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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Peacocks, and Aboriginal Art, and Cool Names!

Ever since I shot this wedding,, I have been fascinated with peacocks! They are now my favorite bird! They really are magnificent! I decided to do a week of peacock paintings with kinder through fifth grade.


The kinder kids did a draw-a-long where we used a black marker to draw it, then they painted with tempera cakes and watercolors, following a color sequence. If you would like the step by step lesson plan with photos you can e-mail me and I will send it to you



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5th grade

Fifth grade made their paintings on large paper. They started with a sketch and we examined the parts of the eye. They painted the body with different values of blue

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They started with white for the feathers and after it dried, painted the colors on top. This alowed for the colors to be brighter as they tend to soak into the black paper and look dull.


They were allowed to create their own color schemes


Then added color on the white including silver, copper, and gold!


One of my VERY talented fifth graders made this for our district auction to raise money for the arts. He won a medal and an award for raising the most money on a single painting! This was painted with spray paint and oil pastels.


1st Grade

made chameleons!


Mother’s Day Cards!


Aboriginal Art

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This project was inspired by this most interesting instrument, the digeridoo!!

It was made by the Aboriginal people and has the most fabulous texture and designs to inspire my kids to create!!


We looked at symbols for inspiration

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Hip Hop Names


If you are like me, you are looking for simple one day projects for the end of the year….this is a good one kids love…one of my old students did the one above….







Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Shout out to Artolazzi!

TUTORIAL FOR LIZARD HEAD HERE  I have been so busy lately and have hardly had time to blog. Thank you so much for the Versatile blogger awards. I will eventually get some time to reciprocate! I appologise! I really appreciate all my readers and your sweet sweet comments. I have two high maintenence toddlers at home that keep me on my toes! We have been doing so many things in here and I need to catch up and bring my camera this week to update the latest. Here are some things from a few weeks ago…
These cubes are so easy to make and you can be so creative with what they put inside. Some kids put an alien inside, some made flowers, animals, tvs, and some made it into a giant robot head
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Ok this made my day. Today I had a parent tell me that they were on their way to the zoo and saw a painting of Van Gogh outside the art museum and the child said, “Look mommy, it’s Vincent Van Gogh!” It made the two weeks of yellow paint stains on my pants completely worth it!!
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Shout out to Artolazzi! Jenny Bartolazzi, you are a genius!
Your ideas impress me and your posts never disappoint. I am so glad you blog so I can copy you!
My kids are so happy with their chameleons because of you. I love the candid picture I caught of a student snuzzling up to her chameleons as though they were made out of velvet and purred like kittens!! You can find step by step instructions for these chameleons on her blog here:
My kids used the same steps as we used on the bunny head to make the chameleon head
They LOVED them.
We watched these videos first, some of the other classes gave theirs sun glasses

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Some kids even made a cube cage for their Chameleons and I gave a prize to the one who could spell chameleon first!
AND I will conclude with a random photo from one of my recent newborn photoshoots that has nothing to do with elementary art! This also keeps me busy! Is she not the cutest thing God ever breathed life into!
She makes my ovaries hurt!

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