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Jellyfish

The idea for this lesson comes from Deep Space Sparkle. 

Students began by mixing tints and shades of blue to create a gradient value scale. The next day, everyone could choose either small or big bubble wrap. Aqua paint was carefully applied to the bubbly side with a paintbrush.

Students were encouraged to work together to flip their bubble wrap onto their gradient paper to “print” bubbles. They gently pressed down and were absolutely amazed at their bubble prints!

The next week, we talked about how to show form in a drawing by creating shadows adn highlights. Students were challenged to create a sphere with a light source as well as a jelly dome shape.

After practicing with pencil, students used chalk pastels to create colorful jellies and bubbles.

The last day, everything was assembled. The colorful jellies were cut out. Scraps of tissue-paper tie die paper were used to create the tentacles. Students had the option of curling them or leaving them flat. Seaweed and kelp was added to the background with oil pastels to create a sense of depth.

This is definitely one of those projects that I will be doing year after year. The process was so much fun and the products are AWESOME! There are so many different techniques and a lot of vocabulary encompassed in this project — it was perfect for 5th grade!

What is in the middle of a jellyfish?

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A JELLYBUTTON!

❤ Mrs. K

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Little Trees

First graders learned all about color mixing, shapes, texture, and stamping for this project. We began by doing carousel painting with tints and shades of green and orange.

The next week, students created a purple background by mixing blue and pink. They used a fork to scratch texture into the wet paint.

That did not take up the entire 45 minute block so we were also able to start tracing and cutting circles from the tints and shades papers.

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The last day, we assembled everything together. Students overlapped their circles and glued them down with just a dot of liquid glue.

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Then, they used cardboard and marker caps to dip and stamp tree trunks, branches, and snow!

These are so sweet!

Great job first graders!

❤ Mrs. K


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Collab Crayons

This Cassie Stephens – inspired project was a huge hit with 4th graders. As a matter of fact, even students from other grades were also fascinated by the examples that hung on my sample board!

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We began this project by reading a really funny book called The Day the Crayons Quit. There is also a sequel which we read if there was enough time.

 

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Then, students got into groups of up to 4 people to trace their crayon templates. They used white colored pencils on black construction paper. We talked about how to carefully draw the lines so that the crayons overlap to show depth. Students also got to look at actual crayons to add the details of the wrappers.

I think a lot of the students were shocked to find how difficult it was to work together even with their very best friends. They really had to communicate and cooperate to get the job done! The next week, we talked about how value can show form. Students used oil pastels to color their crayons making sure to add a highlight with white. This was another tricky step because they had to discuss their color choices and compromise with each other to create the composition.

Of course the groups that worked together the best had the most successful works of art in the end. Overall this was a very engaging and challenging project for 4th graders. They did a great job!

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One group that finished early even had the chance to play around with photo editing with iPads. They used filters and effects to change their work and it was super cool!

 

 

 

 

 


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Value Landscapes a.k.a. Trees in a Vortex

Have you ever picked out a project on Pinterest and thought, wow – this is gonna be AWESOME! only to have it completely and utterly flop?! That is kind of how this project went down.

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I wanted my 5th graders to have something else to choose for the art show if they wanted to besides their Psychedelic Succulent Still Life Paintings. I saw something similar to this on Pinterest which lead me to Mrs. Landry’s Website where I got the real idea. I figured that the prescriptive nature of the project would be great for my 5th graders.

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We began by talking about value and completing the Value Worksheet where students played with mixing tints and shades. The second week, 5th graders created a background by going from lightest to darkest in a series of circles.

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The third week, students used fancy edging scissors to create a hilly horizon line. Then they used black paper to create tree silhouettes. They could use geometric or organic shapes. They used black colored pencil for the shadows and white colored pencil for the highlights.

I think the main issue I had with these is that they turned out super rushed. The ones pictured above are the closest to being done out of all of y groups of 5th graders. Many students did not have enough time to show depth through size and proportion, and to show highlights and shadows. If I was to teach this to something like this again, I would try and take more time and use paint instead of construction paper to make the trees. The turnaround had to be really quick though because we have our art show coming up!

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Icecream Value Scales

Thank you Mini Matisse for this great lesson idea! 

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We began this lesson talking about value, tints and shades. Every time someone says “tint” students clap their hands over their heat to make a Tint Tent. Every time someone mentions “shade” we make a circle over our heads to represent a shady tree. This movement incorporation is a great way for students to remember vocabulary! On the first day, we created a value scale with the popsicles from this post and students completed a value worksheet (found HERE)by mixing colors. The second day, students folded paper into 6 equal sections and created tints and shades of a chosen color. They used a fork to scratch in texture.

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During our next meeting, students cut apart their squares and created an ice cream scoop shape that kind of looked like Pac-Man ghosts. They put their “scoops” in order from lightest to darkest.

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Students picked their construction paper background and used crayons to create a pattern of lines and shapes.

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Check out these sweet works of art!

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Value Weaving Self Portraits

What do you so when you are scrambling for an end for an end of the year project that will keep 5th graders engaged and hit some overlooked standards? You make something up and keep your fingers crossed that it isn’t a fiasco. This lesson was anything but a fiasco and one that will surely be in my bag o’ classic awesome lessons for years to come.

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I needed something that would continue to incorporate craft techniques, touch upon value/tint/shade, and provide a way to show emphasis and contrast. I wanted to utilize skills we have learned already so that during testing and in the weeks after I wouldn’t be pushing tired minds too far but still present an interesting project. On the first day we talked about value and 5th graders painted a value scale.

