Thursday, May 15, 2014

District Art Show!

I love the MSD Warren Township Elementary and Intermediate District Art Show! It's so fun to see all the artwork from our other wonderful art teachers, get new ideas for next year, and meet other young artists bringing their families in to proudly share their masterpieces! Come check out all the great art that Warren artists have to offer!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

1st Grade: "The Unique Link"

     It's been over a year of planning, but I'm so proud of Mrs. Latdrik, her hard work, and her amazing 1st grade writers and illustrators! Last spring, I was excited when approached about collaborating as art director for this first grade class and their BIG idea of writing their very own COLLABORATIVE book! Mrs. Latdrik, our first-grade teacher, and Mrs. Michels, our amazing literacy coach, facilitated fruitful talks with Latdrik's kiddos to  develop key characters, storyline, real-life situations for first-graders, and together, 1st graders wrote a collaborative book about a girl, Lexie, who becomes jealous of the "new girl". The story follows Lexie's struggle to try and be just like someone else before realizing that being "uniquely" yourself is most fun!

     After months of planning, visualizing, sketching, and discussing, I'm excited to finally share some key points in how our first-graders were able to grow as illustrators! Check out some of our "behind-the-scenes" shots from our unique process!
We used mannequins to draw different body language positions for the characters as well as help decide how to draw their self-portraits for the book.

 Once we voted on hair styles/bodies/general characteristics, students participated in multiple different visualization sketching activities and drew different facial expressions that related to the story that they had already written in their classroom. Artists' sketches were uploaded into the computer and specific facial expressions were "cut/pasted" to our character templates to match the pages within the story.

Example of eyes being "copy/pasted" to the character template.

In one of our read-throughs, we focused on setting. As we read through the book, we discussed and visualized where at school would be most fitting to serve as the scene for each page number.

Finally, we included our own self-portraits as well as drew different props, skunks, and other important details…. and then, TO THE PRESS!

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

2nd Grade: Collage Flowers

We can't get enough of this beautiful weather! Eric Carle has always been one of my favorite mixed media artists to share with young artists so we read The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle to learn about the changes seeds go through (did you know art and science can go hand-in-hand?!). :) Are you and your family looking for a fun science project this spring? Why not grow a garden or mini-greenhouse out of items around your home? Check out LooLeDo for some great science activities!

Here are some of our final works!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Night At The Arts: Nature In Art 2014

Another successful "Night At The Arts" is now in the books! So many people pitched in their talents, time, kindness, and donations to help celebrate our Patriot artists, entertainers, and singers! With a night full of celebrating the arts and music, families came to enjoy a Texas Roadhouse dinner, Nature-themed craft stations, student art gallery, an art sale fundraiser for the art program, professional jazz band, and our first ever student talent show!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Mix-Matched May: Pinecone Tree Decor

In the spirit  of spring cleaning the Patriot Art Room and finding materials that will only allow enough for one class to produce, I love "Mix-Matched May" when some classes who are ahead get to try a special project!

Mrs. Quimby's class, for instance, experimented with different tempera paints to mix and paint their nature-themed "palette". The kindergarten artists LOVED getting to paint actual nature items and making an outdoor hanging gift just in time for Mother's Day!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Upcycling: Magazine Beads

Who knew that one of THE CHEAPEST projects that I have ever done would be one of the top favorites of my older artists!? They have been loving learning how to make their own jewelry by only using old magazines, glue sticks, and a chopstick! We love to UPCYCLE in the Patriot Art Room!

4th Grade: Van Gogh Flowers

     After critiquing Van Gogh's series of sunflowers, fourth-graders created their own still-life vase of flowers in time for Mother's Day!