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This lesson is a lot of work in the beginning, but is visually stunning in the end. The students are reviewing the art element: Line. Additionally, they are learning complex pattern, repetition, and two new lines. I begin by drawing an animal on 18"x24" drawing paper. If I need to, I will piece four of these together to make it bigger. I cut around the animal and then cut it into pieces. Each piece is labeled on the back, close to the edge of the piece. I write the student's name, class and teacher, animal name and then two hash... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2012 at smollthings
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Posted Jun 25, 2012 at smollthings
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I beagan making birdhouses with my first graders about 5 years ago. In kindergarten I teach them how to make a pinch pot, how to make slabs, and how to make coils. In beginning first grade, they learn how to slip and score. We also make paper castles in the first semester of first grade. I teach them how to make a cylinder and a cone. All of this helps them to use clay skills to make a basic birdhouse and then use art elements to add to it. On birdhouse day I make 50 lumps of clay and run... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2012 at smollthings
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Being a pirate is all fun and games....until someone loses an....eye.... Yes the Pirate Lesson is back. I teach the students symmetry with self-portraits and then we learn Asymmetry with Pirates!! Here are the results!! Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2011 at smollthings
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Okay....so one of our classroom teachers found a cute little bird craft on familyfun.com. And I decided to take it a little further. It was difficult to keep everyone on board and still give freedom to make choices. But here is what we have so far. This is first grade. Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2011 at smollthings
Posted Apr 17, 2011 at smollthings
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I have been working on new stamps for my coffee mugs. I am trying to come up with some animal designs. These are the two that I have so far.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2011 at smollthings
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these past two weeks, my student teacher taught all of the classes while i observed, helped, and organized. he took on an ambitious jackson pollack/abstract expressionist lesson. the first week, he showed abstract expressionist's work, played the token response game, and showed first grade a short pollack film. the kindergarteners also used rubber cement to add lines to paper. the second week, the kindergarteners used primary watercolor paints to splatter and drop paint over the rubber cemented paper. they could also pick up their paper and move it to create more lines and mix their primary colors. the first graders... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2011 at smollthings
okay....so i've been putting the video together of the student painting the maze. NOW, he made a king cobra out of modeling clay and we have filmed him going through the maze!!! it is a little choppy, but the look on my student's face when he saw it on the camera was priceless!! the disappearing snake, snake going through the portals and the movement were all his idea. i basically just held the camera and clicked! Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2011 at smollthings
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this is a maze that one of my students is working on. i am blown away by his abilities. he has included keys that let you in to color-coded gates. he has also put transporters in!!! i love watching his brain think through these things. while he is painting, i take photographs. i am putting them together in a stop-action movie. Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2011 at smollthings
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One of our teachers came to me with a lesson that she was working on for Valentine's day. Her class will be making 21 valentines to send all over the U.S. and Canada. In return they will receive as many from various schools. She said that the theme is "Cupcake". I immediately thought of a book that I used to make with Kindergarteners starting with a fan folded strip of paper. Each flat surface of the zig zag has something glued to it. We made ours into a cupcake consisting of hearts. The front was the cupcake wrapper. I gave... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2011 at smollthings
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after two days of being inside sick, buck and i went for a shape walk. i grabbed the camera and we went off in search of circles. i feel circles are the most perfect shape....maybe that is the potter in me. i don't know how helpful buck was, but he was certainly patient. we found circles everywhere. i think this would be a great idea for students. i have always wanted to do a photo project with kindergarten and first graders. from their vantage point, they could take some interesting photos. the berries and the button in the bottom left... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2011 at smollthings
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every year i teach kindergarteners how to draw a self-portrait. we first look at some portraits, then some self-portraits of artists who they know. it seems like each year i do something a little different with this lesson. this year, i gave the students a template for the "upside down egg shaped" head. then step by step we added the football shaped eyes, the long number two shaped eyebrow and nose, and the three lines for the mouth. then we draw the neck and shoulders. I teach a general "boys" hair and "girls" hair, and we talk about how to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2011 at smollthings
I teach art in a k-1 building. we have about 350 students. i have been teaching for 7 years. since coming to this school 3 years ago, i have been focusing on developing a cohesive curriculum for this age group. The students are amazingly fun, creative and visceral. I love their enthusiasm and excitement! Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2011 at smollthings