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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

AOE live!

Hey! Join me tonight - Nov 24, 2015

9 p.m. Eastern time

8 p.m. Central time


I'll be chatting about painting with kids, my 

inspiration for projects,

blogging and much more!

RSVP a spot HERE.

Laura :)

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Day of the Dead

                         Dia de Los Muertos
is a beautiful celebration for many in Mexico and the United States. My 3rd graders created these fun sugar skulls in art 
as part of the celebration.

My students love this celebration and love talking about relatives who have passed away. Remember, this is not a scary holiday but a time to 
remember those 
who have passed away in the family.

Supplies Needed:

Model Magic

Cardboard squares 6" x 6"
Oil Pastels
Tacky Glue
Painted Paper 6" strips 

To start the project:

Take Model Magic, roll it into a ball and push it down on a 6 x 6 piece of cardboard or chipboard.

Next shape the skull and eye sockets. 

This was very easy and took little time. Let Dry. 

Class 2
Students added symmetrical designs to the skulls with various colors of sharpie markers, then painted the background board with one color of bright tempera paint.

After a couple of minutes the cardboard will be dry enough to add oil pastel patterns to the painted cardboard background. Keep the designs simple.

Create a frame using previously painted paper. We used our placemats cut into thin strips and then glued them down.

Using tacky glue, apply sequins in the frame corners and on the skull if you desire.

I loved hearing the stories from my students about their sugar skulls.
May a loved one’s memory brighten your day while creating colorful art!

Keep on creating!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Branching, Curvy, Twisted Lines

Twisting, curvy, thick and thin.

We looked at various types of trees and 
how branches are formed on them. We also looked at pumpkins and the various colors they come in.

Week one: On 12 x 18 white paper
4th grade students created a horizon line then added a pumpkin patch. Big pumpkins, little pumpkins add them all in the patch. we discussed all of the curvy lines that make up a pumpkin. Next, students created trees with branches coming from the main trunk. First students used pencil 
then outlined everything with a large Sharpie marker.

Week Two: Students first painted, using liquid watercolors, the pumpkins in the pumpkin patch blending their warm colors - yellow, orange and red -on the pumpkins. 

Next the students painted the sky. The last step was to paint the leaves with tempera paint, falling, blowing in the wind.

Our Inspiration:

Our Display in the Hallway

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Pumpkin Swirls

What a perfect time of year to explore 
the lifecycle of a pumpkin!

Class One:
My 3rd graders looked at the different stages of a pumpkin's lifecycle.~seed, sprout, vine, flower, pumpkin~
Next, student created beautiful painted paper with warm colored tempera paints. 

Then, students created a backdrop for their pumpkins using construction paper, scissors and glue.
 (We looked at photos of old weathered fences for inspiration)

 Next, students created various shapes and sizes of pumpkins out of different shades of painted paper.

Students glued them down, then added the curvy vines and leaves of the pumpkin plant with different shades of green tempera paint. Let dry.

Class Two: 
Students used oil pastels to create the veins on the leaves of the vine and the curved ridges on the pumpkins. 

The last step was to add the swirls, representing the wind in the sky, these were done with dark shades of purple and blue then adding white to create a tint 

 As you can see we really focused on line- 
curvy, spiral and twisted. 
I just love the movement in these beautiful paintings. 

What a fun way to teach science, color theory, elements 
and principles of arts~ line, pattern and movement 
to name a few! 

Sunday, October 18, 2015


Halloween is such a fun time of year. 
If you asked my second graders they would agree!

Here are some of my fun projects I have created with my students in the past couple years.

 I have never done "Halloween" projects in the past 
but when I found this book
 "Inside a House that is Haunted" 
I knew I could have some fun creating projects with my students.

 I have to give Ginger over at Paintbrush Rocket props for her fun Frankenstein project. 
From there we took off making some other characters from the book!

"who spooked the mummy who ran with a shriek"

that frightened the ghost who awoke and cried, "BOO!"
surprising the cat that jumped and screeched, "MEW!"

that shook up the bats that swooped through the air 
and jolted the owl that called, "Who-Who's there?"

Bats with Crazy, Silly Eyes!

I have updated some of these fun projects and put them into a easy to follow full color digital lessons.

The digital bundled PDF's include:
Step by step full-color photo tutorials for each creature lesson.
Background information about each creature
Supplies needed for each project
Templates for Witch, Hat, and Cat
Student galleries for each lesson
Helpful tips
Silly jokes and insightful information
Poetry posters for each creature to be printed and displayed with finished projects

If you want more detailed full color plans you can find them just in time for Halloween on sale 

Hope your have a Boo-tiful October!

Keep on Creating 
Laura :)

Monday, October 12, 2015

Stylized Circle Trees.

Fall is my FaVoRiTe time of the year! 
 Here is a simple yet fun project to create with your students.

First, have your students create beautiful painted paper and let dry.
 I threw in some glitter paint to add a little bit of sparkle.

Next, comes creating the large circle for the tree top. 

In my school, we are really trying to reinforce math concepts, so if I can use geometric shapes in projects I am all about it.
 I have a zillion of circle stencils, various sizes to help the little ones refine creating their shapes.

After the circle is drawn on the back side of the paper, they cut out the circle, and start adding the branches with previously painted paper. 

We look at how trees have trunks that start at the bottom touching the ground and
 eventually become thin branches in the air.

Our trees are more Stylized not having to be realistically shaped. 
The kiddos love adding smaller branches to larger branches to complete the look.

various circles
tempera paint for painted paper
construction paper

Enjoy the beauty of fall!

Laura :)

Monday, October 5, 2015

Going batty for BATS

Going batty in your classroom? 

Why not have your students create some adorable fun bats while learning information about them.
 This packet includes step by step colorful photos, poetry, and information about the flying creatures. 
Also included are bat templates that will help your younger students feel successful when starting this project. 

The Digital PDF includes:
Step by step full-color photo tutorials for the Bat lesson.
Background information about bats
Supplies needed for project
2 bat templates
Student gallery
Helpful tips
Bat poem with fun images

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