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Sculptural Self-Portraits

The idea for this project comes from @Show_me_the_monet¬† and Krokotak.com. When I saw these funky self-portrait sculptures I knew they would be perfect for my 2nd graders ūüôā

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(Made by MK)

The project required a¬†ton of prep work on my part – I cut several different shades of “skin tone” construction paper into pieces for the face, nose, and ears. Yellow, black, and brown pieces had to be cut into manageable sizes to be used for hair. A variety of colors had to be cut up for the shirts and backgrounds. Small pieces of white paper were cut for the eyes, mouth, and details. So it was a lot of quality time spent with my handy paper cutter but it was WORTH IT!

On the first day of the project, we practiced creating 2D self-portraits in our sketch folders. I love teaching self-portraits, it is so much fun to show the students all the different ways of how to draw details of the face. Drawing is hard for young kids but it is such a great skill to learn so I encourage my students to keep a positive attitude and try their best (as usual ūüôā )

The next week, we read the book The Colors of Us which is all about diversity and how we are all different colors and all of those colors are beautiful. Students then choose a color for their background and shirt. Then they pick a neutral color that best matches their skin color. They use a big piece and make it into a rainbow for the face. They roll a small piece for the nose. It can be a circle or a tear-drop shape. We also have time to create the ears on the first day and that is pretty much it.

The next week, I show students how to make hair. I show them several different techniques of cutting, bending, folding, and gluing the paper. They get a paper that matches their hair color and create their hair style.

After creating the hair, students use crayons on a white paper to create their eyes and mouth (just like how we did in the sketch on the first day.) Then they assemble everything and add details like designs on the shirt, a background, and any accessories that they like.

It was so hard to choose just a few for this blog post because they were all so fabulous! One teacher commented that if her children had brought home this project when they were kids, she would have put it in a shadow box and kept it forever. That made my heart glow! I hope my student’s parents love them too. This will be a classic project that I will definitely be doing year after year ūüôā

‚̧ Mrs. K

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Mixed Media Solar Systems

Fourth graders did a fantastic job with these mixed media solar systems! We started this project as while they learned about planets, stars, and solar systems in science class so there were some great cross-curricular connections.

We began by looking at Starry Night and noticing the lines of movement in the night sky.

Students used liquid glue to create lines inspired by starry night on black paper. They sprinkled multi-colored glue onto the glue and placed the paper onto the drying rack. We used multi-colored glitter to represent stars that are hot and cooler, closer and far away.

The next week, we created a beautiful mono-print with ziploc bags, markers, and spray bottles. First, students colored on the bags with Mr. Sketch water based markers.

Next, they sprayed the bags a couple of times with water.

Then, they gently pressed a white paper onto the wet bag.

When the paper is carefully peeled off, it reveals a beautiful tie-dye watercolor paper. It was such a fun way to create a painting!

The next week, we read Tiny Little Rocket and had a chat about form and planetary rotation. Planets are 3D and we can make out planets look like they have form by shading. The part closer to the sun is not shaded and the part further away has a dark crescent. Students used cups to trace circles onto their painted paper and a black colored pencil to create a shaded crescent.

The next art class, students carefully cut and glued their planets onto their starry night background. They had to make sure their shaded sides were all going in the same direction and could also use scrap paper to make some planets pop up. They could also overlap planets and make some going off of the page.

This turned out to be a super fun project, the process and the product are equally successful and engaging. I love when students are able to make connections in the art room and bring their learning into other aspects of their lives ūüôā

‚̧ 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 ūüôā

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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Jump Frog Jump

This idea for this project comes from Young School Art Blog.  These sweet sculptures were so fun to make!

We began by reading the story¬†Jump Frog Jump¬†and talking about a frog’s habitat. In the picture below, they are practicing making scalloped and wavy lines on the back of their paper with black crayon. Once they got the hang of it, they used a white oil pastel to create lines on the other side of the paper. Then they pained over their lines with blue and aqua tempera cakes. The reveal of the white lines was so magical!¬†

The next week, students cut their water into strips ad created waved by gluing them to blue construction paper. This was a but tricky, especially if too mush glue was used but everyone was able to make it work. Students also received 4 pieces of green paper. They cut a circle out first and then cut a triangle into the circle to create a lily pad. 

The third week, students drew, traced, colored, and cut out a frog.

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We did a step-by step drawing like this: 

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The frog was glued onto one of the lily pads. Torn tissue paper was crumpled to create ‘flowers’ on the other lily pads.¬†

I am so thrilled with how these turned out! The process was so much fun, the kids were engaged with painting, building, and drawing. Mixed media projects are the best!

