Sunday, August 18, 2013

Self Portraits Across the Board

We are all starting back with self-portrait projects....except Kinders...they'll get there after we discuss lines and shapes.

A Variety of Self-Portrait Projects for the Beginning of the Year...1st - 4th grade....

Below is a 2nd grader's one. I'll take some more pics this week of our works in progress.

I got my mirrors out...and discovered I need lots more of them! 


And I was organizing/cleaning out the watercolor trays and discovered this magical pattern in the drawer....
A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon
Literature /Art Connection for 2nd Grade
This is a yearly project I do with 2nd grade at the beginning of the year. We use oil pastels and watercolors and tempera paint. They always turn out so fun and vibrant!
Bonus: Storyline Online Bad Case of Stripes Video:

Here's an Art Star demonstrating how to carry a painting correctly.

I love the Bad Case of Weather...

Day Three: Painting the Background
Mixing Shades

1st Grade Realistic Self-Portraits:
"The Colors of Us" by Karen Katz
Day Two: Painting Background
First we used texture plates to create an interesting background design, then we paint using tempera cakes.


4th Grade Realistic Self-Portraits
Day One: Draw in pencil and outline in sharpie.

I included an art challenge of an 'off-centered' selfie this year.

Day Two: Mixing your own skin tone.
I use the ladibug document camera to walk the kids through the steps of mixing skin tones. We start with peach and then we learn to make brown aka chocolate. 
Once they learn to make these two colors,  they can figure out how to create their skin tone... and I was pleasantly surprised at how well they captured their skin tones.

This is a fun experimental day...I try to stress that it's okay if it's not perfect. I also have backup pre-made skin tones if someone gets really discouraged. But usually I can help them mix the colors if they're really which time I get to show off my magical skin tone mixing skills.

Welcome Back!

 Welcome back to a new year. Here we go was a refreshing summer and I think we are all well-rested and ready for a fresh start. 

Here is my "Be SmART" chart that shows the kids what upcoming/current projects we are working on. I've changed a few of these...but you get the idea! I also attached vocabulary words around the projects so we can easily review words from previous years and look forward to future projects. 

Color Theory 3-D Warm and Cool Posters and Artist Board

Each table has a number and corresponding famous artist name. For example: Table 1 = Da Vinci Table...when asking tables to line up I may reference their artist name or describe the artwork..."if you're table artist painted the "Mona Lisa" you may line up." 
This is really fun for the kids and helps them learn about famous artists in a fun way. 

Totally stole this design for Art Room Rules from Pinterest...
I changed my rules around this year. 

This is the DEMO TABLE. I got new rainbow tape (which has been a big hit)! 
Now I have to train myself to stop saying "Toes behind the blue..." and now say "Toes behind the rainbow..." 
I'm also calling it the "Rainbow Road"..

Recently discovered I could say, "Write your name and class code then meet at the rainbow road." 

Here is the free draw station. This is for when students are completely finished with their art project and have extra art time. 

My new thing is going to be Art Star Behavior earns the stencils and drawing books/markers or pens. Loud tables don't just get the special stuff...hopefully that will help with our volume level. 

New Art Assessment Chart: Checklist for Your Artwork 
(another Pinterest steal) 

I'll have the kids fill out one of these mini-checklists and tape the back of finished projects. 

All 4 boxes checked = A
3 boxed checked= B
2 boxed checked=C
1 box checked=D
0 boxes=F
I've got a little cardboard box with the mini-checklists and some tape...self-service is what I'm all about in my room. I like for the kids to be independent. 
And also, you can see my grading scale with examples....

Time Out Chair
In order to get Time Out in art, you've gotten 2 strikes which means you had a warning...probably after several "soft" warnings...and I have a writing assignment for grades 1-4. Kindergartens get 5 minutes. 

Sometimes I have the kids write the Art Room Rules, but I created this Time Out Activity last year and I really think it helps.