Michelle Reile on habitats and I knew it would be perfect for a collaboration with first grade. Students were doing classroom projects on Walrus, Emperor Penguins and Polar Bears. I decided to jump in and have them create habitats in the art room. The students loved taping into the information they were learning in their classroom and then exploring how to create their 3D habitats in the art room. There were many ahhhha moments as the paper was transformed into the triangular habitats. They did struggle to understand the method to attach their animals and a few children were forced to go back and
Saturday, February 6, 2016
Friday, February 5, 2016
really love using liquid watercolor with the little ones in my school. It is so convenient and easy, especially when you are not needing to use a multitude of colors. Yesterday my 2nd graders were doing a watercolor/crayon wash with blue and I knew I did not have enough precious liquid water color to do the job. My options were limited: 1-only give them a small amount and hope it was enough, 2-water it down some more and dilute the color, or create a choice 3. Here is how I came up with choice #3! I always have those trays of watercolor where the little oval only has a little paint left in it but being the thrifty one, I just can't bear to toss them out until the last little bit of paint has been used. Hearing lamenting students: "But Mrs. H, the container is empty." I gathered up a couple of those almost but not quite empty ovals and dropped them down into a jar of warm water and SHAZAM liquid watercolor! And yes, it was great! The color was vibrant, it painted just like the stuff I had previous bought and you could not tell the difference!
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Unloaded the first group of bobble heads from the kiln today. This is the first time I have tried this project with my students. These were done by 4th graders. I think the kids will be so excited. I was so thrilled to see these. My students continually amaze and delight me with their work.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Latest projects from the Art Club. Student build little clay houses and then painted them after learning about the painted houses of Burkina Faso, a village in Western Africa. The women of the village work together to adorn new homes with geometric design work prior to the new residents moving in. Most of the work is done with black and white paint only although the ancient practice included the color red. Learn more about the practice here.