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Thursday, September 22, 2016

1st Grade Autumn Landscapes

Hello ALL and Welcome!

This is the first year I did this project with 1st grade. I ABSOLUTELY recommend it. We went over our elements of art, THANK YOU Cassie Stephens for the idea of creating hand motions for the elements of art (i did change some of them to make them more suitable for my students and I)

First day we read Stellaluna, by Janell Cannon from, and then did a venn diagram comparing and contrasting birds and bats. Then on painting day we added birds and bats in the silhouette landscape

We spoke about color and watched this awesome (I have used this video so many times in my classroom) youtube clip, from Sesame Street, to learn about primary and secondary (or should i say review).
I then gave them liquid watercolor, in the primary colors only, and they were able to mix colors and "experiment" (ahem, science collaboration, anyone??)

Then we took a break to learn about silhouettes and looked at pictures of real sunset silhouettes and prior projects.
We spoke about shape and created "autumn" landscapes, including ground, trees, pumpkins, bats, birds, swing sets.. whatever they thought was in an autumn landscape.

We briefly discussed foreground, middle ground, and background.

Last day, we added black borders and white contour line drawings of "Fall" and "Halloween" images. Then added name label and PRESTO we completed our first official project of the year.

Please let me know if you have any questions!!


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

NEW School Year

Dear Blog and Blog Readers (if there are any out there!! hahaha... i don't blame you)

Every year I start off with the idea that i'm going to update my blog all the time and do all of this crazy stuff, but then LIFE gets in the way. So this year, on my planner I put that every Friday I will update my blog.  I have some great lesson kick starters and i can't wait to see all the light bulbs turn on and project making begins!

SO this year I would like to focus on my use of technology in the classroom. I have a lot of things I would like to start incorporating in my art classroom. SO, be on the look out!

Today is the first day for staff and our students start Monday! So I need to get EVERYTHING prepared.

Have a wonderful school year!

Take Care,