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Important People Portraits

This project AMAZING. I know I say that about all of the artwork my students make but this one is for real you guys. The process for this is based on a project from @arteiwthmrs.e. I have used rainbow scratch paper with grade 4 in the past and is is always a huge hit. I thought it would be even more fun to make it ourselves!

On the first day of the unit, we talked about portraits. Students created a sketch of a self-portrait and a sketch of a portrait of someone who is special or important to them.

Next, we had a nice chat about the color wheel and students were introduced to analogous colors. They used crayons to color hard on two pieces of white paper. After their paper was filled up with color, they painted black tempera right on top. They flippety-flopped their paintbrush over and used the handle side to scratch their portraits into the paint, revealing the beautiful colors underneath.

Students finished up the project by writing a few sentences about why they are special and why the person they chose is important to them. As always, the writing the kids produced is pure gold. Their sentiments are so sweet and quirky.

Some classes got to play a fun critique game called Criticket when they finished their work. This game really reinforced the positive thinking mindset of this project and allowed the kids to connect with each other and their artwork in a new way. One of my goals as an educator is to teach not only my curriculum but also character development and empathy as well. The reason I like this project so much is because it was driven by positive thinking about the self and others. In today’s would more than ever, that is something we all need.

❤ Mrs. K

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Daydreamin’ Doodle Portraits

5th graders created these cutie-pie portraits. I took their picture in a “daydreaming” pose. They brainstormed ideas of things that they are interested in and created symbols to represent those things. (Side note – this project was really exciting for me to teach because my thesis was all about personal symbolism and visual metaphors in artwork.)

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Students cut and glued their portrait to white cardstock paper and used markers, crayons, colored pencils, twistables, and any other dry medium to create visual interest, contrast, and personal symbolism. Students also had the option of creating abstract patterns instead of symbols so there are a few of those as well.

 

This project was a bit on the easy side for 5th grade so if I do it again, I may try and make it more challenging. However they did turn out really cute and it was cool to hear some great conversations about the things that they are interested in!

❤ Mrs. K


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Positive Character Trait Self Portraits

The inspo for this project comes from Art With Lee blog.

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Third graders did a phenomenal job on this artwork! They began by creating a tissue paper background. One class was a little behind so they used tempera paint instead. Both results turned out beautiful. While the students painted with paint or tissue paper, I called them up to take their picture one by one. The pics were printed for the next week.

The next week, students cut themselves out carefully and glued their portrait to the colorful background. Then, they brainstormed positive character traits to describe themselves. This was extra fun because it coincided with their ELA unit on positive character traits. I love a good cross-curricular lesson!

They wrote their traits in marker and could use funky lettering if they wanted. Then they cut the words out and glued it to their composition. These are so outstanding!

❤ Mrs. K


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Me, Under the Sea & Sea Turtles

A few years ago I did a project with 1st grade called Me, Under the Sea. I thought it would be fun to revisit but this time with grade 2. Students began by sketching plants, animals, and a self portrait under the sea. Then, the drew on big paper and colored in their designs with crayons. The last step was to create a ‘resist’ by painting over everything with blue liquid water color.

Since I had all of the supplies out for a nice underwater resist lesson, I wanted to do a sea turtle version with my art club kids. As you can see below, the art club versions include other animals and creative ideas besides turtles.

❤ Mrs. K


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A Rainbow of My Own

As we are gearing up to put work together for our Artome art show, I realized that i completely forgot to post about first grade’s rainy day portraits. These were inspired by this blog post from Grade Onderful. I thought these would be absolutely charming for the art show and a great project to get students back into good drawing, cutting, and painting habits.

We began by drawing a rainy day landscape with white oil pastels. Students drew a horizontal line in the middle of their paper and created spirals on the bottom half and diagonal lines on the top half. Then, they painted over their lines with black, purple, and blue watercolors. They were amazed at the “magic” resist technique!

While they were painting, I called them up one by one to take their picture holding an umbrella. My assistant principal was so helpful to print all of the color photos for me — thanks Kerri-Ann!

The next week, students cut out their “selves” and glued it to their rainy background. Then, they drew and colored a rainbow which was cut out and placed above the horizon line. I think these will look terrific in the Artome frames for the art show!

The art show is Monday, December 4th from 4:30-6:30. Artwork is $25 cash or check and we will be offering reproductions as well as originals this year. Hope to see you there!

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❤ Mrs. K


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Sleepy Weaving

The idea for this project came from Mrs. Elder’s World of Art. We began by weaving. This is a really tough skill for kindergartners to get the hang of. I think that many of them just don’t quite yet have the fine-motor skills necessary to successfully weave in an over-under pattern. A few kids usually get the hang of it but most are usually on the struggle bus. Because of that, I always teach weaving very sloooooowly. We begin by folding a paper in half like a book. Then I walk around and draw 5 dots on each paper.

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The students write their names above the dots then draw a vertical line going down from the dots.

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Next, they “cut on the line and stop at the dot.” This essentially created a loom on which to weave.

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They cut another paper into strips and unfold their loom.

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Then, they go “over the river and under the bridge” with their “snake” to weave.

