So every once in a while you have days where the art room seems to mean recess...I hate those days. I have a lot of talkers in my third grade classes so I decided to make a project that would take tons of concentration so they would have to be quiet. Seems evil in some ways because the project was quit tedious but they learned a lot from it. We learned how to use our rulers properly to make a chart on their watercolor paper then we discussed how to use watercolors and how they mix to show various shades of that color. So in the first block of each row is the color as is, then each block following is adding a color to show variation. Giving them a chart of mixed watercolors. They were meant more for learning techniques but they actually look so good I might hang them up on my cork board!
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Found a new project online...Monet Gardens. I did it with my first graders- and each one came out so beautiful! Such a great way to introduce impressionism. They really enjoyed the project and understood the concept of how little strokes can leave a big impression. Thanks to Mrs. Picasso's art room blog for such a great idea!!:)
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Art teachers are often disregarded as the low man on the totem pole, have the time schools , that actually have art teachers-have us work from carts which they expect us to be able to fit enough art supplies to do valuable lessons to all students that attend that school. I am proud to say I am not art on a cart,nor am I the low man on the totem pole. I am one of the lucky ones who landed a gig at a great school with great supporters of the arts. I could only wish most schools could even begin to understand and respect the importance of art in schools. Art teachers,especially passionate art teachers, create lessons that do more then please the eye. We introduce a vast amount of vocabulary and help kids learn to problem solve and to exercise their voices. We all know most art teachers start off as little rebels themselves...so fostering the inner anarchist is second nature. Art teachers don't believe in cookie cutter images but still uphold the highest standards for their students. It is about quality not quantity in the art room. Not only are we building solid art techniques but we are developing ways to channel creativity through different art mediums. I hope you see through this blog that art is important and often times like art teachers, children are under estimated in their potential. My students are amazing kids who I feel so lucky to be able to teach them the skills to become knowledgeable and capable artists.