Sunday, June 3, 2018

End of the Year Art Show Extravaganza!

Whew! Another big art show successfully done. This year every piece of work by each and every student was on display. Do you know what that adds up to? One very tired art teacher and thousands of pieces of art. But, the students and families enjoyed the show, taking part in the scavenger hunt, participating in art making activities and taking their chance at the raffle table.

This video gives you a glimpse into the many works on display.


Thursday, March 22, 2018

Easy Drawing Sub Lesson - Fun With Food!

The nice thing about this lesson is that it uses very limited materials, requires little to no direct instruction, and has limitless creative possibilities.

Give students a 9" x 12" piece of drawing paper. If you are in a pinch copier paper will work, too. Let them use any available drawing materials like markers, crayons or colored pencils.

The assignment: Think of a type of food that you can personify. Draw this food in a group doing some sort of activity. Give it plenty of personality.

In my example, jelly beans are performing in a rock band at a big rock concert.



This drawing lesson comes from 2011, back when I worked as a substitute teacher. At that time I would be called upon to sub for art teachers with no plans left for me. This was because the districts knew I was licensed as an art teacher and could sort of wing it.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Grade 4 - Calder Inspired Wire Figures

My fourth grade students were super excited to work with wire (Twisteez brand works best) to create their own wire figures after viewing and discussing images of Alexander Calder's Circus.

The lesson plan is available here: Calder Inspired Wire Figures





As an easy follow up, especially if some students finish early, I like to use a drawing lesson inspired by Calder's graphic work. It uses the same primary color palette that pervades his mobiles. The drawing lesson is available here: Calder Abstract Faces