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The next way was all about weaving. Students used the fancy scissors to cut a warp and colorful construction paper for a weft. We briefly discussed color schemes and students could choose any color they wanted but were encouraged to think about their choice and perhaps even make it complementary or monochromatic.

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The next day was a sketching day. We talked about emojis and students used mirrors to draw self portraits with an emoji twist. They picked their favorite to make into a final draft and traced it with sharpie. Then they added a thought or speech bubble.

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These turned out so fabulous, I am very impressed with all of them! I love how graphic and bold these portraits are. This was the perfect project to end the school year and to end elementary art with.

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I am really going to miss this year’s 5th grade class. I have known many of them since 3rd grade and it has been a joy to watch them grow into the thoughtful and amazing people they are. Overall this has been a spectacular year and I cannot believe that in a few hours I will be done with my 3rd year of teaching. I like to look back at my posts from my first year sometimes because it reminds me what a dream come true this job truly is for me. I started this year feeling a little burned out and kind of deflated but I feel like I am ending on a strong, positive note. I will be posting during the summer but for all of my kiddos who are reading — I hope you have a great summer and I will see you next year!

❤ Ms. K


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Tall Birds

I love how these turned out! I was inspired by This project on Artsonia and put a little twist on it. We learned all about tints and shades and students remembered each by clapping about their heads in a triangle (tint like tent) and making a circle above their heads for shade (like a shady tree). We began with carousel painting. This dark-yellow was aptly named “the booger color”

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The next week, students created a background using liquid water colors and salt. They were amazed at the magic of the salt changing the colors.

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Students also used oil pastels to create patterns on their tints and shades squares.

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The next time we met, we began by gluing down a piece of yarn as the power line where the birds are standing.

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Then, students displayed their knowledge of geometry by cutting out their squares and turning them into circles. They chose three for their birds and three to turn into half-circles for the wings. Corners of scraps were chopped off for triangle beaks.

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White and black oil pastels were used to create eyes and tall legs. These are so whimsical and the birds have quite a lot of personality.

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Solar System Spacescapes

4th graders are learning all about outer space in science. I was so excited to tie thie project in with their curriculum especially becasue it involves planets and stars. I love outer space!

We began by learning all about our solar system through BrainPop. Students were astounded to learn how big Jupiter’s red spot is and that Pluto isn’t considered to be a planet anymore. We created our background on the first day. Students began with analogous colors of chalk pastel.

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They scribbled colors to make grass in layers:

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As they created the ground, I walked around with a “Star Machine”

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The “Star Machine” is a mixture of white tempera paint and water in a spray bottle. When sprayed from a couple feet away very lightly, it makes the sky look like it is filled with stars.

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Kids traced circular objects on a seperate piece of black paper which we used the next week for planets.

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We talked about light sources and how the sun shines on one side of a planet to make it lighter and the other side is dark. Students used white and black oil pastels to create tints and shades which made their planets look like they had form. They were amazed at the values they could make by experimenting with colors. The last step was to cut out the planets and glue them down to the background. Students could overlap and add rings and even aliens on the ground!

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4th grade art is out of this world! 🙂


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Spooky Puzzle Tree Landscapes

3rd graders got into the spirit of fall with this project inspired by Kids Artists Blog and Dream Painters Blog. We learned all about landscapes, value, and positive and negative space for this project. Day one began with a Value Scale Popsicle game:

Students had to work together to create a popsicle value scale and order their sticks from dark to light. Then, they put their knowledge into practice and completed a Value Worksheet.

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Next we made concentric circles on paper. Each table agreed on a color and cooperated to create tints and shades.

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We talked about landscapes which have a foreground, middleground, and background. Students used the bottom of their paintbrush to sgraffito or scratch in a horizon line. The process reminded me of the scratch art I used ot do when I was little where you scratch through the black and see a rainbow. . . . and now I’m also thinking about Lisa Frank and wondering whatever happened to all of that neon outrageous awesomeness. . . anyways back to kids art:

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The next week, students drew a tree outline on the white side of their paper making sure to use shapes instead of lines.

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Then they cut out the negative space and reassembled their tree on a black piece of paper.

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They used white oil pastels to add visiual texture and contrast.

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The result is a magnificent monochromatic tree that is just in time for that spooky October holiday which shall remain nameless (in order to be PC)

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Pattern Mittens

This post is dedicated to Eve, Jeremy, and C.A. — Thanks for the love! 

Kindergarteners made wonderful stupendous adorable mittens. We began by painting stripes on our paper using tints and shades of primary colors. Students were amazed at the color mixing magic and learned that white makes a color lighter and black makes a color darker.

The next time we met, we read the book The Mitten by Jan Brett.

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This book has beautifully detailed illustrations and the kids love identifying the animals. After the story, we created patterns on our mittens using oil pastels.

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Then, students cut out a mitten shape. We talked about when, where, and why people wear mittens and one student even called them “Christmas Gloves” which was ridiculously endearing.

After cutting the mittens out, it was time to glue them to construction paper and fill the background up with animals from the story, snowflakes, and snowmen. Students used cotton balls to create texture and make their mittens soft.

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This was an extremely successful project and a great introduction of texture (in preparation for our next unit which is clay!) Many teachers have commented on how cute they are an I am happy they get to go home with the kids just in time for the holidays.

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