Clay Clans in Grade 7

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I absolutely LOVED this project and really wanted to share it with you so you can try it sometime before the year ends. It takes a while but you won’t regret it. Besides, I am all for kids working on … Continue reading

Abstract Art in Grade Three

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Creating abstract art has been incredibly popular with all my grades this year. I gave my grade three students the opportunity to paint yet another abstract but this time using acrylic paints or watercolors. The result was stunning! I gave … Continue reading

Clay Fun in Grade Five!

Aah the joys of working with clay! It’s that time of the year where we all explore clay and create amazing pieces of art. Rolling, pinching, scoring, making slabs =fun, fun, FUN!

Take a sneek peek at what is happening in grade three and five right now…

Chinese wall pockets in grade three.

These are turning out gorgeous. This has been a real learning experience for the kids and they are doing such a great job. These are almost finished and need the details on the pockets.

Bird houses/luminaries in grade five

This has been a huge and rewarding challenge for us all. My students are doing such a wonderful job and each house is looking so different and unique to each child. I can’t wait to show you how these look when they are finished!

Slab making after using the throw method

Scoring with the ‘buddy’ sticks

As soon as these projects are finished I’ll post the final pieces–I can’t wait!!

 

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What Does Sound LOOK Like?

“My Mom Talking” by my son-I love it!

Grade three has been learning about sound in their science class. My son also happens to be in grade three so I wanted a fun lesson that would support this theme and connect to art at the same time. Expressionism and Kandinsky would be the perfect combination for this lesson!

I started by asking the students to give me a list of sounds that popped into their minds. Car horns, music, loud voices, screams, talking, hiccups, the list was endless! I then asked them what would these sounds look like and what color and shapes would they be?

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I introduced the amazing Kandinsky to the kids and we looked at his painting  Klamm Improvisation. This was a great time to talk about expressionism and abstract art.

I challenged the grade three students to choose a secret sound and to think how they could show this sound using colors, shapes and paint.

Everyone got a 12×18 piece of white construction paper. They also cut out a variety of shapes from different colored recycled paper that represented their sound. These could stick flat on the paper or pop out.

I love this circle sticking up!

Painting around the paper shapes

Almost done!

Next step was to paint  more shapes and designs around and over their glued ‘sound’ shapes. I reminded them to think and hear the sound they chose in their mind while they were painting.

The final step after these were dry, was to add a few more shapes, designs and swirls, using oil pastels, that represented how the sound made them feel.  The students were really into this project and were quite curious about each others sounds. Everyone wrote on a piece of paper a title for their artwork which remained top secret till after our sharing time.

At the end of the lesson, we looked at all the artwork and tried to guess the mystery sound!

Beautiful, don’t you think? Kandinsky would be proud! :)

“A girl being excited”

“People screaming “

” Calm dog barking”

“Glass Shattering”

 

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Mixing Colors in Grade One

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Kids love paint and the magic of mixing their own colors. Take out your paints and art smocks because this is a really fun lesson! Start your lesson by reviewing the primary colors (red, yellow and blue). I like to … Continue reading

Name Art in Grade Five

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Here is a great lesson you should try with your students and it’s a project that can be done with any grade level. Your students will be creating a square radial design! Decide on the size of the paper you … Continue reading

Self-Portrait Busts in Grade 6

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These took quite a while to make and required patience, problem solving and imagination. It’s amazing what you can do with a box, balloon and paper mache! Find more self-portrait lesson ideas here. I think they turned out lovely don’t … Continue reading

Modigliani Self-Portraits in Grade Three

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I found this lesson idea over at Art Projects for Kids and decided to try it with my grade three students.  I am a new fan of Amedeo Modigliani and the kids are too. After looking at many of the … Continue reading

Geometric Designs in Grade Five

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My grade five students finished their geometric art designs. This was a lesson we did during Ramadan to celebrate the beautiful and different geometric designs found in Islamic art. Each student received a large octagon shape, ruler, pencil and eraser. … Continue reading

4 Top Questions to Ask The First Week Back

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“When I examine myself and my method of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing knowledge.” – Albert Einstein Have you noticed how every year on … Continue reading

Eric Carle Art in Pre-Kindergarten

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I have to say that I LOVE Eric Carle’s beautiful art!  The colors and the textures he creates on tissue paper is magical and the whole process is easy and fun for any age. Pre-K is learning about insects and … Continue reading

Taking Lines for a Walk

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This is a great lesson I did with grade one and three. I loved the results and the kids had a great time exploring lines. It’s always good to review what a line is with your students and go over … Continue reading

You May Not Hear This Enough…

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The end of school has arrived! Well done amazing teacher- you did it again and got through another school year. As a former art teacher and primary school principal, I have been part of both ends of the spectrum in a school … Continue reading

Want to Hang Out With ME?

