Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Countdown Is ON!

SOOOOOO EXCITED for this year!

4 1/2 more months until I get to open up a brand new elementary school!
69 more days until I go on my honeymoon to Mexico!
67 more days until I get married (say hello to Mrs. Nguyen)!
11 more days until Spring Break!
10 more days until my art club field trip to the High Museum of Art!
4 more days until my NAEA session presentation with Mollie!
1 more day until we leave for New Orleans for NAEA!!

Saturday, March 28th @ 11:00am-11:50am 
(Convention Center/Meeting Room 218/Second Level) 
Connected Classroom: Building your network through blogging and technology 
Explore how to use personal blogging and other interactive resources to incite professional growth, build your own personal learning network, and renew your enthusiasm for teaching.

Hope to see many of you in New Orleans!! :)

Monday, March 16, 2015

Cherry Blossom 2.0 (3rd)

Another upgrade to an old project! Look here to see the step-by-step for this project.
The only change I made was that this time we did not paint the cherry blossoms, we added them in with tissue paper and glue! :)

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Sunflower Still-lifes! (2nd)

This is the 2.0 version of my Van Gogh Sunflower lesson that I taught two years ago to my second graders. If you'd like to read the full step-by-step, please click here.
The only difference between the old version and my new version is that we added a chalk pastel shadow underneath the flower pot in this one. :)

Monday, February 16, 2015

Jim Dine Inspired Embossing

This lesson was inspired by a pin I found on Pinterest from K-8 Art.

We first began by looking at a PowerPoint I created showcasing the work of famous heART artist Jim Dine. <3 I mean come'on... it's February.
After talking about the theme of his work and examining the many mediums he worked in, we also talked about how he managed to create texture in his pieces.
Then we transitioned to talking about the technique of embossing in aluminum (or repoussé or repujado) - so many different ways you can take this project.

After all was said and done, I had my students create 2 different designs on pieces of 6"x6" paper - the only requirement being that it had to include at least one heart somewhere in it and some pattern for texture.
I then had my kids pick their favorite design out of the two and transfer it onto a piece of tooling foil. To do the transfer they taped their design on top of a piece of aluminum tooling foil (36 gauge), then placed that on a piece of foam, then traced over their design with a colored pencil (so they could tell where they had already traced). Once the initial design was transferred, they removed the paper drawing and traced over their lines on their tooling foil a bit harder with a "pokey stick"(wooden scratch sticks).
Once their image was ready, they flipped their foil over and began coloring with colored sharpies on the embossed side (the side with the raised drawing) instead of the debossed side (the side with the pushed in drawing).
The results - STUNNING.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Rainbow Fish 2.0 (1st)

This is a project that I've posted about previously.. but my kiddos last week knocked it out of the park! Such beautiful artwork - had to post!!