Sunday, April 23, 2017

Quick Art Projects with Little Supplies: Typography

So you may have noticed the lack of posts lately, here is the story. A day before spring break, I was told that my portable was being demolished and I had to get everything moved out. Great timing, except I was teaching camps all Spring Break and would have no time to do anything! So I packed up everything except the necessities to go into storage. For this last month of school we are in a temporary classroom and we are only using dry materials like markers, crayons, and colored pencils. 

It's been a struggle to keep them engaged without our usual paint and clay etc., but here is one of my favorite projects we've done; Typography. 

We created designs by tracing stencils with either markers or colored pencils. That's about all of the instruction required! Love how unique each design is and the kids are loving stencils. ^_^

Love this black and white typography design!

A scribbled take on the project! :)

Outlines were a great idea!

African Savanna Paintings

During our study of countries in Africa, 5th grade viewed the savanna habitat and the animals that live in it. We created collages of animals and plants on a piece of painted paper. We had a few days that were missed due to snow and other things, so some classes got to cut their animals from paper. For those classes that had to finish theirs extra fast, we used Art For Kids Hub to learn to draw a lion and a giraffe to add to our paintings. Very satisfied with both ways. ^_^

Love the border on this one! This was an extension for early finishers, but I will definitely include it when we do this project again. :)

This student chose to draw in Sharpie instead. Beautiful contrast!

Paint and oil pastels. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Chinese Dragon Collage

I love giving "easy" projects to the older grades sometimes because it really lets them be creative. Instead of learning new skills, we can really push the limits of what we already know. 4th grade create these amazing Chinese dragon collages in January. I showed them how to draw the basic heard shape (a bean) then I showed them some examples and we discussed the parts of a Chinese dragon. After that, it was up to them. They had fun and created amazing and unique dragons! Love the 3D aspects on some of these! ^_^

What has he SEEN? I love this! 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

A Little Love

We took a break from our study of countries to spread some love. A simple oil pastels and watercolor project based on Jim Dine. These always turn out nice, love them. <3

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Youth Art Month Challenge 2017!

Hello all! Last year for our YAM challenge, students created 10 themed artworks for a show. I was astonished at how many kids participated and I was very proud of my Guild artists! This year, our challenge is to choose 1 project from our YouTube channel to create. They are projects that we have done throughout the year and students are challenged to choose something they have not done from another grade. Can't wait to see what they come up with! Go find us on YouTube at!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Great Plate Dragon

During our Chinese art unit, art club worked together to create this huge Chinese dragon from painted paper plates! He looks amazing in the hallway, love it!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Ming Plates

I did a few Chinese art projects at my former school and one of them was Ming vases. Students used oil pastel and watercolor to recreate a Ming vase artwork. Then I saw other teachers having students replicate Ming dynasty plates on paper plates, and I was excited to try that. 

Working from real Ming dynasty-inspired bowls

3rd grade worked hard to use value on their plate while using Chinese designs such as plants and animals of the zodiac. Love how these turned out, great job 3rd grade!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

This Artist Can

I recently posted a video on our YouTube channel for teachers to show how we start each class everyday. "This Artist Can" is our chant of the rules that we do before every class. Check it out and let me know if you use anything similar or how you make sure kiddos remember the rules of the art room. :)

Color Theory Table Reference

I have been stuck in bed since Friday with the flu. :'( But I have been able to do some light computer work between the body pains, so here is what I made! Next year we are getting hexagon tables in the art room and I wanted a color theory table reference that matched. This year, I have these rectangle wheels which I made from clip are online.

Love them, but I wanted to make one that suits our needs specifically. So I made these! The center of each has our 5 house crests as students will be sitting by house next year (Hopefully).

The one at the top has nothing in the middle, so feel free to save it and print it for yourself if it suits your needs!