Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Our South American Market!

The month of October we celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month and explored Spanish and Mexican art making and traditions. We created this fun filled space to display our Hispanic artwork for the entire school to view! I'm very impressed with the amazing work 4th grade did on the fruit and crates! I can't wait for you all to see the final display! 
Here is a sneak peak! 

Showcasing our Artist in Residence Project

I am so proud of my students and the hard work they put into our rainforest residency last year. Students collaboratively created a rainforest environment in our schools greenhouse out of paper mâché and recycled materials. Our program was recognized at the Pennsylvania State Excellence Fair in Hershey, PA two weeks ago. My students helped paint more flowers to decorate our booth! Thanks for all your hard work! I was honored to represent our arts program!!

Have you ever done a residency!? I would love to hear all about it!!

Picasso Styled Frida's!!!!!!!

Currently we are exploring art around the world this year. We are exploring artists and folk art from various cultures and countries! This was our last Hispanic Heritage Month lesson and we combined both Pablo Picasso and Frida Kahlo into one art project! We explored the style of each artist and used Picasso style portraits to make a portrait of Frida! These were done by my fabulous first graders! 
We used pencil to draw our Frida Portraits, sharpie to outline, crayon to color and watercolor paint for our background! The students loved how funky Frida now looks!

Creative wishes art world! Enjoy! 

Monday, October 26, 2015

Every Child is an Artist!

Sombreros in the making! 
What do you do with your Kinders when they finish an early project!? Have them continue the creativity of coarse! After students finished up their sombreros they were to be their own artist and crest some of their own favorite pieces and inspirations! 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Let's Celebrate America!

Students were introduced to the many symbols of America. Fireworks, The Statue of Liberty, The American Flag, Bald Eagles, and the list goes on. This was the perfect lesson for Labor Day! Believe it or not, students had no clue what the holiday was and their response was, "It is a day off from school!" NooOOOOooOOO!!!!!

We explored the history and story behind Labor Day and students created these celebrated works of art to honor the hard working families of America. 

Students used green sharpie's to outline Lady Liberty, green hues of crayons, and then oil pastels on black paper with some glitter for the background.

Boo! Happy Halloween!DIY Fall Project

So black spray paint is my FAVORITE of all time! When I can't think of what to paint something, I go with black! It is classic, and goes with any color accent. My mother gave me her old Boo Town. I was not feeling the dated decor so I spray painted them all black and added some black and silver glitter to the roof tops!
This spray paint is awesome because it dries in about 10-20 minutes! Woo Hoo!

Here is my final display! I found a great table runner from The Christmas Tree Shop and added some webs and lights that came with the Halloween Town!!! Happy Haunting!

The Art Room: Back to School!

Welcome back ya'll! It is week number 4 already! We have just about been in school for a month already, wow does time fly! Only a month into school and look how overloaded my desk is :) 
Trying to stay organized, I am grouping lessons and projects together this year as you can see on my essential question board. This is giving me some breathing space in terms of lessons and planning. 

The flags hanging from the ceiling are from Amazon! The STUDENTS love them and they always love learning which flag connects to which country. They have been such fun being displayed in my room. :) Have a great school year and happy creating!

Lady Liberty:Symbols of America

This year in art I am doing "Passport Around the World" theme. We are exploring art, history, and artists from around the world! Our first stop of course was the U.S.A. First and second grade students created these awesome Statue of Liberty art pieces using mixed media. We discussed the many symbols that represent the image and history of the United States both being Lady Liberty and the American Flag. 
Students used a variety of Green hues and green watercolor paint to add the green tones to their Statue of Liberty. We then used some torn paper strips and glitter to add our patriotic stars and strips to the flag! 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Goodwill rocks for Art Teachers!

The Goodwill is an addiction for any teacher on a budget trying to find some goodies for their classrooms and students. This week I found art games, a puzzle and some great books I can use this year with my students! Great for free time and for interactive learning. 

Dollar Tree and Hobby Lobby Organization for the Art Room

Making the most of the Dollar Tree! They have some great bins to organize your art room right now. Papers to markers to glue! 
These sandwich lock containers are great to store elders glue in because they lock and are air tight. They have great sponges as well to put into the containers for your elders glue needs. Goodbye clogged orange caps! 
Hello Hobby Lobby! They currently have 80% off their spring shop collection! I got all these bins (4 orange) included for $14.00! What a steal! 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015


Found this amazing site this evening that has a TON of information on various artists. It has a timeline, bio, artwork images, quotes and much more! It is the perfect site to compile artist info and to get your kiddos on to do some research! it is lovely, check it out and I hope you enjoy!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Sculpture Toys and Tools!

Have you seen these cool things yet!?? I am ordering some cool stuff for my classroom from Amazon and I am locked into all these fun new items I am discovering. These seem great for sculpture lessons, imagination, discovery, creating characters or abstract concepts or characters, I mean the ideas are endless! They are pricy but they seem pretty cool!Check out these cool new sculpture items and sites!Hope I inspired your sculptural mind today!

Toys-R-Us and Target apparently sell these cool gadgets called ZOOB. These seem like another fun item to build and connect with!

Here is another fun sculpture toy called ShapeScapes! These fun pieces come in a variety of colors and can be put together to build some cool things as well. 

Planners, Planners, PLANNERS!

I found this great site that allows you to do some fun print outs to customize and make your own yearly curriculum planner! She teachers homeschool but some freebies can be useful. I am attempting to make my own this year!
This blog talks about using your IPAD as a planner for those who are tech savvy and need a digital version!

And we can't forget about Pinterest! Make your own inspiration board in your binder to get quick ideas and organize projects for the school year!

And of coarse Erin Condren makes the best Lesson Planners that you can customize and order right from her site!

Enjoy these great Resources! Happy Planning!