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Water Graffiti

Last week was CRCT testing. Basically, for the first half of the day, 8-11 year olds are asked to sit SILENTLY and regurgitate all of the knowldge that has been shoved into their brains over the past year. (Obviously I feel very strongly about the atrocity that is standardized testing.) Because I am not (that) mean, I thought it would be a nice treat for them to breathe some fresh air and see the sunshine and give their eyes a break from multiple choices and their hands a break from bubbles. SO. . . we went outside and made some graffiti! We began by talking about how GRAFFITI IS ILLEGAL AND DON’T DO IT FOR REALSIES OR ELSE. After that little disclaimer, we had a discussion about how if we used real paint it would stain the school and the principal would be so so mad. So instead we used water which is temporary because it evaporates. There was at least one person from k-5 in each class that knew that word which made me oh-so-proud.

Using big cups of water and paintbrushes, k-5th graders were given free reign in the little courtyard to create designs on the pavement and walls. They were so creative and it was an EXCELLENT way to get the wiggles out after a long day of being tested or being quiet for the testers. I can’t wait to try this again on another bright and sunny day, it was so much fun and so much cheaper than chalk!

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There are only 3 weeks left of school so stay tuned for some more (hopefully-finished-in-time) projects And you know what they say: It’s alll fun and games until someone finds a bone. 

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Questions that go through my mind when a 2nd grader hands me a bone the roughly the size of a banana:
. . . What?? . . . How? (its in a mostly cement courtyard in the middle of a brick building complex) . . . Who? ?? (probably pterodactyl or early homonid) Looks like this is a case for either Scooby Doo and the Gang or maybe CSI: Mimosa. Just another day in art class!


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Chika Chika Boom Boom Paintings

Kinders experimented with water-color paint with their Chika Chika Boom Boom Paintings. We began by reading the infamous story.

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The kids love this book and even knew the song from this video:

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We began by practicing writing letters with bright colored crayons. They could draw uppercase and lowercase letters and use as many colors as they want! Then we broke out some brand spankin’ new water colors.

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Kids discovered that if their brush was “thirsty” they would need to add more water and dip it in the paint again. Students used their knowledge of shapes to design a coconut tree. Some students even added the big yellow full moon from the end of the story.

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The extra-curricular connection was successful in reinforcing letters, shapes, colors, and the alphabet! 🙂


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All About Me: A Week 2 Activity

Week 3 of school is about to begin and class is great! I am so excited to have many of my students again from last year as well as some new faces. I can’t wait to see the amazing art Mimosa artists create this year 🙂

The first week of school was a whirlwind. I gave a tour of the art room and read the book The Dot 25 times! I also showed WELCOME TO ART! PPT to get kids psyched about the art they will be making this year and refresh their memories about the cool stuff we created last year. The second week of school was all about putting the rules into practice and an informal pre-assessment of the students skills. 2nd-5th graders watched a BrainPOP about portraits and then used this template to create their own:

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This activity allowed me to get to know my students a little better and see where they are at with writing, drawing, and following directions. It ended up being a great week 2 activity and will probably end up being the cover for sketchbooks. Check out my students this year:

 

And for everyone’s personal enjoyment here is a self-portrait of your’s truly 😉

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