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! :)

Monday, January 19, 2015

Check your buckets!

"Check your buckets!!"
I don't know HOW MANY time's I've called that out at the end of class!
On the first day of art class, I went over how to organize the table buckets with every single one of my classes, and for a while they stayed pretty organized. Then... CHAOS.
Well... as chaotic as messy buckets full of art supplies can get.

I have no idea why I didn't think of this sooner. Everything else in my classroom is super organized - so the fact that it never dawned on me to put labels on my table buckets is madness.
So on our teacher workday right after winter break I spent some time printing, mounting, and taping these labels onto my buckets. And I have to say - ever since they have stayed extremely organized!
I'm pretty sad it took me this long to figure out. :/

Each bucket now has a space for colored pencils, pencils, erasers, color sticks, and crayons. On each label I also included a visual to help my younger students and ESL students figure out what goes where.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Finalist for AOE's 'Best Rising Star Art Ed Blog' Award!!

Ahhhh!! Thanks so much for the nominations guys!! My blog made it as a finalist for the Art of Education's 2014 'Best Rising Star Art Ed Blog' award!! This seriously means so much to me! It's so awesome knowing that the work I do here is read and appreciated! :)
As I've said before... without my readers I'm just a crazy art teacher writing to herself. :)

The next step in this process is to have other art teachers go and vote for their favorite blogs from the list of finalists. You don't have to sign up for anything or register - just check off your choices and submit. Couldn't be easier!
If you have a second please head over to the Art of Education's website and cast your votes! :)
Voting is open until January 23rd at 5pm!
You can go straight to the voting page by clicking here!