Wednesday, December 29, 2010

New Year's Clean Up

Or a better title: The new fire marshall will be visiting mid January. I am one of the lucky ones that my room was actually designed as an ART ROOM. I know a lot of teachers who make do with a regular classroom or a room designed as a science lab or dare I say it - no room at all.

from the door looking in

I went in to school today to have some uninterrupted time to organize my storage room. I have been just collecting donations, getting in orders, throwing things in and closing the door real quick! Doing a good organization is not something you can do with a 15 minute break here or a half hour planning time there. It has to be an all out dump it out and put it back neatly. I think I got somewhere in between, something I won't be embarrassed to show to someone. There are also some gems I found that I need to come up with some good ideas on how to use.

in looking towards the door

Here is a before pic - wish I got a better shot of the floor but I couldn't get back far enough!

I already know I am a hoarder and being an art teacher has made it worse. "oh, I could use that in such and such lesson"... But what I found in this clean up is that I have not thrown away a box that has come into my room since the school opened 3 years ago! I just love boxes in all sizes and shapes - they were filling up at least 3 large shelves. Now that I have more actual art supplies it was time to say goodbye to several boxes!
I started by getting some of the boxes out of the way and out into the classroom

A whole useful shelf filled with empty boxes

Some of the good ones put back for use "someday" Notice the little sample paint jars - great donation - I think I might 'steal' the little shelf in our adult bathroom and have some students artsyfy it!!
Between donations and supplies I have purchased I have some gems I need to create lessons for...

I have 700 of these! Wish they were not divided.
Lots of coffee filters - Want to do a Chihuly lesson with these
cone water cups

200 of these plastic lined paper pillow cases - clinic miss ordered these. I am seeing some kind of watercolor, spray bottle mess with these!

miracle sponges - stamping adinkra? ... stamping on the pillow cases!!!

Magnet tape! 
Our custodians are awesome and they have brought me extra shelves so I can divide up the huge ones to make shallow ones for large paper storage and notice I have crayon, pencil, marker boxes on one.
  And the finished results! It makes me breathe a little *sigh* of relief. ahhhh
WOW - there is a floor in there!


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Holiday Break

Enjoying holiday break and using time to catch up. Looking to what I will be teaching in the new year and wrapping up lessons, grading and uploading to Artsonia. Boy, it is nice to have a little breather.
I had fun making recycled magazine ornaments with my 4th and 5th graders - not too many finished but it did put a little spark in them and show them what is possible from an old magazine. One student used the coils she made and added a yarn pom pom and added it to a gift ~ great idea!
I purchased the bird and sun from a fair trade booth at my school's Holiday Fundraiser. Then I made a handout of different shapes for students to follow. We used 1 inch magazine strips and folded them in half once then in half again. Pay attention to the color on the strip when folding to get the colors you want. Then I rolled that into a coil and glued the end with glue stick. Keep adding more strips to the coil until it is the right size for your design. Use a folded strip to create the outline shape when the coils are finished. When gluing the coils into the shape it is better to use liquid glue. I finished mine with a few coats of mod podge - to keep the coils from falling out in the middle and to give it some shine.

my finished birdie

a strip before coiling and coils of different sizes.
the box top with my in progress work and strips and templates for the kids.

template to size coils on and create outline

finished snowflake (hard to get the points!) Notice the all blue paper!

my Fave! I love the combo of tight and opened coils
these are the two I purchased that started the whole idea!
I saw more versions of this idea on Cut out & Keep like this one: Recycled Magazine Ornaments and Recycled Magazine Necklace. Fun site!!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Holiday Party/Construction Zone

There is much construction going on at my house. Why, you might ask? Because my husband wanted to host my school's holiday party. Great idea, yes let's have all my coworkers and their spouses over for some holiday cheer. It got my husband motivated to finish the bar he was working on in the basement. GREAT! looks wonderful. But now the madness has moved on to the main level of the house. We have one of those front living rooms - you know the one nobody goes in? Well it was storage for a long time. Now that my husband needed room for the band to practice (that is a whole other post) all the furniture got moved into the formal living room. Great - so let's make it look like a real room - get a throw rug - hang some pictures and put up some curtains.
So what is madness about this you say? My husband is now painting and putting up crown molding in the two story foyer. Today is Wednesday - the party is Saturday - THIS SATURDAY.
Here is the basement and the bar. We are going to decorate by framing our old vinyl LPs. Micheal's had the frames on sale for 4.99! 

The one project I wanted to get done was a photo gallery wall. So I went and collected all the frames I had and most already had good photos. I had to decide what time frame - so I decided it would be before our son and our parents, siblings and grandparents. I think it turned out great. Here is a before picture. This one is very early in the process ~ still selecting pics...
Tape marking where to start... The dogs have been enjoying the new carpet.

Here are some pics of the process...
 Laying it out on the floor on brown craft paper:
Taped the paper to the wall and hammered in all the nails:
 Lined everything up on the paper:
 Took it all down and removed the paper and re-hung the pics.
 Now I am waiting for the hubby to hang the curtain rods and tie backs - I was told I could not have the drill :-)
Here is a bit of the action in the foyer ~ thanks to our great friends/neighbors for the extra hands!

