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Friendly Crayons

I love love love love LOVE these fabulous painted paper crayons! When I saw them on Instagram @IArtMyJob there was a sound in my mind of a car screeching to a halt and I thought “STOP EVERYTHING, WE MUST MAKE THESE ASAP!” Luckily I was able to squeeze them in with a few classes just in time for the end of the school year!

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I ended up doing these with a few of my K, 2nd, & 3rd grade classes but these would work for any age or grade. With more time, we would also cover tints and shades and mixing colors. Hopefully next year I will get to do this a bit earlier.

We began by reading the book How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow which is a cute and simple story. I also had The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home on deck (which in my opinion are better crayon stories) but for the sake of time we stuck with the short and sweet How the Crayons saved the Rainbow.

Students chose a color of tempera to paint their 6×9 paper. They could choose magenta, red, orange, yellow, green turquoise, blue, or violet. I gave each student a little swirl of paint on their paper and they used a paintbrush to spread it out evenly and then a fork to create texture.

With a little time left over at the end of class, we created a bar graph to show the color choices of the class. Turquoise and Magenta were definitely the most popular colors overall.

The next class, students used a matching piece of construction paper to create the crayon tip and the arms and legs. They cut black paper to create the classic Crayola wavy line wrapper. Students also used white paper and a black crayon to make eyes and a mouth.

These were a huge hit, all of the other grades and classes were begging to make them! It would be fun to have every kids in the school make one and hang them all up together next year 🙂

❤ Mrs. K

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Beehive Prints

Variations of this project have been floating around Pinterest/Instagram/Twitter for a while but I originally saw it on @MarshallElementaryArt on Instagram 🙂

3rd graders began by creating a bubble wrap print on yellow paper. They used magenta, turquoise, and yellow paint and mixed the colors to create a rainbow effect.

The next day, we watched the BrainPop about bees and talked all about these wonderful insects. Each student used a hexagon template to trace and cut their yellow paper. Students then practiced drawing bees in a step-by-step drawing lesson based on this:

They referred to their sketch to create 2 or 3 bees which they traced with sharpie and colored with Crayola Art Sticks. I love Art Sticks because they produce the same beautiful effect as colored pencils but without the fuss of sharpening!

The last two days were spent assembling everything together. Students used old plastic sleeves for the bees wings. They carefully cut and glued their bee bodies to the plastic wings and then glued each bee to their hexagon. This was a very labor-intensive process but the artwork turned out BEE-utiful! (The kids were absolutely sick of all of my bee puns after this project hehehe!)

With only a couple weeks left in the school year, these got sent straight home. Next year I hope to do this project a bit earlier so that they can BEE displayed in the school for all to enjoy 🙂

❤ Mrs. K

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Pop Art Onomatopoeia Prints

The idea for this project comes from my friend Katie over @SweetAppleESArt. I knew this would be a great cross-curricular lesson for my 5th graders as soon as I saw her fabulous examples on Twitter 🙂

These got TONS of compliments hanging in the hallway outside of the cafeteria!

On the first day, students used bubble wrap to create a print. They mixed yellow, turquoise, and magenta tempera paint to create a spectrum of lovely colors. We also watched the BrainPop video about Pop Art so students could be inspired by some of the great artists of the movement. We had a little chat about how artists of the time were responding to current events and society to make a new and exciting type of art.

The next day, students brainstormed an onomatopoeia of their choice. 5th graders learn about onomatopoeia so this was a great language arts connection!

They could pick one from a word bank or use one that they already knew. They sketched their word on sketch paper and drew it in bubble letters. Students were encouraged to illustrate their word further. For example, if the word was “oink” they could add pig details. The kids were SO creative with this and really used their imaginations to make some cool designs!

The kids drew their word onto a piece of colorful construction paper and traced their lines with sharpie. They cut and mounted the word onto another piece which was then cut and mounted again. Each paper was cut with a zig-zag or scalloped line to create a cool pop art effect.

Great job 5th grade!

❤ Mrs. K


Donuts in a Day

This one day lesson was perfect for a filler project at the end of the school year. I love teaching step-by-step drawing lessons because students feel more empowered when they can be successful. Going step-by-step is a great way to make sure everyone is flowing through the drawing process smoothly.

