Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Bear Math

 Today I had such a hard working kindergarten class they finished the work I had planned for them 15 minutes ahead of schedule!  I debated quickly in my mind if I should move forward with the lesson, knowing that I might need a filler for the next day they have art or if I should just try to come up with a quick activity to fill the time during this class period.  For whatever reason, the idea of creating a bar graph popped into my head.

To my delight, it worked out well, it engaged the students and YES...I incorporated some math (which, I must say to our defense we do all the time...but this was just a much more obvious demonstration).

This activity worked out so well, I am planning on incorporating into the other 4 sections I teach at this level.

Sometimes, I must say, I surprise myself on my quick thinking in the classroom.  Three cheers for spontaneous lessons that actually work out well!

Saturday, September 3, 2016

New year...here we go!

First day photo!  Starting my 10th year for the Cameron School District and my 14th year teaching art overall.  Where or where does that time fly to?

Borders...Staples....Bulletin Boards. OH, MY!

My bulletin boards for the 2016-2017 school year in the elementary art room.

This bulletin board ties in with our school theme this year and has a connection to our school's PBIS policy.

Word wall for art vocabulary words.  

This bulletin board is dedicated to all the drawings and paintings I will receive this year from students.  They love making me presents!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Classroom Ready!

My Elementary Art Room is ready.  Just waiting for my young artists!  

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Yummy Cupcakes

It is time again for those yummy Thiebaud Cupcakes!  I had to put a new spin on this lesson when I realized that I was running out of days before the trimester ended.  Instead of having 6 to 8 cupcakes in our composition, we just concentrated on drawing one large cupcake.  These pieces turned out beautiful and I must say, definitely look good enough to eat!

You can check out the original lesson here: Wayne Thiebaud Cupcakes.  The link will give you information about the artist studied, see examples of student work and will allow you to view a great youtube clip I share with my students on artist Wayne Thiebaud.

Student Examples: