1st Graders are working with patterns to create these Jim Dine inspired backgrounds. The kids were so very excited to make their art with WOOD. Seriously it is 10 popsicle sticks glued together but they were over the moon excited. Next week we are going to add fun foam hearts to the center as we learn about symmetry.
First graders used printing techniques to make a crazy quilt with real stitching! Week one we printed the quilts and added black lines that helped to divide the space. Week two we added construction paper crayons to the black painted parts and were able to PUNCH our own holes with the hole punch. Stitching was added with a variety of yarn!
A wonderful dream came true for me this week. This is the letter I received from the NAEA Executive Director, Deborah B. Reeve, EdD. I am over the moon with happiness. "On behalf of the National Art Education Association, it is my great honor to inform you that you have been elected by your peers for the office of Elementary Division Director-Elect of the National Art Education Association. May I be the first to extend warm congratulations on behalf of the NAEA Board of Directors as well as my personal best wishes."
Kinders are working on patterns in their art with the medium of print making and collage. The beginning of this lesson started out with the book Hide and Snake. Secondly, we learned all about print making with recycled objects that are donated to my classroom. Students used these recycled items to make their printed patterns. That was the end of the first day! On the second gathering we discussed patterns and what would make a pattern. Students used fun foam to add patterns to their snakes and eyes that are from recycled bottle claps. For this project I also created glue bowls and I really loved the results. Why did I never do glue like this 17 years ago it is so easy and much less mess than bottles of glue. For this glue bowl I used Cool Whip containers and a sponge that is cut in half.
The public library in the town I work in is awesome about allowing us to display student work in the library internet cafe. My district has four art teachers so we take turns to rotate through k-12 artists being featured in the library. This month it was my turn. I came up with the clever plan to have this display easy to go up and come down. I used white roll paper and stapled the works to it and added the students' class and grade in marker. I as wrote a postcard to send home to each student and their family to promote the show!
I am part of the family involvement committee at school and it the most rewarding job, other than being an art teacher. We planned a family math night with a frozen theme and I was in charge of the photo booth! I think it was a hit! Students traveled to stations with fun math centered activities.
This is a wonderful and very easy one day lesson that I just did with my 2nd graders.
We are studying the artists of Europe and Paul Klee is one of those artists. I started this lesson by reading The Cat and the Bird and then we used oil pastels, rulers and liquid watercolor in spray bottles to
I am an elementary art teacher in a small town in Wisconsin. I am currently the President of the Wisconsin Art Education Association, creator of funky junk, a wife, a gardener, a DIY diva and a mom of two furry kids.