Friday, October 19, 2012

Giveaway Winner & A Display to Share

I whipped up this refrigerator for my classroom door today to hang all of the drawings and coloring pages kids give me. My white board was getting full! I think I will change the display weekly. I lucked out that the door handle just happened to be where it should be.

And now, the giveaway winner...

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congratulations, Christine!! I will be contacting you via email to get your address.

I have lots of projects that the students are finishing. I can't wait to share!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A Freebie and A Giveaway

 Like my Little Aleigha Witchy-Poo? We'll get back to her in a moment.

First, I would like to give you a coloring page that you can print and use as you'd like.
I drew this YEARS ago when my kiddos wanted a quick picture to color. I drew it with permanent marker, so there are mistakes here and there, but it has been loved by hundreds of students over the years, so I thought I'd share. Click on the photo and download this coloring page.

Now, on to the giveaway. 

I am long overdue in offering a little something to all my followers. I really do appreciate ALL of you and look forward to reading all of your comments. Also, I just LOVE entering giveaways, don't you?

I painted this little gal for a very close friend last year. I have taken a print of the original painting and have mounted it to a 5" X 7" painted wood block. She can stand freely and will add a touch of whimsy to any shelf or mantel. To win her, simply do one or more of the following tasks via Rafflecopter. Yes, that means you have up to 4 ways to win! The winner will  be chosen this Friday, so get your entries in fast!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

One final view of Little Aleigha Witchy-Poo

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Paul Klee Letter Painting

These colorful paintings were created by my wonderful fourth graders, but the lesson could easily be adapted to other grades. The project is based on the painting "Once Emerged From the Grey of Night" by artist Paul Klee, in which he used the letters from a poem to created shapes and negative space that he then filled with color.

Once Emerged From the Grey of Night by Paul Klee

white paper (we used 10" X 16" so it could be mounted to 12" X 18" paper), pencil, eraser, ruler, black ink OR black permanent marker, liquid watercolor (or media of your choice)


1. First, we measured every two inches and made a mark on each side of the paper. (Great math tie-in!)

2. We then connected the marks to make lines that are two inches apart.

3. Next, we did the same in the other direction. This gave us our 2" boxes.

4. In each box, the students wrote their names and several things they enjoy doing or like. Take care to make sure to fill the box with the letter. Use the lines of the boxes for the lines of the letters.

5. Trace in black. Last year, I had the students use India Ink and paint over all of their lines. This year, we used fat black permanent markers. Honestly, the markers were faster and the students had more control. 

6. We used liquid watercolors and painted in the SPACES/SHAPES created by the letters. This is a good introduction to negative space.

Here you can see some boxes painted in. Basically, they were reminded not to paint outside the black lines. If there is no letter, the entire box is painted one color.

These pieces were traced using black marker.

India Ink was used in these samples. 

Here are some finished projects that have been mounted and put on display. They make quite an impact!

I have even adapted this lesson for first grade. They used the alphabet in theirs and used pre-drawn boxes.

See more in our Artsonia gallery.