Monday, February 28, 2011

Snowflake Snowmen

- Construction Paper
- Scissors
- Glue

One Fish, Two Fish

- Page Protector (one for each child)
- Colored Tissue Paper
- Mod Podge
- Paintbrush
- Scissors
- Permanent Markers
- Fish Tracer
- Googly eyes (optiona;)

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sunday Comic and In Need of Some Help

Courtesy of Adventures of an Art Teacher. Enjoy :-)

On another note, I teach a Life Skills class every Monday and this past Friday the teacher had asked me if I could do a lesson on Dr. Seuss. I was thinking along the lines of "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish" and making fish... but I'm not sure how to color them.. any ideas? We've done sponging and tissue paper-ing and ripped construction paper collages... just wasn't sure if anyone had other suggestions?

Other inspirations:
- Green Eggs and Ham
- Maybe a Life Skills appropriate way of making a Dr. Seuss hat?

I see them only once a week for about 30-35 minutes, and I do a new "theme" every week that is appropriate to what they're teaching in class, so it would have to be a one 30 minute lesson. Any ideas...?

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Double Take

- White Drawing Paper (2 sheets 5" x 7" for each child)
- Tagboard (1 sheet 5" x 16" for each child)
- Markers/ Colored Pencils
- Rulers
- Scissors
- Glue Sticks
- Pencils
- One piece 5" x 11" Construction Paper for each child

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Slinky Lizard

- Construction Paper
- Markers/ Crayons
- Scissors
- Gluestick
- Premade Feet and Head Tracers

Sunday Comic

Courtesy of Phyl, Enjoy :-). 

Friday, February 18, 2011

10 Lessons the Arts Teach

1. The arts teach children to make good judgments about qualitative relationships. 

Unlike much of the curriculum in which correct answers and rules prevail, in the arts, it is judgment rather than rules that prevail.

2. The arts teach children that problems can have more than one solutionand that questions can have more than one answer.

3. The arts celebrate multiple perspectives.One of their large lessons is that there are many ways to see and interpret the world.

4. The arts teach children that in complex forms of problem solving purposes are seldom fixed, but change with circumstance and opportunity. Learning in the arts requires the ability and a willingness to surrender to the unanticipated possibilities of the work as it unfolds.

5. The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form nor numbers exhaust what we can know. The limits of our language do not define the limits of our cognition.

6. The arts teach students that small differences can have large effects.The arts traffic in subtleties.

7. The arts teach students to think through and within a material.All art forms employ some means through which images become real.

8. The arts help children learn to say what cannot be said.When children are invited to disclose what a work of art helps them feel, they must reach into their poetic capacities to find the words that will do the job.

9. The arts enable us to have experience we can have from no other source and through such experience to discover the range and variety of what we are capable of feeling.

10. The arts' position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young what adults believe is important.

SOURCE: Eisner, E. (2002). The Arts and the Creation of Mind, In Chapter 4, What the Arts Teach and How It Shows. (pp. 70-92). Yale University Press. Available from NAEA Publications. NAEA grants reprint permission for this excerpt from Ten Lessons with proper acknowledgment of its source and NAEA.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Save The Arts!

A video to keep in mind as it is around requisition time and deciding on next year's budget. In case anyone is in a situation that needs to defend their position, here's some food for thought:

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Working Proof

I read about this interesting website, The Working Proof, which seeks to promote art and social responsibility. Each print on their site is paired with a charity of the artist's choice, in which they donate 15% of the sale of each print. Besides showcasing emerging artists and great artwork, the intent of the Working Proof is to promote a variety of charities and to expose them to new supporters through the appreciation of art and creativity. They release a new print every Tuesday.

If you're in the mood for some new artwork around the house, there are some really interesting pieces on the site at pretty affordable prices- and it's for a good cause, it's a win-win! :-)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Silly Hats

- Assorted colors of construction paper (one 9" x 12" for each child)
- Assorted colors of 1" construction paper strips
- Glue 
- Hole Punchers (Optional)
- Scissors
- Stapler
- Yarn

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sunday Comic

Not a traditional Sunday Comic, but a picture worth sharing nonetheless.

I can't remember where I found this, so I apologize if this was on a blog and credit is due.. just let me know :-).

On another random and nontraditional side note... this weekend my friends and I played in a broomball tournament at our local Winterfest Festival. We won the championship and we were rookies this year!! I know it has nothing to do with art or education, but I am so excited and so exhausted (5 games later), I just have to share with anyone who'll listen to me.
I also made the front page of our City & Region section of our Sunday paper!! That's me rockin' those zubaz and my hubby to my right. Okay.... I'll stop now, just happy to be able to relax now and get back right into the work week.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Colorful Henna Hands

- Clay
- Clay Tools
- Watercolor Paint
- Paintbrushes
- Henna References

Winter Polar Bears

- Watercolor Paint
- White Tempera Paint
- Paintbrushes
- Pencil
- Small piece of drawing paper
- Watercolor paper
- Mod Podge
- Assorted Blue Tissue Paper
- Glue

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Letter Association

'O' for Octpous by Oliver
- Pencils
- 1" Construction Paper Strips
- Scissors (optional)
- Crayons/Markers

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Ceramic Hearts

- Clay
- Pre-Made Heart Templates
- Plastic Baggie
- Glaze
- Ribbon
- Pencils

Sunday Comic

Courtesy of Adventures of an Art Teacher. Enjoy :-).

PS... Go Green Bay!! Did you know.... Today is an unofficial holiday where dip is considered one of the main food groups?

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Monet Paintings

- White Drawing Paper
- Colored Chalk/ Chalk Pastels
- White Tempera
- Pencils
- Monet references

Friday, February 4, 2011

Doodle 4 Google

It's that time again! The Doodle 4 Google competition is well on its way with this year's theme as, "What I'd like to do someday...." There are some changes this year that are explained on the website.

If you haven't participated in this before, it's a great way to really challenge students to think of creating an original piece of artwork without having a real teacher exemplar to look at. I'm not sure if I'll have time to fit this in this year, for some reason I feel like my plans are jam packed this year (probably due to all the wonderful ideas from your blogs!), but I have done it the last couple years and my students love it! I also hold our own little competition with the faculty and staff as the judges. The students always do such an excellent job, I like to acknowledge their hard work.

*I apologize if this has already been written or shared about. I haven't had as much time as I'd like to catch up on everyone's latest posts.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


- Self-Portrait Mirrors (optional)
- Dollar Bill/ Money References (optional)
- Pencils
- Green watercolor
- Extra Fine Point Sharpie Marker

Magic Art

At first all you see is a contour line drawing. Pull the tab and it magically appears in color! How do they do it?!
- Tagboard (mine was 8" x 36"), one per child
- Scissors
- Ruler
- Page Protectors
- One 8" x 12" Piece of Drawing Paper for each child
- Markers/ Colored Pencils
- Gluestick or Tape
- Permanent Marker