May 22, 2012

HELP ME paint

So I found out yesterday afternoon that my art room gets to be painted over the summer.
*Silently cheers "no more beige!!"*
This is what the room looks like now (note the bareness is due to art room clean-up)

Here is the kicker.
I get to choose the paint color.
Yah, there's the perfect way to put this art teacher into full palpitations.
After I let the obvious hot pink and neon options go...I got to work.

But do you know how many paint swatches there are out there?!?
palpitations beginning again...

I need help. Your help. Any help.
I have put together some options. Mostly cool---calming colors.
But I can't separate myself from my own preferences.

Look through the options and tell me which you like best. You can vote and or comment!!
Or tell me if I need to go back to the drawing board.
These are in no particular order.

I'm not sure why the grays look so purple. 
Either way, I'm going to have to go into the store to see these in real life.
Take into account my cabinets are like a brown/beige (you can see a bit of them on the left photo).

Oh ya, I need to give them a decision as soon as possible.

What color should I paint my room?

May 18, 2012

Last Minute Lesson

Teaching art is hard when you have very little time to accomplish anything at the end of the school year.
So when one of my lessons for 5th grade finished early--- we did a little free painting.
We used tempera cakes and I just let them express themselves.
The week after I handed out black paper and we talked about silhouettes.
I once again let them have it and create something to their heart's content.
It was a great end of the year celebration!

May 14, 2012

Holy Mola!

I posted this lesson awhile back.
But I wanted to share this year's results.
I have this book in my classroom called, "Dynamic Art Projects for Children".
I love this book.
Love it!
So many great ideas inside its pages.
This is one of them.
My third graders study Latin American Art so we look at Molas and the Kuna Indians who create them.
Day one:
We use tracers to make either: wolves, flowers, sunshine, crocodiles, or fish.
They use markers and fill up there objects with geometric and organic shapes, plus lines.
TIP: Want a quiet room? Do what I do. Play an audio book. Dead silence. Right now we are working our way through the Chronicles of Narnia.
Day 2: 
Glue down on a background color.
Lay out a variety of bright colored copy paper.
Show them how to create a mosaic of shapes around their subject.
Emphasis the space in between and not touching their subject with the copy paper.
They all turned out gorgeous.
I just love bright colors in the hallway!
TIP: Save one artwork for every kid at the end of the year. Then you have something to hang up in August when the walls are bare.

May 13, 2012

sweet summer

My mind is already in summer mode. (even though it shouldn't be yet)
Late nights, long drives, windows down, and sweet summer time food.
Tonight I did a little handiwork in the kitchen.
See what you think.
A little jalapeno & cilantro.
 A little lime and garlic.
Some fresh avocados and plain Greek yogurt
Blend together.
Enjoy with pita chips and tortillas.
So yummy!

May 11, 2012

art room clean up

Do you have to close down your art room for the summer?
More than likely.
Since we are in the final stretch I thought I would share how I do it.
First, I don't do it.
The kids do!
Usually 4th and 5th graders help accomplish the following tasks:
The list is laminated so it can be use over and over.
Students team up with a partner or two and I give them a task to complete.
They also get a detailed description once their task is picked.
These detailed descriptions are also laminated.
Once there task is complete they have to prove it to me, turn in their description sheet, and check off their task.
So what do you think?
Should I add anything to my list?

May 7, 2012

tornado warning

When you live in tornado alley, tornado warnings are nothing new.
But since I did take my first trip to the basement this past weekend I figured I should celebrate my survival with some art.
My fifth graders helped me out on this one.
We tackled one of my favorite things: perspective.
And had fun "destroying" our artwork with twisters.
Take a close look at some of these, the details are hilarious.
The talk of class today was the lightening that caught the transformer on fire.
I think those things started to be added to pictures.

Notice the animals flying.
This kid even gave there newly planted tree support.

The details on this one are unreal! Prairie fires! Cracked glass on the car! That tree is a goner! And they are going to need to call their insurance agent for a new roof.

The fifth graders loved this I think it eased up the whole one-point perspective toughness.