Thursday, October 25, 2012


 I have really gotten into fall this year.  My fifth grade drawing class drew pumpkins last week and they did such a great job that we drew leaves today.  We went out on campus and they picked their own leaves looking for nice values and details in the veins.  Next they brought them back to the art room and they drew them.  When it was time to move onto another assignment they didn't want to. 

 Yesterday in after school art we made leaves out of coffee filters.  The students cut out the leaf shapes and then colored them with waterbased markers then they painted them with water to make the color from the markers bleed.  I pinned them on my tree.
We also made pumpkins from brown paper lunch bags.  We stuffed them with newspaper and created a stem from the leftover bag that was cut off the top.  We added a leaf and brown string to tie it up. 

Friday, October 5, 2012

Fall Pumpkins

Easy Peasy Fall Pumpkin:
1. paint a cardboard background with green paint
2.  stamp black circles with lids or small cups in tempera
3.  paint orange pumpkin shape orange with a green stem, let dry
4. cut notches around the pumpkin with scissors
5. wrap yarn in yellow, red or orange around the pumpkin fitting into the notches.  tape the ends to the back
6. add leaves with a chenelle pipe cleaner
7 glue to background


 My middle elementary students have studied the artist Reggie Laurent and his non-objective art.  We then glued on colored organic and geometric shapes onto a black construction paper background.  Lastly, we added lines, shapes and patterns in oil pastel, using one long continuous white line to tie it all together. 
 Preppy K's read the boo "Rainbow Fish" and learned how he shared his scales to make friends and get along with the other fish.  We then painted blue water on cardboard and stamped bubbles with small cups.  Next we added colorful and shiny scales to our cardboard fish.  These look so nice on the bulletin board. 

And, the monkey showed up again in the art room, so we made sock monkeys in honor of him.  I hope he learns the art room rules so he can stay.