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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Big Boot

Boot are a BIG DEAL in Texas. Especially at the Houston LIvestock Show and Rodeo. Cowboys and Cowgirls wear boots for protecting and cleanliness when working with livestock. Spurs are worn to help horses stay on task. Boots can be fancy or grungy, depending of the job they have. Boots that have een deisgned more intricately and worked on as one of a kind are the facny boots. Houston has some very creative BIG Fancy boots on the town lawn. These are painted by local artists and are there as artwork for us to see. 

The Project


Looking at a boot from real life or images from pages, draw a boot and outline it with permanent marker.
Pencil Draw in a background for your boot. It can be a scene, designs, patterns, words or anything related to Texas, Houston, livestock or the Rodeo.
Outline with a sharpie.

Use a pencil to shade around the boot. This will give it emphasis and make the boot appear to be casting a shadow underneath itself. Blend pencil with paper stump or q-tip
Ligtly draw in the idea for your boots decorations. It can be a Texas scene, landscape, deigns, patterns, words, anything...
Color in the boot design with markers, colored pencils or crayons

Monday, September 12, 2016

Bunny Rabbit


Draw bigger and Better on final paper. 
Choose a light color of construction paper. Lightly pencil
In your bunny design. Be creative with foreground (what's in front of bunny) and background (what's behind the bunny). 
Outline the bunny with a color like your paper, but slightly darker. 
Option 1: monochromatic bunny
-Use white to add in highlights. Use lighter or darker versions of the base color in crayons or colored pencils to add details. 
Option 2: patterned background bunny
- draw patterns to emphasize the bunny in neautral color. Color the background with a variety of colors. 
Leave bunny soft, subtle & neautral highlighting with white. 

Friday, September 9, 2016

Supply Board Magnets

This year (my third year of elementary art), I finally realized that not ALL my students could read!
So, when I write steps down on the board with WORDS, not all students (kindergarten mostly) cannot understand the steps. So, I decided to draw the supplies big, color them and cut them out. I laminated them and they put magnets on the back for the white board.

That way I number the steps with the supply next to them for better understanding. 
(see above picture). 

Here we are learnig how to make "Name Tents" to keep on our table. This will help me learn my 700+ studetns' names this year! It will also help me grasp their understanding of concepts on a continual weekly basis. 
Lesson is here...

I also use some of my posters coinciding with the supplies to remind them of proper care or usage.
*"Draw Light Til You Know It's Right" on Step 1 next to pencil. 
get it here free on Teachers Pay Teachers

"SNAP that CAP!"
available on Teachers Pay Teachers too.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Spiral Sheep

Step by Step practice with 
Shapes & line. 

The Bigger Project
1. Construction Paper & Crayon
2. Sharpie, Crayon Resist with Tempera Cakes
Use a large brush to paint the background with tempera cakes.
When you use the watered tempera cakes over the crayon, it will resist the paint and rise above.

Use a smaller brush to fill in the curly spirally wool with various colors.
Be bold ad brave with your colors.
Eli Halpin's sheep 
Eli is a Texas artist in Austin. She paints western animals using a very unique color and texture ideas. Students discuss her ideas of color variety vs. real life colors in the sheep. 

Mutton Busting
Kids are able to ride on the back of sheep and hold on as tight and long as possible to win a belt buckle! This is modeled after the big boy bull rides at the Texas Livestock Show & Rodeo. 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Tuesday, August 30, 2016


First students will practice with drawing the shapes and details of the Alpaca's face.
When they are comfortable, we will move to the final paper.

Face can be drawn in upper half of paper to show off the long neck.

Start lightly with a pencil (always)
Then when it looks how you like it, go over with marker or make lines darker.
Students will color alpaca using oil pastels or crayons. They need to use at least three colors blended on the entire alpaca. 

I will show them three ideas from these sources...
I'm So Happy You Came 
by Jeff Seaberg
Watching over the Flock 
by Pat Saunders White
Alpaca Love
by Eli Halpin
The edges need to be colored the hardest (for later resist purposes).
Students will be encouraged to color Alpaca in unnatural colors.
  (Above crayons, below oil pastels)
Mix, blend, mix, blend...
Texture, scribble, texture, scribble...

The background will be painted in colors or patterns that will help EPHASIZE the alpaca face.
Horizontal design in contrast to the vertical body or colors opposing the color wheel.