reading & writing with art

December 29, 2012

Happy Holidays from NYC!

Happy Holidays from my boys and I during our incredible getaway to NYC!

Premio Dardos Award


The Premio Dardos Award
I'm so excited that Elizabeth at Dream Painters (http://paintersofdreams.blogspot.com/) presented me with this holiday gift for my blog!  It is so fun sharing ideas with each other and learning to inspire our students!  Thank you Elizabeth for contributing such great ideas on your website and inspiring others!

The Premio Dardos award is a virtual award sent as a ‘gift’ from one blogger to another as “recognition for the creativity, effort and dedication” we each put into our blog. The award originated in Spain around 2008-2009 and has been sent from blogger to blogger ever since.

To accept the award, you simply:
  1. Link back to the person who nominated you
  2. Display the award icon
  3. Nominate others whose blogs you admire for these qualities.

Here are some of my favorite blogs that I would like to spread this holiday cheer with and give the Premio Dardos Award:

Natalie at smART Class (http://elementaryartfun.blogspot.com/)  I love her blog because she really keeps her students creativity in their art pieces. 

May at MaryMaking (http://marymaking.blogspot.com/) does an amazing job of encouraging her students to make amazing creations with chalk and pastels.

Princess Artypants (http://princessartypants.blogspot.com/) because I LOVE her blog name and the incredible use of bright colors and collage in her international art room.

And finally...
Sleepy Head Studios (http://www.sleepyheaddesignsstudio.com/) with her great inspirations of students painting on canvas.

Thank you to Elizabeth and these 4 other artist that continue to inspire me!
Happy New Year!

December 19, 2012

Line Painting Elf Hats for the Holidays

Oh this was fun!  We were reviewing the elements of art that we had studied during our first semester.  I gave them large sheets of paper and they painted a variety of lines all over.  Next they cut out an elf shape hat and used white to add the rim and ball.  I took their photos and printed them off on the copier and they glued on the hats.  They look really cute for a quick reivew piece!

December 14, 2012

Holiday Ornaments K-6

INDIA'S FESTIVAL OF ELEPHANTS:  We learned about customs and traditions of India then we did a little research on Elephants in India.  Some of the elephants there are treated like royalty and live in the temples.  We looked at various pictures and video clips of the parade they have called the "Festival of Elephants" and used this as our inspiration for these fabulous elephant ornaments. 

For this project we used tin sheets. 
1.  The students sketched their elephant on paper first.  
2.  They took a stack of newspapers, placed this tin sheet on top of the newspapers and placed the sketch on the very top of that.
3.  Take a pencil and trace HARD over the sketch.
4.  Cut out the elephant
5.  Use colored sharpies to color selected areas.
6.  Hole punch and add a hook or ribbon. 

"Mini" Canvas Paintings
These I ended up LOVING because it was their art work teeny tiny.  I took old cardboard inserts from random boxes I had saved through the years and cut the pieces into small rectangles.  I hot glued ribbon on the back to create the hanger and they used these to paint their United States Santa Claus portraits and they also did a smaller version of the "Peace on Earth" that I have already posted directions for in an earlier post.  They just really POP on the tree!  Definite for painting next year.

Two Turtle Doves
This is another one I loved!  We did karaoke on the big screen to the Twelve Days of Christmas.  We stopped and talked about the Two Turtle Doves which are actually European Turtle Doves. 
Next the research started and we learned all about the turtle doves. 
One of the highlights was watching the you tube clip of from Home Alone where the guy in the toy store explains the meaning of the turtle doves.  The link is here: 
Then we used clay to design 2 small turtle doves.  We used texture mats that I had to add texture to the doves and created a hole in them for hanging.  They wrote their name and date and were told for the holidays to give one of their turtle doves to someone they loved and cared for like they did in the movie.

"And a partridge in a FRUIT tree"
3rd Graders made healthy fruit ornaments out of yarn. 
I borrowed the idea from Marie LeBaron at Makes and TakesRead more at http://www.favecrafts.com/Easy-Kids-Crafts/Yarn-Apple-Favors#GiueFSXOdIrGzK8Y.99.
I adapted some of her directions and made a power point to use with my students. 
You can download the power point here: 

It's a Small World After All
My kindergarten students made these thumbprint earth ornaments for its a small world after all.

Make Drummer Boy and read the book by Loren Long.  Power point here:

  Recycled Ornaments and Clay Ornaments are older post that you can look from from Dec 2011.

December 05, 2012


I need a little help.  Last week I had an art teacher from Arkansas email with me some questions on integrating art and literacy after attending my presentation at the Arkansas Art Conference.  For some reason, my email deleted a chunk of emails and I did not get to respond...boo.

If my friend that emailed me will kindly resend I would love to comment or if anyone has specific questions they would like to post here I will respond.

GOOD LUCK ON YOUR BOARDS!  It is quite an accomplishment and I commend all that give it a shot!  It IS WORTH IT!


December 01, 2012

Seruat's Eiffel Tower with Bling

4th-6th graders did a study on George Seurat and his style of pointillism. We looked at his painting of the Eiffel Tower and then we learned many facts and watched a documentary on the Eiffel Tower. They created their own version of the Eiffel Tower using pointillism. Very Cool!  They used sharpies to draw the tower, crayon or marker to create the dots, glitter to the outline and finally created a fact card about the Eiffel Tower to display at the bottom of their piece.