Monthly Archives: May 2017

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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