Friday, September 24, 2010

Some Photos from this Week

Alaina, Lailah, Alyea and Abbi are busy working on putting together the mural of all of our self portraits during their recess. It looks so cool when they are all together!!! (Robinson)

Austin tries out the letter stencils on his portfolio cover. (Robinson)

Levi drew a picture of a football helmet and a goal post! Great job, Levi! (Memorial)

This little guy (whose name I still have to learn) drew a picture of himself doing his favorite thing...playing baseball. I love it! It looks like that ball is coming right for me!

Just Getting Started

This week flew by! We've been having great fun in Art though. This week we finished up our portraits for the mural we are putting together (see previous post) and began our Art to Remember projects.

At Robinson, fourth graders are working on creating a drawing of a lighthouse, 5th graders will be doing a drawing of some Russian towers inspired by St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, Russia. And 6th graders are working on some amazing drawings of trees.

At Memorial, we are still going over procedures and reviewing rules and we are finishing up our portraits too. Second and third grade classes have started their Art to Remember projects this week and are eager to spend some more time on them next week. Next week, some of my third graders will be helping me put together the mural for Memorial.

In case you aren't familiar with Art to Remember, it is a fundraiser we do to buy supplies for the art program in our elementary schools. Our art budget is *very* small, our parents' support through Art to Remember helps to buy supplies for Art Class that we wouldn't be able to afford otherwise. Not to mention that Art to Remember has a huge variety of items you can buy with your student's artwork on it. New this year, and my all time favorite product, ever...a nightlight! We have it plugged in the art room so the kids can see it! They all want one!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

I'm back!!!

Yes, it's been two years since I posted ANYTHING on this blog. Here's why.: because of cuts in our district, I was reduced to half time art and was also assigned half day kindergarten. I taught kindergarten and art for two years. It was a crazy time! But I am glad for the experience, really.
This year I am back to teaching art to all the 750 something kids DK-grade 6 in our district...and I couldn't be happier. OK...well, of course I would be happier if I had longer art classes (half hour classes back to back are hard to get used to) and if I had more money in my budget...that would always be nice. But really, I am looking forward to an amazing year! I am so excited about the possibilities this year holds for me.
Our beginning of the year project is an idea I got from this great art teacher's site...I've barely had 10 minutes in each class to have the kids work on it...because first days require going over rules and expectations...but I think they are loving the challenge of creating a "mono-chromatic" picture using only one color.