Sunday, April 23, 2017

Art & Roll: Burch, Cezanne, and Kahlo

After I taught this lesson on Cezanne, I did an Art & Roll activity with Cezanne. Check it out. I have this amazing resource available in my TpT store! This resource listing actually includes Art & Rolls for Cezanne, Laurel Burch, and Frida Kahlo. I had a blast creating this. So, look out for more to come. I will also be uploading individual ones as well. Hope you like it! 


Check it out in the TpT store!

Check it out in the TpT store!



My Arts Experiences Bucket List

I’ve had the opportunity to visit a good many art museums and take art classes in a variety of media and locations. However, I cannot get enough. I love everything about art. I wish I could have all the experiences and visit all of the artworks around all of the whole entire the world. I won’t live that long though. There's just too much. We are talking art since the dawn of time!

So, I’ve made a bucket list of the things I absolutely must do regarding art. This will be a recurring thing for me to post on Party in the Art Room. I will start my bucket list with these three amazing things and add to it in future posts. 




  1. The Louvre- Ummmmm, because it is the Louvre! There are so many works here that I need to see. I’ll have to spend a week just going to this one museum, I’m sure. I want to see the Mona Lisa. I’d like to spend some time in the Antiquities Department where they have over 50,000 objects and “The Seated Scribe” from Saqqara which is considered to be a very important work. I also need to see the Venus de Milo.



2. Cleveland- I know Cleveland might not seem like a place that would be on an art bucket list, but I know the Cleveland Museum of Art has a painting I really want to see. It is A Hare and a Leg of Lamb by Jean-Baptiste Oudry. I just think that’s an interesting painting to have come out of the 1700s. Cleveland also has a lot of outdoor, public art, including some sculptures by Oldenburg. I love Oldenburg’s sculptures. So, I’d like to go to Cleveland. (Also, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is there!)



    3. Sophie Ryder- I am obsessed with this artist. I first saw her work in Nashville at the Cheekwood Sculpture Garden several years ago. Scroll down in that link to see her Crawling Lady Hare. I just could not erase that from my brain after I saw it in person. It haunted me. I still think about it a lot. She is amazing. You should read a little about her work because her process and reasoning is fascinating. I have been following her on Instagram, and you should too! (Once, she loved one of the pics I’d posted of my little girl. I did a cartwheel in my head! I thought that was so cool. Social media is wonderful for connecting to people we wouldn’t otherwise be able to connect with.) Anyway, I really wish I could just travel around and view all of her works in the order that they were created. I’ve also read a little about how her work has evolved, and I’d love to see that first hand. Hey, if I'm really creating a bucket list (and dreaming big), I might as well just add meeting her to the list!



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    What do you think? Do you have an arts bucket list? Let's chat about it!

    Paul Cezanne Apples

    This project was such a hit with my third graders last year. I taught them about Paul Cezanne. I read Cezanne and the Apple Boy to them and had them act out what they heard. I told them to make sure to stand right behind their chairs. I modeled what that meant. This helped them monitor themselves a bit. They get so excited with this activity that some will start running around the room. Totally engaged, but running around the room! This is a great book for this activity because there are parts where it talks about Paul walking up a steep path. Walking a steep path looks different than walking a regular path. This is great for vocabulary, too. I love reading this book aloud, but Story Time with Erin also does a reading on video. 




    After they learned about the artist, I taught them to blend paint to create the apples. They cut out the apples and glued to black construction paper. Then, they cut around the apples to create a border with the black. I had to model this and discuss it extensively. They really have to use their spatial reasoning to do this because they are so used to cutting on a line. I did end up differentiating for some students and allowing them to draw a border and then cut. I made them try it the other way first, however. Only a few had to do the drawing part. If I had not required them to try just cutting it first, I think the majority of them would've defaulted to drawing their lines. They were surprised and pleased when they tried it. Even the ones who ended up drawing the lines were proud of themselves for trying something new. If you aren't comfortable teaching how to blend paint, here is a video that I think would be helpful. I think you could probably show this to the students or use it to teach yourself how to do it. 



    They created the background with torn newspaper and sheet music (copies). They did a watercolor wash and sprinkled some silver glitter. Some of the little darlings didn't get stems and leaves on their apples. I wish I'd spent a little more time on that part and will in the future. 










