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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
Kindergarteners learned all about self-portraits for this fun winter project!
We began by reading The Mitten and creating colorful sparkly mittens. Students traced a mitten template onto white paper and used tissue paper, glue, and glitter to create sparkly colors.
The next week, we did a step-by-step drawing of how to make a self-portrait. Students used crayons to color in their self-portrait and then cut and glues it to a piece of construction paper.
The final week, students cut and glued their mitten to the paper and then used a cotton swab and white paint to create “snow.”
One of the classes didn’t have time to do the portrait so they just cut and glued the mitten which still turned out pretty great!
As fun as this winter-themed project was, I really can’t wait for spring!
❤ Mrs. K
Kindergarteners did a fantastic job making their Things I Love hearts.
We started off reading The Shape of My Heart and talked all about shapes. Students also chatted about all of the things they love like family, home, friends, pets, stars and rainbows, Pokemon and princesses, and everything in between.
Each kid got a piece of paper and a heart template (made from posterboard.) They traced the heart and filled it up with all of the things they love. Students were encouraged to fill up the space as much as they can. They traced over all of their lines with sharpie and that was it for day one.
The next day, students used crayons to color all of their little things inside of the heart. Then they used texture mats to create texture around the heart. They finished off their work by painting with watercolors.
These are so darling and I love how they turned out. The best part was connecting with each other about what everyone loves.
❤ 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
Kindergarten kiddos are wrapping up their rocket ship sculptures. They were super fun to make!
I found a tutorial video and handy printout on Krokotak.com This website has AWESOME resources!
We read the book Tiny Little Rocket and talked all about outer space. Then, each student received a black piece of construction paper and metallic colored pencils. Students created a shiny starry galaxy background.
I had copied the handout onto several colors of bright, neon card stock. Each student got a piece and used colored pencils to add little patterns and designs in each shape.
The next art class, we cut, glued, and assembled the rockets. Students were so excited to make them pop up by carefully folding or bending the paper. But the ultimate best part of this project was that students got to trade pieces with their classmates. This allowed them to create a rocket with a variety of colors. They loved this collaborative aspect!
Way to go kindergartners!
❤ Mrs. K
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
Kawaii means “cute” in Japanese and IMO there is really no other way to describe these little rainbow clouds! This project was inspired by a post from @oliver_artroom on Instagram. I did this with a few of my kindergarten classes and one 1st grade class. I had kids from other grades (even 4th & 5th!) beg to make one but we simply did not have time.
We began by painting a paper with rainbow stripes on the front and back. This was very revolutionary to the kids and they kept asking me “are you sure we are supposed to paint the back too!?” Yeah guys, I am sure : )
Next class, we read Little Cloud and created a cloud on card stock. Students cut their rainbow paper into strips and clued it to the cloud. We added googly eyes (or hand-drawn eyes) and a smile. Kids punched a hole in the top and tied on a piece of yarn to hang their little rainbow cloud. Aren’t the the cutest EVER?! I wanted to keep them all and hang them from the art room ceiling but I am sure that would have caused quite the uproar so I hope they are happily hanging on bedroom walls or refrigerator doors (or if it had been my parents, in the garage which was a kid’s art gallery). Enjoy!
❤ Mrs. K
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.
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!
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.
“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.
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