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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Art Show 2012- Fairy Tales and Fables

Welcome to our annual Fine Arts Festival celebrating Youth Art Month, Fairy Tales and Fables.  Here are just a few photos of our fun filled night. Every child had at least 2 projects up most had 4-5 projects. The projects stay up for over a month. 
Stay tuned for more photos! 

Hallway outside my classroom.

 Displays at the end of the hallway -These are everywhere! 125 were created.

Real trees for our Fairy Tale Forest!

Painted Wacky trees created by Art Club.

Motivational Banners painted by students. 
Flowers were old placemats used for painting in our classroom.

Analogous symmetrical flowers- Every student created one-
 I displayed them based on the color wheel down the hallways

 Full display of morning glory vines and birds - project post found here

 Monet Waterlilies 3rd grade and painted paper frogs

Flowers were recycled cardboard from shipped art stools. Painted paper petals, coffee filter centers painted with liquid water colors inspired by the Miss Bess found here.  
She has beautiful flowers displayed go check her blog out!

5th grade barns and patterned landscapes 

St. Basil's -Russian Architecture

Princess and the Pea- 2nd grade

Jack and the Beanstalk -2nd grade

Bird Houses -3rd grade

 4th grade Viking Ships

 Thanks for visiting!


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Fe Fi Fo Fum! Jack and the Beanstalk

2nd grade students created Jack and the Beanstalk with a giant.  They loved making their funny face giants! Who wouldn't love these crazy guys looking at them?


Day 1
After reading the classic story Jack and the Beanstalk, students created the beanstalk out of paper towels and painted leaves. Next, students added Jack, which was made out of painted paper and construction paper, and markers for his face.
Day 2
This is the house that Jack built. (ok, wrong story) but the house where Jack lived.
Oil pastels and painted paper.

Day 3 

 First students created the giant's face then added a painted paper shirt, next they
traced their hands glue down onto the giant's shirt and added buttons.

Close-up of our giants! What a bunch of shady characters!

 Here are the finished projects hanging up in the hallway.

here is an example of a student who wanted to really mix it up! 
Check out the 3-D effect (no glasses needed)

Saturday, March 24, 2012

the path to grandma's house

Have you ever wondered what the path to grandma’s house would look like in 
the fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood?

I read to the students Little Red Riding Hood written by Brothers Grimm with illustrations 
done by Bernadette Watts. 
The drawings in this book are so delicate I wanted my students to create their own version of a delicate field of flowers and trees.


Day One: 
 After listening to the story, students sketched out a tree and path. I suggested the tree be in the foreground and large, making sure the tree touch the top and bottom of the page. Next, we looked at how plants grow in nature. Many plants grow in clusters while some are freestanding by themselves. 

Students used oil pastels for flowers and grass. No sketching with a pencil was needed. I told them just take the oil pastels and freely draw the flowers. 

I love how the flowers turned out as well as the overlapping of colors in the trees.

This project took two 40- minute class periods to complete.

12 x 18 drawing paper
oil pastels, pencil

Thursday, March 15, 2012


Wow, I can not believe that I have 600 followers today. I remember seeing fun art blogs and hoping to one day figure out the whole blogging process. A couple of years later, and many new friends I am tickled pink that our Art Education on-line community has grown to be a fantastic source for art educators, educators, parents or anyone who loves to create art with children. 

To all my fellow bloggers lets keep a good thing going!

Laura :)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Ahoy! Viking Ships!

What’s a Viking without a Viking ship? After making our vikings we needed to add some sort of transportation to our Viking mural. I saw this photo of Viking Ships by Maureen. She had created them with her class a while back and posted on flickr.  Check out her blog. Her projects are really colorful and unique! I wanted to change her viking ships up a tad so I had the students in 4th grade use painted paper to create their ships. 


I read a short story from D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths.
There are  many stories about the vikings in this beautifully illustrated book.


Students created the sail from watercolored painted paper. We discussed how the wind blows into a sail then discussed shapes of sails such as trapezoids and parallelograms.
After the students drew their sail shape and cut the sails out they glued them on to a wooden craft stick to represent the mast. Students then created the viking ship, which is usually low and contains a scroll at the end. The boats were drawn and cut out of previously painted paper. 
Lastly, students glued the sail and boat together.

 Next students added the decorations to the sails and shields attached to the sides of the boat. Oil pastels were used by the students to draw patterns on the shields and texture on the boat. 

Here are the boats in the sea. I love how the students show large brush strokes in the water.