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Art Elements Infographic

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Here’s our first entry into our fifth graders art journal. We created an Infographic to showcase our knowledge of the art elements. I found this at artroom104.blogspot.com through Pinterest.

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Tinga Tinga Tales

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So the last two or three weeks of school were really REALLY busy. Testing, awards days, field trips, etc. Some days we would have classes and some days we would not. This was one of my last projects I did with some of my first grade classes. It’s a new project and they turned out so pretty. Not even half the kids finished in the two weeks we worked on them so I would say this needs a good three classes to get completely finished.

The first class, we used We Give Books to read Tinga Tinga Tales. If you don’t know about this website, it’s awesome. Free books, online, and the organization donates real books to others. Use it!
Then we we went back and looked at all the bright illustrations, especially focusing on the chicken and her beautifully patterned feathers.
We used black paper and white crayons to draw our chickens and the farm in the background. Then we used oil pastel to color it all in and learned about layering the oil pastels and creating the patterns. They turned out so bright and pretty and each one was different. I’m sad I didn’t get to hang these up and share them with the rest of the school. I must remember to do them before the very end next year! 😄

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Rainbow Umbrellas

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My friend and fellow art teacher shared this super eye-catching project at our last art teacher meeting and I believe it can be found at her blog, Color It Like You Mean It! 🙂

I am doing this project with second grade and they are loving it! Rebekah’s step by step instructions were great and *everyone* has created a fantastic piece so far! I’ll add more pictures next week after we paint our umbrellas!

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Today we finished our umbrellas, painted our puddles, and used our pinky finger to paint raindrops!

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My bulletin board with the umbrellas! I’ll add some “May flowers” soon!

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Chinese Dragons

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We are a little late for the Chinese New Year but we discussed the tradition anyway and the kids are really enjoying the project. We are reviewing some of the basic art elements of line, shape, pattern, and color.

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Color coordinate with Kandinsky

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This is the last project of the year for my second graders. They are loving it and therefore doing a fantastic job. We discussed Mr. Kandinsky and abstract art and talked a little about color theory.
I really wanted the kids to enjoy themselves with mixing and painting colors without getting caught up in creating a specific object.
I started with a white piece of paper with a 4×3 block grid printed on it. I’m going to try black paper with my other school and see how it turns out.

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Then we passed out the paint. I gave them 6 colors and bit of white to mix in egg cartons. I’ve never used egg cartons but it worked perfectly for this.

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I’m planning on making this project last for two weeks so I told them that they could paint six full squares OR work on all of them but not completely finish any of them on the first day. The second day is spent finishing and discussing. I played music for them to listen to while painting but the first day we were interrupted by the fire drill!!! :/
My example! Can’t wait to see some finished products!

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Painted paper birdhouses

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I saw a post over at Painted Paper and fell in love. Birdhouses can be so boring but using the painted paper gives them a new dimension and I think her’s turned out so pretty.
My 3rd graders started painting paper this week and have absolutely loved it. I also used PP’s post about about “how I paint paper” when I introduced this technique. Lots of good suggestions she has!
Below is my example and I can’t wait to see how my kiddos’ turn out!


And here are A few of the kids’:

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4th Grade NC Seascapes

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So in 4th grade, we get to talk about one of my favorite places – the beach! We are creating seascapes, inspired by the NC coast and this beautiful post at the Clever Feather. We are also including discussions about the elements of art: line, color, and space. They had a hard time with the waves initially, but after breaking it down into more simple forms (draw a C, etc.), they felt much more successful. I’ll continue adding pictures as we go!

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