Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Visual Art Vocabulary Sheets

I created some half-page vocabulary sheets for my students to complete and put in their sketchbooks. I plan to have them make a sketchbook out of a file folder and put two sheet protectors inside.

I'll have them decorate the outside and staple some copy paper (with the sheet protectors). Then, they'll use duct tape (the cute kind) to seal over the staples and create a makeshift binding.

We'll have vocabulary lessons using the half sheets from time to time. They will put these sheets in the sheet protectors for referencing throughout the year as they use their sketchbooks.

This is my first time teaching vocabulary in this manner. So, I'll take photos and share as we go.

Meanwhile, I thought I'd share the vocabulary sheets in my TpT store. This resource is only $8 in the store. 




Sunday, August 27, 2017

Nancy Graves at the Brooks Museum of Art

I live about two hours from Memphis, TN. So, we visit frequently. There's a wonderful art museum there. I like it because I've learned about a lot of artists who are so mainstream by visiting. One such artist is Nancy Graves. 

She was an American artist known for a focus on natural phenomenon. When she was just 29 years old, she was given a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art. At the time she was the youngest artist and only the fifth woman to ever achieve this honor. 

I'd never heard of her until 2014, when I took these photos. I was pregnant with my first daughter then. Since giving birth to my first daughter (I now have two daughters), I've been very intentional about discovering, learning about, writing about, reading about, and teaching about female artists. Actually, I've been more intentional about diversity all together. 

Anyway, here's a great female artist for you. This work is Folium from 1978. It is oil and encaustic on canvas. 

I love the colors. These photos are close ups of the work. So, it is one work. I just took several photos. 


There is also a really great audio on the Brooks Museum site that accompanies this work. It can be used in the classroom to guide students through the artwork. There is some great vocabulary in this audio. I love how it talks about the forms and the objective/non-objective aspects of the work. 

After having the students analyze the artwork, they can estimate how many colors are used, the length of the forms, how many times warm and cool colors are used, etc. Then, they can actually count or measure to collect data. I would have them record the data using charts and graphs. They can transfer the data from one kind of graph to another. Then, I would have them write questions for other students to answer using the data collected. 

They can also create their own work. I'd have them do some thing abstract like this with a lot of colors. They can just free paint, but be sure to have them use some objective and non-objective elements as they work. Then, they can do the same estimation and data collection using their own work or the works of their peers. They can also write about the process of creating the art. 


If you had students estimate and count the pink spaces in just this one section, they'd have some larger numbers to work with.



What are some other ways that you can think of to use this in the classroom?


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Art Agenda

I started something new this year. I will be using a very specific agenda during each class period. 

I'm doing this for a lot of reasons:
1. I heard the Wongs speak again. They talked about having a Do Now and an Agenda.
2. I wanted to implement Team Challenges and a Bell Ringer for each class period.
3. I wanted to keep my kids on task. I also wanted them to come into the room quietly. So, having a Bell Ringer would help with that.

Here is a photo of my agenda board. I have images to help my ELL students and students who need visual schedules. 


I read Team Challenges by Kris Bordessa. I wanted to get those into the agenda. It is a great book. I highly recommend it. 

Do you have an agenda? Share!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Painting to Music

Sometimes we have strange things happen in our schedule where one class will be way ahead of the other classes, or we'll only see our students for 30 minutes instead of the usual 50. I think it just comes with the territory of teaching elementary art.

We love to paint to music as a mini-lesson when this happens. I always model it. Then, I let the kids paint for several minutes to different music. 

YouTube karaoke without background vocals is your friend, my friends. I keep a couple of playlists ready for days like these. 

Hope you enjoy these photos of students painting to music. Do you have any go-to mini-lessons? Please share!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

More Mixed-Media Jellyfish Photos

Well, I just ran across some more photos of these mixed-media jellyfish. This was such a fun one that I wanted to go ahead and share these other photos. I hope you'll try this. It's an enjoyable project. The students like it. They really get to make a lot of creative decisions as well. Be sure to check out the original post for details.



How do you like that bare foot and those green toe nails? 

All the photos of my green toes.




I had on cute shoes, though, right? They are heels, which explains the bare feet in the other pic. Oy! I should've cropped these, but it is funny.


Close up of the background. I love the way those construction paper crayons look underneath liquid watercolor. Add the salt, and VOILA! 

What Would You Do with This Early Finishers Piece?

Someone gave us this metal roof flashing. It has rectangles on it and a nice bumpy texture. It had been painted red and used as the outside of a schoolhouse mural. So, it looked like a building. That is why there are some slits that can be seen in the photo. Those were the doors. Anyway, I put these two LARGE pieces on some tables and put out a bunch of paint. I just let kids go up and paint, and paint, and paint. They did a pretty good job free painting on it I think. (I monitored them to ensure they were safe with the slits, don't worry. I'm very responsible with the safety of my students.)

These photographs are of the same piece at different points in the process.

I don't know what to do with it now. The off white lines need to be cleaned up, and I have some students that can do that. But, what else could we do? I'd love to hear your ideas! Reach out on social media or in the comments here! Thanks!






Sunday, August 6, 2017

Tap Taps

This is a fun project. Students learned about Tap Taps and read Tap Tap, a book by Karen Lynn Williams.  

I have never been to Haiti. So, I don't have firsthand knowledge of these. I relied on books for the information that I taught to students. They really enjoy this project. I love how differently they all turn out. The students absolutely get to be creative and make their own decisions about their work with this one! I highly recommend this.





We believe it is a best practice to document student learning in the hallways. We always put a write up about the learning for our stakeholders to read. We also include the standards and learning targets. This is a pic, but it is a little hard to read in the photo. So, I'll type it here. It also tells you how these were created. 

Third grade students learned about Tap Tap Buses. These are a means of transportation in Haiti. They are much like cabs and taxis, except that they are painted works of art! Students created their own two-dimensional Tap Tap. First, they drew the general shape of a bus and added decorations, focusing on patterns. Then, they used mixed media (oil pastels, crayons, watercolors, paper) to add color. Next, they cut out their bus and attached it to black paper. they cut around the bus on the black paper to create a black border. For the background, they used tempera cakes to splatter paint by tapping the end of their paint brush. They learned how to be in control of the paint while creating the background by focusing brains, eyes, and hands on the task. Finally, they glued their bus to the background. Throughout the project, students used appropriate art vocabulary in both large and small group discussions with other students and the teacher. These were created in the visual arts classroom.


Also, Happy Birthday to my daddy, Colin Greenwood. All the hearts!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar


Nothing fancy here. Just a very hungry caterpillar!

I taught an art camp where all of the projects were based on children's books. We finished a lot of projects very quickly. We had also already painted a lot of paper. So, I decided to do a quick version of this guy.

These kids were in K and 1st grades. I had them trace the bottom of a bottle of school glue for the body ovals. They just drew the rest of it. Some didn't get feet added. I find it interesting how they all really look different. 

I like this because they have to do so much fine motor work to finish this. They trace, cut, sort, and glue. 

By the way, when the parents came for the mini-art show at the end of camp, they loved this. There was gushing. 







This is a photo of the painted paper. The day before they began this project, I cut the paper into strips for them. That made it go further. More than one kid could work with it at a time this way. 
What are some other good ways to teach art with this book? Any stronger integration ideas?

Are there any art teachers who haven't taught this? I am just curious. It is such a staple!

Mystery Sculpture in NOLA

Y'all know how I do. I take a billion photos everywhere I go but don't always remember what they are. This is in NOLA. It is interesting. I just have this one pic in my phone. What is it? Where is it? Let me know if you have insight? As soon as I figure this out, I'll let you guys know too!