Kumeyaay Ollas

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The third grade learns about the history of our community. Part of that history includes the Native American tribes that lived here before anyone else.

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They often take a field trip to the Kumeyaay Interpretive center and see a replica of an Ewaa, grind acorns, paint rocks and learn about the tools, food, lifestyle and culture of these people.

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To complement the study of the Kumeyaay, students created these paper pots. We looked at images of Kumeyaay pottery, learned how it was made and then cut out our ollas from paper. I do not have a kiln, so we cannot easily do clay lessons.

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We also looked at images of petroglyphs and petrographs from our county. We learned that most of the Kumeyaay pottery was not decorated but did have fire clouds from the Raku firing process they used. We also learned that Kumeyaay pottery is still being made today.

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I allowed the students to use images from pictographs and petroglyphs to add more color to their pottery if they chose to. They glued their finished pots onto simple backgrounds when complete.

Collaged Cupcakes

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I met the other elementary art teacher from our district at the San Diego Museum of Art. Four of her students had this cupcake lesson chosen for the Young Art 2017: Beyond the Ordinary Exhibition. She mounted them on colored paper squares and grouped them together.

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I think her students were grade three, I did this with my First Graders.

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I thought it was a great way to use up some of the magazine donations and scrap paper we have accumulated.

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I had my students color the background with oil pastel. I don’t typically use colored paper because it is difficult to estimate how much I need from year to year.

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Oil Pastel Flowers

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My Grade Two classes did these. They have a play that they do every year called “Going Buggy” This seemed like a good lesson to add to the bug lessons we have done in the past-bugs like plants after all.

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I take out all the black pans from our watercolors to keep kids from painting every thing black because I do that, I try to find fun projects to do to use up the black paint.

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Students were instructed to create either warm or cool colored flowers and then the centers were to be the opposite.

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When finished, they painted black around the flowers.

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Sailboat Silhouette

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My students and parents LOVE this lesson. I do this one with First Grade. This year, I did the lesson with Grade 1 and the Grade 1 and Grade 2 Combo classes.

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I think it always turns out great. The nice thing about this is if they make a mark they do not like, they can just color over it and it becomes a bigger boat or another sail. It also reinforces how to draw basic shapes.

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This year, I had extra wide sharpies which made it easier for my students to color in large sails or large boats.

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I think one key to success is to make sure the students go slowly around the outside and then they can move quickly when they are in the middle of the image.

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Collage Bees

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The kindergarten students study insects and they often have a beekeeper come and share what it is like to be a beekeeper and how we get honey. 55282272

He brings in the clothes, tools, pictures, empty hives, and honey. It really is fun for the students.

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I did a project last year on black paper. This year, we did it on white.

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They had a lot of fun collaging their bees and creating a background. As always, we did this in 30 minutes!

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I think they are just so cute and have loads of personality.

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Young Art 2017: Beyond the Ordinary

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Every other year, the San Diego Museum of Art hosts an art show for students from around the county. This year, the theme was still life and each teacher was allowed to submit just five pieces of art. With me teaching more than 800 students, it was really a tough job to choose just 5  but I had some help.

If you have a chance, go see the art! it is on display until May 28, 2017. Of our 5 submissions, these 3 pieces of art were chosen:

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Oranges

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Spool of Thread

Sail Boat Collage

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My K/1 Combo class did this lesson. They painted the background first doing the sky white then adding blue, they then painted the ocean with blue, green, and white. We did not rinse between colors so that was one less clean up step. I had them wipe their brushes on scrap paper or their placemats.

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While that was drying, I showed them our “magic square” trick. A square can be cut into 2 triangles or 2 rectangles.

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They then made boats with the squares of painted paper. I often use my old demo lessons chopped up for things like this. I also have some art room helpers who will take the paint leftovers from a paint day and paint on “oops” papers.

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That paper is made by my upper grade student helpers. While I am pretty conservative in pouring paint, there is always a bit of leftover paint on the supply plates and it is a good way to use that up. (Reduce, reuse recycle: it’s good for the budget)

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They then cut and assembled the boats however they wanted to.

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Dancing at the Museum

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This lesson was done for Women’s History Month. It is based on the image “Dancing at the Museum” by Faith Ringgold.

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I shared information about Faith Ringgold with my students and gave them small printouts of famous art. They glued those on and created an art museum around them.

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Once that was finished, they drew an image of themselves and if they had time a few other people. They cut those out and added them to their background.

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