‚̧ Mrs. K

p.s. Why is a frog always happy? 

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They eat whatever bugs them!! ūüėõ¬†


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Seahorses by Second Grade

Second grade loved this seahorse project inspired by¬†Colors of My Day¬†blog. We began by reading Eric Carle’s¬†Mister Seahorse. Students noticed the lines and shapes used to create the illustrations.

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We drew wavy lines on a piece of white paper and then painted over them with cool colored tempera cakes. The kids were amazed that their crayon lines showed up through the paint.

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The next week, each student glued down two pieces of yarn. Then they used warm colored tissue paper to create a beautiful patchwork design.

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The next week, we did a step-by-step seahorse drawing on the warm colored paper. Students cut and glued it to their cool colored background and added details like seaweed, sea creatures, and even mermaids and buried treasure!

These are so precious and look great on a display with 1st grade’s Tiny Seed collages.

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‚̧ Mrs. K


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Mouse Paint Color Wheels

Hiya!

It has been a while since I posted here. The past few months have been a whirlwind РMy husband and I bought a house and moved right before school started. This school year kicked off busy, busy, busy! I get to serve all 700+ students at my school this year which means I have a packed schedule. Between lesson planning, preparing supplies, and organizing artwork, I am a busy art bee! So blogging has fallen down to the way bottom of my to-do list. Today is a teacher workday which means I finally get to knock out some of the things on that list, including updating you on what we have been working on in the art room!

There aren’t too many new things in my classroom this year. I didn’t want to revamp everything (why fix something if it ain’t broken?). However I did make a couple of helpful posters. The first one is our PBIS rules. The second poster is Types of Artwork.

Our first few projects of the school year were repeats from previous years. I am doing an Art To Remember fundraiser so I wanted to make sure the projects were tried and true. After we finished up the fundraiser projects, we jumped into some fun new things.

First graders started off with a Mouse Paint Color Wheel. We began by reading Mouse Paint and mixing colors. Students move from table to table to paint all 6 squares on their paper in an activity I like to call Carousel Painting. It is so much fun!

The next week, students used a little oval to trace their mice bodies on their painted paper. They glue them to a grey background and use crayons & colored pencils to add eyes, ears, and tails. Once complete, we make observations about the color wheel – how it goes in rainbow order, how it has a pattern of primary & secondary colors, and how it is split up of warm and cool colors.

More blog posts coming soon!

‚̧ Mrs. K


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Kawaii Rainbow Clouds

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

 

 


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Activities for the Last Day of Art Class

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.

Water Graffiti
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!

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The Dot
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 ūüôā

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.

Genius Hour
“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.

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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

 


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Prickly Pear Cactus Collages

Kinders loved making these prickly pear cactus collages! This project included a variety of art techniques and a ton of vocabulary. It is definitely one I will be revisiting next year!

We began by reading¬†Mix it Up¬†which is a really fun interactive color mixing book. I usually put it up on the¬†Document Camera¬†and call kids up to “mix” the colors. They are absolutely blown away by the “magic” book – it is super fun! After reviewing color mixing, students create a green paper by mixing blue and yellow. They use a fork to create prickly or spiky texture.

The next class, we talk about desert landscapes. A horizontal line is drawn across the paper. Above the line, kids use white oil pastels to make clouds. Below the line, they use a texture mat to create textured sand. They paint the sky blue and the ground brownish-gold.

The next week, students use cups to trace circles onto their green paper. They cut out the circles and glue them to the desert background with the biggest at the bottom ad the smallest at the top – just like a prickly pear cactus.

The last day of the project begins with the adorable story Hug Me. Then, students use cardboard to stamp spikes and cotton swabs to stamp flowers.

One of my kindergarten class was a little behind so we used black paper for a night time landscape. The other classes created the sunny daytime desert. I think both look great!

‚̧ Mrs. K


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Dream Catchers

This project is a repeat from last year but I just couldn’t resist posting the pictures from this year’s group of 5th graders. Check out our process¬†here. We pretty much did exactly the same process this year except that for some reason it took about a month less time. Perhaps this year’s 5th grade hasn’t been struck by Senioritis quite yet?! Anyhow, here is their lovely artwork:

I truly love getting to know my students through their artwork and this project really helped to facilitate some interesting conversations about future goals and aspirations. There are certainly a lot of kids who are interested in sports, creating, and You-Tube and I am so proud of how they expressed their interests through visual arts. Great job 5th graders!

‚̧ Mrs. K