Thursday, June 23, 2011

Mural Time

We're starting to implement a new behavior, and overall school policy to our school so I've been asked to help, ok lets be honest, DO,  a couple of murals around the school.

This excites me, I'm going to design, draw, and ultimately pain the murals.

I'm designing it based on our school mascot, and a new acronym we're going to  be following.   Using ideas like respect, attitude, etc...

I find shutterstock is perfect to use for inspiration.

Lets see how this goes!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Art Curriculum


At the end of each year there comes a time where we have to start putting in day after day of PD.  (Professional Development).  Now for us art teachers in my district the past few years this has meant day after day of listening to words and practices that don't apply to us.  E.V.E.R.  

Now, I know some of this does benefit us, learning some of the standards, G.L.E's, exemplars, rituals, routines, blah blah and blah (see how closely I listen) and what not but I'm sorry it just does not apply to the art room.

So, I took the step to do something proactive for my fellow art educators and I wrote up a plan for our next P.D day and looked at an art curriculum book to get ideas so that all the art teachers in the area could be on the same page, for at least the Big ideas.  We have such a transient population that the kids end up all over the place, it would be nice for them to have some consistency in  their art education.

Now the problem lies, how on earth to I get 12 woman set in their own ways to come together with a positive mentality to create a curriculum.

I wish I could bring wine, I'm sure that would help.


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

End of year wrap up

Another school year end, another group of rowdy fifth graders prepare to leave us.  I never thought I'd be the type of teacher to gladly smile and shoo off a grade to middle school but boy this year has been rough. 

I dealt with behaviors I've never seen before, had my first fight in my classroom, and had students swear at me.   I'm not a fresh off the bus teacher, I'm completing my fourth year of being in my art room, and have has worse behaviors in my first year teaching than now.   I guess it just still surprises me how students, now that I've known for a couple of years, just start developing into a someone I didn't think they were.   Sigh.   

Anyways, the classroom always starts it metamorphosis, the walls become more bare, materials get packed away, we're doing simple lesson after lesson in my half run out markers, and stubs of crayons.   All because I'm too cheap and too much of a packrat to break out a fresh box of crayons at the end of the year, and because there is not a fresh crayola marker to be found in my artroom.  

Then things start appearing,...

Just yesterday a garbage bag full of altoid cans show up on my table.


Boxes full of baby food jars start finding their way on my shelves.


Random rolls of paper find new homes in my cabinets.


Ahhhhh....I purge all year long just to make room for my end of year discoveries, and I admit it I say they appear but I really have become a classroom garbage dumpster diver.   


As I typed this post I was asked if I wanted a box of colored straws,  Of course!!   There's always space in my room.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Love Hate Relationship with Liquid Temperas



I love the look of liquid temperas, they're bright, thick, rich, and messy. Very messy. Needing lots and lots of cleanup especially if you tend to hoard all your paint, like I do. I tried a new method the other week and I'm in LOVE. Egg cartons, they work amazing for these types of paints! However the traditional carton that I posted a picture of doesn't work nearly as well as the styrofoam version. That type doesn't absorb paint like the cardboard ones do over time. Ahhhhh... what sweet relief to not have to scrub paint trays.



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