4th graders learned about the Mexican holiday that is celebrated on November 1st to honor and remember loved ones who have passed away. This is a project that I have picked up from Mrs. Ambrosini. The kids love the colors and designs! It was also an opportunity for some students to talk to their friends about favorite memories of their own loved ones who have passed away. We chose not to mold the skulls with a spoon so that they could form chins and cheekbones. Another awesome bit about this project is that they GLOW IN THE DARK! Just in time to wear for trick or treating. :)
Last week, students were given the task of enlarging a "mystery drawing" from a 1" x 1" square to a 6" x 6" square. The grid technique for enlarging was introduced to make this a bit easier. Students then were asked to make predictions of what image was being created as we pieced all of their drawings together. This led in to the next project: Andy Warhol inspired paintings of candy. Those finished creations will be posted soon!
Oh boy, do these kids love weaving! We start out with a simple AB pattern. Once they get a handle on weaving, I encourage students to make their patterns as complex as they can. Teachers from all over the building lent us fun crafting scissors to cut thinner, fancier strips to weave in as well.
Second graders drew their faces very large on 11" x 17" white paper. Correct placement, shape, and proportion of facial features were covered. All second graders should now be able to tell you what facial feature is in the center of the head!
Kindergarteners were introduced to the concept of drawing from real life as they colored these apples. Each table had a few honeycrisp apples for students to examine. Students were asked to notice the colors and the blending of colors throughout. They then used oil pastels to try to replicate what they saw.
First graders reviewed lines and patterns as they created their own Romero Britto inspired profiles. This is always a favorite project of mine to teach.
I took every first grader's photo and then enlarged them with the use of my projector. Students used oil pastels to add patterns inside their profiles, and then used watery tempera to paint a watercolor resist on top.
If my third graders finish their landscapes early, they have the option to draw a haunted house or try this spider web zentangle. This may be a bit difficult, but I know they are up for the challenge. If a student is ever looking for doodling exercises at home, they should check out this site which has a bunch of beginner zentangles.
Our school district has taken the initiative to bring literacy into every subject taught in the district. In order to give extra literacy support and resources, a few specials teachers were sent along with reading teachers to the IRC Conference to learn more about how we can make this happen. :) I was THRILLED to see that author Dave Burgess was going to be presenting. I read his book, "Teach Like A Pirate" this summer, and was completely inspired. He believes teaching needs to be entertaining and that exciting presentation is just as important as the content that is taught. I am so excited to bring back what I have learned here!
I am a K - 5th grade art teacher at Wilson Creek Elementary and Anna McDonald School in Manhattan, IL. I am also a mother of two little girls (who share my love of art)!