Saturday, September 30, 2017

Marbled Paper Starry Night

3rd grade viewed "Starry Night" by Vincent van Gogh. Inspired by the dark, cool colors and his use of swirls, we created a piece of marbled paper to use in our Starry Night collage.

We started by dripping cool colored paints on a tray of shaving cream. Then we used a wooden stick to swirl the colors.

After the colors were swirled, we pressed our paper into the shaving cream. We used the wooden stick to scrap off the extra.

Once our paper was dry again, we used black paper to cut out a silhouette of a city or mountain scene.

Last, we added the stars and moon using q-tips and white and yellow paint. Gorgeous results!

Check out the video on my YouTube channel for a how-to on marbled paper!

Clay Sunflowers

5th grade viewed Vincent van Gogh's Sunflowers series. We were inspired to create our own sunflowers using clay. Using the pinch pot method, we created shallow bowls. Then we added petals around the edges to turn the bowls into sunflowers.

After the bowls were created, we painted them using warm colors to really turn them into sunflowers!

Love how these turned out! 

We are also using Crayola brand air dry clay for the first time this year. It is by far my favorite air dry clay that I have tried. I have tried Blick brand and the air dry clay from Hobby Lobby. This clay is not overly messy, stays moist in the kids' hands, HL clay tends to dry out when we are using it) and the bonds were much stronger. This is the first clay project where I have had zero artworks break from being too brittle. Highly recommend!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Art Classroom Tour!

I am so excited about our new art room this year! I have been planning our new room design since March. 

Everything I'm about to explain here is also in my Classroom Tour video on YouTube which is far more enjoyable, so go check it out! 

I started with some digital sketches. I wanted an "old world" design with a "museum" theme. So like if you took the Louvre and dropped it into ancient Greece then sprinkled in some famous artists and told them to have fun decorating. Here are the preliminary sketches I made with my Sketchbook App.

Here is how the room looked before. Lime green and lots of colors. I typically like lime green, I actually painted my first classroom lime and gray and I loved it. But I wanted something more neutral and professional for this room. I want to make my students realize that they are real artists and they deserve to work in a real art environment. 

So I started by painting the walls. 2 walls are dark charcoal gray, and 2 are "parchment". I used 3 kinds of tannish paint to create the effect and cheesecloth instead of a paintbrush to add texture. 

Wow! That's what 2 classrooms of stuff looks like!
While I was in my temporary room earlier this year, I worked on a large painting for the door. It's a mannequin with a fruit bowl painted on a bed sheet. I added it to the door and my fantastic husband created a "picture frame" on the door from moulding. Now you enter the room through a giant painting. ^_^

On the front wall, we added more moulding (thanks husband) to turn the whole board into a giant painting. The we hung smaller paintings around the board to create a "gallery" reminiscent of old French parlors. 

The front board frame, before the cork board was painted.
AND I have to brag on my thrifting skills. I got all of these frames from a thrift store for less that $20 for the whole set. Some of them already had usable paintings in them, like that awesome giant Monet print. ^_^

On the opposite wall, we have giant windows and above the windows I hung posters of our House Crests I had printed at Staples. With coupon, these were $30 to print. 

My storage in this room is a wall of lockers. Unfortunately, only a couple have closable doors and the rest are open and look like clutter. I cut up black bed sheets and glued them to wooden dowels. I hung the wooden dowels above the lockers on Command hooks to cover them up. Love that plain background. :D 

Above the lockers, I painted a mural of a hand drawing the word "Create". I used a large cardboard tube and plastic cone from a thread spool to make the giant pencil. I painted a poster board with the same paint as the wall so that I could have the thumb overlap the pencil so it looks like it's coming out of the wall.

On the opposite wall, there was a thin cork board above the white board. I turned it into a giant watercolor set! The colors are wooden circles, yes the same ones from that Medieval shield project, painted and hung in rainbow order. And yes, I prefer CYM to RYB, so there is no red here. 

I also made a giant paintbrush from a large LARGE cardboard tube, silver duct tape, and black wigs. Surprisingly effective. 

The rest of the room has still-life items as decor and easels for artworks of the artist we are currently studying. We are starting with Vincent van Gogh, so lots of Van Gogh stuff so far. 

AND I have a stage in my room. I want to encourage students to become teachers, so when they speak about what we are studying, the come to the stage and address the class using eye contact and a "teacher" voice. The stage is made from a palette with plywood on top painted gold. I used leftover fabric from the curtains around the bottom.

A board of the new standards, framed, with large wooden paintbrushes. Conveniently found at a thrift store in my school colors.

I got these plastic Crayola cups from Kroger, perfect for plants!

Our line-up area has paper colored pencils in house colors on the floor. My Fidelis banner on the door, and the Dali clock. I also have a giant ruler clip for "No Name" works.

And that's it! Check out the video on YouTube for more details! Looking forward to an amazing year growing the best artists in the world! ^_^

Friday, September 1, 2017

Kindergarten Lines Painting

We will be learning all about the elements of art this year. We're starting off kindergarten this year with lines. We looked at 8 kinds of lines: wavy, zig-zag, loopy, swirly, bumpy, horizontal, vertical, and diagonal. We drew each line with black oil pastels then painted the paper with watercolors.

Love this group of kindergarteners! So creative and excellent at following directions. Check out our Artsonia page to see more. Also, here is a link to the PPT I've been using for a few years for this lesson and I still really enjoy it. :)