. Out at carpool I started noticing kindergartners with amazing creations that they were designing and building during Genius Hour – an hour devoted to creativity. I am absolutely over the moon about this process and wish I had thought of doing it earlier in the year.

Basically – Genius Hour is where you can make whatever you want out of the materials provided. The creative ideas the kids come up with is astonishing. Here are the materials they could use: Pipe cleaners, scrapbook paper, scrap paper, felt, string, beads, paper cups, straws, receipt paper, mat board, scissors, staples, tape, glue. I explained the supplies to them and went over some basic rules and procedures and then they got to work.

One very cool and popular item was the Corru-Gator which crimps the paper. I only had one so the kids had to bring their paper to me but I plan on ordering a bunch more for next year.

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Check out these amazing creations!

I ended up placing a few more items out like bulletin board boarders and painted paper scraps as things got depleted. I am already starting to collect random knick-knacks to put in the Genius Hour bin for next year. I am hoping to do this more frequently than just the last day of art class.

Hope everyone has a great summer! See you in the fall!

❤ Mrs. Katzin

 


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Me, Under the Sea & Sea Turtles

A few years ago I did a project with 1st grade called Me, Under the Sea. I thought it would be fun to revisit but this time with grade 2. Students began by sketching plants, animals, and a self portrait under the sea. Then, the drew on big paper and colored in their designs with crayons. The last step was to create a ‘resist’ by painting over everything with blue liquid water color.

Since I had all of the supplies out for a nice underwater resist lesson, I wanted to do a sea turtle version with my art club kids. As you can see below, the art club versions include other animals and creative ideas besides turtles.

❤ Mrs. K


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Abstract Bubbles

This project was done with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders. The kids called me out for planning such an easy-peasy project and I was honest with them – we were going to end the school year with easy stuff so that everyone is on task and chill. Every end of the school year is bonkers but this year I could really feel my students running out of steam and brain power towards the end. Maybe it was all of the inclement weather days we had this year? Maybe it was just being exhausted from working so hard in school? Anyway, I wanted something relaxing and easy that would use the last remnants of paint.

Students traced different sized cups and circular objects with a crayon. They were encouraged to overlap and go off the page. Then, they used water color paints to fill in the shapes. This abstract painting was somewhat meditative. For all of the “this is too easy!” complaining, the kids ended up liking the method. Sometimes process > product.

It probably also helped that I walked around and blew bubbles at them while they painted. Did you know that many children’s instinctive reaction to bubbles is to eat them? So now I must remind students not only to please don’t eat the artwork but please don’t eat the bubbles too!

❤ Mrs. K


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Check out these cutie woven birdhouses by grade 2!

We began by creating patterned paper with Mr. Sketch watercolor markers. The process for getting the neat tie-dye effect can be found here. Next, we created a weaving with construction paper. This is how I create a loom with my students. We cut one of the pattern papers into a triangle or trapezoid or semi-circle to create a roof. Students created a circle for the hole in their birdhouse ad used colorful construction paper to make a bird or any animal that they want. There were birds, cats, dogs, unicorns, narwhals, lizards, eagles, alligators, turtles, mice, and all sorts of other creatures!


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Second Grade Sundials

A few weeks ago I read in my school’s weekly blast that second grade was learning about sundials and that they would be creating their own sundials. I was immediately inspired to collaborate with the grade 2 team to create a cross-curricular clay sundial. This project was easy-peasy. On day one, we talked about the science behind sundials. When I showed students the example, they asked why aren’t there numbers on it. During my research prepping for this, I discovered that to make a sundial that actually works, you have to go outside and measure the sun every hour. I explained to my second graders that since art is only 45 minutes long, we would be doing texture instead of numbers.

So on the first day, students got a slab of clay and a circle template. They cut out a circle and smoothed the edges. Then they used a bunch of different texture stamp thingies to create texture on their slab.

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Before the discs went into the kiln, I poked a hole in the center with a straw. Here they are after being bisqued:

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Students got to choose what color straw they wanted and I hot glued it into the center.

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These were finished by coloring on the surface with crayons and then painting over the crayon with tempera paint. This created a neat resist effect.

It was so fun to collaborate and create something that encompasses science and art. I love doing these kinds of projects because they really strengthen overall learning.

Great job second graders!

❤ Mrs. K


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Clay with K-3

Greetings from the art room! I wanted to share the ceramic artwork my kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders have been working on. All of the following projects are twists on lessons I have taught in the past so I won’t go into too much detail here, (except for 2nd grade’s turtles). Click the links below to see the step-by-step process for each project 🙂

Kindergarten Penguins

Last year when I did penguins with my kinders we used tempera paint and glitter to paint them. I had a lot of kids request to use more colors than just black, white, and orange so this year we painted them with watercolor. I love the multi-colored designs!

1st Grade Rainbow Fish

I think I have read the Rainbow Fish out loud to kids at least a thousand times. I know all of the words to the story without even looking at the pages – it is one of my absolute favorite childhood books. This year’s 1st graders were so inspired by the beautiful sparkly illustrations. They were super excited to use Sax Versa Temp Pearlescent Paint and Sax Versa Temp Metallic Paint to paint their creations. One group ended up needing 2 class periods to paint so when they finished on the second day, they created a pyramid “habitat” for their rainbow fish.

2nd Grade Turtles

I have been collecting turtles since I was a little kid. I brought my turtle collection into school to sit on my windowsill and the kids have been going bonkers over all of them. 2nd graders were so thrilled to make their very own ceramic turtles. We began with a pinch pot which we then added features to by doing scratch & attach.

They added all kinds of cutie details like hats, bows, soccer balls, and even baby turtles. The turtles were completed with Sax Versa Temp Fluorescent Paint.

3rd Grade Animal Faces

Last year’s batch of 3rd grade animal faces came out great. I decided that it would be helpful for students to use a template for their slab so I die-cut a bunch of circles that they could trace. This ended up being super helpful to manage the size of the final clay projects.

3rd graders could choose to use the neon or the shimmery colors to paint their animal faces.

Dogs:

Unicorns:

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Cats:

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Elephants:

Lions and tigers and bears OH MY:

Dragon, Monkey, Koala:

Foxes:

A uni-bear, a spider, and a squid:

Garfield:

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The Titanic?!?!?!!!!!

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For more clay projects, check out THIS POST with 4th & 5th grade’s clay projects 🙂

❤ Mrs. K

 


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Fluorescent Stamped Robots

Hello! I started this project forever ago with my 2nd graders but between snow days and sick days, it has taken a looooong time to finish. Now that all the classes have completed their artwork I am so excited to share these amazing stamped robots with you! The first day we began by talking about robots. We talked about how robots are used in the world today and how they are used in fictional stories and movies. We talked about how robots are made up of geometric shapes. Then, we dipped and stamped.

I was running really low on black tempera paint so I decided to see how these would look with white paint on black paper. And I must say – I love ’em! Instead of using watercolors or tempera cakes, we used Sax Versa Temp Fluorescent colors.

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I have been using this paint for everything lately – it looks good on black paper, white paper, and even clay! Students also found the glowy neon colors enchanting when they painted their robots.

To top this project off, each student did a little bit of creative writing about their robot. I am always so tickled by the zany things that kids come up with when they are writing.

Great job 2nd graders!

❤ Mrs. K