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Friday, January 27, 2012

Heart Works

I usually never do a lesson two years in a row. I just love this lesson though. I never get tired of it because the kids love it and their artwork is just so expressive. We did it again this year with third fourth and fifth, and I could just wallpaper my whole house with all the different and beautiful heartworks. I love them so much!

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Third grade did it a bit differently. I showed them videos about zentangles and they made that as their background. They could only color the heart and we learned about the art principal of Emphasis. I tell the kids to break up the space with 5-10 lines from heart to edge of paper. Then fill each section with designs.



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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Chinese New Year Lion Dancers

Today has been a very fun day! I am so humbled to find out that I won “Teacher of The Year” for our School!!! What an honor!! I am very blessed to be in such an amazing school with such talented artists and incredible teachers! I LOVE MY JOB! I created this lesson for First Grade and Second Grade to Learn about the Chinese New Year and see some of the brilliant designs in the Lion Dancer costumes.

First we watched this Fabulous video

chinese lion dance from mounin on Vimeo.



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Then we did a Draw Along. I do not do this very often, but the younger kids get a real boost of self esteem after a draw along. Within the steps there are loose parameters to allow self expression and individuality. They all end up looking different in the end! They feel good about themselves, and learn a few new techniques along the way!

I do this first step for kindergarteners to get them started, but the others can do it themselves.

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Pupil, iris, reflection of light ( momma circle, daddy circle and baby circle for the younger ones)

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I call that a roundy triangle that is not pointy

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Two “C’s” that start on the outside of the eyeball for the cheeks, then a “rainbow line” connecting them

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I tell them to draw “smiley lines” for the tongue and under the teeth

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a roundy triangle horn and some zig zag line beard fur

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a “wiggle waggaly” line above the roundy triangle

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When we finish the Lion, we made the fireworks with dots and “follow the leader” lines, and embellished with oil pastels

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We used liquid watercolors to paint

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gold tempera for accents

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Then did a watercolor resist for the sky

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I started with 1st grade today and it was very successful! They enjoyed the lesson and could not wait to come back and finish!!

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