Friday, May 27, 2016

Papier Mache Animals

5th graders created these papier mache animals using recycled materials! You can see from the bottom picture here, they used creamer shaped bottles, news paper, tag board and tape to create their armature for their animal. The next art class they had to distress one color of construction paper and papier mached over their armature. The class after they drew on details (eyes, mouth, legs) with pencil and went in and painted it these details. The class after they decorated with yarn, pipe cleaners, gems, ribbon, what ever they needed! I love when students say, "I wan't to do this"...."How can we do that?" and we brainstorm how to can do it! That is what art is all about, problem solving! I just adore these three unicorns and how they each went about decorating it differently!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Hot Air Balloons!

4th graders made these awesome papier mache hot air balloons. We started with a small balloon and taped a small dixi cup to the bottom. Then the kids mached the entire thing with paper (I didn't have enough newspaper or brown paper bag) which worked fine. The next day they picked one color construction paper to mache over the entire thing. Day after they cut out designs and mached them on. Last day, they attached the basket with string! I used an exacto knife to cut the bottoms (baskets) off before class. They look great hanging up even though my picture is kind of dark!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Our Keller Cougar Mural

The students and I have been busy this school year slowly painting a new mural in our school! We projected our school mascot onto the wall, traced it and added some squares to give it an abstract look!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Keller Culture and Art Fair

For the second year, our school has put on a culture event. The staff asked if I would create art projects to be displayed the night of the event that correlated with what continent each grade was studying. Of course I said yes! I love working with classroom teachers and connecting art with other areas of the school. I got an early start and had no trouble doing a different culture/continent with each grade level. I hung the art on our cork strips and bulletin boards around the school which was nice that the art didn't have to go up and come down in one night. The event had families walk through the school to view the art and any other posters/projects the students created in their classroom. We also asked families and staff to bring a dish to sample from their culture. It was a huge success! With a school of about 200 kids, we had about 250 people come!
These first photos are from our Asian hallway created by 5th graders. We made Sumi-e bamboo banners, Ming dynasty inspired vases with cheery blossoms and hanging lanterns with one class doing a cherry blossom design and the other Hokusai's Great Wave. Thanks to my friend Leah at whatshappeningintheartroom for the lantern idea!
The Native American weavings were done by 4th grade I just love the way this display turned out!
Third grade made the papier mache milk jug African masks!
Second graders studied South America and I got this arpillera lesson from the wonderful Cassie Stephens blog! I cannot tell you how much they loved making those origami houses!
First graders did Europe and we painted Eiffel towers! Again, this fun lesson came fro the Cassie Stephens blog!
Last, was probably the most fun art viewing spot of the night, we turned a small room off of the gym into a Keller Cave! Students learned about cave paintings from their continent they were studying and created their own cave artwork. These all hung up in a dark room, with streamers blocking the entrance, flash lights and even a hidden spider made for some good times!
Lots of food, dancing, singing, and art! What a nice event! Already thinking about next years!