November 29, 2012

photobucket and blogger tutorial

So in the past week I have read several blogs who have uttered their disbelief that they are out of photo storage space.
I don't think we are actually out of space, because it is too much of a coincidence for us to have gotten this message right around the same time.
Especially when some of us have only been blogging for a year and others much longer.
Something isn't adding up.

I too joined the ranks of those who received this dreaded message from google.
There was no way I was going to pay.
There was also no way I was going to sacrifice my blog.
So signed up for a free Photobucket account.

I thought I would post a tutorial of how this works since we sadly now have an extra step to add photos.
We are visual people.
We need photos.
That is one of the main things that attracts me to other blogs.
Without further ado...the tutorial.

Sign up for a free account.
Once you are signed-up...log-in.
Click the "Upload" button and select the photo you want from your computer.
Once the photo is uploaded find it in your library on Photobucket.
On the right-hand side you will see a list of Image Links.
Click on the one called, "Direct Link".
It will automatically copy it for you.
In the blogger post dashboard click, "Insert Image".
A box will pop up.
On the left-hand side click the option, "From a URL".
A box will appear at the top.
Past the "Direct Link" that was copied from Photobucket.
Your photo should appear in the white space once the Direct Link has been pasted.
Click the "Add Selected" button.
Your photo should appear in your blog post.
Hope that helps you all out.
Don't quit blogging.
One extra step is worth staying connected.

November 18, 2012

tint and shade landscapes

The (pin)-spiration.
I am always looking for news ways to teach tint, shade, and value to my third graders.
I found the above pin linked to this (lesson) over at Miriam's (blog).

On day one we learned about tints and shades.
We started with white paint and turned it into 5 different shades of green.
Holy cow.
This filled up my drying rack quick.
Each piece was 5 x 12.
How do you flatten artwork?
I use this old laminator.
Plug it in. It heats up.
YEAH! Flattened artwork. Works like a charm.
Day two we create our landscapes.
Glue down the lightest green to the top of a 12 x 18 paper.
Turn the other four into landscapes and cityscapes.

Thanks Miriam!
Great Lesson!

November 15, 2012

kandinsky trees

I normally do a Kandinsky lesson with my first graders.
But this year I was inspired by this (pin).
It was linked to the lovely Mrs. VandenBush's (blog).
Here was her (version).

I looked at her beautiful pictures and came up with a plan for my own.
Using the new tempera cakes (supplies)...
...we painted a landscape.
Blue and Purple in the sky - Lime Green and Turquoise on the ground.
Using old glue bottle and marker caps we made rings in our background.
Purple and Silver Tempera in Sky - Green and Gold on the ground.

Make a tree out of black construction paper.
Pre-cut some squares out of brightly colored construction paper.
Small squares and just slightly bigger.
Show them how to cut the corner off and turn them into circles.
Glue them down on the branches.
Use construction paper crayons (supplies) to draw line patterns on all the circles.
Once you are finished with this two-day project you end up with...
...your Kandinsky trees.

November 3, 2012

liquid watercolors

I opened up my cabinets this week and pulled out my liquid watercolors.
These have not seen the light of day since May.
Somewhere in my rush to get ready for school I forgot to bring these out and freshen them up.
To my surprise though, when I pulled them out this week, most were still going strong.
This is how I store my paints.
Sets of 6 in each color.
Stacked on trays.
Tucked away in a dark corner of a cabinet.
A few of them were running a little low.
So I decided to get out the supplies needed to revitalize the colors.
I bought these back in May of 2011.
I am pleasantly surprised to see how long they have lasted.
Too see prices and retailer check out my supply page.
If you don't have liquid watercolors I highly suggest you get some.
The colors are vivid and bright.
And there are no crusty caked on colors that can appear with watercolor trays.
Thank goodness!
I bought these utility cups and lids for a relatively cheap price from SAX (my supplies).
Simply add a few drops (or more) of liquid watercolor and some water till you reach the color concentrate of your liking.
Simple and quick.
Put the lid back on and you are ready to go.
Katie asked a great question about the paints spilling.
I forgot to mention, I load the paints (cup and all) into these type of trays
(image via Dick Blick)
It makes the passing out of paints easier.
Plus it makes it harder to spill.