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Anansi the Spider

There is a really amazing secondhand bookstore not too far from me that I like to visit every once in awhile. I have a serious problem in bookstores – I will spend hours in the children’s book section. Maybe it’s because I worked in the children’s section of a book store for a while. Maybe it’s because I have really happy memories of going to the library with my mom when I was little. I have always LOVED children’s books. (I would even love to write one some day!) Lately I have perused the books to find inspiration for art projects. When I found this book I just knew it would make a great project for 1st graders.

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I didn’t want to reproduce the illustrations but I wanted to capture the spirit of the story and pictures. We began by creating textured painted paper. Students mixed 2 primary colors to create a secondary color and used a fork to add texture.The next week, we drew a web of expressive lines using while oil pastel on black paper. Students cut their paper into geometric shapes to create a spider body just like Anansi from the story.

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I think these are tremendous and the kids are excited that we got done just in time for Halloween! 🙂


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Futurism Inspired Sculptures

3rd graders used scraps to create sculptures inspired by Futurism.

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We began by looking at the artwork of Fernand Leger and identifying lines and shapes. We talked about how the artwork is all about the future and movement. I did a quick demo on how cut, fold, and glue paper. Students went to town using scraps from this big ol’ box:

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. . . And they were delighted to have access to these fancy scissors which I randomly found in my supply cabinets. . .

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One side says the name of the line and the other side has an example of what the cut will look like. Neat-o!

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I love how funky these are. The kiddos really let their imaginations run wild to create some awesome sculptures. Our playgrounds are currently being renovated so many of these were inspired by “What I Wish the Playground Will Look Like” Others were mechanical parts, rooms, forests, and even time machines!

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^ Some sweet jagged edges ^

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^ Some sweet negative space in action ^

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^ Some sweet scrolls wavin’ ^

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^ “Its a torch” ^

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^ “Ms Katzin I am using the cold colors” ^

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^ A sweet apple tree ^

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^ So I wish I had recorded this student as she described this crazy amazing contraption to me it for like 15 minutes it was all about a dog that had to go through this door thing and do all this stuff. . . I don’t even know ^

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^ “I hope the new playground looks like this” ^

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^ Sweet pile of rings ^

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^ Sweet border ^

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^ On the drying rack ^

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^ On the wall* ^

* Why do they look different all of a sudden? WHAT SORCERY IS THIS?
Not sorcery — its because this batch was made with scrap construction paper instead of scrap painted paper.

Next up for 3rd grade is clay so stay tuned!


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Roller Coaster Sculpture Hats

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This year’s group of 2nd graders LOVED making roller coaster hats! We began by watching a video about an awesome coaster: http://viewpure.com/695wtDCwDR8

Students loved the story Roller Coaster too!

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We sketched roller coasters using expressive lines and imaginations. The next week, we created colorful paper by choosing color schemes.

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Students had to look at the “menu” and choose one scheme for their “dinner” on one side of the paper and one scheme for the “dessert” on the other side of the paper.

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We constructed the base of the hat with construction paper. The Crayon Lab Blog has a great tutorial on how to make the base of the hat. Students cut their painted paper into strips and folded and bent to create wacky roller coaster lines. They used hole punchers to create positive and negative space and scrap papers for the car full of people. They are so creative and awesome!

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Oh and who is that with a backwards name tag and inside out dress? That would be yours truly! And no it was not Backwards Day or Weird Clothes Day or anything like that, just your average ran-out-the-door-in-the-nick-of-time Tuesday before spring break. KEEPIN. IT. REAL.

 


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Sculptural Lines

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Well hello there Dear Readers! At this moment in time I am currently basking in the greatness that is #SB’14 a.k.a. Spriiiiiinggggg Breeeeeeeaaakkkkk!

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The last couple weeks in the art room have been a frenzy of work and production. First graders worked hard on their line sculptures and they turned out vibrant and colorful! We began with some painted paper with textured lines.

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The next week, we talked about positive and negative space and students cut out their lines and glued them to construction paper. One of the first grade science standards is shadows and light so I thought it would be a great connection to have students include shadows under their pop-out lines.

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Mapface:

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This Rocks This is Fun Do it Again:

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Characters from the Lego Movie:

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With Flowers:

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Hashtag Win:

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With a Minecraft Creeper:

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Domo on a Banana Skateboard:

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Pikachu and Pokeballs:

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This one is awesome, the little guy created amazing shapes and shadows!

