October 20, 2020
It was great to be back at SHARE today! I hope everyone had a great fall break. Today in art class I showed the students’ leaf creatures on my laptop and the students were able to share about what they created. Loved how they used different elements of nature in their creations! If you didn’t get a chance to email me your child’s leaf creation you can still do so this week and I’ll show it in class next week. Or if you didn’t get a reply from me, please resend because I emailed everyone back to verify I had received theirs. Sometimes technology can be glitchy though! See the previous summary below for instructions.
We read a cute book that I discovered this year called “Tidy” by Emily Gravett. It went well with our leaf theme today. Then the students painted leaves that I brought from home with a foam brush and printed or stamped them onto black paper. This was a neat process art technique, and was a bit trickier than it looked to get the right amount of paint on the leaf so that the print showed the veins and details of the leaf. It was definitely an “experiential” technique, and it’s okay that all the leaves (the white painted part) didn’t look like leaves. ; ) For the background, the students were given a small piece of a sponge and several warm paint colors to sponge paint the background. As always, the 45 minutes flew by but the students worked hard to complete their project. In my 2nd grade morning art class their art was too wet to be sent home, so they’ll take it home next week.
Please remember to return progress reports (signed) in your child’s yellow folder, if you didn’t do so this week. Have a great week!
October 6, 2020
Hello parents, I can’t believe it’s October! Today we had a guided drawing lesson on pumpkins and the students drew and outlined their pumpkins, and then colored them with oil pastels. We learned a new term as it related to our drawing - horizon line. We also talked about using some yellow on our pumpkins for highlighting. The students are doing great with listening to instructions and following along! We read “Leaf Man” again as a review for our leaf person/creation homework.
HOMEWORK Due by October 19th:
-Your child will create a leaf person/creature/object out of elements they find in nature. It doesn’t have to be glued or taped together because they won’t be bringing it to class. If they need to use scissors to cut leaves into shapes, that is fine, but try to encourage only using natural resources that they find outside: leaves, acorns, pine cones, sticks, etc.. Take a picture of their creation and then email it to me. We’ll have a “virtual show & tell” on October 20th. To clarify, this will be a picture of their nature art that is sent to me, not something they bring into class.
-Email me at email@example.com with a picture of your child’s leaf creation and put in the subject line the following:
-your child’s name
-ART a.m. or ART p.m.
Have a great fall break and please email me with any questions!
September 29, 2020
Today was our first drawing lesson and everyone did great! We used a circle template for the cat’s face, but they drew the rest of the cat on their own! I love doing guided drawing lessons because it really builds confidence for future drawing. Listening to directions is an important part of the drawing lesson, a skill we’ll continue to practice throughout the year. After drawing the basic outline of the cat with white oil pastel, we created sections on the cat. I gave some examples and then gave them some artistic freedom in creating the sections in the shapes they desired. Then we reviewed different types of lines and patterns from our very first week of SHARE, and next they used metallic markers to create different lines and/or patterns in the sections of their cat. Some even named their cats, and I loved hearing their names. : ) I called mine “fall pattern cat” (not as creative as their names - haha), and my inspiration was a lesson I adapted from one of my favorite art teachers, Patty Palmer.
I hope you have a great week, and enjoy the fall weather! I’ll post a reminder next week about the “leaf creation” homework that will be due on October 20th. See the summary from last week with the basics of the assignment. Thanks!
September 22, 2020
What a beautiful first day of fall! We read “Leaf Man” by Lois Ehlert, which is filled with beautiful pictures of leaf creations. I told most of the classes that I will be posting a homework assignment, but it will not be “due” until after fall break, when the leaves begin changing colors. For now, in case they create something that they want you to take a picture of this week, just know that the basics will be finding elements from nature (leaves, acorns, pine nuts, etc. ) and creating a leaf person/creature/object out of those elements. It doesn’t have to be glued or taped together. Your child can lay it on a flat surface and you can just take a picture of it while it is intact. I’ll send reminders and details of where to send the picture in October, so there is plenty of time. We’ll have a “virtual show & tell” with the nature art that they create one day in October. To clarify, this will be a picture of their nature art that is sent to me, not something they bring into class. More details to come!
