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Metallic City

This project was so much fun! It was a spin off of this cityscape artwork. I wanted to try out some metallic art supplies and we used every single last thing for these. Here is the supply list:

The first day, students looked at pictures of buildings and cities and designed their own city using a variety of shapes and overlapping.

Everyone traced over their lines with metallic sharpies and colored in their buildings with metallic crayons and colored pencils.

 

That took up the next couple of classes. Once most kids had colored in most of their design, I showed they how to paint concentric circles in the sky. They had to think and plan very carefully so that their picture had depth from overlapping.

 

The kids did a fantastic job!

 

❤ Mrs. K

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Fluorescent Pandas

Art club created these cutie neon panda paintings.

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Teacher Samples 

First students drew their composition with pencil. Then they painted over their lines with black paint.

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Next, they painted their designs with fluorescent neon paint.

Check out the finished work!


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Ceramic ‘Ornaments’ & Valentines

Now that we are in the second semester of the year, I have a brand new batch of art club kids. Their first project was to create ceramic valentines. I did a similar project with last semester’s art club kids. They made ‘ornaments.’ I have that in quotations because I will not create religious artwork in a public school – there were several non-Christian kids in the class. Also my Jewish mom would have an absolute kanipshin fit if she thought I was having my students make religious-based artwork so I promise to y’all and to you Mom, that these are not specifically ornaments. 🙂

Anyhow, we began with a slab that students could pretty much decorate however they wanted. In the winter, most of them were created with the intention of being given as a gift so many of the kids made them personalized. For valentines day, they traces a heart template and then added details with texture or building little things on.

After all of the pieces went through the kiln, students colored on them with crayons and then painted with India Ink or watercolor to create a lovely resist effect.

They twisted colorful wires on to hang up.

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Aren’t they super cute?!

Art club is currently working on panda paintings right now so be on the lookout for a blog post about those soon 🙂

❤ Mrs.  K


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Squid Sculptures

One day I was playing around with some supplies. I drew with some Mr. Sketch Water Color markers and sprayed the paper to create a beautiful tie-dye effect. I folded and rolled the paper when it was dry and voila– a project was born. I realized the folded paper looked kinda like a squid and thought it would be a fun sculpture project. This was originally intended for 4th grade only (to be honest, it was probably way to easy for them) but since I had a 5th & 3rd grade class that were ahead of everyone else I decided to do it with them too. After trying this out with 3rd, 4th, and 5th, I think it would probably be best for 2nd/3rd. Despite the lack of challenge, most of the kids really enjoyed making these.

On the first day, we create the beautiful paper. Students were encouraged to chose a color scheme and use patterns of lines. After they finished their tie-dye paper, they created patters on a piece of construction paper.

The second day, we used a lot of office supplies. Students got a kick out of this but really they need to learn how to properly use a stapler. They cut the construction paper into strips and carefully stapled it to the bottom of the watercolor paper.

Then they rolled the paper into a cylinder and stapled it at the top and bottom. They folded two sides in like gift wrap to create the top of the squid’s head. There was a lot of peer support for this step. Seeing the kids collaborate to help their classmates be successful was pretty cool!

Two holes were punched and a string was tied on to hang it up. Then students could use googly eyes or sharpies to create eyes and a face.

These were a big hit – they all turned out super cute!

❤ Mrs. K


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Choice Based Clay with 4th and 5th Grade

Clay is my FAVORITE. I love how clay awakens senses that are not always activated in the art room – it feels interesting in your hands and smells like the earth or a river or a rainy day. Clay is so special because many of my students only get to use it once a year, in my classroom. In the past I have done clay projects where every student makes a version of the same object. This year, I wanted to challenge myself and my students to have more of a choice-based opportunity for exploring and creating with clay. I was apprehensive at first because so much can go wrong with clay as a material. It can dry out too quickly while you work with it or too slowly before it goes into the kiln. It can ‘explode’ inside of the kiln. It can break or shatter or bottom out. With so many ways that things could go wrong, I was determined to set up the unit with as much structure as possible to help things go right. And I must say — it was an incredible success! To be honest, I am astonished at how smooth, fun, and efficacious the entire process was. So — here is how I did it. . . .

