Thursday, October 30, 2014

Happy Halloween

Have a Happy Halloween

May you have a spooky good time!

Laura :)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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 27, 2014

Charley Harper Fish Habitats

If you love nature and any thing under the sea, you will love exploring the world of Charley Harper. 

If you have been following my posts you will see a common theme of
"Make a Splash, Dive into Learning"

This fun lesson introduces your students to the fascinating world of Charley Harper.

Here is a little background information on Charley Harper found on a wonderful site- charleyharperprints blog

   It was also at this time, that Charley developed his own distinctive minimalist style, which he called ‘minimal realism’. The feature of this ‘minimal realism’ was the capturing of (only) the essence of a subject, without all the detail. Charley’s most quotable line is probably that he was not concerned with counting feathers, but of counting only the wings, alluding to the minimalist nature of his designs.   Charley forsook detail and realism, choosing instead a geometric and uncluttered simplicity in his art. Charley’s work is flat and hard edged, with simple geometric lines.   The draftsman’s tools of straight edge, compass, French curve and protractor were his instruments of creation.   

First, I had the students paint their large 12 x 18 paper with tints and shades of blue tempera paint and let dry.

Students then started working on their geometric shaped fish. They could use any shape. They just needed a few small details.

Next, students started to add plant life that 
would be found in a fish habitat. 
We added sea weed, lily pads, driftwood, and various plants that live under the water.

After they added plant life, we discussed how Charley Harper would add geometric lines to represent basic patterns in the objects, such as our fish.  Sharpies worked great for the lines.

We then matted the projects on construction paper for displaying in the hallways. 


12 x 18 construction paper
Tempera Paint -Blue, White 
Painted Paper

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!