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Starburst Designs

The idea from this lesson came from Mrs. Knight’s Smartest Artists and from ilovethatteachingidea.com

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I really love this project because it was pretty open-ended and provided a great opportunity for students to get their doodlin’ on. I have always loved to doodle and find that not only is it a meditative and relaxing process, it can also improve comprehension and creativity. Check out this fab TED Talk about doodling!

We began with a very tedious day of drawing line segments, points, and angles. When I used those terms there was almost a riot in the art room — “WHAT MS KATZIN? WE HAVE TO DO MATH TODAY!!! ARE YOU SERIOUS!!!!”

Muahahaha — little did they know it would lead to a beautiful design!

You start with a horizontal line anywhere between 3 and 5 inches. Label the line segment with “A” and “B”

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Next, draw a dot in the top middle.

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Connect the dot to A. . .

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And then to B. Then draw another dot.

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Then connect that dot to A and B.

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After the first couple of dots, there were some students who caught on really quickly. I had those students fill up the rest of their paper on their own. They needed 5-6 dots on the top and bottom of their AB segment. They had to make sure their design was balanced and filled up the space. For the kids who needed a more step by step approach, we went dot by dot together.

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Next, 4th graders got to use colorful permanent markets to trace over their lines. Because our last project was so restrictive with colors, I let students have free choice of the colors they used for their starburst design – the only criteria was to show contrast.

The last couple of days were spent filling in the shapes with patterns and doodly designs. Students used sharpies and colored pencils to fill up their starbursts. Then, they cut them out and glued to colorful construction paper.

This was a really neat project. It was one of those projects that empowers young artists because it had such a high success rate and was so visually pleasing. Great job 4th graders!

❤ Ms. K

 


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Op art Germs

This year my school has taken on the initiative of Project Based Learning. This exciting way to learn basically uses the same skills I teach in my classroom in conjunction with common core curriculum so that students create projects to showcase their learning in their home rooms. It is really cool to see them making stuff and presenting it! 5th graders learned all about germs and microbacteria in their PBL unit and I thought it would make a cool tie in for an art project.

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On the first day, I showed students a PowerPoint about Op Art that pretty much blew their minds. They had to much fun trying to decipher the visual puzzles and figuring out why each artwork is an illusion. Students then sketched from step-by-step guides different op art designs.

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The next day we met, 5th graders drew their favorite sketch onto final draft paper and used sharpie to trace the lines. They then mixed tempera paint to create analogous colors that they used to paint their spaces.

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The last day was spent drawing a germ, bacteria, virus, or fungus they had learned about in class and giving it a face or personality. They used water colors to paint their germ with the middle color from their analogous color scheme and glued it to the op art background.

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I think these turned out really great and love that there was a connection to homeroom classroom learning!


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Updated Owls

My kindergarten owl lesson really needed an update for this year! I decided to tie in some science connections talking about the night sky and leaves. We began by drawing an own using shapes. Kinders traced their drawing with sharpie and painted the shapes with water colors. The second week, we created the branch by twisting up brown butcher paper. Green leaves were added using construction paper and sharpies. Last, students used white oil pastels to add a moon and stars.

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I realized that I tend to gear more towards mixed media projects that use a lot of different types of materials. I think it is important for students – especially at the elementary age – to be fluent in art mediums so that they can expand and grow as they take more art classes. As always I am so impressed with the work the students created! 🙂


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1st Grade Dinos (PBL Connection)

I have done many versions of this project over the past few years and the one things that remains the same is how amazing these always turn out. First graders created awesome cool/warm dinosaur landscapes once again this year!

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I changed it up a bit again this year to incorporate weather. First grade students are currently participating in a Project Based Learning unit all about weather. I figured the dino landscapes would be a great place to tie in their classroom learning. They brainstormed many different forms of weather and created a cool dinosaur in a hot place or a hot dinosaur in a cool place. Some students need some more practice with sorting warm and cool colors but this is a great start!

Snowy dinosaurs:

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Tornado dinosaur:

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Analogous Cityscapes

5th graders are well into this project and I decided to change things up a bit from last year. Instead of using tissue paper to add color to the cityscapes, students were allowed to use a variety of art media. I wanted to make it a little more open ended/constructivist  and let them choose their method of creation so they could pick from colored pencils, crayons, water colors, and markers. They mixed colors and media to create an analogous colored city. I am so impressed with their creativity and hard work! The best part about this project is that it is only half way done because it is so involved and inclusive of themes, techniques, and media. However the city scape portion could be a finished product on its own.