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I show them how to do the opposite for the next one so that it creates a pattern. I also tel the it is ok if all of the snakes are next to each other, it still counts as weaving!

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That pretty much took up every single second of the first day. The next day, we created a colorful background with crayons and watercolors. Some classes did not have time to do that so they just used construction paper. On the last day, I did a demo of how to draw a portrait of yourself sleeping. Students could also add a stuffed toy.

Sweet dreams, kindergartners!

❤ Ms. K


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Self-Portraits

Usually when I hang displays of artwork, the displays are homogeneous and feature the same project from a variety of different classes. I was inspired by a recent conversation about displaying artwork to mix it up a bit for kindergarten, 2nd, and 3rd grade’s self-portraits.

I had an art teacher a long time ago who always said that when displaying artwork you should mix up the projects so that viewers don’t compare the works. Each student’s work should be appreciated on it’s own and that is easier to do when the work is surrounded by a variety of projects.

Since kinder, 2nd, and 3rd grade all finished their self-portraits around the same time, I thought it would be fun to display them all together. They are so colorful and the mixture of media and methods is really awesome to see!

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I love how each one is so unique — even though the students experienced the same demonstrations and used the same materials during the process, their products are all so different!

If you are interested in seeing any of the step-by-step lessons for these self-portraits you can see kindergarten’s here, 2nd grade’s here, and 3rd grade’s here.


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First Grade Art Hands

I just love this lesson inspired by Cassie Stephens.  This project is one of my favorites to teach about texture, stamping, composition, and skin color, diversity, and love.

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This year’s batch of first graders really knocked it out of the park!


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Heros VS. Villains (Paper Mache Masks)

I am so impressed with the creativity and problem solving art club members showed during this project!

At the beginning of the year, I had found a bunch of plastic mask forms in my storage closet. I have always wanted to try paper mache with students but have always been deterred from just the thought of the logistics of classroom management. So when I had Art Club up and running somewhat smoothly, I figured it might be something they could handle.

Originally the plan was to just do masks – maybe portraits or something. But then two of my art club members came early one day and started talking about having super powers. One student said he would use his powers for good: to help people. Te other student said she would use her powers to steal and be evil!

This conversation inspired me to give my art club students the prompt: create a hero or villain! On the first day, we sketched our ideas. Students had to illustrate a hero and a villain and choose their favorite to elaborate upon. They included powers, an origin story, and info about an arch nemesis.

On the second day, we used a paper mache technique to cover the mask forms. I mixed 2 parts school glue to one part water. Students dipped 2inch newspaper strips into the mixture and started to layer them onto the mask form. This day was incredibly messy but super fun!

The next few weeks were used to design and engineer the look of the masks. Students had to come up with a color scheme plan in their sketchbook before they could get paint.

I also set out a whole bunch of craft materials for them to use like wires, yarn, sequins, glitter glue, and twisty wire. They pretty much had complete freedom for how they wanted to design and decorate their mask to bring their hero/villain to life. Some students had a big engineering challenge for how to create 3D aspects or how to achieve a certain effect they were going for. In the end, these turned out to be hilarious, authentic, silly, meaningful, memorable, and fun. Check em out!

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The Popper

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Yashee

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The Puppet Master

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Waffle Man

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News Lady

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Star Gazer

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Father of Rain

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Night Cloud

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CYT

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Berry S’more

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The Phantom of the Night

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Heat Breath Man

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Fruit Man

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Glitter Girl

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Bow Giver

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Lightning Strike

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Lightning Lady

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Perfect Line Lady

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Way to go art club!!


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Warm & Cool Self Portraits

The idea for this project came from Artsy Artful Amy .com!

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This project took a looooooong time for 4th graders to complete and I still have kids coming to visit in the morning or during lunch to finish. But I must admit it’s totally worth is because these self-portraits are turning out absolutely beautiful.

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On day one, we begin by talking about the proportions of a face. Students use mirrors to practice drawing their self portrait in their sketchbook. They also start brainstorming words that describe themselves. If anyone was having trouble coming up with descriptive words, they could ask their friends and the people at their table to describe them. Thinking of words turned out to be tricky for some, I had to remind students that we are looking for adjectives and descriptive words so no, “potato” is not going to fly.

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The next art day, students used a ruler to create horizontal lines going down a piece of 9×12 paper.

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They drew a simplified version of their self-portrait on top of the lines. Next, they were supposed to fill the rectangle spaces with their descriptive words and trace everything with sharpie. I showed them how to split up the words to make it fit around the face and how to streeeeetch their letters to fill the space horizontally. This was also tricky because some students started doing acrostics or drawing waaayyyy too small. With a bit or practice and patience, most were able to get the hang of it.

The next step was to choose the color schemes. Young artists decided if they wanted their face to be warm or cool and the background had to be the opposite. Then they used water colors to fill in each space with a different color. This step was tricky because many students instinctively wanted to paint their whole hair shape one color but they eventually got the hang of painting each tiny shape different.

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I am SOOOOO excited about these masterpieces, I can tell the kiddos who really put in effort are so proud of their work. I love how personal and expressive these are and it was a great way to get to know my 4th graders. This project is definitely one of those that I will have in my art teacher bag o’ tricks for years to come.

❤ Ms. K!