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Like a Boss:

 

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Architecture Blueprints

The idea for this project came from Mrs. Knight’s Smartest Artists. Kinders became architects in the art room and learned all about designs, shapes, and stamping. 002 (3) We began by sketching buildings, houses, and skyscrapers. A big thank-you shout out to my dad who is an architect for donating “blueprints.” I was informed that architects no longer design on blue paper due to the chemicals and the fact that in 2014 there is such a thing as technology to do that sort of thing. My dad gave me tons of awesome building plans to show the kids. 013 They looked through books from the media center to get inspiration for their buildings. 006 007 005 004 002 003 015 The next week, we printed by stanmping white shapes on blue paper. It was a delightful mess! 005 (2) To wrap up the project, kinders used tempera cakes to paint their buildings. 003 (5) 003 (4) 001 002 (4) 003 (3) 004 (3) 005 (4) 005 (3) 004 (4) 006 (2) 006 (3) 007 (2) 008 (2) 011 007 (3) 020 019

The theme of architecture will take us into our next unit of sculptural houses 🙂


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Windsocks

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This lesson was inspired by this lesson from Art is Basic. First graders enjoyed creating windsocks for our 3D sculpture unit!

We began by talking about what windsocks are for and making a great science connection (first grade science curriculum includes a lot about weather.) We used crayons to draw a variety of lines on our paper and paint over them with water colors.

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The next week, we talked about printmaking and stamping and used all kinds of fun shapes to stamp on paper.

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On the backside of the paper, students used tempera cakes to mix colors and make a stripey rainbow.

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Week 3 was spent constructing the windsock. I walked around and stapled the line paper into a cylinder while students cut their painted/stamped paper into strips and folded zig zags and spirals. They glues down their strips and used hole punchers and yarn to make it hang.

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A big THANK-YOU shout out to the parent resource center volunteers who hung up all the windsocks in the hallway!

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Cool Dinosaurs in Hot Places (Take 2)

Last year’s version of this project was successful in teaching warm/cool colors but I thought the product looked kind of cheap. I am a big fan of layers and mixed media so projects that only feature one kind of medium tend to leave me feeling rather nonplussed. The more the merrier when it comes to art materials, especially with young kids who thrive when exploring tactile methods of creating.

SOoooo this year I wanted to change it up a bit. We still made dinosaurs (because DUH dinosaurs are awesome) but I wanted to expose my 1st graders to some more variety of art materials. We began this project by sketching. Students looked at toy dinosaurs (from teh dollar section at Target) and noticed that it is easy to draw something realistic if you break it down into simple shapes.010

Next time we met, we began by talking about warm and cool colors. We brainstormed things that are hot that are warm colors and things that are cold that are cool colors. Ideas mentioned included: ice cream, ice, water, the beach, grass, trees, a volcano,  wind, fire, ovens, the sun, springtime, hot potatoes (?) and snow.

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Students chose a color scheme and used oil pastels to draw their design onto big paper. They included details like weather, a horizon line, and patterns. This project was a great STEM connection as the first graders are currently learning all about weather patterns and characteristics in science. The next step was to paint over the drawings with water color. They turned out fantastic!

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Grafitti Names

This project was a big hit once again! 5th graders learned about street artist Scape Martinez and used graffitti style writing to create their own artwork.

The kids loved looking and talking abotu street art. I think this artform is important for them to learn about because it is so contemporary and a huge influence on the art and design world. Street art is playing a major part in self-expression around the world and can be considered to be this generation’s form of pop-art.

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They began by sketching out their ideas remembering to add “graffitti style” details like expressive lines, arrows, bubbles, and tangled letters.

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They chose their favorite design and drew it on their big paper. 5th graders used sharpies to trace over their funky letters. They used liquid water colors to paint their artwork using intermediate colors.

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These came out so great and make the 5th grade hallway look just like Krog Street Tunnel in Atlanta!

Awesome artwork:

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The NEW ASSESSMENT SYSTEM is working out really well. I respond to every student who leaves me a comment:

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5th Graders are excited to begin working on their tessellation artwork next. Here is a preview of whats to come:

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k: Chika Chika Boom Boom
1: Cool Dinosaurs in Hot Places
2: Complementary Flowers
3: Puzzle Trees
4: Spacescapes
5: Tessellations

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Catlanta and #FAFATL

Fourth greaders learned all about Catlanta and #FAFATL for their first art project this year. Catlanta is an Atlanta based artist who creates cats out of wood. The artist places them all around the city in different locations and takes a picture with a clue. Catlanta will give hints using social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Then, followers can go and search for the cat and keep it. Its an art scavenger hunt!

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Other artists around Atlanta have caught on and the movement is now called Free Art Friday ATLanta or #FAFATL.

We began by sketching out ideas for cats. Students had the option to create another animal if they do not like cats or if they are super good at drawing something else. We had colorful catlantas, turtlelantas, buglantas, and all sorts of cool animals!

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Students traced their designs with Sharpies and used Intermediate Colors of liquid water colors to fill in their animalantas.

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They cut out their creations when they were done to make cool art objects that can be hidden around town for #FAFATL.

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Turtlelanta and Ladybuglanta:

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Butterflylanta and Bunnylanta:

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Giraffelanta, Owlanta, and Sharklantas:

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Spiderlanta, Birdlanta, Fishlantas:

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Fourth Graders are excited to begin working on solar system landscapes next!