Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Shrink, Shrank, Shrunk

I recommend grading before shrinking;  they all look adorable when tiny.

Other lessons learned:
Holes shrink, too. If you plan to use as a keyring, punch hole twice as wide.
First graders cannot carefully cut the plastic material. It tears.

Lesson info here and here.

Brainstorming...first week project. Read "the kissing hand" and have students create at beginning of year.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Shrinky Dinks again

More fun with Shrinky Dinks! This time, my first graders will be creating khamsa amulets.
My daughter and I are working on samples this weekend. Lesson plans and printable templates available on TpT.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Notan Square

I've been seeing lots of variations on the Notan Square lesson on pinterest so I thought now would be a good time to upload my high school lesson for notan squares. In the past I've taught the lesson and then students created one symmetrical and one asymmetrical design. The high school students really got into using themes (nature, weather, sports) going beyond just mindless snipping and gluing. I was always very pleased with their results. The ability to use exacto knives instead of scissors elevates what the designs can become.

Lots of the elementary ideas on pinterest look like fun and something I'd want to try next year.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Patriotic Elementary Lesson Plan

Very excited about a new lesson that I will be teaching in the next week or two. Started making samples today. My third graders will be starting a unit on portraiture and they will create bas-relief statue of liberty using the art of repousse.

Copper repousse

Just posted the three-day lesson plan, reflection worksheet and step by step illustrated directions over on Teachers Pay Teachers.  Student samples to follow!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Art Show Season

It's that crazy time of year. Would love to hear your best tips on art show preparation, display and advertising.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Illuminated Manuscripts

This video is an awesome intro (6 minute clip) for the illuminated manuscript lesson that I will be doing with 4th grade next week.