Saturday, April 13, 2013

Chihuly Update

The fourth grade at one of my schools has finished the Chihuly project. Last week they created the shells with model magic.

This week we layered tissue paper with gel medium onto the dried model magic shells.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Fishbowl Printmaking

I tried the lesson from last month's School Arts magazine with my first graders. This was a three week lesson for my first grade students.

Week one we practiced drawing many types of fish. I used step by step drawing books and photocopies at each table. The students folded their papers into eights and followed along with me at the board to draw the first two fish. Then they could choose any they liked to fill their paper.

Week two I demonstrated the entire process of creating a plate and making prints from the plate. Students then went back and selected one fish drawing from the first week and traced that onto their styrofoam plate. (I had these precut to fishbowl shapes by tracing a butter lid off the edge of the paper.) Older students could easily do their own. This would have been an entire 40 minute class period for my crew.

Week three we did a quick review of the printing process and I showed them where to find supplies and where to store prints when done. Each table had a thick sponge on a foam tray. The sponges were wet on one side so students could pick up the sponge and swipe it across their paper. My class made two copies each without reloading the plated. I explained the second would be lighter and this is called a ghost print. The students write their names and table # immediately on both sheets of paper before I placed the markers on their tables.

Possible extension/Closure: Read the story "Rainbow Fish" and take a small sheet of fancy paper and cut it into enough spaces for each child to glue a special scale to their fish.

Styrofoam plates (5" square per student)
Crayola waterbased markers
Drying Rack or clothesline

Friday, April 5, 2013

Magnetic Mosaic

Started adding magnets to some of the 5000 bottlecaps we've collected this year. Going to need a LOT of magnet tape! I love that this can be as permanent as I want it to be. Was thinking of letting them do the sides of my other two filing cabinets (1 per year) and then the front and sides of my desk. After that I would have them replace one mural per year. It's perfect timing for my third graders who are about to study impressionism and pointillism next!

The mosaic/mural is going on the back side of a 5' metal storage cabinet that currently acts as a room divider between the sink area and work area. The students are very excited to get started.
Collaborative art project

Tuesday, April 2, 2013


Just hit the $200 mark on Teachers Pay Teachers. Woo-hoo! When I decided to make a go of it in January and pay for a membership, I was nervous that I wouldn't get my money's worth. It's been a wonderful and pleasant surprise. If you're on the fence, try it for free. It costs nothing to upload a file or two and see what sells. Free membership doesn't expire, you simply earn more when you become a member. Try it. Tell 'em I sent you!