Monday, July 3, 2017

Sew a Softie Month!

July is Sew a Softie Month! Thanks to Coloured Buttons on Instagram for spreading the news. Check out their site here for lots of great sewing projects. You can view my video on how to sew soft sculptures on our YouTube channel here. Happy making, enjoy your summer!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Thematic Unit Template

Just finished choosing all of the projects for this coming year. Our theme is: Famous Artists! We will also be getting a new art room which I intend to decorate as an art museum, check back for more details on that soon! For those who were curious, I am sharing a link to my Thematic Unit Template

Why Use Thematic Units?

I like to use units because it helps me organize my ideas and gives me direction when choosing artworks. It also makes it more comprehensible for the students throughout the year if all of our projects have something in common so that the projects have relevance. 

I've heard some art teachers argue against thematic units, saying that it can be limiting and restricting. I do run in to roadblocks from time to time, but when that happens I find that I come up with more unique ideas for my lessons rather than just pulling from what others have done. While I do use many lessons from other art teachers, I think it's also important to create something on my own as well to help add to the art education community. 

If you're interesting in using my template for your own planning, feel free to follow this link to the GoogleDocs form, download, and edit! When I drag and drop images I find online they automatically snap to the right size. If you have a current version of Microsoft word, it should do that for you as well.

Happy planning, have a great summer break, get ready for an amazing 2017-18 school year!

Click Image to go to Downloadable Version

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!