My 5th Grade boys won a County wide Contest doing this Collaborative Project. They were given a theme (Scissors) and a canvas. They came up with this composition. I am so proud of them, using what they learned (overlapping) in Art to create this masterpiece. 🎨✂️👏🏽🙌🏽
Welcome to Mexico
My students visit Mexico twice a year in October for “El Dia de los Muertos” and again in May for “Cinco de Mayo”.
So Lucky 🍀 of course they need their passports. (Which I created for them for my “Art around the World” unit.
In May students learn that Cinco de Mayo is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). I explain that in Mexico 🇲🇽 it’s a minor holiday but in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.
In addition students make sombreros, Papel picado, and learn about one of my favorite Artist Frida Kahlo and yes I dress up like her. My students love all my costumes and I love giving them life long experiences. I also give them information about Diego Rivera. Students create self-portraits inspired my Frida as well as a collaborative mural inspired by Diego. 👩🏽🎨❤️🇲🇽🎨
For Black History month in February I teach my students about the African American artist Faith Ringgold and her style of art, which was Quilting. My favorite story to do is Tar Beach. I have my students imagine that they can fly, and ask them to draw themselves flying over their favorite place with their favorite person. they then write a story behind their picture around the frame. We then add lots of fabric to frame their story and place them altogether to design our very own class quilt. Here is a picture of my door. I like to always motivate them with a door design theme.
Tar Beach Class Quilt
One of my many door designs. I did this to motivate my students. I showed them a inspirational video by Demarjay Smith https://youtu.be/bniI8NUwoRU
This kid is awesome. Moral of the story is you have to work hard and never give up. Don’t put yourself down, always keep yourself up. As long as you keep that mindset you will succeed🙌🏽
You can either be the Shark 🦈 of the Ocean 🌊 or the fish 🐟 in the Sea. We are Sharks! Strength No Weakness! 💪🏽
My students created their own sharks to go around the door. The funny thing is each shark resembled the student in a weird way. Lol😄
I Genuinely Love My Students ❤️
I ❤️ What I do. Not only an Art Teacher but a Role Model!👩🏽🎨🎨
Symmetrical Name Monsters
- Students write their name in block or bubble style letters, making sure that all of the letters are attached to one another and to the fold.
- Cut out the name around the perimeter of the letters. (Do not cut out each letter individually and do not cut out on the fold where the letter meets the fold) The students will then open up their name and it should be connected and symmetrical. Each student will glue his name onto a piece of colored or black construction. The name needs to be open.
- With a marker, oil pastels, or crayons students can draw eyes, arms, legs, or tails on the creature they have created with their symmetrical names.
I also tried this having students write their name in black oil pastels on the fold, then fold their paper so their name is on the inside of the paper and use a rubbing technique. (I just use small plastic glue spatulas I have in my class, but the back end of a drawing pencil will work as well.) I then have students open up their paper and magically their name will appear on the other side. Wowza’s Symmetry!! I then tell them to look at their names vertical and can they picture it becoming a monster or an alien. They all start to laugh at this point, because they start to see a nose, mouth,eyes,etc. They then create their monsters/aliens, cut them out and glue onto black paper. Lastly they design an outer-space background.
I LOVE doing this lesson the first week of school as an introductory so I can learn their names.
My second grade did this line project using the crayon resist technique. I painted the boards with the thick black lines and each team of students was given a board to use crayons to draw “The Lines of Design” (some were using color pencils) on the white space. Once the boards were all filled with lines. They used watercolor to paint the boards and watch their lines pop through the paint like magic. I then put all the boards together to create a mural for the Art Exhibition.
I first read my 1st graders “The Straight Line Wonder”.
I have them act out the book with movement using their bodies as if they were lines, they LOVE it! After reviewing all the famous lines, they are given black tempera paint to draw the lines.
On day two once their lines have dried, they are given watercolors to paint each section in between the lines.
On day three they get to make their monsters cutting out eyes, mouth, teeth, legs, arms, etc.
I then created the huge “Line Monster” out of their work for the Art Exhibition.