Friday, May 24, 2013

What a great year!

     As we draw closed another school year I want to say how blessed I feel to have a new home here at State Bridge Crossing.  I felt so welcomed by the wonderful staff, students and family.  Thank you!  I had so much fun getting to know all the students and watching them grow artistically as well as personally.  I really think this year was a great mix of so much learning while also having so much fun! 
     Farewell, special fifth graders.  It was so much fun to talk, learn from you, and spend lunch time together.  I know you will do amazing in sixth grade!

     I'm tickled more pink than possible looking forward to more years here.  A bunch of ideas are already running through my mind regarding fun new lessons, new hallways displays and new ways of organizing my room.  I am also looking forward to working with a new fundraising company, Square 1 Arts. 
     This summer I'll be surrounded by art.  I have the wonderful opportunity of being a co-director for the Spruill Center for the Arts summer camp.  We have 11 full weeks of art fun planned.  The instructors are awesome, many of whom I've previously known, and I anticipate learning new art methods and getting some great lesson ideas to take back for next year.  My dog is looking forward to this summer where I will be home some during the days.  I plan on exploring new parks with him.  The beach is also calling my husband and I to return, so we will enjoy the calming sights and sounds of the coast a few times this summer.  I know this summer will be full of events to recharge me for another fabulous year.

      I hope you all have a terrific summer and I can't wait to hug you again during Sneak Peak.

Artistically yours,
Mrs. Allison Elder

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

K and 1st self-portrait

What is a self-portrait?  A great book to start this lesson is by Karen Katz titled The Colors of Us.  I like how some students added symbols or images of things that described them around their self portrait.  I have some fun memories of creating these awesome artworks!

 I like how he made a gap for his newly-lost tooth! 

 check out the matching shirts!

 I like how she's so fancy!

2nd and 3 Still life

After discussing qualities of still life artwork, the second and third grades had the opportunity to create their own.  Fruit and flowers are common still life topics so we made a symmetrical bowl or vase to get started.  I think these turned out great!


Thursday, May 16, 2013

5th grade perspective

The fifth graders are finishing up their awesome two-point perspective drawings.  I love how excellent the craftsmanship is.  I can tell you are all ready for sixth grade!



Monday, May 13, 2013

2 art outside the classroom

We've had such beautiful spring weather that I wanted to go outside and use our courtyard as the art classroom.  I created some prompts for the students of some things to look for.  The amazing class on Friday took full advantage of the weather and this opportunity and we had such a great day - full of learning and amazement.  The students really looked at what they were drawing.  They focused on all the nuances of different objects.  They found texture.  It was so cool! 

Friday, May 10, 2013

1 burlap weaving

     This is another one of my favorite lessons.  I think it's a great way to introduce the over-under concept of a variety of fiber arts, while not having the frustration of using a needle or tying knots.  I like how using pipe cleaners and the Twisteez wire is strong enough to push through the burlap loom.  The students were encouraged to create a pattern and I love how they all did this very differently.  Some of them also included beads.  I just love this sweet children!