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Doodle Sculptures

A couple of months ago, I was trying to figure out a cool sculpture project to do with 5th grade. During undergrad my studio concentration was sculpture and while I enjoyed using power tools and learning how to weld, it really isn’t very applicable in and elementary school setting. I have to admit, I do not have the same passion for teaching sculpture as I do for creating it. So I really wanted to challenge myself to come up with a fun and engaging project for myself and my students. I realized that I had a ton of cardboard matboard leftover from our Artome art show earlier this year. Usually I cut it up and use it as stampers for the younger or as based for paper sculptures kids but I decided to play around and see what kind of more interesting form could be created. And voila! The idea for Doodle Sculptures was born.

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Students traced circles or created other geometric shapes onto the matboard. The neat thing about this matboard is that one side is white and one side is black. The kids cut out their shapes and used black and metallic sharpies to create some doodle designs. They had to have another shape and they cut slots into both to create a kind of X formation. I hot glued that onto a larger base shape and from there they built up their sculpture by cutting slots in each shape and carefully placing them together.

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There was no glue or tape used other than my hot glue dot which made materials really easy to manage. Here are a few of the completed projects. They don’t photograph very well because they are so interesting and “in the round” – every angle makes it look like a different piece of artwork!

That being said – I initially thought this project would be a home run but I ended up only doing it with one class. I think that the matboard was just too difficult for the students to cut through. Many of them complained that their hands hurt and it was a struggle getting all of the shapes cut out. I think that if I try this again in the future I would do this with art club or use something else to cut that is better than scissors but not as intense as an exact blade. Any ideas for me, art teachers? 🙂 

I came up with another sculpture idea for the rest of my 5th grade classes so stay tuned to see how that one turns out, so far it’s great!

❤ Mrs. K

 

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Alphabet Soup

This project is based on the one created by @2art.chambers for the Mini Matisse Blog.

Kindergartners practiced their alphabet for this scrumptious project. We began by reading Alpha Oops.  Students traced a pie pan circle onto white paper and used oil pastel to draw their letters. Using a mixture of brown, yellow, and gold liquid water color, they painted their “soup”.

Next, the kiddos picked out a piece of construction paper and used crayons to create patterns. They cut and glued their circle along with a plastic spoon (that was spray-painted silver).

Great job kindergartners!

❤ Mrs. K

 

p.s. Why couldn’t the pirate learn the alphabet?

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He was always lost at C

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Kawaii Shrinky Dinks

Every school year there is some new trend that today’s youths become obsessed with. Silly bands, One Direction, Pokemon Go, Minecraft . . . the list goes on and on. This year my 5th grade girls are absolutely obsessed with Kawaii – the culture of cuteness originating in Japan. They have clothes and accessories and school supplies. They are Kawaii crazy! And to be honest, this is a trend I am also on board with because it is so dang cute. I purchased a few drawing books on Amazon  and there are kids in my classroom almost every morning who want to practice drawing Kawaii. Its awesome!

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So I decided to do Kawaii Shrinky-Dinks with art club and another group of students. Shrinky-Dinks is a plastic sheet that you can draw on and when you put it in a toaster oven, the paper shrinks in size and grows in thickness.  I don’t have any picture of the ones my students made but here are my examples. First, I drew my design onto sketch paper. I placed the transparent Shrinky-Dink plastic over and used Sharpie to outline. I colored everything in with colored pencil. Then I cut out the designs.

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I used a hole punch to make holes so that these can be charms. They were carefully placed on a flattened brown lunch sack (rough side up!) and put into a 350 degree toaster oven for a couple minutes. It is really cool to see them shrink! You have to put the rough side up because they like to bend and the smooth side will stick to itself and become ruined.

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Twisteez Wire is used at the end to create a charm/keychain/ornament etc. (Please don’t mind the non-Kawaii psychedelic stegosaurus that snuck in there) These were such a huge hit with students and despite being rather crafty, a huge hit with me too!

❤ Mrs. K


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Moana Landscapes by 2nd Grade

The idea for this project comes from the Apex Elementary Art Blog. I wanted to start off the year for 2nd graders with a step-by-step drawing project. I often get the sense that my students are confident painters but when it comes to drawing their hesitation and doubt is very apparent. Drawing is a very difficult skill. You have to use a part of your brain that does not often get exercised to look at something and try and figure out how to remake it on your paper.  Most art media is much more forgiving and mistakes can be hidden or changed. Drawing can be frustrating for elementary kids because it is an art form in which imperfection becomes obvious very quickly.

That being said, I personally find that it is easiest to draw when using a drawing book or a youtube tutorial (lately I am obsessed with Draw with Jazza) so I wanted to bring that same experience to my students so they could gain some confidence. We began by drawing step-by-step together. The drawing was excellent for reviewing different kinds of lines and shapes and parts of a landscape (foreground, middle ground, background). Here is an animation of the steps:

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The kids drew with pencil and then traced over their lines with sharpie. We talked a lot about overlapping and size placement to show depth. A lot of students were wondering why there are flowers floating around in the foreground and I really didn’t have a good answer for them so I finally just turned on the Moana soundtrack and said that it is supposed to be from Moana. This seemed a reasonable enough answer to distract the students from the obvious weirdness of the foreground flowers. We continued the Moana jam sesh as we painted.

