Friday, October 25, 2013

The start of clay

Clay makes me feel like a superhero.

This one specific medium gets the students so absolutely excited.  If Justin Beiber walked into the room, I think the level of excitement would be the same as when I greet the students with an apron and clay hands.  Oh boy!

My second graders are the first to do a clay project this year (the others will start next week!).  We are making clay fish after reading The Pout Pout Fish.  Such a fun lesson!  Here are some images from this week.  I think everyone left class feeling so accomplished and happy - my goal for every art class and every student!

4th grade gesture drawing

I started a lesson this week that's one of my favorites.  The fourth graders discussed the artwork and life of Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti.  The rest of the day, we posed and used mannequins to practice gesture drawing.  Next, we'll take our knowledge of the figure to create Giacometti-inspired foil figures.

I had so much fun talking with the students about Giacometti's art.  Here's a highlight from this week's discussion:

"Mrs. Elder, is it okay if I make a connection?'
Me: Of course!

"I think this guy looks like someone."
Me: Is is someone in this room (really hoping this wasn't the start of a mean comment!)?

"No, I mean...I really know my music...and this guy looks just like Bruno Mars."

Hilarious!!!!  And, I totally see the similarities.  What do you think?

1st grade Tiny Seeds

The first graders create secondary colors by mixing primary colors.  Eric Carle is an author and illustrator.  We talked about different jobs you can have in the art world.  We read Eric Carle's book The Tiny Seed and discussed our favorite part of the book.  Next, the students became illustrators as they choose one favorite part of the story for their artwork.  Check out all of the geometric shapes that make up the giant flower!  The final touch was to add a seed!


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

I heart SBCE

My school is just fabulous.  I wanted to take a tiny moment to say thank you to the wonderful staff at my school.  I needed some basic supplies for the classroom (band-aides, kleenexx) and one thing for a specific project (a lot of Ziplocs for clay).  Voila!  I received so many emails from teachers welcoming me into their closets.  I also have been greeted by numerous messengers bringing me supplies from their teachers.  THANK YOU!  I feel very supported from my wonderful colleagues.  Thank you all!

Friday, October 18, 2013

4th Modi self-portraits

My students had the benefit of doing this lesson because I saw it on my friend's blog Art in the Big Green Room.  She kindly shared it with me and I really enjoyed teaching about Amedeo Modigliani's unique style of portraiture.  The students created their own self-portrait using a lot of his characteristics and added a dark, shade for the background.  Super cool!

 always fun to see in the morning!

3rd fall silhouettes

The third graders created these amazing fall-inspired silhouettes.  We created a value background using one color to create tints and shades.  Next, they studied cool facts about trees and created a tree as their main object of positive space.  I had fun seeing the other details they added!


5th grade op art hands

The fifth graders created some amazing optical illusions involving their hand in a cool position.  They each chose a color scheme for their artwork and added a dark value to help create the illusion.


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Fall 2013 GAEA conference

     These are a few of the thoughts going through my head as I think back to this amazing long weekend I had in Savannah, GA at the Georgia Art Education Association's fall conference.
I traveled with fellow teachers that I am so grateful to also call friends.  Katie, Martha and Melissa teach near me and I've known them for quite a while, but I had a wonderful time getting to know them even better as art teachers and as super cool ladies! 
at the Masquerade Ball

before our Printmaking presentation

     I loved seeing art teachers I've known from different phases of my life - summer camp, undergrad, grad school, even high school!  I find it very cool to see where we have ended up all over the state of Georgia.  I really love meeting new people too and hearing about the different art education programs from around the state. 

you know you are at an art teachers' function when there is kid's art as centerpieces!

lovely conference center

     The workshops I went to were fantastic.  I am totally psyched to start using a iPad in the classroom.  I went to two great presentations (thank you, Martha!) about how to best incorporate them into the class with regards to super cool apps that coordinate with lessons as well as tips for managing them in the room.  I loved a presentation I went to about creating a psychologically safe classroom.  Wow, that presenter was amazing and had such a huge heart.  I jumped out of the elementary teacher role  and jumped into a more art-student role at a fantastic presentation from a SCAD professor about color and light.  The things he told me about the temperature of colors really has changed how I hope to make art and to be able to perceive and understand artworks even better (and thus, explain it to my kids with greater knowledge!).
Cool art all over!  This is from recycled cans.

new take on a collagraphic printmaking technique

Painted tiles, canvases, mirrors...oh my!

What a fixture! :)

     I always find it daunting to plan to leave school.  Is it worth writing all those sub plans and getting out all the supplies for each lesson? 
 supplies for all the classes!

Well, I hereby say "YES"!  I've become newly convicted that it is very important to re-energize myself as a teacher by being around other fantastic teachers and hearing amazing new ideas..  Thank you to all the presenters, my wonderful friends and my school for being supportive of this endeavor.
     One of my favorite swag items I brought back with me was this pin.  I LOVE IT.  It's from an amazing website, the Art of Ed.  I look forward to wearing this proudly (and following it's advice!).