December 20, 2012

art sub tub

So far this school year I have perfect attendance.
I am actually mildly shocked that between kids chewing on pencils, sneezing into the non-existent tissues in their hands, and coughing everywhere except into their elbow that I am able to boast about a perfect record.
Last year at this time I was an incubator of bronchitis and mild pneumonia. 
I know.

That being said almost every free moment from the last five months was spent doing masters homework.
That means that so many things I want to do for myself and my art room have been put on hold.

Finally though I caught a break the last two weeks of school.
My masters classes were done and suddenly it felt like I had an abundant amount of time on my hands.

So I spent the time doing something that I have wanted to do for a long time.
Have you ever heard of a
Sub Tub?

I've seen a few pins for them.
But I knew I needed to make one that was perfect for me.
And here it is.

The tub is color coordinating to match everything that is already color coordinated in my classroom.
So, I will never ever be able to change my colors again. Ha!

I laminated construction paper for the grade level dividers.
I also stuck some cardboard dividers into the tub for extra support.
Then I grabbed some file folders.
I already had my sub lessons on hand, so I just started labeling the folders.

Each file folder has the lesson plan* and I tried to get examples in them as well.
The examples take a long time, so this will continue to be a process.

But I wasn't done yet.
I saw // this pin // and knew the tub would not be complete without it.
I started snapping pictures all over my art room and emailing them to myself.
In a word document I labeled and described every picture.
I want this substitute to feel like the teacher, not like the guest speaker.

I probably gave a little too much information, but let's face it, no one wants to enter a classroom empty-handed.
These labeled numbers on the cabinet doors also appear on the lesson plans* that are located in the file folders.
I wanted the sub to be able to get the supplies on their own, so this was a must.

Hopefully this will keep me from working hours just to get sub plans ready.
Hopefully this will be helpful to any substitute who comes in.

Now all I have to do is break my perfect attendance record to see if it works.

December 16, 2012

jen's favorite things // a year in review //

Oprah's Jen's favorite things...
I am in the giving mood today so I thought I would share the things that have become your favorites.
You've pinned, commented, blogged about, tried out, and visited these posts quite a bit this year.

I've decided to give you the links to all of them in this blog post.
This is //draw the line at // 2012 by numbers.
with 20,189 views (since July)

with 730 views (since August)

with 447 views (since July)

with 369 views (since January)

with  320 views (since August)

with 289 views (since October)

with 189 views (since November)

with 178 views (since September)

with 165 views (since February)

with 128 views (since January)

Thanks for a great 2012!

December 12, 2012

snow globe collage

I'll use any excuse to play Christmas music in my room.
This lesson give me the perfect opportunity.
Second graders create these snow globes in just two days.
Day 1
Choose a 12 x 12 cool color background.
We tear up white construction paper and collage it on top to create our snowy landscape.
I handout tracer circles so the kiddos know where to make their drawings.
Winter items are brainstormed on the whiteboard
Music starts.
Drawings begin.

Day 2
We get out the construction paper crayons and colored pencils and begin coloring.

We pause part-way through coloring and cut our globe out.
Plus we add a base.
After the coloring is finished we get to the kid's favorite part.

My glitter ("snow globe snow") consists of:
Silver glitter paint, glitter, gold glitter paint, water, and some glue.
Mix together.
Paint on the globe.
When it dries you get something like this.
Ho Ho Ho!
Have fun!

December 7, 2012

emotional self-portraits

I taught this lesson last year and it turned out to be one of my favorite third grade projects.
Let's be honest.
Drawing people can be hard.
Drawing people can be scary.
I am pretty sure my junior-in-college self stated something like that to my painting professor a few years ago.
She pushed me to do it anyway.
And I loved her for it.

Kids have the same fears.
People are hard and scary to draw.
But this lesson is fun.
It breaks down the process into easy steps.
And before your know it, your kids are rocking portrait drawing.

Day 1
Have a discussion about what emotions are. 
I printed out a huge list of emotions. (like this)
 Have you students pair up and show off the emotions that you call out.

Then I give them a template like #1.
The students choose an emotion they want to draw and write it at the top of their template.
Using the doc cam, I take them step by step how to break down the features on the face.
I also have a cartoon emotion worksheet (like this) on each table so they can note how eyebrows and wrinkles help show emotions.
Student draw their portrait in pencil. (#2)
The last step of the day is to outline everything in sharpie. (#3)

Day 2
After outlining in sharpie we tape our template to nice watercolor paper.
We start tracing everything except the guidelines.
Students are told not to shade anything in with their pencil.
Once the tracing is done, students are given sharpies to outline their pencil line.
Now they are asked to use the sharpie to fill in the eyebrows, pupils, and nostrils only.

My favorite part of the project comes next!!!
We start to discuss how different colors help us represent different emotions.
We sit down for a few minutes and watch all these short videos.
Color In Motion (click on the door that says "the movies")

Students are to pick a colored sharpie that best represents their emotion.
They use they sharpie to create a line pattern in the background.

Day 3
Grab these and begin watercoloring. (here)

These are a conversation piece in the hallways for sure!

Bonus: Have your kids write a story about why they are showing that emotion.

December 4, 2012

value pine trees

In Kindergarten we explore the idea of value in its most simplified form.
I saw (this lesson) from Katie and it inspired my lesson.
We began by talking about value.
Every student gets a 9x12 piece of white paper.
They fold it into 4 even rectangles.
And the painting commences.
I give them original green to start.
After they paint one rectangle they sgraffito lines into the wet paint.
Then I mix in yellow to the green and they sgraffito a different line pattern into a new rectangle.
Third comes white.
Lastly they get black mixed in.
I have a poster that I use over and over for my Kindergarteners that helps them remember different lines.
On the second day they get some additional materials plus their painted paper.
Students draw and cut triangles out of their painted paper.
They glue them down and cut smaller squares and rectangles for the tree trunks.
Here is my teacher sample.
My first kindergartners just did theirs this morning.
They loved it. Turned out super cute too.
Thanks for the inspiration Katie!