connecting curriculum and creativity through art

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Karla Gerard Folk art

Karla Gerard Folk art, originally uploaded by paintedpaper.

We just love Karla Gerard prints. Students painted paper in tints of blues to create water. Then scraps of painted paper and printed paper were cut to create boats with sails. Patterns were added to the sky and water. More to come on flickr....

Thursday, September 22, 2011

colorful campsites

What do you do with the class that is always ahead of the other classes? Well, I lay out large sheets of display paper and have students paint fun landscape patterns. They also created trees from previously painted paper and glued them into the landscape.
Another class, created campfires along with little tents. We are adding more items to our campfire mural so stay tuned!

Painted Paper Tents with oil pastels

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Karla Gerard, Folk Art Fish

2nd grade students were introduced to the fabulous folk artist, Karla Gerard. We looked at various paintings she has created. She has such beautiful patterns and designs in all of her art work. Students painted paper then cut fish shapes, added simple patterns and large eyes. This was a simple project but was a great first project of the year.

While students were creating their fish, other students were painting the large background with large brushstrokes and adding details such as seaweed. Here are our finished projects.

Check out her blog!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Outstanding in their field....

My 3rd graders are AWESOME! They come in with smiles and are excited about everything we do in art. As we explore the various regions of the United States the 3rd graders are focusing on the midwest region and the farmlands of the USA. The students created various cows after looking at some great photos.
Week One:
Students draw cow shape with fun patterns. Paint with peach and black tempera paints. Let dry.

Week Two:
Students cut fringe on tip of painted paper strips to resemble tassels of field corn. Students then cut out cow and glue them down in cow environment. Lastly, students paint some blades of grass near bottom of the paper.

Friday, September 2, 2011

A great big push pin in the cyberspace world!

Ok Guys. I am so loving Pinterest. What a great way to organize your ideas of favorite photos, lessons and blogs! I know many people have started to post their Pinterest of their blogs. Just thought I post mine as well. Happy Pinning!
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