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Important People Portraits

This project AMAZING. I know I say that about all of the artwork my students make but this one is for real you guys. The process for this is based on a project from @arteiwthmrs.e. I have used rainbow scratch paper with grade 4 in the past and is is always a huge hit. I thought it would be even more fun to make it ourselves!

On the first day of the unit, we talked about portraits. Students created a sketch of a self-portrait and a sketch of a portrait of someone who is special or important to them.

Next, we had a nice chat about the color wheel and students were introduced to analogous colors. They used crayons to color hard on two pieces of white paper. After their paper was filled up with color, they painted black tempera right on top. They flippety-flopped their paintbrush over and used the handle side to scratch their portraits into the paint, revealing the beautiful colors underneath.

Students finished up the project by writing a few sentences about why they are special and why the person they chose is important to them. As always, the writing the kids produced is pure gold. Their sentiments are so sweet and quirky.

Some classes got to play a fun critique game called Criticket when they finished their work. This game really reinforced the positive thinking mindset of this project and allowed the kids to connect with each other and their artwork in a new way. One of my goals as an educator is to teach not only my curriculum but also character development and empathy as well. The reason I like this project so much is because it was driven by positive thinking about the self and others. In today’s would more than ever, that is something we all need.

❤ Mrs. K

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Criticket

The idea for this critique games comes from mskitlang.com. So far, I have only played this with 4th graders when they completed their Important People Portraits. I am hoping to play with more grade levels throughout the school year.

Students started off by looking at a PowerPoint introducing the game. We watched this video which is a pretty good introduction to art critiques for young kids. Then, I explained what each ticket means:

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Students played a practice round with artwork:

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The practice round allowed students to see how the game is played. They quickly realized that this is an opinion game and that not everyone will have the exact same answer. In fact, there is no right or wrong answer! I gave the instructions. . .

  • Place your sketch with your final artwork.
  • Working in teams of two, you will play Criticket with your classmate’s artwork.
  • Remember: there is not RIGHT or WRONG answer – this is an OPINION game.
  • Be honest about your opinion, don’t pick something just because others did, be original!
  • Not everyone has to get a ticket, if you don’t get one it doesn’t mean nobody liked your artwork. This game isn’t about “liking” the artwork, it is supposed to make you think deeper.

. . . and then we got started. Students placed their sketch with their final artwork. They teamed up and did a preliminary walk-around.

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After they viewed each of their classmate’s artwork, they started placing their tickets.

 

When the team is out of tickets, they have to sit back down. When everyone is sitting down, we come back together as a class and discuss. Students get to share why they placed their tickets where they did. The conversation is positive and uplifting, one group of students even applauded for each other. Overall this activity was a great way for students to support one another and show empathy and kindness. I can’t want to do it with another group!

❤ Mrs. K


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Daydreamin’ Doodle Portraits

5th graders created these cutie-pie portraits. I took their picture in a “daydreaming” pose. They brainstormed ideas of things that they are interested in and created symbols to represent those things. (Side note – this project was really exciting for me to teach because my thesis was all about personal symbolism and visual metaphors in artwork.)

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Teacher Sample 🙂 

 

Students cut and glued their portrait to white cardstock paper and used markers, crayons, colored pencils, twistables, and any other dry medium to create visual interest, contrast, and personal symbolism. Students also had the option of creating abstract patterns instead of symbols so there are a few of those as well.

 

This project was a bit on the easy side for 5th grade so if I do it again, I may try and make it more challenging. However they did turn out really cute and it was cool to hear some great conversations about the things that they are interested in!

❤ Mrs. K


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Emoji Pillows in Art Club

Art club kids really enjoyed making emoji pillows. I did a similar project a couple years ago with art club but it was a lit smaller and more difficult to sew. This time around, instead of felt, we used Smart-Fab crafting fabric. It was so easy to work with and it is so soft! I traced out giant circles on yellow fabric for the students to cut out and sew together.

Once they finished sewing their circles together (with a little bit left open) they flipped it inside out and used cotton fluff to stuff. They they sewed the gap closed and designed their emoji.

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Red, black, blue, and white fabric was used for the details. It was super easy to glue together with regular ol’ school glue.

These turned out great! I liked the process and product for this project. The kids felt empowered to learn how to sew and create their very own pillow. It was a new skill for most and I am very proud of all of their hard work and perseverance. Way to go art club!

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❤ Mrs. K


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Positive Character Trait Self Portraits

The inspo for this project comes from Art With Lee blog.

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Third graders did a phenomenal job on this artwork! They began by creating a tissue paper background. One class was a little behind so they used tempera paint instead. Both results turned out beautiful. While the students painted with paint or tissue paper, I called them up to take their picture one by one. The pics were printed for the next week.

The next week, students cut themselves out carefully and glued their portrait to the colorful background. Then, they brainstormed positive character traits to describe themselves. This was extra fun because it coincided with their ELA unit on positive character traits. I love a good cross-curricular lesson!

They wrote their traits in marker and could use funky lettering if they wanted. Then they cut the words out and glued it to their composition. These are so outstanding!

❤ Mrs. K


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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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The Tiny Seed

The idea for this project came from Colors of My Day blog 🙂

First graders began by listening to the story of The Tiny Seed  by Eric Carle. They used blue and purple bleeding tissue paper to create a patchwork background.

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Next, we reviewed color mixing and created textured painted paper in orange and green.

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Students traced 3 circles onto the orange side and used the green side to create a stem and leaves. They chose construction paper for the petals of their flowers and carefully glued everything down to their tissue paper background.

These turned out so lovely!

❤ 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 – My 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 🙂

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