Never take the fun out of creating because that is where the learning begins!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Pack your bags! We're going to New Orleans!

 If you are heading to New Orleans 
for the 
National Art Education Association Convention

Stop by and chat!
Here is the info on the locations and details 
where I will be presenting.

Friday, March 27
11:00 - 11:50 AM
Elementary Carousel of Learning: Teacher Art Blogs
Nancy Walkup
Four accomplished elementary art educators from across the country will share their successful art blogs for their art rooms. 
Phyllis Brown of There's a Dragon in my Art Room, Cassie Stephens, Sheryl Depp of Primary Art with Mrs. Depp, and Laura Lohmann of Painted Paper 
Come with questions or just stop by and say hi! 
Convention Center/Meeting Room 216/Second Level

Meet Art Ed Bloggers in the AOE Booth! 
Let's meet face to face and have blast with blog readers and other fabulous, fantastic bloggers! 
Convention Center- Vendors Hall.

Saturday March 28

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Travel The Road Of Art Using A MAPP

Convention Center/Meeting Room 209/Second Level
Travel The Road Of Art Using A MAPP
On the road of Art Education? Why not use a MAPP- MURALS, ADVOCACY, PRODUCTION and PERCEIVING.  

Come see our examples of murals and how to promote advocacy for your art department.

If you are unable to make the convention
 Never Fear! 
Instagram and Facebook are here!

Stay tuned!

Laura :)

Sunday, March 15, 2015

YOUTH ART MONTH Advocacy for your Art Program

March is an exciting time of the year for
 Art Education. It is 
Youth Art Month!

It is the one month of the year where we, as art educators, celebrate our students creativity by displaying beautiful works of art in our 
District, Regional, State and National Art Shows.  

As an Art educator I love covering my District's school walls and showcasing big, bold,
 beautiful works of art. 

In my Regional Show we are lucky to have a beautiful local school with an 
Incredible Art Gallery 
to showcase our students work.

If you are a member of your state’s 
Art Education Association, 
join in the fun and celebrate with other 
art teachers and their students! 

Here are a few photos of 
Youth Art Month 2015
Northwest Ohio!

Keep on Creating and Celebrate Creativity!!!!

Laura :) 

If you are planning on going to the 
National Art Education Association 
Conference in New Orleans
Stop by and say hello!

I will be presenting at the 
NAEA Elementary Division Carousel of Learning:

 Friday, 3/27/2015, 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM 

Convention Center/Meeting Room 216/Second Level

Elementary Carousel of Learning: Teacher Art Blogs

Talented elementary art educators from across the country will share their successful art blogs for their art rooms. Come learn how they bring positive attention and acclaim to their art programs and schools through their blogs. Learn what having an art blog will do for your art program and hear suggestions on how to get started.  


stop by the 
Art of Education
we would love to have you join us on 

Friday, March 27th at 1:00 PM at the AOE Booth

 for an informal gathering to chat, snap a few photos, and meet your fellow art ed bloggers! Please share this with your blogging buddies. The more the merrier! Hope to see you then!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Hey all you Painted Paper followers!

I have some great news to share with you

Stay Tuned!


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Monet's Garden Flowers

Hey, if you’re like me you’re itching to get out and work in the garden. During the summer my art palette is my garden. I love working with beautiful flowers that display the same bright colors commonly found in the tempera paint in my classroom.

Here is a quick and easy project that your students will love doing. Monet's Garden Flowers. 
It is so important when incorporating Art history that you research the artist’s life and of course what inspired them to create their personal art. Our whole school is exploring the world of Claude Monet and his artwork. We examined the beautiful gardens on his property and some of his favorite flowers. My students were asked to create their own favorite flowers. My 3rd grade students are always excited to create. Give them a paint brush and off they go. Here is what they created in just two lessons totaling 60 minutes.

They used various colors of tempera paint and background paper. I was surprised many wanted the pink paper. This is due to the fact that Monet’s house was pink. I guess I have some purists in that classroom.  

Step One:
Students first painted the stems, because stems are the first you see after a seed has been planted.
Various shades of green tempera paint were available for this step. 

Let Dry.

Step Two
During the next class, students had various colors of oil pastels to use to add details to their stems.

Next, students painted the centers of their flowers. While the centers were still wet they added petals with brushstrokes. So many students love mixing on their paper. I encourage this because it makes their projects unique.  

Students in the first grade are taught the proper use of paints and brushes. Because I take the time to instruct them when they are young, as they mature, they focus more on creating than the excitement of using the actual material. They know they have the freedom to use various colors and they respect the materials as well. Teaching about how choices affect the project is also important. I jokingly demonstrate that we don’t want our creations to look like a color chart from the paint store. 

Let Dry.

These were so fun, bright and cheerful. Just what Monet would have loved to view in his gardens.

12" x 18" construction paper
tempera paint
brushes, placemats
oil pastels

Happy Painting!
Laura :)

Monday, February 16, 2015

Gnome Hut

My good buddy Ginger over at Paintbrush Rocket made these fabulous huts with her students. I thought they were adorable and  couldn’t wait to do these with my students.

Since we are studying Monet I wanted to have my Art Club students (in grades 3rd and 4th) create a 3-dimensional garden project.  
We looked at photos of Hobbit Houses and Gnome Huts for inspiration. I presented the question? If you lived in a small hut, where would it be? 
In the mountains, in the fields, or in the woods, etc? 
The students loved this project with such delight. 
One hut was a money hut and all the windows had coins in them. 

We created a 3-D Landscape background. We folded a piece of heavy tag board and used tempera paint to paint
 a horizon, ground and sky.

Students created landscape details out of painted paper in the shape of flowers, trees and clouds. 
Hint: to get the tagboard to stand by itself, cut 2 slits an inch from the fold. When the tagboard folds the slits will pop out.

Students made their Hobbit houses from gift wrapping paper tubes and preassembled cone shaped tagboard roofs . They applied cloud clay over the tubes and roof, then added details. You can mix the cloud clay together to get new colors. 
This was also a fun process for my kiddos!

Tempera paint in various colors
Painted Paper scraps
Cloud Clay or any air dry clay in various colors
Paper Tubes and Tag Board

Enjoy Creating a fun Gnome Hut!
Laura :)

Follow Painted Paper's board Fairy Garden on Pinterest.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Friday, February 13, 2015

Crazy Hearts Club

Art club students created these wild and crazy patterned hearts collages. We meet every other Wednesday morning before school. This group is comprised of 4th and 5th graders, boys and girls. 
Sometimes I think it is a social club and I am their entertainment! 
But, at the end of the class they always surprise me with such unique and fun projects!

We used model magic to create the hearts and glued craft sticks together. 
We painted the sticks and let dry.
The next session we painted the hearts and added more patterns
to the background.