Tuesday, August 30, 2011

I'm A Thief!!!

Yep, I admit it. I have stolen several ideas this year, mostly found on Pinterest.


This tree is outside my art room and was inspired by a photo found on: Project Nursery. I love the way it turned out, but it took me four hours to create!

I have different examples of art work inside several of the circles, along with our motto,

"Let's Get Art Smart!"

To go along with the polka dots on the tree, I used this idea from Art With Mr. E.

I then added this phrase that I found on Mrs. Malone's Art Room.

I have had lots of positive feedback on this door!

All together:

Since I was loving the dots, I added some to the front of my desk.

Here is the corner I posted about previously. This idea is all my own... I think!

I added wings and the phrase, "Time Flies When You're Making Art."

I don't know whose idea this is, but I found it on Pinterest.

I snatched some paint samples from the store and Voila! Instant tints!

This uninspiring bulletin board was put together at the last minute.

Didn't steal this one, surprise, surprise!

But, I have plans to change it to something I saw online...

Finally, this bulletin board is all my own, believe it or not!

Each table has a circle in the center of the table with dots that tell them their number. The numbers correspond with the monsters on the all that tell them their job for the day.

I have posted about this one before in a little more detail.

So, I guess by now you have all found me guilty of stealing, but really, isn't that what we art teachers do best? We get inspiration everywhere.

If I stole your ideas, please consider it the sincerest form of flattery and have mercy on me!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Brightening A Day

There is a little girl at my school who is physically challenged. She was given this little wooden bench so that she can stretch out her legs and use it as a desk to do her work. The bench was brown and her teacher last year tried to help make it more colorful by letting the little girl draw on it with markers. She drew little stick figures with sad faces. Talk about pulling my heartstrings! I decided that this bench needed a facelift before this school year started.

First, I painted the entire bench white.

I really wish I had thought to take a real before photo. It was so sad looking!

Next, I stenciled some polka dots and stamped some circles on it to add interest.

Finally, I added some bold flowers on the top and sides and gave it a clear coat of poly.

I can't wait until she sees it tomorrow night at Open House. I really hope it brightens her day!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Melted Crayon Art

I have seen these all over Pinterest and had to try it.

I "believe" the original idea came from this Etsy store.

First, I hot glued some crayons to the top of my canvas.

I used two boxes of 24 Crayola crayons on the top a 12" X 12" X 2" canvas.

I set the canvas on top of some newspaper and leaned it against the wall.

I then used a heat gun to melt the crayons and use them as "paint"

as demonstrated in the following video.

The results are stunning! I can't wait to hang this in my art room.

Creative Solutions for Classroom Problem Areas

Well, I have spent over 13 hours over the past two days trying to get my classroom up and ready. We have meetings both tomorrow and Monday, Open House Monday evening, and students come on Tuesday. Needless to say, I am in full panic mode, but I do not regret going to Jamaica in the least!

We all have them; ugly areas in our classrooms. I have a few suggestions for some creatively camouflaging them.

Problem: Ugly, but necessary file cabinets.

Solution: Buy a roll of colorful gift wrap.

Laminate a strip to fit the side of the file cabinet.

Add some magnets to hang schedules, lunch menus, etc. Enjoy the view!

Problem: Not enough display areas for artwork.

Solution: Wrap some boxes with rolled paper to make display cubes.

Side note: see that little plastic ring from the used up tape roll? Save that guy and use him for stamping in to clay. It makes great owl eyes!

Once you have a bunch of cubes, use them to elevate artwork or use as a backdrop.

Here, I have used them above my cabinets to display various still life items. (click to enlarge)

And here I have used the cubes to help fill our showcase, which only has five shelves.

Problem: Signs that MUST be posted in your room (or else!)

Solution: Buy some colorful (and inexpensive) frames from Ikea and permanently mount those documents. Make them in to art. Ok, that's a stretch, but they still look better than before!

Problem: Constantly changing bulletin boards.

Solution: Very simple- put up a black background so that it never has to change. Simply add your bulletin board pieces on top. All of my boards are black, always.

Well, I hope some of those ideas are helpful! Do you have any tips to share?

Only 3 bulletin boards to go until I have my room ready. Wish me luck!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Jamaican Arts

I spent last week in Ocho Rios, Jamaica and loved every minute of it. We spent our time on a private resort, but that didn't keep us from seeing some gorgeous Jamaican artwork.

Wherever a tree had died on the site, they had an artist carve the trunk and turn it into a fantastic scuplture, as seen above and in the following photos:

One day, on the beach, I saw this wonderful turtle in the sand. Turns out a young teenage girl had made it. Wonderful!

On the last night, the resort brought in local artists so that we could view and purchase their work. I had a few nice conversations with some artists and bought some work. Supposedly, they gave me an artist's discount, but who knows!

I would rather bring home art than another t-shirt, so I bought three carvings, a boomerang, and one acrylic painting.

Just to tease you, this was our view from our room. Can't wait to go back!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Back to School- Supplies

Does anyone else actually look forward to unpacking all of their supply orders?

Look at all that paper fun! Imagine the possibilities.

Beads, and buttons, and gems- Oh, My!

Such pretty yarn to use in weaving and to hang our clay owls.

I must give some props to Dick Blick (Blick Art Supply) Company:

These chalk pastels are wonderful! They are soft, but not TOO soft. They remind me of the more expensive set that I cherished as a young artist. I always wanted my students to have those more expensive sets, but... well, you know- budget, budget, budget. Finally, a pastel set that doesn't cost and arm & leg, but is NICE.

Last year, I ordered several bisque tiles from Dick Blick and more than 3/4 came in chipped or broken. Bummer! They replaced them, without charge, but it was a delay I hadn't planned on. However, this year, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the tiles came packaged VERY carefully, as seen below. Not one (out of 100) were broken, chipped, or cracked. Bravo!

Disclaimer- I am NOT affiliated with Dick Blick at all; just a very satisfied customer!

And what were you excited to receive this year in your supply order?