After reading the book, the students set to work tracing different leaf templates and then they created veins with oil pastels. This was our first week using oil pastels. They are one of my favorite mediums to use in class because they are extra waxy and glide easily on paper. The students used watercolors to paint their leaves and background; warm colors for the leaves and cool colors for the background. Hopefully this will be some nice artwork to display in your home to add to your fall decor. : )
Have a wonderful week and enjoy this lovely autumn weather!
September 15, 2020
Happy “International Dot Day”! What’s that, you say? The book, The Dot, by Peter Reynolds has become wildly popular in elementary art programs and spurred a special day of its own. We haven’t celebrated this day every year in art class, but because the day coincided with our SHARE day this year, it was the perfect time to incorporate a dot-related art lesson. They even have a website about the day, which I just found.
The book has an encouraging message about making your own mark, and how we can help encourage others to have confidence in their creativity. After reading the book, we used the color wheel to review our color theory terms again: primary and secondary colors, warm and cool colors, and complementary colors. Next, came tracing and cutting practice. The students traced quite a few circles, and then cut them out. This was our first week of scissor work, and the students did great! Some in K needed some help with holding their scissors correctly, which is completely age appropriate. Once they got the hang of it, they were in business! I loved that the students really worked hard and tried their best with good attitudes, and I know cutting circles isn’t easy for younger children. It’s excellent practice though! It would be wonderful if you also have them practice cutting at home whenever you have the chance. : )
After tracing and cutting we talked about layering the circles with complementary colors and also looked at an example of Wassily Kandinsky’s “Concentric Circles” for some color inspiration. Instead of painting our circles as Kandinsky did, we used paper to create a collage (a term we learned today).
Thank you for sharing your sweet, eager-to-learn students with us every week! I love their enthusiasm and joy in art class!
September 8, 2020
Today was another full and productive day in art class! We learned about complementary (or opposite) colors on the color wheel and also discussed warm and cool colors. We read a sweet book called, “I Am An Artist”, which has beautiful illustrations. Then we learned about Canadian artist Ted Harrison, and drew and painted a landscape in his style. He painted a lot of landscapes of the northern lights and used vibrant colors. The students drew curved lines at the bottom of their paper to represent the valleys or mountains, and the sunset was drawn at the top. They used their watercolors and painted cool colors for the silhouette of the mountains and warm colors for the sunset. Even though this wasn’t a rainbow painting, we noted that the painting was actually in “rainbow (ROYGBIV) order”! I was pleased with their hard work and focus!
Please check your child’s backpack to make sure their paint shirt is still in there. We were missing several today, and they really need to have their paint shirt every week. Thank you!
September 1, 2020
Week two is in the books and we had a great day! I was so pleased that we had 100% attendance in all of SHARE!
Today in art class we read “Little Blue and Little Yellow” by Leo Lionni. It’s such a cute book that’s also a great preface to color mixing! Then we started on our “birds of color” art project. We practiced our fine motor skills by tracing circle lids for the birds’ bodies and then drew beaks and legs. The students then got their own little palette of primary colors and we first painted the birds the primary colors. Then we mixed the paints to create our secondary colors for the other birds. The students were great listeners and worked hard. We packed a lot into 45 minutes! We’ll continue more lessons on color, but the primary and secondary colors are always the foundation. A couple students observed that the birds were also in rainbow order. I love their observations!
We didn’t have time to watch this fun video in class, but this would be great to watch to reinforce the primary and secondary colors!
I hope everyone has a wonderful Labor Day weekend! Stay safe if you’re traveling and enjoy the cooler temperatures that it looks like are coming next week. : )
August 25, 2020
Hi SHARE families! It was so good to be back today, after a long break! It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces, and to meet some new friends!
We began our art class by reading a fun book called “Lines That Wiggle”. We’ll be talking a lot this year about elements of art, including lines, and this was a great introduction! Before I read the book I touched on the roles of authors and illustrators . I start many of my art classes with a book that ties into our art lesson. I love children’s literature! After reading our book, we made art portfolios that they will keep at home and will hopefully be helpful for storing all the sweet projects in art and other classes that they will bring home. : )
As a reminder, please check and empty the yellow folder that was placed in your child’s backpack today each week. This week there is a checklist of supplies so please make sure that everything was sent in. We will only be using the art shirts periodically but the art shirts need to remain in the backpacks (in the gallon size bags) so they will be ready and available whenever they are used.
Please reach out if you have any questions for me. I’m excited about creating art with your children this year at SHARE!