connecting curriculum and creativity through art

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Landscapes of Nepal

North of India lies the wonderful little country of Nepal. It is located in the Himalayan mountains and boast beautiful landscapes. We looked at various photos of the landscapes and created our own versions. More details will be add using oil pastels and of course paintedpaper! Just tempting your tastebuds for more to come. Enjoy!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Little hand flowers

I saw this project over at another blog. I loved it so much but wanted to bring in the colors of India. I love the idea of children's handprints or tracing their precious hands. (Those of you who have children in your life, a child's hands strikes a special chord to your heart.) It to me is the ultimate in primary art. My students who made these could not contain their happiness of wanting to take them home to give to mom.

Students were saying" My mom takes photos of my art", "My mom hangs my art in the den". Another said "My mom takes it to work", "I cannot wait to give this to my mom." I have other students who tragically lost one or both parents. This breaks my heart being a parent to see such sadness. Maybe you will understand why I choose to make my classroom a happy classroom, a class where everyone can succeed even if you have a major disability or a tragic history.

To me this is the ultimate feedback -This is what Art is- the emotional connection. They didn't care what supplies were used or what the process was ...... they were just happy and in todays world this was the best connections my students have made with art.

Dhurrie Rugs

Don't you just love the crazy patterns on these! I loved this project because it is a great intro to the world of lines.

How many different lines can you create? We talked about zig-zag, wavy, straight, thick, thin, dashed, dotted just to name a few.

1. The students used a 9 x 18 piece of paper and glued down 2 vertical 12 inch strips.
2. They then used 5-9 inch strips, some painted some colored construction paper, and cut different lines down the center of the strips to create more lines.
3. After a fun pattern was laid out the students glued them down horizontally.
4. Next, we used Crayola's new twistables color sticks to add designs on top of the paper and also around the lines.
5. Lastly they cut fringes in the ends and added some paint designs as well.

These were created by 3rd graders in a 40 minute class.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Razzle Dazzle Camels

Can you say pattern?

Check out these fun camels that my 4th graders created. The kids loved creating these wacky, wild guys with patterns in the background and on the border. This project took 2 class periods one for the patterns and one for the excitement and selection of the razzle-dazzle items. Sequins were sparkling, large rhinestones and ribbons were available. Wiggle eyes with lashes were all the rage. We discussed the festivals of India and how they decorate the animals so beautifully. We chose beautiful items for our animals too! Gotta love razzle dazzle!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

new aprons for a new year

After many of my clothes had paint spilled on them I started wearing canvas aprons. Let’s just say 15 years later (my first apron was free with a photo of an egg on it), I have purchased some beautiful aprons from an awesome designer, Anna Maria Horner. I purchased one for everyday. I am styling these beautiful aprons everyday. The kids love them and I am giddy with delight every time I put one on. Just like a new purse or a new outfit can cheer ya up, so can a new apron in the art room! Cheers!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Welcome Back to School 2010.....

Pencils sharpened, seating charts are done paint brushes ready welcome to the new school year! Our unit this quarter is
The Art of the Himalayas
As you can tell by the photo, I am gathering much info for our first part of the unit- INDIA. We will be creating fun and colorful projects inspired by the beautiful colors of India - paisleys and patterns, flowers and vines to name a few.

So stay tuned for some fun projects down the road....