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Laurel Burch Cats

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For this lesson, my kindergarten students drew a cat and flowers in oil pastel and then painted over it with black water color.

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I like watercolor paintings to be bright and cheery so I take out the black and brown paint. I have a lot of black watercolor paint because I take it our of our paint trays.

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This lesson allowed us to use up some of those black paint trays. The hardest part is getting kindergarten students to color hard enough that the water color resists the paints.

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Quilling or Paper Filigree

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This lesson came about because of my desperate need to use up this giant box of donated strips.

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I’ve done several different lessons with several different grade levels over the last few weeks but the box is still half full.

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I showed my students how to wrap the paper into a little roll then let it go or not, then glue it and squash it into different shapes. They used a paintbrush handle to twist the paper onto.

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There are loads of videos and how to’s out there on the internet if you want to do something super fancy. For my 5th grade students, I just had them do flowers.

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We looked at historic and modern day examples. I did this with 5th grade because it was a handicraft from the Colonial period.

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The term quilling comes from how colonists would twist the paper around their quills to make this decorative art.

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Georgia O’Keefe Flowers

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Who doesn’t love a gigantic flower in the style of O’Keefe?

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For this lesson, Pre-k and TK students learned about Georgia O’Keefe. We looked at samples of her work as well as flowers. They used oil pastel to draw centers.

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They could do dots or circles or however they saw the flower centers then they drew wiggly lines off the page for the petals.

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They used liquid water color to paint them. Such an easy lesson with great results for all artists.

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Bumble Bee Collage

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45833096Oh I love my little K’s!  I had asked one of the K teachers what was happening in K so I could pick a fun lesson that related to the classroom lessons.

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She told me her class would miss art the following day because they had a guest coming to school to talk to the kids about bees.

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They had inadvertently planned a reverse field trip with an apiarist (bee keeper) during her class art time! Well, K’s missing art was a sad thing for me and for her so I invited them to join me into the art room that very day after lunch.

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She was able to quickly re-work their afternoon schedule and I was able to squish them in between things for their 30 minute art time. I literally threw this lesson together in my head on my walk back to the art room after lunch. It was a win-win if there ever was!

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Students used yellow paper and black crayon for the bees. We glued those on then they used a paper donation for the wings. It is paper for some sort of office machine-it came on a roll and is iridescent on one side and has the thickness of tissue paper-really fun for wings and jellyfish tentacles. After they glued on their bees, they added flowers in oil pastel to the black paper.

Arts Empower Mega Conference

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October 9 was the San Diego Mega Arts Empower Conference for VAPA teachers. This is year 2 of the conference and it is actually a lot of fun.

It was held in Balboa Park both last year and this. There were just over 500 people in attendance. It is a little tricky to find all the locations of the sessions as they are spread out all over the park and not all of them have clear signage.

It was nice this year that the museums allowed us to go in for free but I found it impossible to get to a museum AND the sessions so I did not see the benefit in that idea at all. It would have been nice if the museums had given the teachers a voucher to come back on another day.

The opening session featured Siddharth Moran, Mark Doolittle and Ben Vereen all of them discussing how the arts fostered their success. I missed most of that session to set up my book making session all the way across the park.

They had vendors in a room near Panama 66 at SD Museum of Art. I only got there at lunchtime. It was packed and the tables were really close together but I did manage to get around to all of them and gather up some ideas and brochures.

There were many sessions to choose from for all areas of VAPA. I chose to attend Visual Arts sessions, of course. I also prefer hands-on sessions where I can touch things and get ideas and lessons to take back to my students so those are the sessions I chose to attend.

Here are some images from the sessions I visited. I see some new art lessons for my students in the making!

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Puppets made with scrap cardboard. This reminded me of the hearts I made with the preschool 3’s last year.

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Scrap cardboard sculpture-slotted squares of cardboard decorated and notched to create a changeable sculpture.

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Crayon resist (hydrophobic) flowers with dampened marker (hydroponic).

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Paper mache bowls with tissue paper and botanicals.

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3D Images in chalk-uses chromadepth 3D glasses for viewing but nice as a stand alone image as well. LOVED the giant black chunky crayons she had. She said they were from Nasco.

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Painting with dirt…glue, water and strained dirt used as paint. Interesting concept. Not sure my principal would appreciate the students digging holes all over the school yard to bring in dirt to make paint but certainly a fun lesson.

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Machines that move. Oh I think some grade 2’s are going to love this lesson!

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The layered self. I would use clear acetate instead of the cut paper or the cut images would be far less elaborate and done with scissors and symmetry instead of using the box cutters and exacto knives this high school teacher uses.

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Vegetable print making-I pretty much knew what this one was before I started but it was next door to the dirt painting session so I straddled the two and got the best of both workshops. The teacher for this one came all the way down from Fallbrook!

There were so many ideas and thoughts on arts integration, STEAM, best practices, National Standards and Common, Core. It was a splendid day and a great way to meet teachers from all over the county.

Bubble Wrap Flowers Printing

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Bubble wrap printing has been around for a long time.My children have done bubble wrap prints for Miss Rumphius’ lupines. I have done snow with my students.

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These flowers are just one of many variations on bubble wrap printing.

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Students were given paint in red, white and blue. I showed them how to use the bubble wrap to print a flower shape. I showed them that if they dipped it in white first, then red, they would get pink, if we dipped it in red and printed then dipped it in blue, we get purple and so on.

They could make as many or as few flowers as they wanted to.

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They could make them whatever color they wanted to. Color mixing was strongly encouraged.

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When the flowers were complete, students were given green paint and a paintbrush to create leaves. I showed them how to “draw” into their paint (sgraffito) with the brush handle to make the veins in the leaves.

Psychedelic Sunflowers

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Adapted from an Arts and Activities lesson. Here is their website: http://www.artsandactivities.com/

Here is where they have the “It Works!” page where I described my process for shortening the two day lesson into a one period version. http://www.artsandactivities.com/Itworks75.html

Student drew images of giant flowers lightly in pencil. We used 9×12 paper so that we could finish in about an hour. They used permanent marker to dot the lines. They used watercolor to fill in the flowers with warm colors and the background with cool colors.

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