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Warm & Cool Abstract Name Designs

I have a seen a bunch of versions of this on Instagram and Pinterest lately with all different variations in materials and style. I wanted to try it out with my 4th graders in between our clay unit and our stitching unit as a easy drawing and painting project. It was a huge hit!

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The first day, we began by measuring the paper into sections and creating horizontal lines. Then students wrote their names in a way that filled up the space and traced over the lines with sharpie.

On the second day, we reviewed warm and cool colors. Students used Crayola Twistables to color in some of their shapes with either warm or cool colors. On the third day, they painted the remaining empty shapes with the opposite color scheme.

Nice work 4th graders!

‚̧ Mrs. K

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Geometric Quilts

Thank you ArtWithMrsNguyen for the fabulous project idea and step-by-step guide!

As soon as I saw this great project on Melinda’s website, I knew it would be perfect for my 2nd graders. On the first day, we followed the step-by-step guide to fold the paper. We used white oil pastels to create squares and triangles. Students discussed the concepts of “unity” and “variety” by comparing and contrasting a few project examples.

They could choose if they wanted to create a pattern to make artwork with unity or do random symbols and designs to create artwork with variety. Using oil pastels, students created designs in their triangles.

The next week, they used watercolors to carefully paint their designs.

The result is a charming geometric quilt design!

Fabulous work 2nd graders!

‚̧ Mrs. K


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Tissue Paper Notans (Version 2.0)

Fourth graders loved creating Notans. I titled this blog post “Version 2.0” because I did this lesson a while back with art club kids but decided to change it up a bit this time around.¬†

We began with a PowerPoint jam-packed with info. We discussed Japan (geography and culture) and vocabulary like symmetry, positive and negative space, and shapes. 

Students created a stained glass design for their background with tissue paper and “glue goo” which is just glue and water mixed together.¬†

The next week, each student got a black construction paper square. This step is the most difficult part of the project and every time I teach this, the struggle is real. That is until one brilliant kid came up with the X method. Check it out: 

This made it SOOOO much easier and the kids were able to create symmetrical shapes without everything getting all jumbled up! They had a choice if they wanted their designs to have variety or unity of shapes. Both look great! 

The next week, students finished gluing down all the pieces of their designs and added fund doodles with silver and black sharpies. This project was so successful and fun. I also love the cross-curricular element with symmetrical shapes, I know this will support the learning that 4th graders are doing in math. ūüôā¬†

Great job 4th graders! Next we will continue our cross-curricular journey with a science based solar system collage! 

‚̧ Mrs. K¬†


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Matisse’s Fish Bowl Collage

Third graders covered a ton of standards in this collage unit. They learned all about Henri Matisse and enjoyed looking at his paintings and collages. 

The two images above served as inspiration for this project. The original idea comes from https://wilderpaintsplatters.wordpress.com.  

We began by creating positive and negative space and symmetry with construction paper. Students had a variety of colors to choose from from and created some nice color schemes. 

The next week, each kid got a 6×9 piece of white paper which they folded into thirds. One space was painted with brown tempera paint from a bottle. Another space was painted with blue tempera cake. The third space was painted whatever color the student wanted with tempera cakes.¬†

We talked about visual texture and how to create the illusion of texture on a flat paper. This was achieved by scrunching up plastic wrap over the painting whilst it was still wet. 

The next week, we created visual texture of wood on the brown part. Students looked at the lines on their art tables and noticed they were broken, curved, thick and thin. They used their observations to create a tiny table top. 

The blue paper became the fishbowl and the other color became the fish/squid/mermaid/turtle/seahorse/etc. The kiddos really let their creativity shine with this one!

How fun are those?! Great job third graders!

‚̧ Mrs. K¬†


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Starbursts 2.0

This project is a simplified, end-of-the-year version of¬†this¬†which is inspired by¬†this.¬†¬†Some of 3rd grade groups seemed to catch on really quickly while others had a lot of trouble connecting the dots (literally). Even the ones that are not exactly a ‘burst’ are very cool and geometric. Great job 3rd graders!

