Friday, May 29, 2015

Creative Collaboration via Arts and Activities Magazine

I have been on a writing-high this year. I was finally able to get this blog back up after becoming a mommy. I completed many, many, many assignments for some grad school courses! I have had several things published as well. Here is a comprehensive document with links to my projects and other professional writings. You can use this to connect with me via all of my social media outlets, etc. I love to connect, so please reach out if you'd like!

My students created this interesting piece from an old window. It was truly a collaborative piece, as about 150 kids worked on it all together. I must admit that this is one of my favorite student projects ever. It looks absolutely beautiful hanging in our fourth grade hallway. I hope the students walk by and say, "I remember when I worked on that in second grade." I know it won't hang there forever, but we sure are enjoying it while it does!

This article was published in the June issue of Arts and Activities Magazine. Check out the details here. 

You can also view the entire June issue of the magazine online. Here is a link to the digital edition.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Tree of Life

I used this presentation to introduce our non-certified staff to several visual art techniques. I think it would make a good tutorial to show students for this project as well. Students could work at their own pace if you had iPads in your classroom. If you have a bring-your-own-device policy, it would be handy too.

Here is what my finished product looks like:

Here are the ones from the adults in the professional development workshop:

Friday, May 1, 2015

Monkey Mirror Mural

Here are the panels for the Monkey Mirror Mural that I mentioned in the Monkey Madness post. Obviously there was nothing to cut out (like the Monkey Madness project). We painted it all. I traced over everything with acrylic paint and detail writers. Students and parents painted everything else. You can easily see it's the same monkeys from the Monkey Madness project. JoAnn's craft store donated the mirrors. 


I left this activity for a substitute. The main focus was for the students to be introduced to Frida Kahlo. They used scraps of paper to make the flowers in her hair. I also left some sequins for them to use. It was good practice for those crucial cutting and gluing skills! The kids told me they really liked this activity when I returned. So I ended up letting all of my classes do it! 

I love how different they all are! 

Notice that none of these added her famous mustache. I found that interesting, especially since we have this on the wall!
Check out this post for a complete tour of the art room!

A Fishy Year-End Wrap Up

This was a quick, fun little lesson for the end of the year. The second graders looked at photographs of rainbow trout and other freshwater fish. They had lots of questions and things to share about fish. There was discussion of what "freshwater" meant. I let the kids explain to each other. Some of the kids had never seen fish in the water of the earth, or their actual natural habitats. So, we watched some videos of fish swimming in lakes and rivers. I wish I could take those kiddos to visit the Mississippi River! 

They drew their own fish on off-white tag board, traced their lines with black markers, and added details with the last of the year's crayons, markers, and paint. This was a good wrap-up because they got to do a review of drawing, cutting, gluing, painting, and using crayons/markers. It took about an hour total to make the fish. That's about 2 class periods. So, we used our time during those crazy last two weeks of school for this. They turned out to be pretty cute! I love how they are all different!

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