Notice the holiday decor already up? Why would I put this up in the middle of the madness? Because the hubby's plans are usually always stored away in his head rarely coming out before the day of the actual execution of said plan. Perhaps he was telling me and I was in such denial that he would actually take on such a project the WEEK OF THE PARTY I was blocking it out!
Oh well - the house never looks better than the day you put it on the market, right?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

We had to go to school Monday and Tuesday. I had a full schedule on Monday but no Kindergarten or 1st grade on Tuesday. So I needed a simple and fun holiday lesson for K, 1st, 2nd and 3rd. 5th is still working on their Day of the Dead skulls, I know bad timing and their performance messed the timing up even more, but I am pushing through because some of them are looking really great! 4th grade is finishing up their mandalas, they should need one more class.
So in browsing my favorite blogs I used a combo of Mrs. Hahn's Countdown Turkeys and Ms. Art Teacher's post Lesson for week before thanksgiving to create a cute turkey lesson that was easy, low prep, and used up some of the MANY tp rolls I have stored.
I limited the feathers to 3 concentric circles and I cut squares of different colors and put templates for the circles on each table. They decorated the tube with the turkey face in markers and I stapled the tube to the circles so it stands up on its own.
It was fun - I tried to get more out of them than just "I am thankful for my family" I did get a few that were thankful for art class and Mrs. Burke and school.

All three of these say family. You can see the squares set up on the counter in the background.

This one has an awesome turkey drawing.

Awww! My sample said Mrs. Burke is thankful for great students! and I sure am!
Here is a cutie leaving at bus call - he made this in his classroom.

Hope everyone has a great and relaxing holiday.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Seattle Bound

It is official! I have some funding from my school and I just officially registered to attend the National Art Education Convention in Seattle, Washington.

I am really excited about attending:
  1. This will be the first National Convention I have been able to attend since Grad school. I went to Boston in 05, Chicago in 06 and New York in 07. George Mason helped pay for those travels.
  2. I live in Virginia and my Mom, step dad and my sister and her family live in Kirkland, WA.
  3. My mom turns 60 on March 12th. I surprised her in Washington on her 50th 10 years ago so it is kind of a tradition! 
  4. I miss my family (my nieces especially) and look forward to seeing them! 
  5. I love getting new ideas and new perspectives on Art Ed. 
  6. Signed up for a Chihuly tour! 
  7. Will I get to meet any of my blogger buddies?? 
So I will have two nights in the convention hotel and the rest either at my mom or my sister's. I have already lined up a good sub and will work with him on some lessons - he already teaches a graphic design elective for me so I know he will be great and I won't have to worry about my students missing out on any learning!

So are any of you out there going?? Let me know!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Thanks Mr. E!!


Well I FINALLY got around to hanging the beautiful bulletin board pieces that Mr. E made me! I won the contest he posted.
I got a sneak preview when he posted what he had made - I was so giddy!
Then I was even giddier and the ladies in the office were also when I received this awesome package in the mail:

I put the items in to get laminated ~ then they sat on my shelf for too long. You know how it is new lessons write, paper to cut, paint to put into containers, brushes to wash. My son has been taking Tae Kwon Do which is early on three days a week so we leave quickly after school - which has actually been nice! My husband picked him up on Wednesday so I stayed to hang my board! Here it is:

Click on the pic to see it larger.
I am hesitant to laminate it all together - with it being in pieces I will be able to pick and choose which parts I need and could even use it for other things down the road.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Top Art Teacher Blogs, South Region

Top Art Teacher Blogs, South Region
I made the list, too!

I see a lot of my blogger friends posting that they got an email about making the list of Top Art Teacher Blogs, South Region from the Teacher Salary Website. Well I didn't get the email - maybe it is lost in junk mail filter land... but I am on the list!

It is definately a good list - and looking forward to following the new ones I didn't know about!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Fundraiser Lessons - 5th Grade

Illuminated Letters

I did this lesson last year with much success in a square format. I blogged about it here. So this year the main difference was the Original Works 8 x 10.5 size. I had them make a border the width of the ruler. We used regular colored pencils and metallic paint. The metallic looks a little odd in the final reproductions on the magnets (which is probably why they suggest no metallics. :-)
Some really go the idea of shading with the pencils - pressing down hard in some areas and not so in others. I really emphasize the idea of the vine wrapping around the letter and show them how to make it look like it is really wrapping and not like a striped barber pole.
The B is my son's - He did a great job for being Mr. I Hate Art (which he says just to get to me). He's got it whether he wants it or not!


 I wish we had finished with the sharpies - but we ran out of time!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Fundraiser Lessons - 4th Grade

Abstracting an Object

I start off with a power point about the life and work of American artist, Georgia O'Keefe.

We talk about how she abstracts objects by simplifying the shapes, moving in close, using a limited color palette.

I have lemons, oranges, peppers and fake flowers available for the students to draw. They get a sheet of four thumbnails and practice moving in close and touching all four sides and creating interesting negative space. They pick their favorite to create a final drawing in chalk pastel.

Here is a student's thumbnails and how he enlarged it onto the final paper.

Next I show students how to mix two analogous colors when coloring to give more depth to their picture. Every section had to be colored with analogous colors.

We talked about choosing wisely for the background color to make sure there was a contrast and you could tell which was the object and which was the background. 

 My fave from last year: I love the lines...