Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Prehistoric Art!!

Fourth and Fifth grade students are starting this year with the previously mentioned TIMELINE!! The timeline begins with the first form of art that we know, which is Prehistoric art or Cave art!! It is believed to be from about 32,000 years ago. They have found cave art on nearly every continent. During that time, they did not have crayons and markers like we have now, instead they would grind up stones and other natural materials to create their colors. Because they were only using natural materials they only had certain colors, including black, brown, red, white, and orange. Our students were able to use crayons and paint but only in those specific colors. We drew/painted on one large brown paper (per class) and crumpled it up and added black and brown shading to make it look more like a rock. Cave art animals were drawn much more realistic than the people. We drew our pets or favorite animals first, somewhat realistically but without a lot of details. Next we drew our families as stick figures. Lastly, we painted around our hands. This was very important in prehistoric art because the used their hand prints as signatures.

Also, we had fun creating our own cave art because we turned off the lights and used small lamps. Also, we taped the paper to the bottom of the table to show how some of the artists had to crawl in small spaces and paint on different types of surfaces.

After students were finished creating, myself and a few other (taller) teachers helped hang it in the hallway to have a "cave" in our school. SO AWESOME!!!!

Art Timeline!!!

This year we are creating an art timeline to show how art history has progressed from the first form of art to today's contemporary art. We are also using our projects to create a visual art timeline in the room. I put a long string on the wall and at the end of each project I will add one student's project to the timeline with the date. By the end of the year we will have an amazing group timeline!! 4th and 5th grade will start with cave art, from 32,000 years ago. Cave art is the first form of art that we know, and they will continue until the twentieth century. The Junior High group will start at the twentieth century until art from today. They are starting with the artist Henri Rousseau from about 1910. They have already started and they are coming out so beautiful!!! Stay tuned for pictures!!!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

"Getting To Know You" Puzzzle

This was such a wonderful project for the first days of schools. It allows students to color, cut and learn about their classmates. We start with a blank 9 piece puzzle. In the middle piece they write their name. In the eight other pieces they draw things about themselves, for example, their favorite food, movie, place, cartoon, toy, or what they want to be when they grow up. When they have finished coloring every piece they can cut on the black lines. When students are finished cutting out all of the pieces they can go find a classmate and exchange puzzles!!! They really enjoyed this project and learning about each other.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Crayon Rewards!!!

Do you ever wonder what to do with all of those broken and tiny crayons that the kids don't want to use anymore? Well, here's an idea.... STAR CRAYONS!!! When a student has gone above and beyond on their project or to help another student I reward them with star crayons!!! I used to buy pencils, erasers, stickers and more until I started making these new crayons, and they are so much more effective!! Kids of any age love these crayons!!

Directions - *do not try without an adult!!!!!

  1. peel off all of the wrappers from the crayons (I have found that students actually like helping with this task)

  2. separate into similar colors (red and orange, blue and green, pink and purple, etc) or you can experiment with your own combinations!! I use paper plates to separate

  3. preheat oven to 350 degrees

  4. break crayons into smaller pieces.

  5. use a silicone baking pan (shown below). I got mine at Jo-Ann fabrics. Do not use a silicone ice cube tray, I tried it and it did not work!!!

  6. fill with the small, broken, and separated crayons

  7. place on a metal backing sheet!!!! this is very important so that you can pull it out of the oven!

  8. place it in the oven for about 12 minutes. Cooking time may vary depending on your oven.

  9. Afterwards, carfully take it out of the oven and let cool

  10. After it has cooled, the crayons should pop out easily!!!

  11. And finally... COLOR!!!!

*In our HOT Arizona summers, I am able to place it outside in the sun and it will melt (sometimes you may have to turn it)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

2011-2012 School Year!!!!

Hello!! Welcome back to the 2011-2012 School Year!! I am so excited to be back and see all of the kids smiling faces!! Here are a few pictures of my art room this year! Notice the tables are now named after artists so the students can become aware of some famous artists!!!

Below are some pictures of what I use for classroom management..

"A.R.T." - If the class, as a whole, is getting too loud or not staying on task then i begin flipping over the letters. If I have to flip over the "T" then they stop art class and we talk about their behavior. They can earn the letters back if they are doing a better job at staying on task.

At the end of class.. if it still says "A. R. T" then the class gets a crayon in their crayon box!! once they get 10 crayons they get to have a fun art day (free draw, art games, sidewalk chalk etc.)