We began by following this guide for drawing a donut:

Students traced over their lines with Sharpie and then colored the sprinkles with Crayola Twistables. Then, they painted over their design with watercolor paint.

This project was great for 2nd-5th graders. I love how unique each one is, just like my amazing students!

❤ Mrs. K

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Pattern Hearts

This was a fun one day project that all ages enjoyed. We started off by tracing 3 hearts onto a piece of 6×9 paper. The hearts were made using the die-cut machine with poster board.

Students filled each heart with patterns and traced over their lines with sharpie. Then, they used watercolors to paint their designs.

This easy-peasy one day lesson was perfect for the end of the school year.

❤ Mrs. K

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Some Happy News and Spring Break 2019 Recap

Greetings, readers!

I wanted to share my fabulous Southwest vacation with you. As you may know, I love to travel! I have been to Japan, Ireland, Italy & Greece, San Francisco, New Orleans, Chicago, and Israel. (Not to mention my undocumented yearly trips to Asheville and Savannah). I am so grateful to be in a profession in which I can travel and enjoy this wonderful wide world.

I am especially thankful for all of the adventures I have been able to go on right now because for the next couple of years my wanderlust will be put on hold. As much as I will miss spontaneous trips I am absolutely thrilled to announce that the reason for the hiatus is that I am going to be a mom!

We are expecting a little boy in August, 2019!

To celebrate our good news, my husband and I went on a ‘babymoon’ during spring break. We knew we wanted to go somewhere warm and in the U.S. and somewhere neither of us had even been so we decided on a Southwest road trip.

We flew into Las Vegas early on the first day. Once we picked up our rental car, we headed over to the Seven Magic Mountains art installation. Being in Las Vegas early paid off, there were only a few other folks around so we were able to really enjoy the artwork and get great pictures!

From there we headed over to Zion National Park in Utah. The massive rock formations were magnificent! We enjoyed a day of mild hiking and exploration of the park and stayed in the town nearby.

The next day we drove to Page, Arizona. I really enjoyed each of the drives during this trip. The scenery was so gorgeous.

We arrived in Page and went to Lake Powell for a canyon boat tour. We learned all about the geography of Glenn Canyon as well as the history involving the Navajo people. It was a fascinating tour on a beautiful day.

From Lake Powell we headed over to Horseshoe Bend. I was astounded by the beauty of this majestic place.

The next day, we drove to the Grand Canyon. I didn’t really know what to expect other than that it would be grand. I cannot even properly describe how magnificent the Grand Canyon is. The closest I can get is to say that looking into the Grand Canyon feels about the same as looking up at the stars. It fills you with gratitude for being a human being and having the power to enjoy such splendor.

Pictures truly cannot capture the glory of the landscape, you really have to go for yourself and see what all of the fuss is about – I am telling you, it is WORTH IT!

We decided to do one of the “easier” hikes called Bright Angel which is basically a 4 mile decline down into the canyon. Spoiler alert – it was not easy! Especially for two Atlanta hikers who are not used to the dry climate and insane inclines. We descended about a mile down before turning around and making the steep incline back up to the top. The view was spectacular!

We made it back up to the top just in the nick of time, I was craving an ice cream cone and got one right before the closed! It was the perfect sweet treat after hiking 🙂

We randomly walked into a lodge and heard a last call for the sunset tour. We hurried to buy tickets and made it just in time onto the bus. The tour took us to several overlooks. Our tour guide showed us an ammonite fossil on one of the overlooks. It is 270 million years old! I found this completely mind-blowing – the fact that there is a fossil of an ancient sea creature at the top of the Grand Canyon.

The sunset was unimaginably beautiful, the way the the changing light dances over the rocky canyon cliffs and made the landscape subtly change was magical.

As much as I love my job, I am super envious of the park rangers who get to spend every day in a beautiful place like this. I hope to return one day and adventure further into the canyon, perhaps even camp and backpack through.

The next day, we drove to Sedona. We began our day with a walk around
The Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park. It was a serene place filled with a deep sense of peace that permeated through the air.

From there we went to do a hike that was recommended to us as “easy.” Spoiler alert again – it was not easy! But it was super fun and unlike any hike I have ever done before. The trail is called Soldier’s Pass and it takes you through a lush valley up into a cliff overlook. We enjoyed the plants and scenery which was so foreign. Living in Atlanta, we are used to southern, humidity-loving plants and in Arizona there were all kinds of Dr.-Seuss-looking weirdo plants. The trek was filled with great scenery of plants as well as the buttes and mesas that seemed to accompany us on our hike.