On day one we talked about the rules for clay. No clapping your hands to make dust, no covering your hands with water to make mud, no stabbing the clay with the tools, no spaghetti-noodle stick out pieces (which would inevitable snap off and break) no giant solid chunky pieces (which would inevitably explode), absolutely NO throwing clay, etc.

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The first day also had some clay challenges for students to complete. They had to create a pinch pot, a coil, a slab, and scratch and attach. If there was time after the rules and challenges, students could explore with clay on their own. If they ended up creating something on that first day they could keep it or save it. Most of the kids ended up “trashing” their clay but there were some who started or completed a mini project that first day.

On day two students sketched their idea for their project. They were required to label their sketch with what clay form would be used to build it. For example if a kid was making a tea cup, they had to label it “pinch pot” and “coil.” They did not use clay at all this day, I emphasized that it was important to have a detailed blue-print of how they would be constructing their project because since there were so many different ideas it would be impossible for me to sit with everyone and help them build. They had to be a little independent for this one!

On day three each student got a pre-cut chunk of clay. They could get more if they needed. Having the clay already measured out really seemed to help with size management. I kept all of the chinks of clay in a big plastic bin and sprayed them lightly with water. I would usually prepare the clay in the morning or even the day before so this was super helpful for keeping clay fresh.

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Students had that entire third day to build their designs. Many of them quickly realized that their ideas were too ambitious. So – the backup plan for everyone was to make a pinchpot or a cupcake. I showed every class how to create a pinchpot/coil cupcake just in case students ended up needing an idea to fall back on. We talked about how it is ok if an art idea doesn’t work out the way you intended, all artists go through a trial and error process! I think that having a backup plan helped kids from getting too discouraged if their initial idea didn’t work out. And some kids even chose to do a cupcake as their first choice design!

Since this was so personalized, several popular themes emerged. Most of the creations seemed to fall into the following categories: food, pop culture, animals, and sports.

Food

Lots of pizza:

Guacamole:

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Pop Culture

YouTube:

Nintendo/Video Games:

Star Wars:

Rubix Cubes:

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Memes & Minions:

SpongeBob & The Flash:

Harry Potter:

Minnie Mouse, Mickey Mouse, & BayMax:

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Animals

Sports

There were tons of great slab constructed projects:

And many creations that combined construction techniques:

My favorite thing about this process is that students were able to have a deeply personal connection with their work. The kids got to create something that expressed their interests, hobbies, and passions. Each and every project is as unique as the kid who made it. Navigating the logistics and organization of this project has inspired me to do more choice-based projects in the future. 🙂

❤ Mrs. K

 


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Emoji Prints

Happy New Year! This school year seems to have flown by. I can’t believe it is already halfway over! I have been having a very relaxing break and as I am starting to get prepared for getting back into the swing of things, I figured I would share this home run project inspired by Teach and Shoot Blog.

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So it has been a while since I have done printmaking with Styrofoam like this. Last year I ended up rage-quitting printmaking with 4th grade because my very well planned out lesson ended up being waaayyyy too complicated. I wanted to be ambitious with the lesson this year but have the kids create something very simple. I think that is the key to printmaking — keep the subject matter simple because the technical aspect can be very difficult. We began by creating an analogous background by making tissue-paper tie dye paper. Students chose colors next to each other on the color wheel and used water to make the tissue paper bleed. I have really been digging this technique lately!

Next, students sketched their Emoji idea. I told them no poop emoji. When we get back from break I am planning on displaying these in the hallways and I simply can’t imagine my admin’s reaction to me hanging up pictures of poop on the walls. So NO POOP EMOJIS!! They pretty much got to choose any other face emoji that they wanted. After they sketched their idea, they used a yogurt cup to trace a circle onto a piece of foam. they used hatching and cross hatching techniques to create contrast in their carving.

