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Saturday, January 28, 2012


Our Vikings are a burly type! 
 spears and grins....
 bows and curls...
 Bad teeth and all!
 Check out the flowers being painted in the field

 This little guy is getting ready to fell a tree!

 Students added details and painted around their Viking. 

Seriously, Could this guy be any cuter?

Mural Board -This is were we create our magical murals!
 Drying on the floor... before displayed in the hallway.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Russian Babushkas

Who doesn’t love a sweet grandma with lots of patterns? Babushka is grandmother in Russian. What makes it a babushka? Why it is the scarf around her head. 4th grade students created these precious little characters. They loved adding the design and facial features to them.

We read the book by Patricia Polacco, Babushka Baba Yaga
My students were delighted with this story and her illustrations are stunning.

Class One:  We discussed fun patterns to put on our babushka. Hearts, flowers, polka dots. You could see their eyes light up with thoughts of designs. 

Next students used tracers to create the shape of the grandma and divided their babushka into 3 sections using a ruler. The scarf was added along with a face. What kind of a face would you choose? Square, round or oval? Next came the patterns. We looked at some fun common Russian patterns and all these designs were done in pencil.

Class Two:
Students started to paint. I always stress to start with the lightest colors first, then work your way down the carton of colors.

Class Three:
Students used my favorite tool: The Sharpie Marker and outlined every design. 
Yep that is right, EVERY DESIGN and PATTERN!

Just a side note: We used the this book for pattern ideas.
We made Babushkas not the Russian Nesting Dolls -Matryoshkas.
Thanks to Patty over at Deep Space Sparkle who shared a delightful book she had found called 

My Little Matryoshkas. 

These little ones below are from the book. Look at all the details and fabulous patterns!

In my 2009 Spring Art Show we used watercolors and crayons, 
but I thought I’d brighten it up with tempera paint this year!
We cut them out and added them to a fun scenery that the students created.

Here is our display for Spring 2012

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Monet Masterpieces

 Monet Waterlilies paintings created by 3rd grade artists.

Inspirational Board

Students looked at the Monet inspirational board. We discussed the difference between hardy and tropical waterlilies.  Hardy water lilies can live in cold climates and usually have white, 
yellow or pink flowers.
Tropical lilies have more delicate flower petal colors and are usually purples and blues.

Class one: Students painted analogous water ponds. 

 Class Two: Students added painted paper lilypads, added veins with oil pastels then painted with large brushstrokes to represent the lily flower.
Class Three: Students added a frame with a painted paper border.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Woodland Fairy Homes

A while back I posted about having recyclables floating 
around your art room or studio.
 Are you a person who has many items “stuff” in a closet at home ready to be used in a unique and creative way?

Here is what we created with our recyclables. 
 Woodland Fairy Homes created by 10 and 11 year olds. 

I found some old juice containers in my classroom and used them to create these fun miniature fairy houses. 

First: Start with a small juice container. 
Any milk or juice box will do! (Rinse well)

Second: Wrap a piece of painted paper around the container and 
glue or tape down.

Next: use painted paper scraps to add 
doors and windows 

 and top it off with a little shingled roof.

Details were added with oil pastels, window panes and flowers. Anything you want to add.

We also used cardboard and stamped tudor style timbers in black paint on our houses.

Add some fun trees, directions are here,
to complete your little village and enjoy!