I love all of the unique details my students added to these whimsical landscapes like dinosaurs and sheep and houses and trees and all kinds of cutie little things.

Mrs. K


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When You Promise Not to do Wedding DIY But You Are an Artist so You End Up DIYing

Hello! This post is about some of the wedding DIY things I did. As the title indicates, I promised myself I would not under ANY CIRCUMSTANCE stress myself out with diy  and then of course I ended up DIYing.

The first thing I DIYed were the save-the-dates and invitations. Did you know that it costs several hundred dollars to get wedding invitations designed and printed? I did not know this until several months ago and was absolutely shocked at the exorbitant prices for literally paper that people look at for one second and then throw away. SERIOUSLY!!! So i decided that to achieve the price and look I desired, I would try and make my own. Here are the supplies I used:

(Not pictured: masking fluid, liquid water color, salt, and paintbrushes (duh))

I created paintings and then took them to UPS to have them scanned in high resolution.

Then, I uploaded the images to Vistaprint and got the invitations printed with exquisite detail for about a quarter of the price of most wedding invitation suites.

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I also hand painted our Welcome Sign using the same materials on 18×24 watercolor paper. Finding a frame for this size was surprisingly difficult but I managed to finally find one at Target.

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On a dollar store frame I painted “Please Sign Our Guestbook” which went along with our incredible handmade paper and leather book from Mind’s Eye Journals. I also set our invitation in a shadow box displayed with it.

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The last bit of DIY was the card box. I ordered this house terrarium from Amazon which kinda matched our terrarium centerpieces. Then I used white acrylic paint to add leaves and vines.

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Another lovely bespoke detail was this set of corn hole boards created by Rusty Nail. They were a big hit for wedding guests!

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So that’s about it for my Wedding DIY! We also did bubbles with ribbons but I can’t seem to find a picture of those at the moment. I will leave you with a selfie of me and my Mister:

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xoxo,

❤ Mrs. 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


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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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Clay Creepies

This is my first year doing an art club and there are a lot of things I really enjoy about it. I really enjoy getting to know some extremely talented and motivated students in a more focused setting. I am really enjoying the opportunity to try out exciting projects and materials that would be difficult or impossible to use with an entire class or grade. We are currently working on paper mache masks that I will post about soon.Our first project of the year was a clay “creepie.” This is a project that I have done a million times in a million different ways with 7-17 year olds. I thought it would be a fun and motivating first project for my art club kiddos!

We began with a hunka-chunka clay that we turned into a pinch pot. Then, extra clay bits were pinched, rolled, and attached to create all the features of a monster or creature. I am so impressed with the creativity of this group. They really put their imaginative efforts into their creations and created some crazy clay creepies.

Way to go art club!

❤ Ms. K


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Tiny Woven House

I am currently trying to come up with ideas for projects that can be used for an art show for next year. It is kind of tricky because I am not usually a stickler for the “product” of the artwork that students make looking perfect but for an art show there has to be some level of sellability. Also, I usually have my students work on 12×18 paper and for an art show the projects have to be half that size! That being said I wanted to try out a couple of aesthetically pleasing little projects that may or may not be used for the art show next year.

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This project is based on this with a couple of tweaks here and there. We began by creating the night sky painted paper background with purples, blues, and black paint. Students used the non-bristle side to carve in the details of the stars and expressive lines.

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The next day, 3rd graders used art stix to create texture on construction paper. They used home made texture mats that were created by “drawing” with a hot glue gun on matboard. I made a whole set and they are great!

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They cut the paper in half using a wavy or zig-zag line and glued down the pieces into a landscape.

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Next, they created texture on 3 smaller pieces of construction paper that would be used to make a woven house with a roof. They cut the papers to make a warp and a weft and wove them together.

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Then they tucked the house into the hills/grass and added a roof and details.

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I think they came out nice. I’m not sure if they are art-show worthy buuuuuuut we were also a bit rushed because of testing and the fact that there are only a handful of weeks left of school. Either way, great job third graders!

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NAEA 2016 in Chicago

Getting back into the swing of things today has been rough! (#thestruggleisreal right after a conference!) I had a blast in Chicago at this year’s NAEA conference!

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This was not my first time in Chicago nor was it my first national conference but it sure was a unique and fun experience!

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I was so inspired by many of the sessions I attended especially the Curriculum Slam.

I got to spend a few hours in the Chicago Art Institute museum which was a truly amazing experience. I always feel so starstruck seeing artwork in real life. I didn’t take many pictures because I was so busy experiencing the museum!

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The city of Chicago is also filled with artwork in the form of fantastic murals and public sculptures!

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I loved seeing my dear friends Melinda, Rosie, and Noelle and rooming with them yet again, we always have a great time 🙂

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There was a cosplay convention at the conference center while we were there which just goes to show how art teachers affect creativity!

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What a fab experience! I can’t wait for next year’s conference in NYC!

IMG_20160318_154722  ❤ Ms. K