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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Kindergarten Line Paintings

So the first real assignment for my Kindergarteners this year started with the most basic element of art: LINE! The first day of this unit we discussed lines and thought of as many types of line as we could. Wavy, straight, curved, spikey, zig-zag, bumpy, etc... We even learned the words horizontal, vertical, and diagonal.

 Students drew five different types of lines on their paper in crayon. The second day, we used watercolor paints for the very first time and learned how to paint inside the spaces we created with our lines.

This was a very crazy first project to have with Kindergarten because I'm not quite sure they were ready for sharing watercolor paints and putting on art shirts just yet. I did LOVE the results I got and I was so impressed with some of their painting skills!

Next: Shapes Collages!

-Ms. Grubbs

Monday, September 19, 2011

Mini-Me Self Portraits

So, the first artwork of the year is finally up! Due to my Monday's classes starting off 2 weeks behind (hurricane & labor day) I wasn't able to finish my first artwork displays until today.

Each student in 1st through 5th grade created a monochromatic "mini-me" self portrait. On the first day of art class, we quickly discussed the rules and did an art room tour, and then went to work on our self portraits. We briefly reviewed the basic proportions of the face and what monochromatic meant. Students were encouraged to try their best and make their "mistakes" into art.

Each table was given a set of crayons, markers, and colored pencils of the same color, but with many different shades of that color. Students had to include their face, an interesting background, and hide their name somewhere in their background design. This was a really good way to evaluate their skill levels and see where each of my students are in their creative journey as artists.


This first day of art project was inspired by two blogs: and Thank you both!!

-Ms. Grubbs

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Welcome to my new blog!

Well, first I should introduce myself. My name is Chelsea Grubbs and I am the art teacher at Edmondson Heights Elementary School in Maryland. This is my first year teaching, and I have to say, I absolutely love my school and my students. After a rocky start to the school year (earthquake, hurricane, power outages) I have finally met all of my students and we are into our first big projects.

My classes are 50 minutes long and I see each class once a week. I am extremely lucky because I have a kiln, a projector, and even an Elmo in my classroom. Here are a few pictures of my room from the first week of school.
Brand new art tables came in during the first week of school! LOVE THEM!

 My HUGE bulletin board wall.

 "Be Inspired" is written on my window for students who are daydreaming or just need some motivation!

 My desk. Of course the students were going crazy over my melting clock.

Hopefully, I will be updating this blog weekly and as our artwork progresses. I hope to use this as a way to communicate with parents and students about what we are doing in art and also as a way to see what all the other art teachers out there are doing. Feel free to use any ideas off of this site.

I look forward to a fantastic year at Edmondson Heights Elementary!

-Ms. Grubbs