Monday, October 6, 2014

Painted Paper's Favorite Pumpkin Projects

Happy Fall Everyone!

My good blogging buddy, Cassie Stephens 
posted on her fantastic blog her favorite fall projects 
and wanted to see our favorite projects. 
Funny, since I had just been preparing a walk down memory lane of my favorite pumpkin projects!

If you have been following my blog over the years, you would know I love fall. 
Why the whole month of October is an explosion of colors! 
Especially those analogous colors which I so love.

So here are my favorites.

Tempera Paint Pumpkins

Week One: 
2nd grade create large, beautiful, pumpkins with tempera paint on 12 x 18 paper. We focused on brush strokes to create texture on our pumpkins. Then Let Dry.

Week 2:
Students added various strips of paper to create a border and cut squares of painted paper to create tabs on the border. Here is a poem we read and displayed with our pumpkins. We had  lots of fun with this project. Enjoy!

One day I found two pumpkin seeds.

I planted one and pulled the weeds.

It sprouted roots and a big, long vine.

A pumpkin grew; I called it mine.
The pumpkin was quite round and fat.
(I really am quite proud of that.)
But there is something I'll admit
That has me worried just a bit.
I ate the other seed, you see.
Now will it grow inside of me?

(I'm so relieved since I have found
That pumpkins only grow in the ground!)


Pumpkin Swirls

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! 


"Krimpart" PUMPKINS

Have a terrific fall day and go pick a pumpkin!

Laura :)

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Coastal Landscapes of Maine.

Well, we are off to a new year in Art Room 124! Hope your year is starting off great! If you have been following the blog over the years you would know that my school does a school wide theme every year. I design fun T-shirts for all the staff to wear and our large projects and art show relate to that theme as well. 

So, after traveling to the beautiful state of Maine I knew right away that my first project with my fabulous 4th grade artists was going to be landscapes along the Atlantic Ocean.

First, I projected our inspirational photo on the Eno Board, 
taken on my vacation at the beautiful 
Acadia National Park.

Along with the photo I displayed swatches of colors that we would be using.

Next, students picked a piece of 12 x 18 construction paper and used pencil to draw basic landforms. They referred to the photo to draw foreground, middle ground and background.

Students started painting with tempera paints, adding tints for the sky and some glorious shades of blue for the ocean.

After the sky and ocean were created the landscapes were painted. We looked at the photo and discussed how the land in the foreground was much brighter than the land in the background.

The next layer of our project was adding the details of the landscape with

Look at the rocks in the foreground and discuss the texture. Curved or jagged? 

Lastly, students used oil pastels to add more texture to their paintings. For some reason my students LOVE using oil pastels and get pretty excited when they work with them. 


12 x 18 Construction Paper
Tempera Paint, Brushes, Placemats.
Oil Pastels
Painted Paper

Have a "Splashing" good time creating some coastal landscapes!

Laura :)

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Getting ready for a new school year…..

A school of fish...

stay tuna for some artwork from creative kiddos!

Laura :)

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Blast Off…..


I just love the contrast of black and white, so to add to our thematic unit on Space I had my current 3rd graders create their own black and white spaceship. This was done within two 40 minutes classes. One class for adding pencil designs with very simple shapes and the other class period painting and outlining with one color of paint.

 I have five 3rd grade classes. I wanted to switch it up with some classes creating black spaceships with white paint and other classes painting white background ships with black paint. 

 I did provide a pattern for the spaceship so they all looked identical. In my grand scheme of things I wanted REPETITION in the display. 

Once they traced the pattern they added geometric shapes to their spaceship.  This is where their individuality came out. Students loved adding patterns to their ships using shapes as well as just using one color. Some students really submerged themselves by adding very small details (you know the student who is still designing while the others have left the classroom and are down in the cafeteria for lunch) while others added large simple shapes. 

I also had students paint SPACE ideas on large display paper. This was done on another day. First we brainstormed some ideas then the paint and brushes were passed out.
 Students really took off with fun designs! 

