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Illuminated Manuscript Inspired Letters

5th graders learned all about Illuminated Manuscripts   for this project. They were fascinated by the process of creating vellum paper from animal skins and adding real gold onto the pages of books to make them ‘illuminate.’ We began by sketching a design that featured the first letter of their first or last name. Students were encouraged to add a decorative border and personal symbolism or designs that would add visual interest to their letter.

Next, students copied their design onto a piece of painting paper. They traced over their lines with permanent markers and colored in some areas with crayons.

They painted the negative space around their letter with metallic tempera paint. They could choose from gold, silver, or copper. They filled in the rest with watercolors.

I am so impressed with how beautiful these turned out. The kids really put a lot of time and though into them and the personalization and symbolism made for an overall very engaging project.

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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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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


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Eco Summit Quilt & Craftsmanship Poster

I LOVE teacher workdays. There is nothing quite like the peaceful sound of silence which is very conducive to getting work done. I am so thankful that I just got two because I have completed an amazing display and created a cool resource for my classroom. Lets start with the display.

My principal asked me to create an installation where students could reflect what they learned on Eco Summit day. Eco Summit day was a few weeks ago and it was AMAZING. It was basically a conference about the environment and students got to attend different workshops where they learned about fuel, water, animals, and the environment. As the leader of Eco Team I was so thrilled that the entire school would get some schoolin’ about the environment!

The art teacher who was here before me had the students create this really awesome display with cool colors:

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I really wanted to create something that would complement this so I decided that we would use warm colors. I was planning to create the same type of thing but then i was presented with an ENORMOUS vertical bulletin board. I was intimidated about filling it up! So whilst I was perusing through my blog feed, I spotted Art With Mrs. Nguyen’s quilt project. I was INSPIRED and knew it would be the perfect way to display the Eco Summit work.

I showed 2nd-5th graders a PowerPoint about modern quilting artist Libs Elliot. We talked about geometric shapes and negative space and quilts. Students got to choose their colors to create their own quilt square. They got one square, one triangle, and one rectangle. They could fold and cut to create a geometric quilt square.

Those blue booklets in the pictures are what they used to take notes during Eco Summit. They chose their favorite fact that they learned and wrote it on their quilt square.

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With nearly all of 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade creating a quilt square, I ended up with several hundred pieces. I measured out my gigantic bulletin board and figured I would be able to have 25 columns and 11 rows. I picked the 242 best squares and created a pattern of colors in Microsoft Word. This felt like doing a really weird crossword or Sudoku and I actually really enjoyed this problem-solving aspect of putting this thing together.

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In the end it didn’t really matter because the colors were so mixed up that I don’t think you can really tell that it is a pattern. It still looks pretty near though! The lighting in the hallway isn’t fantastic so you will just have to take my word that it looks much better in person.

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I can’t wait for the kiddos to see it all put together when they get back from the long weekend!

I also had time to create a resource for my classroom that I have been wanting to make for a while. My art teacher friend Alex made one for her classroom and I finally made one too! This craftsmanship poster will serve as a guide to students showing how to use art materials properly.

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And now I am off to check off a bunch of other things on my to-do list. 🙂 🙂

Mrs. K


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Op Art Hearts

With the school year winding down to a close, there was one 5th grade class that had a lot of extra time after they finished their dreamcatchers. I knew I wanted to give them a project that would be easy and fun and when I saw THIS I knew it would be perfect. We started out with a PowerPoint that had a whole bunch of different op-art examples that basically blew the 5th grader’s minds. They LOVE op-art! They traced a ruler across a paper and then created a shape or design which they colored in a pattern.

This was a mellow and engaging project to end the year with, nice job 5th graders!

❤ Ms. K

 


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Dream Catchers

I love the look of the mixed-media dream catchers from the Smart Class Blog. I knew it would be the perfect end-of-the-year project for my 5th graders. We began by reading the book “I Have a Dream.” It has the most beautiful illustrations.

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Students were challenged to think of a personal dream that they hope to achieve in their lifetime or a dream that would make the world a better place. They created a visual symbol to represent their dream and placed it in the middle of concentric circles. Students filled the rings of the circles with patterns and designs inspired by dream catchers. They also created feathers or other objects hanging down below. Then, they traced their design with sharpies and colored in parts with Crayola Twistable Crayons (which are seriously my favorite art material right now – I am obsessed!) After tracing and coloring their designs, 5th graders used magenta, yellow, and turquoise liquid water colors with salt to create the beautiful background.

I think these are absolutely phenomenal – my only regret is that they are finally finished so close to the end of the school year and they will not e displayed in the school. This is one of those projects that is so meaningful and beautiful that hopefully it will be hung up in students’s homes for years to come.

I am truly going to miss the 5th graders I have gotten to know this year at Northwood. I can’t believe my first year here is already almost over it feels like just yesterday I was setting up my classroom and introducing myself to hundreds of new students. I am so proud of what the 5th graders accomplished with their artwork this year and hope that they carry forward the creative spirit into middle school and beyond!

❤ Ms. K

 

 


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Emoji Plushies

This year art club has awoken in me a love for stitching/weaving/textile art. I have never been super into teaching these skills before but my art club kids loooove doing these kinds of projects and I find myself loving them too. So one of the most beloved projects of all was the coveted Emoji Plushie.

