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Easy-Peasy One Day Rainbows

Here is another easy-peasy one day project perfect for the end of the year. This one comes from @2Art.Chambers on Instagram.

I’m just gonna do a quick sidebar to say that I am LOVING how much art teachers share on Instagram & Twitter. When I first started teaching seven years ago (!!!) there were not too many resources other than old textbooks and Pinterest for us art teachers. Now I am inspired every single time I scroll through my feed and I am very grateful that folks share so much, it is always exciting to try a new, fresh project. Thanks Art Tachers! ❤

Examples Made by Me

We started by reading the story Ava and the Rainbow (Who Stayed) – which is just precious by the way – and talking about the colors in the rainbow. We used the traditional colors + magenta because it looks pretty 🙂

I played around with a few examples and ultimately decided to have the students paint the rainbows backwards simply because I have more purple paint than red paint so the red needed to be smaller. Sometimes ya gotta do what ya gotta do!

We painted these step-by-step starting with magenta and then moving on to red, orange, yellow, green, turquoise, indigo, and violet. When students completed their rainbows, they could add details in the middle.

This would be a great school-wide project to display but with less than a week of the school year remaining, these are going straight home. I really enjoy the tessellation-like effect of them all together though, they are giving me the same vibes as the collaborative quilt we did earlier this year!

❤ Mrs. K

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Donuts in a Day

This one day lesson was perfect for a filler project at the end of the school year. I love teaching step-by-step drawing lessons because students feel more empowered when they can be successful. Going step-by-step is a great way to make sure everyone is flowing through the drawing process smoothly.

We began by following this guide for drawing a donut:

Students traced over their lines with Sharpie and then colored the sprinkles with Crayola Twistables. Then, they painted over their design with watercolor paint.

This project was great for 2nd-5th graders. I love how unique each one is, just like my amazing students!

❤ Mrs. K


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Pattern Hearts

This was a fun one day project that all ages enjoyed. We started off by tracing 3 hearts onto a piece of 6×9 paper. The hearts were made using the die-cut machine with poster board.

Students filled each heart with patterns and traced over their lines with sharpie. Then, they used watercolors to paint their designs.

This easy-peasy one day lesson was perfect for the end of the school year.

❤ Mrs. K


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Paper Snow Globes

These little paper snow globes are the perfect one-day project right before winter break! The inspiration form this comes from Pinterest 🙂

We read the book Snowmen at Night. Students were inspired to create different scarves and hats for their snowman and they also noticed how shading a circle made it have form.

We created the designs step-by-step:

The kids did a fab job with these, almost everyone was successful and ended up with something they were super proud of. I don’t usually do such “crafty” projects but every once in a while (especially the week before winter break) it can be fun!

Happy Holidays!

❤ Mrs. K


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The Day the Crayons Quit

Yesterday was Halloween. Everybody dressed up in a costume and there was a parade around the school. Technically the parade was for “Book Character Day” not Halloween but it is no coincidence that they are on the same day.

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Your Favorite Slytherin Professor

With excitement flowing through the students like electricity I knew that working on our regular academic projects would be a challenge. I wanted to do something based on a book to go along with the theme of the day. Something easy and fun and silly. So, we read one of my most favorite stories The Day the Crayons Quit and the sequel, The Day the Crayons Came Home

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Students used sharpies and crayons to decorate a popsicle stick. They created a face for their character and even added pipe cleaners (which I hot glued) to give their crayon a pose.

This was the PREFECT one day project for Book Character Day/Halloween!

❤ Mrs. K


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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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