Recycled Art

The last week of school has left us with a LOT of left over scraps of materials, and we skipped over Earth Day without much of a thought so… yes! Recycled art is the theme of the week! We talked about the different ways we can help to save the planet and looked at images of art works made from…

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Opportunity Zone Art Show

If today did nothing else, it proved that the harder you work the bigger the reward! All the art teachers from our opportunity zone schools worked up a sweat organizing and displaying all of our fabulous student work! We worked from 8am – 4pm to get this show looking it’s very best and we almost drowned in piles of mounting…

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Art with me!

Time for another Art With Me! Our school invites parents to come in on a Saturday and spend time painting and creating with their children. SO MUCH FUN and such a great way to build community! Today we painted rocks while the beautification team from a local church worked on planting flowers and vegetables! Once dry, our rocks will decorate…

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Cinco de Mayo

I pride myself on – attempting to – celebrate and educate my students on all holidays from around the world. This week – Cinco de Mayo! To recognize Cinco de Mayo we made quilt patches inspired by the work of Karen Stone. Each student was given a template of a 1/4 circle (as the week went by, some lucky students…

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Kehinde Wiley Portraits

The first 3 week project my 4th graders have had the patience and perseverance to see through – and boy was it worth it! I introduced the students to the presidential portraits of the Obama’s and we compared the paintings to previous presidential portraits. We talked about why these paintings might look different and what that might mean. We spoke…

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Kandinsky

Kandinsky week! This week we talked about the famous painter of sound! We listened to different songs, thought about our feelings, closed our eyes and pictured the music. Conveniently, paying attention to the music meant we had to stay really, really quiet. Not related to testing week at all…

City Scapes

This week after a stroll through Chattanooga at night time, I decided that we should work on Cityscapes! For this project, we used black paper and folded it in half lengthwise. Then, we used fancy metallic pastels (as well as regular ones) to draw out a city skyline. This was prefaced with an introductory presentation of images of different cities…

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Paint Monsters

Stop what you’re doing and look at these paint monsters!!! Kindergarten had a BLAST using straws and blobs of paint to make these messy monsters. Class operated just like our Easter Egg week, but instead of sprinkles over an egg we made mountains in the middle of a page and used straws to blow the paint all around. We then…

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Pointillism

My students LOVE to paint, but we’re having a hard time learning to control our brushes and our mess! So this week is all about pointillism. We looked closely at Sunday in the park┬áby George Seurat and the students were amazed at how the work was made! I told students we would be trying to make work the same way…

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Klimt Trees

This week 4th grade is learning all about the one and only Gustav Klimt! I showed them a selection of images, ending on the infamous Tree of Life: Developing on our practice of different types of lines, I demonstrated for the students how to use spiral lines to make a similar tree. We then talked about symbols, and students identified…

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