MIA

Ok I know that I have been seriously missing in action. I’ve missed posting about all of great things that I’m doing with my students and all of the cool stuff I’ve seen in the art/design world, and what I’ve been wearing. Now that summer is officially here,  I look forward to spending more time on my blog. I update Instagram pretty regularly sharing my kids artwork but I’d like to share it here as well. I’m ready to talk about and share all the fun design related stories and finds. I’m creating and sharing every thing right here. So glad to be back!

 

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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INSIDE THE ART ROOM

I know that some people maintain several blogs but that’s not my style. The We Are F.A.S.H.I.O.N. blog has always been about creativity and design and I think that with my new position as a Visual Art teacher is something that I can share here on this blog as well.

This is a new journey for me. I’m learning what to do and what not to do, what lessons work and what lessons don’t work, about classroom management in the art room, art supplies and all the great things about art education and art advocacy.

As I’ve maintained, I’m a little bit of everything and so is this blog. I can’t separate my art teacher side from my mom side from my business side. They are all what makes me, ME!

Here I’ll share lessons plans, printables, handouts, tips and techniques and everything great about educating children about art.

Update: The Box, the Interview, and Some Other Stuff

Ok, I’ve seriously been neglecting my blog. I started a series #30Days30#Notions and by Day 10, I’d already started to slip. I’ve really been working on the launch of the We Are F.A.S.H.I.O.N. Studio-in-a-Box, my side hustle (I’m going to need one once I become a teacher). Contacting bloggers (which is going horribly), posting to Instagram (which is going well, a famous fashion designer with the initials CR liked my idea). After checking out samples and doing some market research, I’ve been contacting vendors and getting my Cratejoy store set up. I got my custom box samples which I’ll use for photo shoots and displays and put in a larger order for the boxes that will actually go out to subscribers. So I’ve been busy.

On top of that I have three classes that I need to finish before December (I want to launch in January) and an assignment due this week that I can’t wrap my mind around. You know I work full-time and I’m a wife and mom. To top that I got a call for a job interview. Like I had basically put the whole art teacher gig on the shelf until after I’d become certified and last week within a few days I got a call for an interview. So now I’m trying to keep myself calm and prepare for an interview that snuck up on me. Excited and nervous.

So here’s a few days worth of #30Days30Notions.

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Image Credit:Katrina Griffis
Image Credit: Katrina Griffis

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