Now I have never taught plushies before so I though hey, how hard can this be? Well the answer is kinda tough when you have needles that have to be coerced and wiggled in just the right way to get through the double layer of felt. And its kinda tough when you go to the craft store and panic about how much fluff you should buy so you buy a 6 bags and didn’t even go through half of one bag and now you have a ton of fluff waiting around to be used. Anyhow, I digress and in all honesty I am glad that I finally learned how to teach this because it was really fun!

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First, art club kiddos had to design their emoji. It had to be one of the yellow ones because I mostly had yellow felt. They go to look at iPads for ideas.

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Next, students traced a circle and cut out the face. Then they used remnant scraps to create the details.

I set up mini hot glue guns on the back counter for students to glue their details onto the yellow circle. I was rather apprehensive about letting 20 4th and 5th graders use a hot glue gun as you can imagine. So we did a little safety tutorial and if they had a really small piece I glued it for them.

Check out these cuties!

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The next couple of art clubs were spent stitching around the circles. I gave a disclaimer to the kids that it would be really challenging to get the needle through the felt but in the end everyone powered through and created an awesome emoji plushie.

Some were based on real emojis, and some were completely made up. All of them are amazing – way to go art club!

❤ Ms. K


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Stitching and Pets in Art Club

This Cassie Stephens-inspired project was challenging but fun for my art club kiddos. We began by painting a piece of 12×12 cardboard with tempera paint. I showed students how to create a gradient by blending colors.

Then, students filled out the practice page to kind of get in the mindset of stitching.

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It was a little difficult for them to grasp the concept of creating these 2D lines in 3D space at first but with a little bit of practice, they got the hang of it. The square design was certainly the easiest but I had many students challenge themselves to create one of the more difficult designs. On the back of the cardboard, we traced a plate and created 16 notches.

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There was a lot of peer support that happened especially when I loudly declared that I would not be tying any more knots for anybody. Students could choose any color of yarn they wanted to create their design.

As students completed their stitching, they began a quick and easy pet portrait project. I like to bookend really challenging projects with simple ones sometimes to keep motivation and morale up. The stitching proved to be SUPER challenging for some kids so I figured it was time to take it easy with a simple drawing and painting project based on this lesson.  One of my more observant and sassy 5th graders asked “isn’t that for the little kids?!” But they enjoyed it anyway 😛

Not everyone completed the pet portraits but the nice thing about art club is that the students have the memory and motivation to work on their projects for long stretches of time. They will get a chance to finish as we move into our next project of emoji plushies!

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Value Landscapes a.k.a. Trees in a Vortex

Have you ever picked out a project on Pinterest and thought, wow – this is gonna be AWESOME! only to have it completely and utterly flop?! That is kind of how this project went down.

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I wanted my 5th graders to have something else to choose for the art show if they wanted to besides their Psychedelic Succulent Still Life Paintings. I saw something similar to this on Pinterest which lead me to Mrs. Landry’s Website where I got the real idea. I figured that the prescriptive nature of the project would be great for my 5th graders.

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We began by talking about value and completing the Value Worksheet where students played with mixing tints and shades. The second week, 5th graders created a background by going from lightest to darkest in a series of circles.

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The third week, students used fancy edging scissors to create a hilly horizon line. Then they used black paper to create tree silhouettes. They could use geometric or organic shapes. They used black colored pencil for the shadows and white colored pencil for the highlights.

I think the main issue I had with these is that they turned out super rushed. The ones pictured above are the closest to being done out of all of y groups of 5th graders. Many students did not have enough time to show depth through size and proportion, and to show highlights and shadows. If I was to teach this to something like this again, I would try and take more time and use paint instead of construction paper to make the trees. The turnaround had to be really quick though because we have our art show coming up!

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Psychedelic Succulent Still Life Paintings

The idea and resources for this lesson came from Art With Mrs. Nguyen! When I first saw her blog post about this lesson I was so inspired that I made one myself with gouache and watercolors!

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I cannot emphasize enough how awesome this project is. It was a great way to kick off the school year with 5th graders because it gave them so many choices and opportunities to be expressive with colors, patterns, and composition. This one really involved a lot of choice and voice! We started off on the first day with a PowerPoint and handouts with examples of different succulents — both can be found in Mrs. Nguyen’s incredible TpT store!

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Students were encouraged to add visual texture to their succulents for detail and use expressive lines and shapes to create a pattern on their pot. They added 2 horizontal lines for a table or the ground. The final draft was on 9×12 paper and all the lines were of course traced with sharpies. 5th graders could paint the background however they wanted using watercolors. They used colored pencils to color in their cacti. I showed them how to create gradients using analogous colors and they did not have to make their plants realistic. Many kids chose vibrant rainbow colors or used color schemes for their favorite sports teams to give their artwork a personal twist.

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To get the table to look like realistic wood, we drew from observation by looking at the wooden tables in the art room. I also did a demonstration of how to make a galaxy design with watercolors and a few kids used salt to create lovely texture!

 

Awesome job 5th graders!!

❤ Ms. K