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Hello lovely teachers all over the world! You are officially entering the home stretch now at school and I am pretty sure that some if not most of you are feeling a tad overwhelmed with everything that you need to … Continue reading

Are You Powerful?

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Hiya Beautiful, As teachers, we forget sometimes the incredible and amazing POWER that we have as educators. We are so busy prepping, grading, attending meetings, dealing with parents, trying to balance our home and work life  that we forget the impact … Continue reading

Magical 3D Arms

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I have started my after school activity Art and Science Extravaganza so I can have my art teaching fix! It’s so nice to be with students for a change.We are having such a good time and I will try and post as many of the activities we do so you can try them in your classrooms. Everyone loves art and everyone loves science so when you put these together you are bound to get excitement, and a lot of learning.

I saw this activity floating about on Pinterest and followed the link to a really good site: Krokotak. Here you will find lots of fun activities for all ages.

The appeal for this lesson is that it involves drawing, making patterns with makers to create an optical illusion that if done correctly is quite impressive. My club is for grades 1-3 and I found that the older kids were more successful with this particular activity. Younger students will struggle a bit however with your help, they can do it.

Start by having your students outline their hand and part of their arm with a pencil. Make sure they spread their fingers nice and wide. You will then have to model the next part which is to make black horizontal lines across the page with a permanent marker. When you get to any part of the outlined hand you make a curve or a little ‘hill’ and then continue with a straight line. Hills for the inside of the hand and fingers, straight line for any other open spaces. The lines should not be too fart apart or too close either. More details here for the process as I was too busy helping the younger students and couldn’t take photos.

Once the black lines are drawn, the magic and illusion begins with the help of colored markers. It’s best to use the thicker markers to produce even lines. I use Crayola but any good quality marker is great.

Starting at the bottom of the page, each student needs to pick one color and make a line right under each black line and do this all the way to the top of the page. Next, they get another color and make a line under the previous color and continue all the way to the top and so on. It’s important to really emphasize that you can’t change colors halfway- for the illusion to happen, there has to be a pattern. This is your cue to review what a pattern is :)

Once all the spaces are filled, you should have a 3D arm that seems to be on top of the colors–pretty awesome don’t you think?

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Easy Halloween Face Painting Idea

I have been battling a really strong cold or flu this week so my Halloween costume idea has not been on my priority list.

If you need a last minute idea that is really easy and looks like you spent hours and thought into it, turn yourself into a scarecrow. I found this idea floating about on Pinterest and decided to give it a try.

All I had on hand was my mineral makeup, a thin brush and 10 minutes to pull this together. Put on a hat, your favorite farm shirt and you are good to go. If you don’t have mineral make-up, use any good quality face paint such as Snazeroo.

Happy Halloween!

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Fantastic Origami Inspired Cyclops Eye

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Halloween is around the corner and with the students all excited about costumes, candy and all things creepy, it can be tough for art teachers to not fall victim to doing the typical seasonal activities. My rule of thumb for holidays is that whatever I do, it has to have an instructional purpose and be different.

I found this lesson (with easy instructions) when I hosted an after school activity last year. This is the perfect time to share it with you so that you can adapt it to your heart’s content. What do you get when you challenge your students to make a cyclop eye by folding paper, origami style? An instant winner that will engage your students in a lot of creepy fun!

I suggest you practice making one for yourself a couple of times to get the hang of it. You basically make all the folds first, work on the eyeball, fold everything and finally work on the eyelid.

Let your students make several if there is time however this lesson took 45 minutes to do with a group of students from grades 1-5. What would a witch eye look like? A zombie? An animal? See all the possible variations on this?

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Once you have made the folds, and you have guided the students to draw and outline their eyeball, it’s up to the student to create the eye details however they like. Veins, bloodshot eyes, the sky’s the limit. We used oil pastels because I love how vibrant the colors are but feel free to try water color, pencils, or whatever you like using in class.

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The final part is to fold everything closed and work on the eyelid. Again, your students should have the freedom to make the eyelid however they like. How about adding strips of curled paper for eyelashes to give it that realism? Adding texture?

This lesson was a hit with my group of kids and know your students will feel the same. I would love to hear back and see how your Cyclop eye turned out and the variations your students came up with. Feel free to share over at the Art lessons For Kids Facebook page.

Happy Halloween lovely readers!

 

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