‚̧ 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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Prickly Pear Cactus Collages

Kinders loved making these prickly pear cactus collages! This project included a variety of art techniques and a ton of vocabulary. It is definitely one I will be revisiting next year!

We began by reading¬†Mix it Up¬†which is a really fun interactive color mixing book. I usually put it up on the¬†Document Camera¬†and call kids up to “mix” the colors. They are absolutely blown away by the “magic” book – it is super fun! After reviewing color mixing, students create a green paper by mixing blue and yellow. They use a fork to create prickly or spiky texture.

The next class, we talk about desert landscapes. A horizontal line is drawn across the paper. Above the line, kids use white oil pastels to make clouds. Below the line, they use a texture mat to create textured sand. They paint the sky blue and the ground brownish-gold.

The next week, students use cups to trace circles onto their green paper. They cut out the circles and glue them to the desert background with the biggest at the bottom ad the smallest at the top – just like a prickly pear cactus.

The last day of the project begins with the adorable story Hug Me. Then, students use cardboard to stamp spikes and cotton swabs to stamp flowers.

One of my kindergarten class was a little behind so we used black paper for a night time landscape. The other classes created the sunny daytime desert. I think both look great!

‚̧ Mrs. K


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Doodle Sculptures

A couple of months ago, I was trying to figure out a cool sculpture project to do with 5th grade. During undergrad my studio concentration was sculpture and while I enjoyed using power tools and learning how to weld, it really isn’t very applicable in and elementary school setting. I have to admit, I do not have the same passion for teaching sculpture as I do for creating it. So I really wanted to challenge myself to come up with a fun and engaging project for myself and my students. I realized that I had a¬†ton¬†of cardboard matboard leftover from our¬†Artome¬†art show earlier this year. Usually I cut it up and use it as stampers for the younger or as based for paper sculptures kids but I decided to play around and see what kind of more interesting form could be created. And¬†voila!¬†The idea for Doodle Sculptures was born.

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Students traced circles or created other geometric shapes onto the matboard. The neat thing about this matboard is that one side is white and one side is black. The kids cut out their shapes and used black and metallic sharpies to create some doodle designs. They had to have another shape and they cut slots into both to create a kind of X formation. I hot glued that onto a larger base shape and from there they built up their sculpture by cutting slots in each shape and carefully placing them together.

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There was no glue or tape used other than my hot glue dot which made materials really easy to manage. Here are a few of the completed projects. They don’t photograph very well because they are so interesting and “in the round” – every angle makes it look like a different piece of artwork!

That being said – I initially thought this project would be a home run but I ended up only doing it with one class. I think that the matboard was just too difficult for the students to cut through. Many of them complained that their hands hurt and it was a¬†struggle¬†getting all of the shapes cut out. I think that if I try this again in the future I would do this with art club or use something else to cut that is better than scissors but not as intense as an exact blade. Any ideas for me, art teachers? ūüôā¬†

I came up with another sculpture idea for the rest of my 5th grade classes so stay tuned to see how that one turns out, so far it’s great!

‚̧ 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


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Geometric Designs by Grade 3

The idea for this lesson comes from¬†Mrs. Knight’s Smartest Artsists.¬†Thanks, Hope!¬†

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Third graders created these super cool geometric design works of art and learned some new art-making techniques. We began by using bleeding tissue paper to make tie-dye paper. I have really been digging this technique lately!

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The results are just so beautiful! Once the papers were dry, we used used dots and rulers to create line segments. Students connected their line segments to create geometric shapes. Kids learn about minerals in 3rd grade so trying to create a mineral-like design was a great science connection. The next class time, students colored in some of their geometric shapes (to make it look kind of 3D) and used a needle and thread to sew into their paper.

The sewing part was pretty difficult for most kids. The hardest part was figuring out how to tie a knot. I reminded the kids to try their best and just making one line with yarn is still an accomplishment. Ultimately, every student agreed that they felt very proud to learn a new skill.

Nice work 3rd graders!

‚̧ Mrs. K