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!!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Clay Architecture Creative Houses (3rd)

**This lesson comes from the student-teacher I had earlier this year (Kristi O'Neal)!

Kristi started this lesson by talking to my 3rd graders about what architecture is and then showed them a variety of unusual homes. They talked for a while about what architectural elements make a home look like a home and how you can tell people live there.
Then she had students create a sketch of an unusual home that they wanted to create with clay.
The next day students began creating their clay homes (including adding a LOT of cool texture)! :)
Unfortunately she left before my students had a chance to paint their artwork.. so that's what I did with them this past week. :)
They are super cute!!

Winter Birds and Birch Trees (1st) - Part II

I just love this project! Here is another batch of student artwork! Original post here.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

2nd Place - Best Rising Star Art Ed Blog!

Thanks so much to everyone who nominated and voted!
I am so honored to have placed 2nd in the 'Best Rising Star' category in The Art of Education's Art Ed Blog Awards!

Getting recognized for my efforts is truly rewarding. I invest a lot of time into my blog and I am so happy to know that other art teachers appreciate the content I create and post!
I love how blogging has allowed me to connect and communicate with so many other art teachers.

With that being said, I would LOVE to meet more of you!
Once again I will be attending the NAEA National Convention (March 26-28, 2015 in New Orleans, LA) and would love the opportunity to connect with more art teachers!
Mollie from 'Please Don't Eat the Artwork' (formally Art with Ms. K) and I will be presenting a session on blogging at this year's convention and would love it if you would swing by!
The information for our session is listed below.

Saturday, March 28th @ 11:00am-11:50am 
(Convention Center/Meeting Room 218/Second Level) 
Connected Classroom: Building your network through blogging and technology 
(Gram & Katzin) 
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.

We will be in town the night of Wednesday, March 25th - Sunday, March 29th. If you can't attend the session but would like to meet up to talk - please don't hesitate to let us know! :)