Monday, June 4, 2018

First Grade end of year project

After listening to the books Flip Flop Bop, and Beach Day, first graders began designing flip flops. They reviewed lines, shapes and patterns, by discussing and drawing as many as they could think of. Each flip flop had to match with design and colors of crayons. Last week we glued on the toe straps and cut them out. Wish I could find a shop that carries flip flops like these!

"Beautiful Oops!"

After reading the book " Beautiful Oops" in Kindergarten for Crew, students had a chance to turn an oops torn paper into something creative! I am big on problem-solving in the art room. We rarely toss mistakes for new paper.  Often we figure out how to fix an error, and usually no one can tell where we made the mistake in our artwork!  Here kiddos turned their papers and looked at the oops, until a vision for the shape evolved. Using sharpie they drew on the oops. At a later art class, I brought out these drawings. Students then painted the oops and made a masterpiece! A really fun lesson in so many ways!

5th End of Year Fun

As 5th graders finish their string art, they get to create other end-of-the-year quick projects. First they are cutting, arranging and stapling a memory book.  I also have inspirational posters for them to relax and color with markers. Lastly they get to see what they can draw from a paper with an old pencil hot glued on. These have been pretty creative! Here are a few finishers.

Friday, June 1, 2018

4th grade Cartography

4th Graders read and viewed slides about the history of map making called Cartography. They now are drawing their own imaginary land maps. They are required to have at least 4 land forms, a compass rose, and ships/ sea monsters.  After sharpie they colored small areas with colored pencil. The large parts are painted with watercolor.  Finally they glued them to  page of a current USA state map. These have been fun and very creative. Thank you Deep Space Sparkle for the inspiration!

Kindergarten Warm/Cool Cats

We began with literature. Then kinders drew cats. These were filled with rectangles and squares, which were in turn filled with patterns. After sharpie, students painted with warm colors: red, orange, yellow. Of course they learned a song  that I wrote about the warm colors!
Next another song I wrote, about the cool colors; green, blue, and purple. They used a wet on wet technique to paint the night sky. Stars were drawn, painted with warm colors again, cut and glued to the sky. Finally cats were cut and glued on. A lot of great end of year learning and review!