Art to Remember is upon us (me) and I haven’t even started one project. We will be starting the day we get back from holiday so I wanted to have this ready to go for my students.
Wow, it’s been a long time and I feel terrible about that. I’ve gotten quite a few new followers since my last post and y’all are probably wondering why in the world you bothered. Well, the holidays were rather busy – busier than normal – and I got a new phone and haven’t had access to my old photos that I took of my holiday art and boards. I think I did share some on Instagram before I got my new phone so if you are an Insta-user, check out tinyartroom there.
So, right before our Winter break, I started all my classes on their Art to Remember projects. A few grades finished and a few are finishing this week. All of the projects are turning out great and I have two new Art to Remember projects that I’m trying out this year.
Kindergarten was one of the classes that finished before the break so I was looking around on Pinterest and my favorite art blogs (see the blogroll to the right) to see what I could find for them that would ease us back into the swing of things. For some of these kids (and me) I feel like it’s a second First Day of school so we need to tiptoe back into it.
I found this awesome project over at this cute little French art blog called Le Petites Têtes de L’Art which Google translated to “Small Heads of Art” so… let’s just stick to stumbling over the French pronunciation. Anyway – the kids loved making this so much. At the end of class, I asked them what they liked so much about it. They all said some version of “I liked the scribbling” and “I like cutting the paper.” So, basically they liked being given a goal but allowed to go about achieving it how they wanted. Ahhhh… choice based art. I promised them we would do more of this. 🙂
For now, check out the results of today’s work:
Kinders started working on their Art to Remember projects last week and today they added their finishing touches – their fingerprints!
In the years that I have been doing this fundraiser, I haven’t found a project for kindergarten that I really love for AtR but this might be a winner.
The objectives that we cover are:
-coloring completely what we have drawn
I’m getting an early start on my Art to Remember projects this year and first graders are going first. For the last several years they made owls but I decided to switch it up this year with a different woodland creature. The foxes, just like the owls, are turning out precious and with such personality. Check them out so far…
Just received my swag bag (box) from Jessica at Art of Ed for being one of the first 1000 to sign up for the online conference that’s happening this weekend, January 25th.
Love all the samples they sent! I especially love the apron from Art to Remember (always need a new apron!) and the “Keep calm and teach art” button.
Who else is signed up?
Fourth graders were learning about onomatopoeias in their ELA class so it was the perfect opportunity for me to integrate and teach them about Roy Lichtenstein and Pop art. We sketched out a plan after viewing and discussing Lichtenstein and his work. For the final painting, we worked on newspaper and painted with primary colors and black and white.
We are doing a similar project for their Art to Remember piece but we are using their names instead of an onomatopoeia.
Back in October I posted about all of our Art to Remember projects. Fifth. Graders are starting this week on their zentangle paw prints. They are looking great and are coming up with some nice backgrounds to make them different from their neighbors.
They started by sketching out the paw print with pencil and then adding the lines in the background. Next, they traced everything with Sharpies as well as added the zentangles inside the paw. They finished them up by using school colors to color in the vivid background.
Most are still in progress but a few have already finished.
I’ve been working with Art to Remember for four or five years to help raise money for my art program. They have some new products this year that I’m pretty excited about, like the iPhone cases and the little ceramic trays.
I’m posting an example of the project each grade is doing as we do them.
Kindergarten will be making handprint peacocks
First graders are making owls.
Second graders will be making cute little umbrella color wheels.
Third grade will be doing warm/cool trees.
Fourth will be creating Charlotte skyline cityscapes with a rainbow sky.
Fifth grade will be showing school spirit with a bullpup paw print filled with zen tangles.
I will be updating with pictures as we complete the projects throughout the year so check back often.
So it begins, the annual march to make some extra money for my classroom. The actual fundraising will not start until Spring but the making of the artwork starts NOW! 🙂 I’m spreading it out this year in an attempt to not be quite so harried about it. First grade is going first and are working on their owl pictures. These turned out amazing last year and I had so many compliments from parents and staff that I thought it would make a great choice.
Check out some of the works in progress!
4th grade Zentangle Owls