    I have fallen in love with Cezanne since teaching this lesson. He is an artist that I didn't pay a lot of attention before. Now, I can't get enough. The kids really love him as well. I think they enjoy seeing the still-life paintings of things they use every day. 

    Do you teach Cezanne? What are your favorite lessons? If you decide to try this, send me pics! I would love nothing better than to see what you and your students are up to!



    Sunday, April 16, 2017

    Sea Turtles

    This is always a hit with my students. We viewed images of sea turtles and learned a little about their habitat, what they eat, how they swim, and other science-y fun. I showed images of sea turtles from different angles. Then, I taught the students how to look for and use basic shapes to help them draw. They drew their sea turtles and traced their lines with a black permanent marker. They added color using construction paper crayons. They also drew circles and other details in the background with the construction paper crayons. Then, they painted a wash of turquoise liquid watercolor and sprinkled salt for texture.

    One year, I taught this lesson after visiting the Pensacola Museum of Art where Guy Harvey's works were on exhibit. I showed photos of that the work that I'd taken. I let the classes choose which ocean animal to create. You will see the variations in the last photo. I'd like to blog more about how that lesson went later. However, I wanted to include the bulletin board photo of these so that you could see how stunning they are when hung in the hallway.

    Several of the sea turtles in these photos were created by students with special needs. I will not tell you which ones. However, I think it is significant to point that out because the lesson works for all ability levels.

    Hope you enjoy these fabulous sea turtles! Let me know if you try this or have taught something similar!













    Art with Angles

    This lesson comes from fourth grade math teacher, Erin Holloway. She had her students use a ruler to draw lines on a sheet of paper. Then, they measured the angles. They wrote the measurements in small print in each angle (see the close up of this in the pic). They traced their lines and added patterns. They used different things to add color: markers, colored pencils, crayons, etc. I think she had this activity in a center. 

    I think it would be cool to have the students select an angle measurement and write a poem about their piece that has that number of syllables. If they choose an angle with a measurement of 70, their poem would describe the artwork in 70 syllables. I would let the students help me come up with a list of common descriptive words that were off limits (beautiful, colorful, good, etc.). That way they'd be doing some vocab work. 

    These are visually stunning! What a great lesson!









    Thanks for reading. Do you have a similar lesson? What are your ideas for integrating language arts with this?

    Saturday, April 15, 2017

    Symmetrical Names

    Y'all the teachers at my school are killin' it with arts integration! 

    I think it is super important to celebrate the successes we (all teachers) have in arts integration. So, in that spirit, I'm sharing another couple of lessons from my school! (Thank you HK, JJ, and EH for using art to teach math to our fourth graders. Much love to you, always!)

    Kids love to do activities with their names. So, here are a couple of math and visual arts lessons that would be perfect to set up in a math center. This is fourth grade work. 

    I looked on TpT for some resources to use with these lessons but didn't immediately find anything. If you know of one, please share. Also, I am not sure where the teacher got the images with directions that she has posted. I need to ask her.

    In the meantime, here are several other blog posts from other teachers that I found helpful in understanding the steps to these projects. There are a lot of photos that will help you see different levels of student work. Be sure to check these out!













    Monday, April 10, 2017

    Museum Monday: Bourgeois at NOMA

    One of my favorite sculptors is Louise Bourgeois. Her giant spiders are breathtaking in photos and even more so in real life. I was tickled to learn that the Besthoff Sculpture Garden in New Orleans has one of her spiders. These sculptures are all over the world (Argentina, Hamburg, Ottowa, etc.). Sometimes these are called Mamans.

    I think this is a favorite because it is a contradiction. For me, spiders provoke anxiety. I don't have any fond memories of spiders. Spiders certainly don't remind me of my mother. Bourgeois created these sculptures as an ode to her mother, who was a weaver. She had fond feelings of her mother, who she says was her best friend. She thinks of spiders as being helpful (they DO eat mosquitoes) and protective. So, the connection to her mother is endearing.

    If you are ever in New Orleans, you should go take a long look at this sculpture. It is a worthwhile activity.

    Stay tuned for some educational resources on Bourgeois!

    I took this photo in NOLA at the Sculpture Garden.