I displayed some of the spaceships in a checkerboard pattern. It was so striking to see down the hallway. I also added some fun flames and the words BLAST OFF to complete the installation.

Other spaceships were cut out and displayed down the hallways in a fun flight pattern.


12 x 18 Black and White Construction Paper
Black and White Tempera paint
Small tempera brushes

It has been shown that little ones love the black and white contrast. I can say our preschool kiddos loved this display as well as some bigger kids too! 

Keep on Creating!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Cosmic Cruisers

Too many snow days. Too many make up days. What is a crazy art teacher to do? 
Well, we needed a quick project to fill in some wall space before our Art Show and 
I thought how 'bout some big space ships!

My art club, containing lots of happy 3rd graders, meets in the bright and early morning.  

Some of those kids need that nudge of a template to get their ideas rolling. Some just need the supplies and blast off, they are creating.

 I find it interesting that many of my boys are not afraid of taking risks. Whether creating shapes or expressing ideas they are happy with the "process" of creating. 

My girls are much more into the layout. They plan things out to the last step before even beginning. Then their art teacher has to explain to their homeroom teacher why they are tardy to class.

For materials I put out all different scraps, foams, 
old paper borders, painted paper
and of course, our placemats that we use
 for cleaning brushes while painting.

Lastly, we outlined with black tempera paint. Pop!

I just love the wild colors and added streamers on these fun cruisers. 
Dig out some scraps and paper and start creating! 

Laura :)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Advocacy from the Art Room.

How many of you have been in a school with nothing on the walls, boring hallways and the fluorescent bulbs just blaring? Who wants to learn in an environment like that? Now is the time to really promote your students and their art work. 

In Northwest Ohio we have a wonderful museum, 
who helped sponsor our regional Youth Art Month show. The Director and CEO of the museum, Brian Kennedy, was the key speaker at our opening ceremony and briefly spoke about Visual Literacy. He commented that with all the technology today children are submerged in such a face paced-tech society and are missing the details of artistic beauty. People do not know how to slow down and see beautiful craftsmanship 
while using their different senses.  

Now, onto your educational environment.  Is it aesthetically pleasing? Are your students’ projects full of artistic beauty? Do you rotate your displays and student projects? One thing that you need to understand as an Art Educator is that YOU are the PR (Public Relations) for your school building, your district and YOUR PROGRAM. You can’t just rely on word of mouth. Your students’ work needs to be displayed neatly for all to visually read.

Amazingly, you are the one to promote visual literacy. You have the power to slow down the students, visitors, faculty and staff and to have them use their senses. It does take time, but this is how a district will value you as a visual arts educator and appreciate the beautiful creations that are being produced in your classroom.  When feed back from parents and community members make it to the ears and emails of administration they get excited about the positive vibe in their school. 

Here are some helpful ideas to promote art advocacy

Step One:

Start small and display in a prime hallway of travel. Use sticky tack, a good quality masking tape and bulletin boards. Tack strips work really well and are not too expensive. If you do not have tack strips write up a proposal for your principal to purchase a few, use them frequently, then ask for more :) 

Step Two:

Use large rolls of display paper to create murals. The students love making these and collaborative group projects are always a hit with administration.

Step Three: 
Create banners promoting art vocabulary such as the ones used in State and National Art Standards. 

Use bright colors! Tempera Paint is inexpensive and looks great. Outline with black or white to make lettering “pop”.  Be creative! 

Step Four:

Have an art show, write up invites, send them home with students, take photos (of course with parents permission) and submit in your school’s newspaper and local area newspaper.

Step Five:
Get active with your local, state and National Art Associations.
Display your students art at a Youth Art Month- get your students artwork out there. Present at conventions- when you collaborate with others in your field you give and gather so much information.

Remember, you are the PR of the school. 

When you are proud of your students’ work and school it’s contagious! The school community will support you back. 

Keep on Creating!

Laura :)