Monday, August 10, 2015

Putting the pieces together for Back to School

Just finished reading two terrific post about first day activities for your classroom over on Art of Education and decided to give both a go this year.  One of the post was about sharing with your students what you had done over the summer and by doing it with a video.  I used Animoto to create mine as was suggested.  I painted all summer and really enjoyed the process.  Since I would like all my students to remain creative through the summer weeks, I thought this would be a good way to present my summer.  I also linked to the Elements of Art so this will be a small review for them to jump start our year.  My only wish, I could slow it down somehow.  
I also created a fun test for students with questions about me.  I think I will add a expectations video for students to view and I will be all set for day one in the Art Room!

Below is the revised edition.  I figured out how you control the speed!  

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Have you tried Canva?

  I used Canva to make a new sign for the classroom.  All my students knew that to "look like a scientist" means to really look at what you are doing and not just draw what you think something looks like.  Often what we think is no where near what something really looks like.  Last year we practiced looking like a scientist all year.  That was the motivation for this new sign for the classroom this year.
I think I learned about Canva through AOE.  It is a very easy site to negotiate and I love the art they have available as well as the fact you can use your own.  I think I will be turning to Canva for a lot of new signs this year.


Google Shibumi and you will find a few different interpretations of it's meaning.   It is a Japanese word that does not have a literal translations.  Loosely it means effortless perfection or a particular aesthetic of simple, subtle and unobtrusive beauty.  Today I experience the art of Shibumi when I visited the Vermont Arts and Crafts Fair in Bennington and the Shibumi Silks craft tent.  I had witnessed this process last summer at a similar venue in Berkshire country and was regretful that I hadn't tried it out then.  Here is a picture diary of the process.  
First you drop the colors into the water tank
More color

A more color.  I think I added 5-6 different colors.

I swirled it into itself and other colors
You use a skewer to move the color around
More swirling and then I made sure I like what I had done.

The silk has to be held taunt as it is placed onto of the ink bath.

Here is my scarf removed from the ink bath and completely printed.  It is shades of purple and blue.  
After a multiple day process of drying, resting, irons, and washing, it will be ready to wear, hang on the wall
or use as a table runner.  This was a really fun process, very similar to shaving cream batik.  I loved it
and can't wait to wear my new scarf when I am back to school!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Summer Conference Time!!

I am so ready for Thursday and the AOE summer conference!  I've been watching for my Swag box for days and never expected it to arrive on a Saturday, but it did!!
There is so much coolness this time and think the box was more full than ever before.  I can't wait to try the projects that came with supplies, maybe for an interactive on Thursday?  Even KitKat is ready to join in!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Have you seen this yet?

New site offering an on-line creative camp experience for kids running from July 6 through August 14th.  This could be a neighborhood endeavor or a single child experience.  Great videos walk you through the experience.  Check it out!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Final projects - perspective!

Fourth grade students discover one-point perspective as their final project each school year.  This year I had them to color the planes of the shapes using analogous colors so they demonstrate an understanding of analogous color as well.  I try to revisit techniques with consecutive year projects to reinforce learning.  After students successfully completed the basic one-point using geometric shapes, they are then invited to use box letters to create a second project.  I love the enthusiasm for this project.  I hear many comments as they finish that "this one will go on the wall in my bedroom." 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Watch my student blog for summer post

You may or may not be aware that I have a summer blog with a focus just for my students.  I try to post a weekly activity to keep students creative during the summer weeks.  Even though we aren't officially on summer vacation, yet.  I have posted my first entry.  Jump on over to My students have Art on their hand, too for a link to a fun cartooning blog.  Check in all summer for new post to include drawing, crafts and other fun art activities.  Have a great vacation!