Sunday, July 27, 2014

Eric Carle Portraits - 3rd grade

Using the papers we painted using intermediate colors, Third Grade learned the proper placement of facial features by creating a portrait.  I gave them a pattern to trace for each head.  Next they made their hair and then added eyes, nose and mouth.  As you can see, each students used their own creativity to do the rest!

Ace Summer School - Recycled Flowers

Our last project was making flowers out of recycled old library books.  I gave the kids old library books and a choice of flower stencils to trace.  We used recycled wire the electricians (my husband) cuts off after installing a ballast.  The kids did have a hard time cutting up the books!

Ace Summer School - Recycling & Louise Nevelson

Lousie Nevelson was an American sculptor (1899-1988) known for her large, monochromatic (one color) wooden wall sculptures.  Nevelson used found objects for many of her sculptures.  So, we used found objects to create our Louis Nevelson sculptures.

The kids brought in some of their own found objects and added them to the class found object box.  After they chose their objects, they went to a "glue station" to glue their found objects into their box.  (People give me all kinds of stuff and a friend gave me these small black boxes.)

The kids love using the glue guns!  We gave them instructions on what to do if they burned themselves.  Luckily, no one got a blister.  

The last step is go outside to spray paint the boxes which the kids love doing also!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

ACE Summer School - Art from recycled markers!

Blow Paint & Recycled Water Colors

I had read in one of the art magazines about using old dried up markers to make watercolor paint.  So, I looked on Pinterest  for directions.  Here's what we did...I use "Mr. Sketch" markers because I find they last longer.  I have box in the art room for "Dead Markers".  It says RIP on the box.  Then I bought needle nose pliers at the dollar store and demonstrated how to pull out the tip of the marker.  Next, I demonstrated how to use that needle nose to pull off the bottom of the marker. The kids loved using the pliers and we had no accidents.  The kids showed me how to use the "circle" on the pliers to remove the bottom of the Crayola markers!  I do learn a lot from the kids!
We put all of the marker parts into plastic cups with some water added.  I let them soak overnight.  The next day I transferred the liquid watercolor to jars with lids.

Looking on Pinterest I found this blow painting artwork.  We did it on watercolor paper using the recycled water colors.  I dropped a few drops of the recycled watercolor on their paper and they blew it right away.  If the watercolor sits there it soaks into the paper.  I also found that more water made is blow better and not soak in so fast.  We also discovered that if they blew it as it was dropping on the the paper it had a different look.  Funny thing is, I showed this project to the kids on Pintrest they didn't like it but of course in the end they loved it!

ACE Summer School - Recycled Arts -Dale Chuily

Dale Chihuly

In our ACE summer school enrichment program (2nd, 3rd & 4th graders) the theme this year is careers.  I chose Recycling Careers or Green Careers.  Art lends itself to almost anything!  I have always wanted to do a unit on recycling so after I discussed "Green" careers, I began with a project I found in a School Arts magazine.  We looked at a YouTube demonstration of Dale Chihuly, a glass blowing artist.   We used permanent markers to color on plastic plates and cups (that's the part that could be from recycled materials).  Then the students took turns using a heat gun and tongs to melt and shape their sculpture.

Finished products...

Each one is different.  The kids loved it!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Bench for Ms. Scanlan's Retirement

Goodbye Ms. Scanlan....

Our principal of seven years has decided to retire at the end of this school year.  PTA asked me if we could make tiles for two benches as an appreciation gift for her.  One bench would stay at WVE and the other would go home with her.  We have 650 students and there is no way I could fit that many tiles on two benches.  So I put on my creative thinking cap and came up with finger prints shaped like a heart.  I used black under-glaze for the finger prints, a glaze pencil to write their name and then fired the tiles.  Lastly, the tiles were glazed using blues and greens.    

This is my favorite Administrative Assistant!  Her husband installs stone and tile floors.  She has watched him for years so she showed me how to attach and grout the tiles tot he benches.

Party Ready Benches!

Big Art Day 2014

March 5th 2014
This was the first year for the Texas Art Education Association to have a "Big Art Day".  " The purpose of BIG ART DAY is an art happening to raise awareness of art education and art as a creative force in our communities on a BIG statewide scale.  It is an attempt by the TAEA (Texas Art Education Association) to engage all art educators, their students and communities in a single day art event."

Each student at WVE drew and colored a self portrait on a sticky note.  Then we put them together to form, "peace, love, art".  The kids love looking for their portrait.

This photograph looks pixelated!