Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
Using CRAYOLA school glue (not the runny Elmer's kind) and regular old cheap-y acrylic paint, I mixed an almost 1:1 ratio. I put a little bit more paint than glue. Then I used the roller to mix it all. I suppose you could do this ahead of time and keep it in air-tight jars. maybe the glue would settle to the bottom of the jar though. I don't know. Anyhow, the thickness of the glue made the paint less runny, and it also added a bit of tackyness to the ink, so that it had that orange peel texture as I rolled it on the plate. Only problem I noticed was that it dries faster than block printing ink. Maybe that's not a problem to you, but I'm very fastidious about my prints, and I clean as I go, so I work slowly.
Anyhow, it worked! I thought this was worth sharing with all 88 of you ;)
Original link here: Tangle Patterns
So I showed them that step-by-step on the Elmo. I expected a train wreck. I told them this was an experiment, and I was going to see how they did before we even worried about turning this into a project or anything. I expected tears, and crumpled papers flying across the room, hitting me in the head. But, y'all....They did it! They got the pattern in one or two tries. Even the more challenged kids picked it up and were very satisfied to see that it worked for them!
Then I started showing them my work in progress. I told them I was going to have them draw 1/4 of a Celtic knot, and "cheat" to make the pattern transfer onto the other parts of the paper. I haven't tried this with the kiddos yet, so I'll keep you updated on how that goes. This would work even better if you are willing to let the kiddos use charcoal pencils to outline their knots as they are transferring.
But here's what I did for my example:
I think I'll make another fancier one as I go along, but I think the above example works well as an illustration. Our state's standardized test has evidently got symmetry on it, and the kids aren't scoring so well with that. In that case, I can actually help! I've been stressing symmetry with all the grade levels this year.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
I ended up just mixing the "frosting" paint in a ziploc bag, about 2 bottles of Elmer's glue to half a can of shaving cream. I cut the corner of the baggie off and squeezed the frosting on the cupcakes myself. The Kindergarteners were not able to use the small squeeze bottles efficiently, and ended up with not enough frosting, or way too much. Thus, I let them add more details, like the crinkles on the cupcake wrappers and the sprinkles and cherry.
The frosting paint took TWO FULL DAYS to dry. Beware of taking them off the drying rack and storing them when the frosting is dry-ish, even dry to the touch, it can still squish out from underneath and get them hopelessly stuck together.
UPDATE: I've since made this project even better by mixing in one more element: JELLO. See my blog on Chocolate Paint. After I tried it that way, I noticed the paint drying very hard, but it still had texture. I wanted the texture to be fluffy though! So I mixed about a half a box of JELLO pudding powder into a half a gallon ziploc baggie with a fourth a can of shaving cream and a half a bottle of glue. I made two batches; one chocolate and one vanilla. Below are the results of this experiment:
Friday, November 11, 2011
The kids painted another half sheet of drawing paper with the gold sparkle paint. I ALMOST let them use their hands for this, but with 28 kindergarteners in a class at a time, I couldn't deal with it all. if you have a smaller class, or you want to do each step one day at a time, then it might work to let them use their hands. I've done that with first grade before, and it was a lovely mess. :)
At the third table I set up texture rubbing plates, crayons without paper, and free draw scrap paper. This was a great filler activity, because it related to what we were making, but they could take it with them, instead of having to let it dry.
On day two, after talking about the fabulous Wayne Thiebaud and his deliciously textured paintings, the kiddos will be given trapezoid-shaped stencils to trace onto their gold paper and cut out. Those will be glued onto the tissue paper background with glue sticks.
Finally, the PUFFY PAINT!! This was so easy I almost choked with joy. :) In a ziploc bag, I squirt equal parts Elmer's glue and cheap Shaving cream. I smush it all up. Thenm I empty the air out of the bag and reseal it. I cut the corner of the bag off and squeezed it out just like icing! You may have to make a fresh batch for each class, so don't make too much at once! I am trying to get some red pom poms or buttons to add to the top of our cupcakes as little cherries. I've also seen people use colored rice for sprinkles.
I am a little worried I might have some kiddos try to eat their cupcakes. Haha! And you know what, while this project is ever so slightly cutesy, I like that it can be so closely tied to the Element of Texture and the artist Thiebaud. It's almost over the top for me, but the puffy paint made it way fun. Above is my Gigi's style cupcake, with 90% icing. :)
I am going to experiment with another texture paint recipe I found on Pinterest. This one uses flour, salt, and tempera paint. They put it in condiment bottles, and that may be easier to mix up than the shaving cream.
By the way, if you are an Art Educator, a teacher, or a parent, you MUST check out Pinterest. It's a bulletin board system for pictures and links. I can't say enough wonderful things about it. Since I made my boards I have tried countless recipes, activities, and even put together outfits, and teaching ideas just because of other people's brilliance. Lost of hits for my blog there too! Here's a link to my pinterest page, feel free to follow me!
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Artome was infinitely better, because it turned the fundraiser into an event. The kids were able to attend an art show in the evening with their parents, and see every child's work displayed in a beautiful frame with a double mat. The company charges $18 per frame, and I elected to charge $25 on my end so that we made a pretty significant amount from each sale. (More than yearbook!) Parents are able to order the framed work, and even reproductions of the pieces for gifts, even if they cannot attend the show.
