Friday, September 30, 2011

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Crayon

Facebook Bulletin Board for Art Teachers

Not a day goes by without Facebook being a topic of some conversation or another. Students sometimes talk about it and I have even heard them use it as a verb "Facebook me!" has replaced the "call me" of days gone by. I thought it would be fun to embrace our cultures love of Facebook to teach the kids about artists! My art partner in crime at my school helped to make it happen. We will change it monthly and hopefully sneak some art learning in while our students are standing in line waiting for art class.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Spicy Nodes

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Step by Step Reduction Printmaking

This PowerPoint shows step by step how to make a reduction styrofoam print.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Little Glimpses

 There are so many things that make me love being an art teacher. Here is a little glimpse of one of the many things that make my day.

Contour Line Lesson

I always teach contour line as the first lesson in 4th grade. This year I have a student teacher who wanted to jump right in with her own lesson so I put aside my regular art lesson to teach this one. Fourth grade art students had a lot of fun drawing their backpacks from observation! Tissue paper was used to create the background and sharpie was used to trace the contour lines. You can go here to see the lesson that inspired me. Found the idea on Pinterest!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Reduction Printmaking

Last year a specific scope and sequence for printmaking was rolled out with our new curriculum. It was the first time many had done printmaking in their elementary art classrooms and there are standards now for every grade level! Fifth grade has reduction printing and this presented a problem for some people. When planning a teacher course for the High Museum I thought it would be fun to teach reduction styrofoam printing as it related to Andy Warhol who is going to be one of the artists in the upcoming "Picasso to Warhol" exhibit from the Museum of Modern Art. We had so much fun! Tomorrow I am starting an in county professional development class for elementary art teachers covering the same topics. We will also be writing elementary printmaking lesson plans. I always enjoy it. Here is part of my presentation from this summer and some of our work.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Technology in the Art Room

Do you use technology in your elementary art education classroom? How do you use it? Many of us in the county that I work for use a projector now to show students PowerPoint presentations about the artists or artwork we are about to study. This is very convenient and a lot less struggle than dragging out the slide projector or lugging around all those prints like years ago. I think technology can be use can be taken even a little further! I often like to use Web 2.0 tools with my students. One that I would like to share today is Fakebook. It looks a lot like real Facebook that has become such a daily part of many of our lives. Students and teachers alike can be heard in the halls talking about Facebook at my school. Why not catch your students interest by creating a fakebook page to introduce an artist! It's so easy to use students can even do it themselves. What about using fakebook as a simple art history assignment that students could even work on from home. Easy to use and free!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Beautiful Oops!

A life lesson that all littles (and even some bigs!) need to learn.