Tuesday, October 8, 2019

PBIS Bulletin Board

PBIS Bulletin Board  
It took a few hours, but I put together and painted this bulletin board for our school.  My plan was to create a bulletin board that could be up the entire school year. 

I love creating bulletin boards, but time gets more and more precious as the school year moves on.  It can get really tricky to find the time to change out a bulletin board every couple of months.  This is why I decided to relate it to our PBIS theme words for the school year.  I figured I could leave it up without feeling guilty about finding the time to put a new board up.

I think it turned out pretty well.  Plus, I got to go to my happy place for awhile and PAINT. 

A picture of me in my happy zone.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Pinch Pot Fish

Sixth Grade
4 to 5 Class Periods

Pinch Pot Fish, Sixth Grade Art

Day 1

Students are given some background information on the origins of clay.  Vocabulary words discussed are: clay, kiln, wedging, pinch pot, slab, greenware, bisque ware, glaze ware.

Using a softball size of clay, students are shown how to create a pinch pot.  Clay is then wrapped in a damp paper towel and placed in a zip lock bag to be stored until Day 3 of the project.

Day 2

Students are given templates of fins and tails to use for their fish pinch pots.  They may choose one of the designs or create their own.

A clay slab is then rolled out to place the templates on.  Clay pieces are cut out. 

Cutting out templates for fins.
One dorsal fin, one tail and two side fins.  Pieces are carefully wrapped with a damp paper towel and stored in a separate zip lock bag from the pinch pot.

Day 3

All pieces are removed from their bags.  Student are shown how to lightly tap the pinch pot on the side to create the bottom of the fish.  I also demonstrate different ways the pinch pot opening could be pulled and pinch to create different shapes for the mouth.

Students are reminded on how to use the slip and score technique for the additive method of clay.  Fins are attached to the body of the pinch pot.  Students are encouraged to use their creativity skills to add other details to their fish: eyes, tongue, teeth, spikes, etc.

Pieces are labeled and set to dry.  Once dry they are placed in kiln for first firing.

Day 4

I have an assortment of glazes set out for the students to use to begin day 4.  We discuss the proper glazing techniques expected for this lesson.  Students are also reminded on clean up procedures.

Glazing the pinch pot.
Pieces are collected and once again fired in the kiln. 

Student Examples:

Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?

3 Class Periods
Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?  Kindergarten Art Lesson

I have done a very similar lesson in the past with my kindergarten students where our main subject is the grouchy ladybug from Eric Carle's book The Grouchy Ladybug.  You can view the details to theat lesson here:The Grouchy Ladybug

Day 1: 

Students are presented a powerpoint that I created on Eric Carle.  We then read a story by Eric Carle with the intent of examining the beautiful pictures he created on each page in detail.  To view the information I shared with students check out the link mentioned above.

Next, each child is presented with a large piece of white kraft paper.  Paint is poured on each piece of paper.  Students are allowed to use foam brushes, scrapers, roller and their hands to paint with.

Once the paint starts to cover most of the paper I layer the paper with a second color that can easily mix with the first.  I don't need to tell you how excited the students get over this.  The pieces are then set off to the side to dry as clean up takes place.

The colors that I have students create are blue (purple or white is the second color that we mix with it), brown (which has orange, black or white added to it), green (blue or yellow is added as the second color) and orange (yellow is added).

Day 2:

By the second day of class, I have all of the large painted paper cut down to the sizes that we need to create the project.  These pieces over all are 10 x 10-inches.  I use a base of white tagboard to glue all of our pieces on.

We start by gluing down the sky then adding the grass.  All of these pieces so far cut to the exact size.  Students just need to glue them in place.
Students adding sky, grass and clouds to paper.

We add the sun and clouds next.  Students are shown how to create both of these shapes.

After background is in place we begin the construction of the bear.  Usually we get as far as creating his body and creating the circle for his head.

Pieces are collected and saved for the next class period.

Day 3:

Today we review everything we have learned so far about this project ranging from the artist, painting paper and creating shapes.  If I feel class time allows, I often read another Eric Carle story before we begin the days activities.
Bear waiting for those extra details to make him complete.

On this day we create the inside of the bears face, ears, legs, tail and eyes.  A sharpie marker is used to add details like the pupils of the eyes, nose, mouth and claws.

Examples of Student Work:

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Paper Dot Mural

I had a blank bulletin board in my classroom this year that had me stumped on what to do with it.  After doing some massive searching on bulletin board ideas, I stumbled across this Pinterest idea and thought it would be fun to try it for myself.
This is how we began our bulletin board.  For those of you on Pinterest you probably have come across this bulletin board idea.

After, I created the starting point for our mural, I then created 10 different circle designs for students to color.  Several of the designs were just plan circles that the students could design on their own.  I made many copies of these circle patterns and placed them in a basket in our free time center.

I quickly explained the process and plans to my K-4 students and they jumped right to it with excitement.

Color circles during free choice time.
Cutting out circles after coloring design.
 Before you knew it, our mural began to grow...

And grow.....

Our plan is to continue this throughout the school year.  If we make it to the art room door, we will continue to grow our mural into the school hallway.  Students are beyond excited to see how big this mural will get to be.  I must say, I am quite excited, too!

Keep your eyes posted for future updates as the dot takeover begins!

Monday, September 30, 2019

September 2019

Every month I recognize students in grades K-6 for being my famous artists of the month.

These students have demonstrated high craftsmanship and effort in their art creations as well demonstrating how to be responsible, respectful and safe in the art room! Congratulations to Daxford Randall, Quinn Grassmann, Dawson Brown, Hoyt Marshall, Olivia Banky, Nolan Ewings, Payten Severt, Karalee Hibbard.

Congratulations to my first famous artists of the month for the 2019-2020 school year!