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Gratitude Cafe

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Inspired by Jason Mraz and his thoughts on gratitude…

For the Thanksgiving season, my second graders discussed miniatures and how important detail can be in a work of art. They created miniature cornucopia collages and they turned out so vibrant and cute and I love them. With our crazy schedule in November, I have one Kindergarten class that is finished with one lesson and if I had started the next lesson with them this week, they would get even farther ahead of the other classes. So I decided to do a Thanksgiving Painted Paper Turkey. It’s a one-class deal and they turned out so great! Check out the results along with the colorful and thoughtful board they were hung on. : )

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A cool new DIY border I saw on Pinterest! Just take a long strip of bulletin board paper and cut into long 3-4″ wide strips. Accordion fold and scrunch then carefully pull apart and re-scrunch as you’re stapling around the boarder. It looked much better than I thought it would and it was way easy!!

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Delving into Dia De Los Muertos!

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One of my newest joys is teaching about Dia De Los Muertos or “Day of the Dead.” It is such a meaningful and colorful day with so much artistic influence in the celebrations. I am in love with sugar skulls and catrinas and yarn paintings!

My school has started a Spanish Club this year and the kids are learning to speak but they are also learning lots about the culture. Next week we will be painting faces and hopefully making some small art projects to go along with learning about the holiday. The bottom picture has four examples of the face painting they will get to choose from at the next meeting!

I’ve started talking about it with my first graders this week and we are making some calaveras. Here are some of the results. I’ll add more as we finish!

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More Fall Art…

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Here is another board with several projects displayed. I just love the Witchy Legs. The kids have fun with them and they just POP!
Hope you all are enjoying the Fall!

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*I love the one with the fungus growing on her legs! These kids are so stinkin’ creative!

Ready, Set, FUND RAISE!!!

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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!

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4th grade Zentangle Owls

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K-2 Fall Art

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My Kindergarten through second grades have been busy little art-making bees! We have not only been making beautiful Fall art, but we have also been working on bookmarks for our Muffins for Mom morning, decorations for our school book fair, and prepping for our Art to Remember fundraiser! Check out some of my K-2 artwork!

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Fall Collage

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I did this project with one of my special needs classes and they really have enjoyed it. You could also do this with a kindergarten or first grade class. The first day, we painted a piece of yellow paper with red and yellow paint. They were totally enthralled with the color-mixing. We also painted a smaller piece with green. Then we used a piece of 9×12 dark blue paper and added some grass with construction paper crayons. We also added some stars with gold glitter because I am one of the art teachers that believes most things look better with a little sparkle! The second day, we drew our pumpkins, cut them out, and glued them to the background. We used our green painted paper to add the stems, vines, leaves, and the great curly-cues to the pumpkins. Beautiful and simple. It helped our students with their fine motor control and following simple directions. Enjoy!

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“Hoo” Loves Fall Art?

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Finally got around to taking pictures of another bulletin board I put up in the entry way of my school. The projects were both done with First graders and I thought they looked so nice together, I put them all on one board. It’s just a select few, but I just don’t have the time or space to put up all of their work. The first project was the Fall trees and we discussed warm and cool colors and the changing leaves. I have two versions of a tree that I use for Kindergarten and First grades. The first graders’ tree is much more intricate and difficult to cut out. It tests their cutting skills and these guys all did great.
The second project was the step-by-step owls and we discussed shapes before and during the drawing of the owls. The all look similar but they all have their own little personalities. I found different versions of this on Artsonia and at Art Projects for Kids! 🙂