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Good news Northwood students – our Art to Remember fundraiser is STILL ON! Even though I didn’t get to pass out order forms before we left school, you can still order by CLICKING HERE.
When you type in your first and last name, you will be able to see all of the wonderful products available to purchase featuring YOUR amazing artwork.
Every purchase supports art at NWES 🙂
❤ Mrs. K
I am so into this method of printmaking right now! I have seen it called marker printing but after a student pointed out that it was so similar to temporary tattoos we decided to rename it. 🙂
An art teacher friend Adrianna introduced this method to me a while back and I couldn’t wait to use it with my students.
You will need: white paper, an old transparency plastic page (any thick plastic will work), water base markers, a sponge, and water.
The first step is to color on the plastic film.
Next, you use a sponge to dampen the paper.
Then you flippity flop the transparency over so it is marker side down and you gently rub.
When you peel the plastic away, you are left with a stunning monoprint!
I did this technique with 2nd & 5th grade and used the papers to weave. 2nd graders created bird houses and 5th graders did simple weaving.
I love these so much and cannot wait to use this technique again! I think it would be beautiful as a background to a self-portrait or a background for a Styrofoam printed lesson.
❤ Mrs. K
I love love love love LOVE these fabulous painted paper crayons! When I saw them on Instagram @IArtMyJob there was a sound in my mind of a car screeching to a halt and I thought “STOP EVERYTHING, WE MUST MAKE THESE ASAP!” Luckily I was able to squeeze them in with a few classes just in time for the end of the school year!
I ended up doing these with a few of my K, 2nd, & 3rd grade classes but these would work for any age or grade. With more time, we would also cover tints and shades and mixing colors. Hopefully next year I will get to do this a bit earlier.
We began by reading the book How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow which is a cute and simple story. I also had The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home on deck (which in my opinion are better crayon stories) but for the sake of time we stuck with the short and sweet How the Crayons saved the Rainbow.
Students chose a color of tempera to paint their 6×9 paper. They could choose magenta, red, orange, yellow, green turquoise, blue, or violet. I gave each student a little swirl of paint on their paper and they used a paintbrush to spread it out evenly and then a fork to create texture.
With a little time left over at the end of class, we created a bar graph to show the color choices of the class. Turquoise and Magenta were definitely the most popular colors overall.
The next class, students used a matching piece of construction paper to create the crayon tip and the arms and legs. They cut black paper to create the classic Crayola wavy line wrapper. Students also used white paper and a black crayon to make eyes and a mouth.
These were a huge hit, all of the other grades and classes were begging to make them! It would be fun to have every kids in the school make one and hang them all up together next year 🙂
❤ Mrs. K
Variations of this project have been floating around Pinterest/Instagram/Twitter for a while but I originally saw it on @MarshallElementaryArt on Instagram 🙂
3rd graders began by creating a bubble wrap print on yellow paper. They used magenta, turquoise, and yellow paint and mixed the colors to create a rainbow effect.
The next day, we watched the BrainPop about bees and talked all about these wonderful insects. Each student used a hexagon template to trace and cut their yellow paper. Students then practiced drawing bees in a step-by-step drawing lesson based on this:
They referred to their sketch to create 2 or 3 bees which they traced with sharpie and colored with Crayola Art Sticks. I love Art Sticks because they produce the same beautiful effect as colored pencils but without the fuss of sharpening!
The last two days were spent assembling everything together. Students used old plastic sleeves for the bees wings. They carefully cut and glued their bee bodies to the plastic wings and then glued each bee to their hexagon. This was a very labor-intensive process but the artwork turned out BEE-utiful! (The kids were absolutely sick of all of my bee puns after this project hehehe!)
With only a couple weeks left in the school year, these got sent straight home. Next year I hope to do this project a bit earlier so that they can BEE displayed in the school for all to enjoy 🙂
❤ Mrs. K
This one day lesson was perfect for a filler project at the end of the school year. I love teaching step-by-step drawing lessons because students feel more empowered when they can be successful. Going step-by-step is a great way to make sure everyone is flowing through the drawing process smoothly.
We began by following this guide for drawing a donut:
Students traced over their lines with Sharpie and then colored the sprinkles with Crayola Twistables. Then, they painted over their design with watercolor paint.
This project was great for 2nd-5th graders. I love how unique each one is, just like my amazing students!
❤ Mrs. K
This was a fun one day project that all ages enjoyed. We started off by tracing 3 hearts onto a piece of 6×9 paper. The hearts were made using the die-cut machine with poster board.
Students filled each heart with patterns and traced over their lines with sharpie. Then, they used watercolors to paint their designs.
This easy-peasy one day lesson was perfect for the end of the school year.
❤ Mrs. K
These fantastic little pop-up houses were inspired by makeandtakes.com We followed their tutorial but due to time only did one story instead of 2 for our houses.
On the first day, students measured and cut to make the paper pop-up for the house. They draw a triangle or a trapezoid onto a separate piece of construction paper for the roof as well as a rectangle for the door.
On the second day, students designed the background, house, and yard with fluorescent oil pastels. We read the story “Home” and students were inspired by the different textures and details from the homes in the book. They were encouraged to think about the yard with a bird’s eye view (what would it look like if a bird was flying over and looking down at the house?) We added a path, plants, windows, trees, and a sky.
On the third day, students painted over their designs with tempera cakes. They were encouraged to use colors that contrast to really make their artwork pop.
Great job 3rd graders!
❤ Mrs. K
3rd graders are finishing up their earth weavings. This project was inspired by @Mizzlee_art on Instagram.
We started by tracing a circle and painting the earth. Students used blue and green tempera cakes to paint the oceans and continents. They also painted a rainbow onto a separate piece of paper.
The next week, students cut out their earth circles and folded them in half. They used a ruler to make a mark every 2 inches. I went around and made the lines longer.
The unfolded paper creates a loom in which the rainbow lines can be woven. Students carefully made their lines go over-under-over-under to create a beautiful earth with a rainbow.
With a few minutes left at the end of class, students used their own bodies to weave! Some kids held strings while others went over-under-over-under.
This was a fun way to reinforce learning and get some wiggles out!
❤ Mrs. Katzin
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.
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!
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.
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/
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!
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.
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!
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