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.
I think her students were grade three, I did this with my First Graders.
I thought it was a great way to use up some of the magazine donations and scrap paper we have accumulated.
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.
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.
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.
Students were instructed to create either warm or cool colored flowers and then the centers were to be the opposite.
When finished, they painted black around the flowers.
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.
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.
This year, I had extra wide sharpies which made it easier for my students to color in large sails or large boats.
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.
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.
He brings in the clothes, tools, pictures, empty hives, and honey. It really is fun for the students.
I did a project last year on black paper. This year, we did it on white.
They had a lot of fun collaging their bees and creating a background. As always, we did this in 30 minutes!
I think they are just so cute and have loads of personality.
I did this lesson with my Grade 1 classes.
They used a small piece of Styrofoam printing plate to draw the flowers then cut them out and printed them in different colors.
They could add stems and leaves or a vase if they chose to.
My kindergarten students looked at Rizzi buildings, took a second look at La Boca Houses and other interesting architecture.
They created these using Styrofoam printing plates, brayers, and ink.
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:
Spool of Thread
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.
While that was drying, I showed them our “magic square” trick. A square can be cut into 2 triangles or 2 rectangles.
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.
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)
They then cut and assembled the boats however they wanted to.
This lesson was done for Women’s History Month. It is based on the image “Dancing at the Museum” by Faith Ringgold.
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.
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.
Grade 5 learns about the Colonial Period and I like to link my art lessons to classroom curriculum when I can. This lesson brings together several areas of learning into one lesson. It is a great STEAM lesson as well because of the motion and the math of a measuring a circle.
In years past, I have used donated cardboard and we had parent helpers cut the discs.
This year, I had some funds in my Artsonia account and used those to purchase round cardboard from Amazon.
Students decorated both sides of the disc. Then punched 2 holes 1-2 finger widths apart in the center of the discs. I had them measure the center and we talked about how we measure circles which tied in to their recent math lesson where they measured the tether ball courts on the playground and learned about pi.
The hammer and nail punching was not necessary with this year’s soft corrugated cardboard but last year, we used donated ram board and that stuff is hard so hammer and nails were a necessity. The kids love trying new tools so this was a way to teach them about and to use a hammer and nails.
I showed them how to string a piece of thread through the discs and tie them off. Then I show them how to make them spin. The students had to do something colorful on one side and the other side could be their choice.
If you make these, be sure to leave time to play at the end of class. My students really enjoyed playing after creating.