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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 🙂

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


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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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Kinder Pumpkins

Kindergartners are just finishing up their pumpkin paintings so I figured I would share a few in time for Halloween. We began by reading The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin which is a adorable rhyming story with gorgeous illustrations. Then, we drew pumpkins using an oval and curved lines on big white paper.

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Students painted their pumpkins by mixing red and yellow paint. The next week, we created texture on purple paper by rubbing crayons with a texture mat. Then students cut out their pumpkins and glued them. They chose a piece of green paper and drew a leaf which got cut out and glued to the stem of the pumpkin. With scrap papers they rolled little lines into a cylinder and unrolled it to make a curly spiral vine. I do not have any pictures of the process but here are some great examples of the final product:

I love these precious pumpkins!

❤ Mrs. K

 


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Autumn Trees by Kindergarten

Kindergarteners began this lesson with the story “Sky Color.”

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This story is super cute, it is all about a young artist who discovers that the sky doesn’t always have to be painted blue. I always find that my blue paint/crayons/markers/ANYTHING is the first to run out because it is the most popular color for filling up a sky. I wanted my students to know that the sky can be many different colors so this book was perfect to lead us into the project. Each student got a white oil pastel and filled their paper with  clouds. Then, they used water colors to paint “sky colors” which made their clouds magically appear!

The next week, we watched the BrainPop about Fall. We talked about all of the changes that happen when Fall comes especially the beautiful leaves. We reviewed color mixing too. Students drew a tree on top of their sky color background with a brown oil pastel.

They start off with a vertical line and then make it thicker. Next, they draw two diagonal lines to make the letter Y. They draw another vertical line in between and make all of those thicker. The little branches are created by creating little Y’s.

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Now the original idea for this project comes from here and they used aluminum foil to create the leaves. With my first batch of kinders I also had them use aluminum foil and that was the only time we did it that way because they did not turn out great. Most of the foil trees just looked like a big ol’ blob of paint on the paper and the detail of the branches was lost. So I racked my brain – and my supply closet – for something else we could use to print leaves. I found a stash of pine cones and they turned out to be absolutely PERFECT for this! So all the other classes used pine cones to dip and stamp yellow and red paint.

These are just absolutely charming:

Great job kindergarteners!

Mrs. K

 


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Rainbow Lines that Wiggle & Mouse Shapes

When on of my kindergarten classes got dropped off during the first week of school, the teacher frantically explained that there were several four-year-olds in the class. This happened more than once. So basically this year’s batch o’ kindergartners includes a whole bunch of teensy little tots. With this in mind, I knew that the first couple of projects needed to be verrrrry basic and verrrrrry step-by-step. After all, many of these kiddos had never painted before. So we started out low and slow with Rainbow Lines.

This project is all over Pinterest, I am not really sure who came up with it so if you know, please comment so I can give a proper shout-out :). On the first day we read Lines that Wiggle and painted lines with black tempera paint. Students began to learn about painting procedures like getting a smock, treating the brush responsibly, and putting art on the drying rack. They got to practice all of that again on the second day of the project. We read Planting a Rainbow and talked about the order of colors in a rainbow. Students used watercolors to fill in the space between their lines. How fabulous!

As soon as they got the hang of lines and identifying colors, it was time to take it a step further. The next project – Mouse Shapes – took it to the next level while still keeping it simple for young kindergarteners. On the first day, we watched the Shapes BrainPop and talked about all different kinds of shapes in the world. We painted shapes with back tempera paint. The next day, we read Mouse Paint and talked about mixing primary colors to create secondary colors. Kinders mixed up their mouse paint inside of their shapes to create a masterpiece!

These projects were a really great way to start off the year for kindergarteners. They got to practice painting procedures and learned lines, shapes, and colors in a very hands-on way. Now that they have all of those skills we can move on to more challenging projects.

❤ Mrs. K

p.s. . . . .

Is that an ‘R’ in between the M & S??? Why yes it is! As of one week ago Ms. K is now MRS. K! I will be keeping my last name but I am indeed a wife 🙂 So if you were wondering about the lack of posting lately it is mostly because I have been sooooooo busy with wedding things. More posts coming soon 🙂


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Dream Catchers

I love the look of the mixed-media dream catchers from the Smart Class Blog. I knew it would be the perfect end-of-the-year project for my 5th graders. We began by reading the book “I Have a Dream.” It has the most beautiful illustrations.

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Students were challenged to think of a personal dream that they hope to achieve in their lifetime or a dream that would make the world a better place. They created a visual symbol to represent their dream and placed it in the middle of concentric circles. Students filled the rings of the circles with patterns and designs inspired by dream catchers. They also created feathers or other objects hanging down below. Then, they traced their design with sharpies and colored in parts with Crayola Twistable Crayons (which are seriously my favorite art material right now – I am obsessed!) After tracing and coloring their designs, 5th graders used magenta, yellow, and turquoise liquid water colors with salt to create the beautiful background.

I think these are absolutely phenomenal – my only regret is that they are finally finished so close to the end of the school year and they will not e displayed in the school. This is one of those projects that is so meaningful and beautiful that hopefully it will be hung up in students’s homes for years to come.

I am truly going to miss the 5th graders I have gotten to know this year at Northwood. I can’t believe my first year here is already almost over it feels like just yesterday I was setting up my classroom and introducing myself to hundreds of new students. I am so proud of what the 5th graders accomplished with their artwork this year and hope that they carry forward the creative spirit into middle school and beyond!

❤ Ms. K

 

 


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Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes

All year long my kindergartners have been obsessed with Pete the Cat. And I honestly can’t blame them because Pete the Cat is awesome!!!! I love all of the Pete the Cat books but I was especially excited when I saw this on in the book store:

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Not only are the illustrations amazing, but the story is super cute too and includes counting and subtracting which is perfecto for kinders. We created these paintings with step-by-step drawing and looking at pictures of cupcakes. Now normally I try and steer away from projects that are this prescribed because I do not want all of the products to look the same but this method of creating actually ended up empowering students and making them feel proud of their work. We began by reading the story and drawing Pete the Cat. We drew a wide letter “V” with a curved line and triangles at the top. Then, students looked at pictures of cupcakes to copy or they could use their memory or imagination. They had to show overlapping with the cupcakes in front of their Pete the Cat. After drawing, they traced all of their lines with sharpies, then they colored in the cupcakes with Crayola Twistables.

The next class, kinders used tempera cakes to paint their designs. How adorable are these!?

As Pete the Cat would say:

“Keep walking along and singing your song, because its all good”

❤ Ms. K