Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Second Grade Color Wheels

This is one of those projects that didn't exactly turn out as planned. But I think I like the end result here even better. Second graders, at Emerson looked at the color wheel and talked about various color families on the wheel. (Primary, Secondary, Intermediate etc.) Then they used scrap construction paper to create their own color wheels from torn paper. Many of the kids were having trouble with the concept of spacing their paper scraps evenly (mosaic style) and building a thick layer of color for each color on the wheel. As a result some color wheels were smaller than others. So I assembled them all together on our hall bulletin board and tah-dah, a beautiful group composition.

Fourth Grade Oil Crayon Drawings

Fourth graders at FMI have been learning about the elements of design this week. I have done this project in the past, but I am really excited with the way they are turning out. We discussed the art elements line, shape, color and space individually and they created these striking compositions using oil crayon.

Thursday, September 15, 2011


I saw this on Pinterest and had to give it a try. The kids loved it.  Just hot glued crayons to a canvas board and applied heat with a heat gun. Sooo easy !!!!!!


Fourth Grade students have been working hard to complete their name game figure drawings. This is my example. It was a great way to introduce figure drawing and it also helped me learn their names, since most of their faces were new to me. We spent some time looking at lettering styles and the kids did a great job of carefully lettering their first name down the center of 12x18 drawing paper. Markers were used to add color and really make their name stand out. Then for the real fun. Adding the figures around each letter. Students could create human figures or opt for animals, robots, or aliens. I think they did a great job.

Sunday, September 4, 2011


All classes K-5 are keeping an art folder this year. These are some of the cover designs done by fourth and fifth graders.  I like to use a folder instead of a sketch book, so that pages can easily be removed or added as needed. Students have specific drawing assignments to complete for their folders as well as free drawing activities. It is also a place to keep handouts on projects that we are doing, information on artists, work sheets, and rough drafts of work. The art folders stay in the art room and are sent home at the end of the school year in June.


Many of you may be wondering just what "Flying Crayons" are?  No, there are not projectile crayons flying through the air in the art room. Flying Crayons are actually winged paper crayons, classes receive when they have had a great day in art. Getting a crayon to present to their classroom teacher is a great incentive for younger students to actively and positively participate in class. I started using this idea several years ago. It is so simple but some times the simplest ideas are the best.