Friday, February 17, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
We also learned about the artistic technique of drawing and painting a still life. A still life is when make a drawing based on a gathering of inanimate objects in the middle of a table; like a vase of flowers or bowl of fruit. Many famous artists started with still life art before going on to more complicated artforms. It is a great tool to gain more artistic skill.
We also learned the difference between cool colors (blues, purples, and greens) and warm colors (reds, oranges, and yellows). You can see these represented in van Gogh's flowers (pictured above).
This was the first lesson we did where the students did their artwork on the tar paper. I loved the way they turned out. They started with a chalk outline and filled it in with oil pastel.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
All you have to do is:
- Collect some silicone ice trays (I got all of mine at the dollar tree)
- Remove all paper wrappers from crayons (this part is tedious and boring)
- Break crayons into small, manageable pieces that will easily fit into the trays
- Fill the trays to the top with crayon pieces, be creative...mix the colors up!
- Place in a 200 degree oven
- Check to see if they are all melted in about 5-10 minutes
- Carefuly remove trays from oven, set aside to let crayons cool down (I had a little fun creating a marble effect in the hot crayons with a toothpick!)
- After about 15 mninutes, pop crayons out of trays (don't wait to long because they will be too hard to get out)
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Monday, January 16, 2012
I have been working hard all weekend cutting, sanding and drilling lumber in preparation for a sculpture project I am going to be teaching to my 4th and 5th graders next month...There is sawdust everywhere! In my yard, in my kitchen, on me...but it will all be worth it! :) I need to thank my friend Brady and my John for helping me with all of the preparations!
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Breaking News: Student Teacher Coming to an Art Room Near You!
I am so excited! Starting next week, we will have a guest in our art from for a couple of months. I will be serving as the cooperating teacher. I feel so lucky to have an extra set of "art eyes" and "art hands" to help out in the classroom. In the beginning she will be just observing what goes on in our classroom, but towards the end she will be teaching some art lessons to the kids. What a great opportunity for our students to learn about art from a fresh perspective.