Sunday, August 24, 2014

cool posters & a storage idea...

These Scholastic POP! posters are my new favorite decorating item for the art room. I usually make posters to hang in my room, but these are really the perfect addition - they are on sale for less than $3 each too. I am so hooked, I will be placing a second order in the next few weeks for some more. I have a feeling I will own all of them soon! They measure around 13x19 and shipping is a flat rate of only $2.25. This link will take you to the coolness: Scholastic POP! charts  

Do you have a hard time throwing away sturdy cardboard boxes? I found that this Crayola box which once held chubby crayons is perfect for holding watercolor refills. I was preparing to buy some clear food storage containers for this purpose and decided this was a way better idea!!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

2014-2015 here we come!!

Another school year is about to get underway! Just like you, I am caught up in a flurry of activity to prepare for the kids......and bulletin boards are one of those things that need attention, stat! I was so happy with the way this one turned out and the bold statement will surely get the kids off on the right track. It took a bit of time to cut the letters from paper, but it was totally worth it (in my opinion). Here's to a great school year! And thank you, Pinterest for the verbiage :) 

And here are two bulletin boards I pieced together from previous displays, just reconfigured.....

Have a WONDERFUL school year!!!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Ice Cream Sundaes Sub Lesson Plan K-2

This is a nice, easy lesson to leave for young students with a substitute. The subject matter is very appealing! Who doesn't love ice cream?! I had my Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade classes complete this drawing on a day while I was away. The kids worked on 12x18 paper. First they drew with pencil, and then had the option of tracing the drawing with a Sharpie. Crayons were used to add color. I did ask the substitute to draw a large letter "U" in the center of each paper just to get the kids going in the right direction size-wise. This was very beneficial! The background can be done at each student's discretion - paints can even be used during a later class (as many wanted to do when I returned).

The idea for this sub plan came from Blue Tadpole Studio

Friday, May 30, 2014

1st grade Ceramic Bead Necklaces

One little 1st grade class got to make these super cool necklaces during the last week of school this year!! These ceramic beads are pretty chunky - about an inch or so in diameter. We actually made them last year (when the kids were in Kindergarten) and never got around to using them. I kept them thinking that one day I would know what to do!! I couldn't imagine trying to glaze them as I thought it would be too cumbersome. Then I remembered this technique I had seen out there where oil pastels are used on bisque-ware before being soaked in a bath of watery black tempera paint! Wah-lah!! I had my idea!

Plastic drinking straws were cut up and used as long spacers along with colorful pony beads to make the necklace designs
 **did you know?** 
Pony beads got their name because that particular size and shape of bead was historically used to decorate the harnesses of warrior's ponies when they went into battle. Although they are made of plastic now, then they were made of glass, wood or bone.
After the kids colored their beads with oil pastels, I kept them in an egg container with name tags. I dipped them into the paint after class was over and allowed them to dry this way. Worked great!! Before we made our necklaces, I threaded large embroidery needles onto cotton string and placed a piece of tape on the other end, which served two purposes:  to write names and keep the beads on the string. 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

3rd grade African Masks

This lesson was born from a recycled material that I had been collecting for some time with the intention of making masks - do you recognize that shape?! Ding, ding!! You got it - Lean Cuisine trays, haha! I even had some of my teacher friends who eat these meals for lunch, wash them out and save them for me! 
We primed the plastic containers with white gesso on day one. The following week, students selected two colors of tempera paint and used their color scheme to paint a collection of stripes (which could go in one or many directions, just not overlapped). On the final day, we looked at a handout of African masks I had made and also had a brief discussion about symmetry. Students cut facial features from craft foam (which, by the way, is really fun to use). Feathers and buttons were added if desired.