The next morning, we drove to Phoenix to hop on a flight home. We arrived in the city a bit early and a quick Google search of things to do pointed us in the direction of the botanical garden. I was so excited to see such a variety of cactus plants and southwestern species!

After a lovely stroll around the garden, we headed to the airport and back to Atlanta. I loved every second of this vacation and cannot wait for my next great adventure in August – being a mom 🙂

❤ Mrs. K

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Warm & Cool Abstract Name Designs

I have a seen a bunch of versions of this on Instagram and Pinterest lately with all different variations in materials and style. I wanted to try it out with my 4th graders in between our clay unit and our stitching unit as a easy drawing and painting project. It was a huge hit!

Teacher Samples by Me 🙂

The first day, we began by measuring the paper into sections and creating horizontal lines. Then students wrote their names in a way that filled up the space and traced over the lines with sharpie.

On the second day, we reviewed warm and cool colors. Students used Crayola Twistables to color in some of their shapes with either warm or cool colors. On the third day, they painted the remaining empty shapes with the opposite color scheme.

Nice work 4th graders!

❤ Mrs. K

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Geometric Quilts

Thank you ArtWithMrsNguyen for the fabulous project idea and step-by-step guide!

As soon as I saw this great project on Melinda’s website, I knew it would be perfect for my 2nd graders. On the first day, we followed the step-by-step guide to fold the paper. We used white oil pastels to create squares and triangles. Students discussed the concepts of “unity” and “variety” by comparing and contrasting a few project examples.

They could choose if they wanted to create a pattern to make artwork with unity or do random symbols and designs to create artwork with variety. Using oil pastels, students created designs in their triangles.

The next week, they used watercolors to carefully paint their designs.

The result is a charming geometric quilt design!

Fabulous work 2nd graders!

❤ Mrs. K

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Pop Up Houses

These fantastic little pop-up houses were inspired by We followed their tutorial but due to time only did one story instead of 2 for our houses.

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On the first day, students measured and cut to make the paper pop-up for the house. They draw a triangle or a trapezoid onto a separate piece of construction paper for the roof as well as a rectangle for the door.

On the second day, students designed the background, house, and yard with fluorescent oil pastels. We read the story “Home” and students were inspired by the different textures and details from the homes in the book. They were encouraged to think about the yard with a bird’s eye view (what would it look like if a bird was flying over and looking down at the house?) We added a path, plants, windows, trees, and a sky.

On the third day, students painted over their designs with tempera cakes. They were encouraged to use colors that contrast to really make their artwork pop.

Great job 3rd graders!

❤ Mrs. K

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Paintbrush Power

Fourth graders just finished up their sculpture collages. They look fabulous displayed in the hallway!

On the first day, I read “What If” to the kids. This story is all about different ways to be creative. We had a nice little discussion about how creativity isnt just drawing and painting, it can be dancing or cooking or building. Students were inspired by the illustrations to design a colorful background with a variety of lines and colors.

We used fluorescent oil pastels to draw lines and shapes and painted over it with tempera cakes. The kids declared that it looked like an art party!

The next day, we talked about sculpture. Students were reminded that sculpture is artwork that is 3D or pop-up. Students identified and described different sculptures that they have seen. Then, each kid got a neutral piece of construction paper that best matched their skin tone. They traced their hand and cut it out.

The paintbrush was super tricky to construct. I find that many of my students are lacking fine motor skills, even in 4th grade. I believe this is because they spend so much time looking at screens that they do not get to practice making things with their hands very often. The struggle was real but we got through it with a little perseverance and try-your-best attitude.

To make the paintbrush, students carefully rolled a piece of black construction paper into a cylinder. Then they added a little glue and had to hold it until it dried a bit. The paper kept wanting to pop apart so this was also an exercise in patience. Next, students cut fringe into a small brown piece of paper and wrapped it around the black tube, gluing it carefully. The last step was to wrap and glue a small bit of aluminum foil.

The hand and paintbrush were glued to the background on the 2nd day. On the 3rd day, students used a variety of colored construction paper to create more fun pop-ups in their design.

I love project and how is celebrates the power to creativity 🙂

❤ Mrs. K