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The next step will be the graffiti word and a printed brick wall to stay tuned 🙂

 


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Collaborative Community Sculptures

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Thank you to my art teacher friend Noelle for the inspiration for this project!

I am all about some collaboration this year! I think projects with collaborative group work really help to build character development and teach real-world communication skills. Anyway, for this project we started off using Google Earth on ipads to research buildings in our community or places that are interesting.

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Students were allowed to choose their own groups and they got together to decide which buildings to create and who would do what. They were pretty much welcome to use anything they wanted in the art room (within reason) to make their communities but they had to have a road to connect everything and at least some elements that were 3D. They used foam, pipe cleaners, wire, phone books, maps, cardboard, scraps, paint, markers, poster board, tape, and any other odds and ends they wanted.

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^ Check out that White House! ^

 

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^ A Soccer Field ^

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^ The Statue of Liberty ^

 

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^ This student loves outer space and built NASA with a rocket launching! ^

 

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^ The Magic School bus ^

 

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^ This student made a house for each member of her group 😀 ^

 

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^ Pipe Cleaner Tree ^

 

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^ The foil building in the top right is a Starbucks ^

 

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This project spanned several weeks. The last day was used for a walk-around critique. Students were responsible for completing a critique sheet about their own work as well as their classmate’s.

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The “Glow” is something the group did well and the “Grow” is something they can improve for next time. I love when kids write stuff, it is hilarious! (And good practice for testing and life in general)


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Aerial View Maps

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This project was inspired by This gem over at Mrs. Knight’s Smartest Artists. Students began by reaseraching interesting and meaningful places using Google Earth on iPads.

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They were fascinated to walk down the street in a big city, see where they used to live in another country, or visit world famous land marks. When they ultimately decided on a place, they sketched an aerial view of it. After transferring their sketch to a piece of art paper, students used tempera cakes to add color. They could choose any 2, 3, or 4 colors + black and white. But WHY Ms. K?!? Because I’m the queen of art, thats why. Also, sometimes you have to make tough choices in life and/or I don’t want them all to have a “green grass” background. 

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For the few 5th graders who weren’t suffering from #yoloitis #senioritis #toocoolforschool this was a really successful project. Many of my students come from different parts of the country or world and are expected to adapt and acclimate to American/English/Georgia culture with absolutely no regard for their own personal background. The opportunity to not only look at and explore but reflect  on “home” was a very special experience for many of the kiddos. And even the ones who depicted their own neighborhood or the mall down the street had a great time exploring the lay of the land of their community. 5th graders wrote an opinion piece as their artist statement describing or explaining why the place they chose is so awesome.

 

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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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Roller Coaster Sculpture Hats

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This year’s group of 2nd graders LOVED making roller coaster hats! We began by watching a video about an awesome coaster: http://viewpure.com/695wtDCwDR8

Students loved the story Roller Coaster too!

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We sketched roller coasters using expressive lines and imaginations. The next week, we created colorful paper by choosing color schemes.

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Students had to look at the “menu” and choose one scheme for their “dinner” on one side of the paper and one scheme for the “dessert” on the other side of the paper.

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We constructed the base of the hat with construction paper. The Crayon Lab Blog has a great tutorial on how to make the base of the hat. Students cut their painted paper into strips and folded and bent to create wacky roller coaster lines. They used hole punchers to create positive and negative space and scrap papers for the car full of people. They are so creative and awesome!

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Oh and who is that with a backwards name tag and inside out dress? That would be yours truly! And no it was not Backwards Day or Weird Clothes Day or anything like that, just your average ran-out-the-door-in-the-nick-of-time Tuesday before spring break. KEEPIN. IT. REAL.

 


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Sculptural Lines

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Well hello there Dear Readers! At this moment in time I am currently basking in the greatness that is #SB’14 a.k.a. Spriiiiiinggggg Breeeeeeeaaakkkkk!

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The last couple weeks in the art room have been a frenzy of work and production. First graders worked hard on their line sculptures and they turned out vibrant and colorful! We began with some painted paper with textured lines.

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The next week, we talked about positive and negative space and students cut out their lines and glued them to construction paper. One of the first grade science standards is shadows and light so I thought it would be a great connection to have students include shadows under their pop-out lines.

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This Rocks This is Fun Do it Again:

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Characters from the Lego Movie:

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With Flowers:

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Hashtag Win:

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With a Minecraft Creeper:

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Domo on a Banana Skateboard:

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Pikachu and Pokeballs:

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This one is awesome, the little guy created amazing shapes and shadows!

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Like a Boss:

 

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