As Thanksgiving weekend comes to a close, I’ve begun to think about Christmas….and holiday cards. Every year I enjoy playing with my farm animal photos and using an online photography service to create a fun card. This year I’m trying Shutterfly – and here’s why! Shutterfly is currently offering 50 free cards to bloggers who [...]
Archive for November, 2010
My 3rd through 5th grades have been excitedly working on their clay projects this month. Their pieces have been air drying and we’ve just begun the firing process – glazing next week! Here’s what we’ve been creating: Fifth Grade Clay Trees – we made holes to add real twigs for branches after firing them. This [...]
First Grade artists are finishing up a project inspired by Lois Ehlert’s winter story, “Snowballs”. We created a cardinal collage and learned about the French word, collage, or “to glue” along the way! The cardinal was made by folding a red construction paper circle in half like a taco – and in half again [...]
Second grade artists are wrapping up their review of color with a warm/cool city scape painting. They spent one class exploring architecture and created fabulous detailed drawings, creating depth by overlapping their buildings. Then they made a choice – cool colors for their city, or warm colors. The results are beautiful.
I’ve been a little “turkeyed out” this year and didn’t create a new Turkey Day project for my younger grades. But I shouldn’t have worried…one of my fellow classroom teachers, Mr. Jurewicz, came up with this great project that his kiddos created last week. I’m thinking Mr. J. should think about trading jobs with me [...]
You know how your artists say the cutest things? Well last week as I was collecting hallway hugs on my way to lunch, one of my first graders said, “Mrs. Brouwer, you smell like ART!” Not sure exactly what that meant, but it had been a morning of clay and tempera paint, with a little [...]
We’ve been playing with color in my Kinder classes this week. We enjoyed some favorite books about color including Alan Baker’s White Rabbit’s Color Book. Then we had the best fun mixing color using play doh. My kinders learned about the primary colors (red and red and red makes only red!) and they had a [...]
My first and second grade artists are reviewing color this week. They have such great memories – everyone recalled the primary colors and remembered how to mix them to create secondary colors. Color mixing is always a challenge for my little ones – seems like we always end up with “mud” as they try to [...]
My fourth graders have been studying the work of Edgar Degas. After learning how Degas captured movement in his sketches of ballerinas, my students were excited to become models for each other as they drew their own quick gesture drawings in their sketchbooks. Not sure which they enjoyed more – modeling or sketching!