August 25, 2017

TOTALLY AWESOME BULLETIN BOARD

I jumped on the totality craze this Back To School week.  Simple bulletin board created with black paper, spray bottle of bleach and a plastic container lid.   I painted the words but you could use pre-cut letters or use a great font on the cutting machine.



Take the paper outside (put some weight on the corners it so it doesn't blow away).  Lay the lid down where you'd like it.  Spray the bleach all around.  Let the sun do the rest!

This bulletin board could be adapted to any grade and any subject.... you could even change 'totally' to 'totality'.

"Totally" awesome students....scientists....readers...1st graders...the posibiitiles are endless.

March 8, 2017

LIGHTHOUSES

8th graders have been studying Edward Hopper and the feeling of isolation in his paintings.  They created their own paintings of lighthouses (lighthouses seem like lonely structures in themselves!), using placement of land and water, and light to mimic his style.














Enjoy!

February 7, 2017

DELFT TILE



Delft or Delftware is blue and white tin-glazed pottery that originated in the Netherlands in the 1600s in the town of Delft.

My 5th graders are currently studying the geography of Europe in their Social Studies curriculum.  Each student used various tints/shades of blue sharpie to create their own version of a Delftware tile.


The supplies are minimal:  Sharpies & card stock cut to squares.  Note : I was gifted several thousand of these square cards by a student's grandmother many years ago (the student was in the 3rd grade and she's now a Senior in High School....so a long time!) and I'm starting to run out!  I don't know what I'll do when they are gone!  We used them for everything...



Easy, two class assignment with great cross-curricular benefits!



Happy Super Bowl Victory Parade Day friends :) !
~ Kristin

January 11, 2017

MATISSE HEARTS


A fun one class lesson for 5th graders.  Lots of vocabulary - Matisse; negative & positive space; printmaking; symmetry; balance; variety.


Students printed and stamped heart symbols on papers. Cut heart shapes.  No trash allowed!













These are going to look so cheerful hanging in the hall during these gloomy winter days!
Happy Cutting!

January 6, 2017

SNOWFLAKE MONOPRINTS

4th Graders learn about the photographer Snowflake Bentley and the concept of negatives by making Gelli Monoprints.


Supplies . . .
Gelli plate
Acrlyic Paint
Printer Paper
Scissors
Brayer


Cut paper snowflakes . . .



Prepare Gelli plates with acrylic paint.  White paint for blue paper, blue paint for white paper.  Lay snowflake on top of plate.  Press and pull!









Happy Snow Days!

October 30, 2016

NEW ENGLAND LANDSCAPE PAINTINGS

Bris house in the country

3rd grade Social Studies focuses on regions of the United States.  I love that the teachers start in New England, because as they/everyone knows


We start with a lesson and visuals on atmospheric perspective, overlapping, tints and color of background and sky.  
Rocky Mountains - Albert Bierstadt
Following that we study Grandma Moses and the style of folk art which has very deep foregrounds but still has the correct technique for the atmosphere and background.
July Fourth  by Grandma Moses
The students watch the Ox Cart Man Reading Rainbow Episode - my favorite of all time of course - and look at the illustrations by Barbara Cooney.




Then we begin our painting.  Kids get a limited pallet with two brushes - first flat or round medium brush, then a chubby fat one.  No water.  We go in a certain order so we don't need to wash.  

 

Using the medium brush, paint a high horizon line with the darker turquoise.  I use Dick Blick Student Tempera.


Paint ground with green.


Paint the background mountain range with the lighter turquoise paint; this one is Crayola brand.  I have them paint the line for the mountains and then fill in, all the way to the horizon line.


Grab some white and mix into the mountains to lighten them up.  The can even create a bit of overlapping here to show different mountains in the range.


Pick up the chubby brush and stipple in fluffy white clouds.


Stipple in a line of orange paint - these are the hills that are in the background but closer than the mountains. They have leaves that are changing colors so that we know it's fall!


Finally stipple in the red and let dry.


Next class we review the illustrations and discuss simple Folk Art style houses.  The kids draw one or two for the foreground and use sharpies for the windows and doors.

After gluing down they paint in a white fence.  We discuss balance of white clouds in the sky, white fence in the foreground; and the repetition of line in the fence.





Our beautiful fall folk art mixed media paintings are on display.  I can't wait for my daughter to get to 3rd grade to paint me one; I've already got the spot for it :)

Happy Autumn!