I Did That| Remake

Years ago I painted these superheros for my son’s superhero bedroom. Well now that he’s older he wants to redecorate. Out with the superheroes, in with WWE and gaming. So Batman and Captain America had to go but instead of getting rid of them, I remade them. Not to shabby, huh?

Here are the two together. I’m very proud of myself. My 6th graders didn’t get the apple but my 7th and 8th graders that did parody art totally got it. I first spotted the superheros on the blog I Am Momma….Hear Me Roar. She had them in her son’s room and when I saw them I thought, I can do that so I did. The paintings are based on illustrations by Michael Myers (not the Austin Powers). I really love the upgrade.

My original inspiration

What do ya think?

The Magic Treehouse

Originally I thought that I wouldn’t have two blogs. My time is so limited as you can see by the date of my last post. I just didn’t know how I could maintain two blogs but after some thought I decided that my students and their parents deserved their own blog. I needed a place where they could go and see what we are working on, a calendar for projects, rules and consequences and anything other art advocacy or art related information.

So let me introduce you to Mrs. G’s Magic Tree House (courtesy of a student that thought she was insulting my room).

We’ve done some great projects and I couldn’t be more proud of my students!

I Confess…The 7 Days of Elements of Art

I confess that I had a lot of fun with this unit. It came to me one night 2 weeks before the end of the year before Christmas break. As luck would have it for my A and B day 6th graders there were 7 schools days left before the break.

(To the tune of “The 12 Days of Christmas”)

On the first day of art class

my teacher taught to me:

The Element of Line

On the second day of art class

my teacher taught to me:

Circle or square and

The Element of Line

On the third day of art class

my teacher taught to me:

Form is 3D

Circle or square and

The Element of Line

On the fourth day of art class

my teacher taught to me:

Tints, Shades, and Tones

Form is 3D

Circle or square and

The Element of Line

On the fifth day of art class

my teacher taught to me:

Space (pause) Near or far

Tints, Shades, and Tones

Form is 3D

Circle or square and

The Element of Line

On the sixth day of art class

my teacher taught to me:

Rough or Smooth

Space (pause) Near or Far

Tints, Shades, and Tones

Form is 3D

Circle or square and

The Element of Line

On the seventh day of art class

my teacher taught to me:

Lightness or Darkness

Rough or Smooth

Space (pause) Near or Far

Tints, Shades, and Tones

Form is 3D

Circle or square and

The Element of Line

I made an “ugly” Elements of Art sweatshirt that I wore each class. I made my students a print out of the ugly sweater and each class they filled out each section with the new element they were learning that day. Check it out.

 

Each day, I had my students do an art activity related to the element they were learning. We started off by playing an element of arts memory game.

Line

Students created ornaments designed with lines after discussing line in art.

Shape

Students created cubist Christmas trees coloring in triangles after discussing shapes in art.

Form

Students played a shape and form “telephone” game after discussing form.

Color

Students filled out color ornaments after discussing color in art.

Space

Students were introduced to perspective by drawing these snowmen.

Texture

Students made texture rubbings using texture plates and this worksheet of snowflakes.

Value

Students finished of the learning experience with the element of value by using oil pastels to make moonlight snowmen.

Next year, I plan to start right after Christmas so I can spend more time on each value, but this was fun and a great way to engage the students before winter break.


 

How do you handle the days leading up to break? 

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I Confess….Parody Art

I confess that right now, my 7th and 8th graders are creating parody art based on artist like Grant Wood, Edvard Munch, Leonardo Da Vinci, and other artists. I came across a blurb about this video and I had to share it with my students and now I have to share it with you. This video is simply amazing.

 

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I Confess…Spirit Stick

I confess that during my first week as a teacher back in October, one of the AP’s came to me and asked me if I could make a new spirit stick for the school. Let me say at the time, I was new, I was fighting a cold and I had never made a spirit stick before in my life. In my head, I was thinking is this a test.

At the same time I was trying to make a paper mache example for class but I pulled myself together and with my husband’s help I was able to create a paper mache school mascot (the Harrier), paint and decorate a spirit stick. Using cardboard, newspaper and an enlarged image of our mascot, I created the main part of the spirit stick. I used Mod Podge on the newspaper which I find easier than having to mix water and glue. Luck would have it that my husband had ordered a bolt of fabric so I was able to snag the cardboard roll inside it. I put the roll inside the paper mache Harrier, secured and broke out the blue spray paint.

Of course, the really tedious work was painting the actual face on the mascot. After everything dried, I attached the letters and used some fabric strips that I had and I also attached little bells to some of the fabric strips.  The result was fantastic and now everyday when I walk by the office I see my first contribution as a new teacher!