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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

5th Grade Name Mandalas

Fifth graders are working on radially balanced name mandalas. They just finished transferring their design onto the rest of the mandala! Next class we add color!

 (My example...can you find my name in it?!)

Drawing on the right side of the brain

So I was 100% impressed with my fourth graders today! I decided to give them the ol upside-down-drawing-on-the-right-side-of-the-brain lesson that I did in my high school fundamentals of art class.

We talked about the right and the left side of the brain and how your brain wants to label and organize things. We warmed up by drawing a picture of a dog. It was hard. The students were really upset because it was "too hard". (I warned them that this experiment was going to be a difficult one).

Then I showed them how we will draw a picture upside down without knowing what it is. This way, our right brain would just focus on line. Anyone can draw a little tiny line right?

So each student got a manila folder with this picture upside down in it.
 They could only pull out a little bit at a time to draw and could not turn it right side up.
They had about 20 minutes to draw and I told them not to worry, that they would get an A if they simply just completed it and tried their best. So we listened to music without lyrics and did not talk the entire time. We just drew LINES.

Here are a few drawings. Most of them I didn't even get to take a picture of because they wanted to take them home immediately...they were so proud!
Original and Student Drawing

The top right picture is the original reference drawing. The rest are 4th grade drawings.

WOW is all I have to say. This was coming from a group who constantly say they cant draw and are reluctant to even start a project!!

2nd Grade Folk Art Landscapes

My Teacher Example: Sharpie, crayon, an watercolors
Here are some of second grade's folk art inspired landscapes (with a colorful twist!). These are works in progress, but already look so good!

First Grade tackles Contour Lines and Negative Space

Here are some almost-finished contour line art supply drawings done by first grade. First they sketched the art supplies on their table, then drew final ones on nice drawing paper. They outline with sharpie marker and then colored in the negative space with "ribbons". We used construction paper crayons to get the bright color.

Not too bad for our first project of the year.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

September art projects

We are already jumping into our first major art lessons this year. Here are some of the works in progress, teacher examples, and bulletin boards so far. More to come once they are finished...

1st Grade
Art supply drawings...contour lines with sharpie marker and filling in the negative space with crayon

(My example)

2nd Grade
Folk Art landscape drawings. Sharpie, construction paper crayons, and watercolors
(My example)

3rd Grade
Keith Haring paintings
(Bulletin filled with examples...student work will be coming...)

4th Grade
Contour shoe drawing

(my example)
5th Grade
Name Mandalas
(my example...says "Mazurek" in it)

First day of art Project

On the first day of art (which is really the first whole week for me), students were able to create art WHILE listening to the art introduction. For the past two years, I always did my rules and whatnot first, then art, and realized that the students just really want to jump into art. I can't blame them, so I decided to see if they could handle multi-tasking...and it worked perfectly!

They traced their hand & arm and decorated them with Sharpie markers and crayons. Each table had 2 colors so that when all the hands were placed together, they would make a rainbow.

Here are some examples:


This year's art room theme...get organized!

Wow! It has been a while since I've updated. We are back in business for the 2013-2014 school year! So far year three has been much much better than years 1 and 2. Here are some pictures of my room set-up this year!

Before & After
(I couldn't get in my room until the actual day that teachers came back, so this is only after 4 days, filled mostly with meetings too!)

My handmade Elements and Principles visuals. Still need to make a texture one...

Right outside the art room, complete with a poster with careers in art and also how the art curriculum coincides with the new MD Common Core Curriculum.

The art room hall pass

My new behavior paint palette. The students have to earn all 5 colors to get a star on the star chart. The 6 stars on the bottom are warnings. They have to keep at least 1 star in order to get the 2nd and 3rd colors. I got this idea from an awesome art PD workshop this year!
The star chart...7 stars gets you free art day!
No more table new table set-up, complete with a Velcroed pencil sharpener, trash can, and even sharpie markers. Soooo much more organized and easy!
 4th grade hot air balloon sculptures were saved over the summer and we used them to decorate the hallways and school for back to school night and the first day of school!


 Love, Mrs. Mazurek