The best part of all was that Artome came to my school and set the whole thing up, took it apart, and handled the reproduction orders, and last minute frame jobs onsite. I had many parents telling me they loved this idea, and that they definitely wanted me to do it again next year.
For once, everybody is happy!
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Yoshimi has battled the Pink Robots and her "ninja skillz" have paid off! Objectives for this project included demonstrating knowledge of various types of balance, experimenting with lettering, figure proportions, and interpreting inspiration in a unique way. Here are some of the finished works:
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
BIG KID (Grades 3 and up) Assessment Rubric:
The kids are having their first experience with these self assessments this week, and so far it's going fairly well. I have to talk it through with the littles, and probably I'll have to do that with the bigs as they finish up their project. Since this is a new thing, I expect them to be a little weirded out at first. But assessment was something I kept getting low marks for on my evaluations, so I've attempted to cover it this way, without making myself nuts trying to give individual grades.
LITTLE KID (K-2) Assessment Rubric:
After attending TN Arts Academy this summer and having a long conversation with an Arts educator about assessment in the Arts, I decided that it is very important, but it must be treated differently than assessment models for academic subjects. After all, if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life feeling like a failure.
I am having mixed feelings about the whole initiative to perhaps include the related arts on standardized tests eventually. Yes, thank you, powers that be, for finally concluding that the Arts are important enough to be measured....but...please don't make me teach to a test...because I have a feeling that's what it'll come to. We are already crunched for time and I am cramming as much material into my lessons as possible, but seeing the kids once a week (or less in some cases) for 45 minutes means that they have a hard time retaining much.
Anyway just a thought. At least self-assessment is helpful feedback for me, and it holds the kid somewhat accountable.
Friday, September 30, 2011
Years ago when I was teaching K-8 at a small Catholic school, I tried this on the first day of my Art Appreciation class with the middle schoolers. I turned on the Flaming Lips' Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Parts 1 and 2 and asked them to sketch whatever images came to mind as they listened to the music. They thought I was from another planet. They were used to nuns and opera music in the art room. Robots were unheard of. But their images were interesting. I think they were held back mostly by the fact that they were middle school kids, and thus more concerned with looking cool than with being creative.
This year's 5th graders are diving into this project with uncanny enthusiasm. Maybe it's because I told them a fellow student gave me this idea, or maybe it's the musical element, or the smelly markers. The objectives for this lesson included drawing body proportions of the girl Yoshimi, face proportions, choosing a type of balance to use (i.e. radial or asymmetrical) and experimenting with comic style lettering. So far they are enjoying it. I'll have to post some examples when they finish.
At least for now, they are all singing, "Oh Yoshimi, they don't believe me, but you won't let those robots eat me..."
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
I even let the Monster eat Sharpies, because they too can be revitalized using NAIL POLISH REMOVER. Yes! It works! Just soak the tip in a little bit of the nail polish remover and recap the sharpie. Overnight, the liquid refreshes the ink!
So far they are in love with the Marker Monster. I love his crazy teeth, which are now splattered with various marker smudges. It's a little macabre I suppose, but oh well.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
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Thursday, March 10, 2011
Here I go combining three things into one...mostly because I'm obsessed with Zentangle at the moment. I expect to remain obsessed right up until half my students are done with the project, then I'll be sick of it and have to suffer through the rest...but maybe not. Haha!
I am also a member of Swap-Bot, and participated in a swap involving little words. We swapped a little bunch of words with our partners and then made ATCs from the words. Here are mine.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
I've been so into the Zentangle thing lately that I decided to try this challenge from a fellow blogger. "Something Blue" was designed to break out of the usual black, white, and gray palette of a typical Zentangle. I made two examples.
I can't wait to try these with my students once they finish their current project!
You can find the original challenge here. http://iamthedivaczt.blogspot.com/2011/03/weekly-challenge-12.html?showComment=1299697743330#c2903272555156525640
Thursday, February 24, 2011
So apparently this is a "thing." I never catch on to trends until they are almost no longer trendy. But I ran across the idea of Zentangles when I was searching for artist's trading card swaps. Zentangle is basically a glorified doodle on a 3.5 inch square of very nice paper, using very nice pens. The patterns are supposed to be slighly variant within themselves, not just perfect repetitions. If the size or media is different is is not technically a Zentangle, it's "Zentangle Inspired Art." So I guess that's what this is, since it's 2.5 x 3.5 inches. If you want to know more, this site is great. They are pretty persnickety about the "rules" of Zentangle, though. I dunno, I think the point is more to relax and draw, and let your mind focus on that instead of your day-to-day stress. Doodling is a natural habit for many people. I feel like I am tuned in more to a lecture if I am doodling while I'm listening.
Today I tried this with my 5th graders. A handful of them were finished with the current project, and while the rest of the class was finishing up, I showed them how to zentangle on an ATC. I had them use prismacolor premier fine line markers, (which my awesome principal got for us for free!) and showed them how to pencil in a border and a few strings, sectioning off their drawing for different patterns. They were so into it! As the other students finished the project, they wanted to Zentangle too. So I had the first group of students teach the newcomers. At the end of class, I told them that they had "homework": to teach another person to Zentangle. Would you believe it? The response was, "YAAAY!"