Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Pop Portrait Collage

Students experienced two types of printmaking while making portraits. First they created a pop art cartoon using line. These were created on 6x9 plastic sheets with Crayola Portfolio Oil Pastels. The backgrounds were created using gelli prints. They collaged four gelli prints and chose their best portrait to go on top. The first class finished today.

Here's what it looked like last year.
Detailed lesson plan for this four week unit available here.

Surreal Selfies

The first section of third graders finished their Magritte inspired self-portrait prints. They had to try three different images on their plate. One facing front with an object on their face, one from the back and one where the inside of their silhouette was something other than their face/body. Each student made four prints and they chose their best image to submit.

As this class was working, one student made a rainbow on their face and I commented on how it reminded me of the book "A Bad Case of Stripes" and we instantly had rainbows everywhere. If this book is part of your classroom library, it would be a good tie in to the lesson. More details about this lesson can be found here. We used crayola washable markers on 6x9 scratchfoam sheets.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Dala Horse

It's been a long wait for this project. I made a sample this summer and my third graders just finished these a few weeks ago. They had the option to create a traditional dala horse or a themed horse. Here are some samples of their creations.

More details on the original post.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Arlo Needs Glasses

First graders finished up their "Arlo Needs Glasses" inspired works this week. We started off talking about people we know who have challenges. They listed many types of challenges, such as friends with food allergies, grandparents in wheelchairs. It was a very pleasant conversation. I then played the read-aloud version of the story from youtube. The students painted the texture of their dog and let it dry. Week two we added glasses, a fancy collar and a patterned border. No patterns or tracers and they all turned out great! So thankful to have amazing colleagues like the one who shared this lesson with our department!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Color Families Complete

My first section of kindergarten students finished their Color Families yesterday. They are so stinkin' cute. Here's just a few of their pieces. This lesson was inspired by the book "Black Cat, White Cat."

Original post with link to lesson plan here.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Conference Day

This year I will be attending the AOE conference with members of my department instead of at home by myself. So excited to have this opportunity for true professional development! The only minus? I have to do my hair and get dressed!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Color Families

This adorable book is perfect for Kindergarten. They had such a fun time today guessing what color the kittens would be prior to starting their own color experiments.

I plan to have them present their color families to the class and complete the color theory "equations" page. If you'd like to try this in your classroom but want to skip all the paperwork, check it out right here.