Friday, January 19, 2018

Stamped Snowflakes

First graders learned all about snowflakes in the art room.  I read the book, Snowflake Bentley.  We learned how snowflakes form, that they are six-sided crystals, and that no two are alike.  I love integrating art, science, and language.
They started by applying white tempera paint to the edge a popsicle stick and stamping it six times to make the arms of the snowflake.  Then they used foam shapes mounted to wood blocks, lasagna noodles, and marker caps to stamp more shapes on each arm. Students thought about radial symmetery while applying shapes. I put wet sponges in the tray so they could blot off the excess paint when they were done stamping with each item.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Winter Landscape

First graders loved this one-day project!  It really packed in the learning, which made is a keeper for me.  Our learning target was met through the use of a new medium: liquid watercolor.  Furthermore, it had just snowed, so there was inspiration all around us!
Students followed directed drawing instructions by drawing with pencil and tracing with Sharpie.  We discussed how space is created in the picture by creating close, large trees and smaller, farther away trees.
Then kids got right to work with the watercolor.  I chose orange, red, magenta, purple and blue.  For the most part, students would acheive success (and few unpleasant mixing problems) with these colors.  They began at the horizon line and overlapped horizontal stipes all the way up.  At the end, I showed them how to add footprints; larger ones on the first hill, smaller ones on the second hill.  

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Mo's Gallery

Have you seen what's happening at the Delta Plaza right now?  Hundreds of pieces of student art have invaded the hallways!  Mo's Gallery (formerly known as The Monster Art Show) is now open for your viewing pleasure.  All of my begindergarten, first, second, and third graders have one project on display.  Students were able to help organize the show by choosing their art, labelling it, and putting the Velcro on the back.  Mr. Dykema's art students at the U arranged the artwork on boards and set up the boards at the mall.  The show will end on May 26th and all artwork will be returned to students the following week.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Youth In Art 2017

This past Wednesday was the reception for kindergarten-5th graders who had artwork on display at the William Bonifas Fine Arts Center in Escanaba.  Art teachers, like myself, from throughout Delta County chose pieces of outstanding student art to be on exhibit for the month of March.  Awards were given by several groups in the community, including the DSISD, the MEA, GFWC, and others.  It was really exciting to see so many kids and their parents inside the art center!

Friday, January 13, 2017


Third graders enjoyed a lesson in block printing today!  Students embossed styrofoam printing plates with lines, patterns, and designs using a ballpoint pen.  We did not draw pictures, as the printed papers will be used as background in another project. I did not allow letters or numbers, either, because they would be reversed when printed.

We used water-soluble ink in four colors; red, white, blue, and yellow.  Students chose from precut papers in a variety of colors.  I warned them that printing yellow on yellow paper would not work out very well! Choose colors that have good contrast.
Students moved to the printing stations with their paper and their plate.  After each print, they had to wash off their plate with a damp paper towel at the washing station.  Some students worked very efficiently and were able to print more than 4, while others only got 2 or 3 done.  I was a little nervous about the procedures involved in this project, but the kids did great!  They loved it and 
enjoyed successful printing!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Fall Conference Schedule

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding your child's art education, I will be available to meet during conferences.  There is no appointment necessary, just stop on by!

Lemmer:  Wednesday, November 9th from 4:00-6:00

Webster:  Thursday, November 10th from 1:00-2:15

Soo Hill:  Thursday, November 10th from 2:30-3:45

Friday, June 3, 2016

If the Dinosaurs Came Back

I read the story, "If the Dinosaurs Came Back" to my 1st graders.  We talked about how the illustrator used contrast between the colored dinosaurs and the black and white background.  Students drew an environment with Sharpie on day 1 - no pencils!
On day 2, students cut dinosaurs out of construction paper and glued them onto the background.  I gave students photocopied shapes to build their dinosaur, but I encouraged them to design their own.