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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Art Project Charts

If your students are anything like mine, they always come in the room and ask what we are making next or can't even remember what we are working on right now! I decided to make these charts, laminate them, and use a whiteboard marker to write our projects on them. They hang in the front of the room and seem to have cut down on the constant questions because the answer is right there in front of them.



I use small visual references for the younger students and to jog the memories of the older ones.








After finishing my charts, I realized that I probably should have used the word "last" instead of "then", so I have made two different copies of these files which I have in PDF form for you to use. You can find them on my Google Docs account: https://docs.google.com/?pli=1#folders/0BzoMq-hdXv6tNGQ4OWQ5ODYtZGZkMS00YzIxLWFhNGYtNDY4OTljNDBjZjdm


(Note: Blogger is really acting up lately- I couldn't link the way I would normally. Sorry!)

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Giveaway Winner

I used Random.Org to generate a number.

And the winner is...




Congratulations, Anna! I'll be sending out your goodies ASAP.


I will try to answer all of your requests. I appreciate all of your feedback!


~Denise

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Popsicle Stick Snowflakes



We all have them... thousands of popsicle sticks thrust upon us by other teachers cleaning out their cupboards. This year, my fifth graders used up a ton of my supply by creating these colorful & glittery snowflakes. The kids loved this project and were very engaged.


MATERIALS:

popsicle sticks (craft sticks) in various sizes, wood glue, placemats (to protect the tables), paint(we used acrylic), glitter, fish line


ENCOUNTER:

Hand out popsicle sticks and encourage students to lay out different designs before deciding to glue pieces together.




We used "placemats" made of construction paper to protect the tables and help students carry their work to the drying rack.




Some students spread out on the floor to work larger.




All glued and ready to paint!





Each student chose a color of paint and glitter to use for their snowflakes.



It works best to paint a little and then sprinkle a little glitter on before it dries.




We painted and glittered both sides, waiting a day in between sides so they wouldn't stick to the paper.



At the end of the class, the students placed their snowflakes on a new placemat and put the excess glitter left on the original placemat back in the jar.



It's that easy!


More sparkling beauties:



We added a loop of fishing line and hung them in our cafeteria. They are spectacular!


Sunday, January 15, 2012

GIVEAWAY!





I'm back (finally) with a peace offering. I have hated being gone so long, but I have finally returned to blogland. Because my blog has reached over 500 followers, I am offering the following items as a thank you:


1. A set of 5 cards based on my own original artwork.

They are blank inside and will come with envelopes.



2. A ceramic Wild & Wiry Bird made by me.

I have a lesson plan for this project posted on the blog!





3. A bird's nest necklace with chain made by me.

This is an idea I saw on Pinterest and actually made!




All you have to do to be entered is be a follower of Mrs. Picasso's Art Room and leave a comment telling me what you would most like to see me post about. I will randomly select a winner on Wednesday, January 18th. I am looking forward to hearing some feedback! Good luck!