I thought a lot about how I wanted the actual printing lesson to go. I have done printmaking in a variety of ways over the past several years. I have used a variety of ink colors and tempera paints. I have had kids roll the ink onto phone books and onto lunch trays. I have had kids print one time, three times, or as many times as possible. I have had a set of supplies per table, per student, or just at one table and called kids over. All of these methods have their pros and cons and really depend on the age and dynamic of the group of kids. This year I figured we would just go for it and each table got two sets of supplies: a small tray, a brayer for rolling ink, and black printing ink to print 4 times on the same piece of paper.

I’ve got to say — I was absolutely astonished at how lovely the process and products turned out! I was really apprehensive (which I even admitted to my students!) about this project being successful. I told my students that I did not want them to feel discouraged about making art. I wanted them to TRY YOUR BEST. Whatever the magical combination was, printmaking went wonderfully.

I am rethinking my dislike for printmaking after seeing these amazing creations!

Great job 4th graders! 🙂

❤ Mrs. K


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Tissue Paper Tie Dye Notans

Art club ROCKED this project!

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Teacher Sample

It has been a while since I have taught Notans and since this was with art club kids, I really wanted it to be a multi-media project. So we started off “tie-dyeing” our paper with tissue paper.

I showed students a PowerPoint about notans so they could start thinking about their design. The next week, they received this worksheet to help them create the design. Each student got a black piece of construction paper and traced a circle. They cut and glued their pieces to create symmetry and negative space. Then, they added details with silver and black sharpies.

Great job Art Club!

❤ Mrs. K


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Vibrant Villages

This Cassie Stephens inspired project  was a huge hit with 4th graders! We began by sketching houses. We talked about variety, geometric shapes, repetition, and contrast.

For their final draft, students chose 10-15 houses to draw onto painting paper. They traced over their lines with black crayon and colored in the houses with Crayola Twistables. Next, we used magenta, yellow, and turquoise liquid watercolors. Painting over the houses colored with crayons created a resist effect.

The colors mixed together to make a beautiful tie-dye rainbow. Kids got to sprinkle salt too which created a lovely texture.


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Crystals

Art Club just completed their crystal paintings and they are amaaaaaazing! This project was based on one from The Lost Sock Blog Students began by sketching crystal designs. Each table had a folder with tons of different crystal clusters and how-to-draws. Some of the kids caught on to drawing crystals really quickly and some struggled with ti quite a bit. I think it was difficult for some students to get the angles of the lines right to make the crystals look like they had form. For the struggling students I ended up making a design that they could trace BUT they had to change something about it to make it creative. This ended up being really helpful and in the end I think all of the students were pretty happy with their designs and pleased with their overall work.

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My Example

After sketching, students drew their design onto painting paper ad traced over their lines with Crayola Twistables.

Next, they used water colors to paint inside of their gems.

The last step was to paint the background with black liquid water colors and sprinkle salt for texture. I love how these turned out, they are all so unique and creative!

Great job art club!

❤ Mrs. K


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Art Club Neon Tigers

When I saw the amazing neon tigers created by the blog smART Class I couldn’t wait to try them out with my art club kiddos! First of all, this project gave me some serious nostalgia because it reminded me a lot of Lisa Frank which I loved when I was younger. I think I had almost every single sticker and folder that she ever created – especially the super sparkly ones. Even as I am writing this blog post I am wondering how I can incorporate Lisa Frank into my adult life. Shoes? A dress? A lunchbox? ALL OF THE THINGS?! In the meantime I will have to just be satisfied with neon tiger paintings. Here is my example:

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We started off this project with step-by-step drawing. I played the video from the blog post and we drew along.

If students needed to slow down or pause, they did wavy arms. The entire classroom looked like this:

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Students were encouraged to add more details to fill up the space of they drew their tiger small. The next week, they used black paint or sharpie to bold their sketch lines.

The last step was to use fluorescent Versa Temp paint to add color. I LOVE these awesome paintings, they are so full of character and really showcase the creativity of art club kids.

Great work art club!

❤ Mrs. K