The Anna McDonald ACCESS students experimented with mono-printing and chalk pastels as they created these fun Valentine artworks. They started folded their paper in half, and were only allowed to paint on one side (forcing them to print the wet paint onto the other side). We all started with basic hearts. From there, they painted more line details. The tempera dried quickly, so they were able to add color on the same day.
This student got the hang of mono-printing and quickly took off with his own idea. This one looks so much like a Siamese cat face to me. I love it!
Square 1 Art is a phenomenal fundraising program. Students create artwork on an 8.5" x 8.5" square and the company scans all of the images into their data base. The original artwork is returned to each student along with a complimentary sheet of stickers with their artwork! Friends and family then have the opportunity to shop the personalized products from the catalogue. Any purchases help support the art department here at Manhattan 114. We have used this fundraiser to buy extra clay, leather, specialized painting supplies, books, and so on. More information regarding order forms will be sent home next month. :)
The projects that each grade level worked on:
K: We painted peacocks. We used rulers to create a "fan" pattern for the feathers.
1st: Students created radial symmetry patterns. We started this project by tracing 3 circles on to the paper, and the students took it from there!
2nd: Students drew their name with details to describe themselves and their interests.
3rd: Students used iPads to research their "underwater" drawings.
4th: The theme for these drawings was "plants and animals". Students used their iPads to help research this.
5th: Students used their iPads to research their "insects, amphibians and reptiles" drawings.
ACCESS students K - 3rd: Students used tissue paper and colorful painted paper to create a collage of any subject they chose.
Peppermint is one of the defining smells of the season! We added some peppermint extract to tempera paint and had a very jolly time in ACCESS last week! We had white, red, and green paints to choose from, and they all smelled fantastic! At Wilson Creek, students swirled the colors around on a large cardboard circle to create a peppermint candy. My Anna McDonald students used rulers to divide up their circles and painted the colors in a pattern.
We completed the candy painting by wrapping plastic wrap around the cardboard. To make them even more festive, Mrs. Christensen gave us ribbon to tie on the ends. :) The one drawback to painting with the peppermint extract is that while it smells delightful while you are painting, the scent is almost completely gone once it dries.
My daughters and I tried out this fun art project at the DuPage Children's Museum over the summer. It was so fun, I had my Anna McDonald ACCESS friends try it with me. We talked about how lines can criss-cross and make enclosed spaces (SHAPES). We taped yarn to the back of a small piece of cardboard. The students then carefully wrapped the yarn around the cardboard in any way they wanted, and then taped the other end of it to the back. They wrapped them up in tinfoil, used their fingers to press down on the front, and then carefully colored in their cubist-looking creations with Neon Sharpies! :)
ACCESS students watched a short animated video of Piet Mondrian at work. Since music inspired much of his later work, music was important to this lesson! At Wilson Creek, we discussed favorite colors and then introduced primary colors. They used contact paper and pre-cut shapes to create their own Mondrian-inspired artwork. A second sheet of contact paper was used to seal up the work.
To increase the skill level for the Anna McDonald students, the concept of parallel lines was introduced. They were asked to first create a grid (using those parallel lines) with their thin black strips and then fill spaces in between the lines with the colored shapes. These would all look awesome hanging in windows!
Both ACCESS classes (at Wilson Creek and at Anna McDonald) get an additional art time in their own classroom each week. During this time, students participate in projects that offer a lot of sensory exploration and experiment more with a variety of art tools and materials.
For the first project, students created "texture boards". They chose different scrap pieces of cloth and were told to focus on their texture. Then, they glued these pieces of cloth onto their cardboard square in any way they chose. They had the option to paint the glue on the material, or to use their fingers to dip the cloth straight into a bowl of watered down glue.
Once dried, these boards are a lot of fun to touch!
Mrs. Borchert created and presented the second project for Anna McDonald's ACCESS class this year. Inspired by the look of African mud cloth, this project required students to first make their own stamp with foam stickers. Then they used their stamps to print white paint onto black paper. They all looked fantastic!
I need to start bringing my camera to ACCESS class on Mondays (the only time I get the "art on a cart" experience to travel to other classrooms :)) These kids create such wonderful art and I need to get more documentation of that! This year we have done a lot of "arts-periments" where students use everyday objects to paint or print with. I wanted to share with you two that went very well.
These shamrocks were printed with cut bell peppers! It was so simple! We then made shamrock sun-catchers with tissue paper and glue. Students took those home before I got to take a picture. My daughters made a couple, as well so I can post theirs.
These spring flowers (please don't judge that I am already pulling out spring projects in early March....or even February 29th if I am completely honest...I am just over the winter blues!) were created by stamping with cut celery hearts. Students also used their thumbs to stamp leaves onto their stems.
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)!