Sunday, September 26, 2010

Name Projects

I like to start the year with various name projects because it not only gives me a chance to review their names, it also seems to engage the students. Here are a few of the name projects we created this year:

Black permanent marker, crayon, and liquid watercolor.

Works in Progress:

Black permanent marker & Mr. Sketch smelly markers.

Works in Progress:

Lesson plan found on Deep Space Sparkle.

I showed them several projects and allowed them to choose their favorite.

These are the covers of their sketchbooks. We discussed radial design & used Sharpies to draw.

You can view all of our projects at our Artsonia Gallery.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Fun ideas for Halloween!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Bulletin Boards, etc.

Finally got those bulletin boards finished- well, almost. I still have a few touches to add, but they are 99% finished.

This one is to help the kids with clean up and organization. I told them that I am the biggest monster at the top and they are the smaller monsters at the bottom. If you recall, I have their tables numbered, so they know which monster is "theirs" (see photo below). I have made it so that I can remove the word clouds and replace them with new jobs each day. Basically, their monster tells them what to do at clean-up time. Jobs include sharpening pencils, washing paint brushes, wiping tables, etc.

These numbers, on their tables, correspond with their seats and let them know which monster to look at.This is my version of Mr. E's No No Board, which reminds students of things I do not want to see in their artwork. For example, no stick people, no smiley faces on their suns, no "broccoli trees", and no floating people and things. I still need to finish coloring the cards, so this one is a work in progress.

I made these signs last year to show my art room rules.

This chart is new this year and is a combination of a few ideas I have seen on several blogs, including Mr. E's. I have cut out the letters "A" "R" & "T" and placed them on my whiteboard. If they follow all of the rules for the day, they keep all three letters and receive a blue square on the chart. If they lose any of their letters, they get a yellow square, and if they lose all of their letters, they receive a red square. The class thet has the most blue squares at the end of the year will receive a prize (not sure what yet!)

This bulletin board is for Artist Spotlights, and obviously, this month's is Vincent VanGogh.

My husband knows that I like to start the year with a sunflower project, so he sent me some flowers for inspiration! They look gorgeous on my desk.

Hope you are all having a great start to the school year!