connecting curriculum and creativity through art

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Flowers, Flowers, and more flowers!!

I just love this time of the year, when the flowers are all glowing at the greenhouses and lovely planters are being displayed on front porches. Of course, I always try to have some inspiration for my students to look at. Well here you can see art imitates nature.

Students work...
In the Garden

Natures work....


Russian Windows

I absolutely love the old wooden houses of Russia. They have so much history, their delicate trims and fancy scroll work are a treasure for all to see. In my travels to Russia, I came across this house and loved the beauty that it stills conveys.

I had my art club students make a window using all the elements you still can see today when traveling across the countryside of Russia : Lace curtains, flowers in the windows, carved shapes on the shutters. Very fun, and educational too.

Here is one of our inspirations....
Russian wooden home window

Here are a few of our windows.... and yes the shutter do close.
Russian windows

Russian Windows

Russian WIndows

Kandinsky - Line study

I love Kandinsky's free-flowing line paintings. We looked at many of his works, then studied various lines: wavy, curly, broken, dashed, think, thin, strong, spiral to name a few. The students used tempera paint to create vivid lines and patterns. Theses were done by my 4th grade students

Here are a few of ours....
Kandinsky Line projects
Kandinsky Line projects
Kandinsky Line projects
Kandinsky Line projects

Russian Matryoshka's- Nesting Doll

Matroiska Mania
I love Russian Nesting Dolls. They are so sweet and children love looking at them. After we examined all of my dolls in my collection the students created their own personal one. Of course, you must not forget the flowers and wonderful patterns on the outfits.

We also look at a great book that has all the different sizes of the dolls inside.
My Little Matryoshkas by Tanya Roitman

Picasso's Blue Period

The blue period.....

Need I say more........

Friday, June 12, 2009

Awesome Blog Check it out!

3rd grade Project done for our 2009 Art Show
I wanted to thank Dutch Colours for her inspiring blog and flickr site. She has some adorable projects she has done with her students and I just wanted to pass her blog on to others! She was one of the first teachers I connected with on Flickr and even though we are miles apart she is always available for great ideas and fun projects.

Warm Suns

Hope everyone has a sunny day!

Mosaics and More....

Mosaics and More...., originally uploaded by paintedpaper.

I thought I would post my favorite project from 6th grade. I never really have been a fan of the Greek and Roman time period. Sure, I teach it but it is not my favorite time period. So, I decided to bring the mosaic border together with a Italian garden. I am sure glad I did because now it is my favorite lesson of the year. I guess after some researching, you can make anything work! Now what do I do with my garden, Italian or French inspiration?

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Summer Vacation

Now, that we have been done with school for about 2 weeks, I have no new student work to add. I do have a ton of past projects that I will be posting through out the summer so sit back, relax, have some tea, and enjoy some fun elementary art projects!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Art Banner

Art Banner, originally uploaded by paintedpaper.

Paintedpaper butterflies

Paintedpaper butterflies, originally uploaded by paintedpaper.

Paintedpaper butterflies

Paintedpaper butterflies, originally uploaded by paintedpaper.

Paintedpaper butterflies

Paintedpaper butterflies, originally uploaded by paintedpaper.

FIrst, students cut out shape of wings on 18 x 24 paper, then they used a template to cut out the body part of the butterfly from painted paper. Then the symmetrical designs were added. These looked great hanging up!

Birds and Birdhouses

Birds and Birdhouses, originally uploaded by paintedpaper.

King of Hearts

King of Hearts, originally uploaded by paintedpaper.

Clay Mushrooms

Clay Mushrooms, originally uploaded by paintedpaper.

Pied Piper Rats and Houses

Pied Piper Rats and Houses, originally uploaded by paintedpaper.

Svetlana's Pancakes

Svetlana's Pancakes, originally uploaded by paintedpaper.

Mural created by 3rd graders 8-9 year olds. They painted background then added their chickens. I love this big murals! The kids to wonderful.

Nina's Kittens

Nina's Kittens , originally uploaded by paintedpaper.

A Russian poem by Patricia Polacco.

Fairy Tale Castles

Fairy Tale Castles, originally uploaded by paintedpaper.

We created various Fairy Tales and Fables for our elementary art show.

Recycled Flowers

Recycled Flowers, originally uploaded by paintedpaper.

Recycled Robots

Recycled Robots, originally uploaded by paintedpaper.

More Recycled projects

Recycled Ohio Map with Flowers

What do you do with old maps from classrooms? Recycle them into large painted mural!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Rainforest Mural

Rainforest, originally uploaded by paintedpaper.

Colorful, watercolor flowers, Bugs, and lizards created by 4th grade students. How much fun can you have creating an mural?

Art Show Banners

Art Show Banners
This was a really fun project with recycled paper and inspirational quotes!

Welcome to my new blog. where fun projects created by my students are constantly being posted. Hope you enjoy their creative spirit!