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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Rainbow Origami Crane Mobile

This crane mobile was a project my kids worked on while I was out on maternity leave years ago. 
I left the sub a lesson for origami crane folding and asked for an array of colors.
Kids used old magazines instead of origami paper. 
They pulled out pages that had a large amount of one color and made them into a square. 
After folding them into origami cranes, they were arranged into color order, connected with fishing line and then hung from a bamboo stick. This is in our cafeteria as an art installation. It hangs about 7 feet tall.

Draw out instructions for origami crane folding...

Monday, April 22, 2013

Blow you mind... or burst your bubble... or just BLOW BUBBLES!

Teacher Example

Devin C. 6th grade

Araceley 6th grade
Bryce 6th grade
Chance 6th grade

I  literally was blown away by this activity that was meant to be just a time filler for my 6th grade.
This class was a little ahead of my others, so I wanted to give them an experimental  fun assignment that I had never done before, but always thought would be interesting. 
I had created a PowerPoint and printed off pictures of bubbles. I used some ClipArt graphics along with some real photographs of bubbles to give them an idea of what they REALLY look like, and to see how artists also can interpret them creatively. 

We looked at what both have in common. 
1. Bubble have a mix of colors inside them
(pink, purple, blue, yellow, orange...)
2. They are translucent
( you can see one behind the other)
3. They have a bright white reflection on them from the light.
3. The color inside flows with the contour of the bubble rather than straight.
After we came up with these ideas that they had in common, 
I handed out black construction paper and boxes of construction paper crayons. 
While they worked I blew bubbles around them telling them to observe what they see in real life. 
They spend 2 days working on their bubble pictures.
This was a hit for me and I can't wait to do it with all my classes!
They pretty much all turned out beautiful, but these were the most realistic.

Garrett 6th grade
Kimberley 6th grade
Omar 6th grade
Davion 6th grade

It is all about experimenting...

This was Davion's original picture. I actually LOVE it!... But, it did not look like bubbles to me.
So, I instead will use it as a successful free center of his. 
I gave him the choice to redo it and capture a more realistic "bubble" quality. 
He did it with a wonderful attitude. 
But, his marbles are Marvelous! 

More Done later by my 7th and 8th graders...

Brianna 7th grade

Brianne 8th grade

Cederick 8th grade

Cheyenne 7th grade

Ellie 7th grade

Fernando 7th grade

Haley 7th grade

Haylie 8th grade

Hugo 7th grade

Juanita 7th grade

Luz 7th grade

Mariella 7th grade

Shanna 7th grade

Todd 7th grade

TAKE IT A LITTLE FURTHER! with this lesson!
See Here...


Planning for this assignment took some creative experimenting, trial, and error...
While toying around with the idea of this lesson, I originally liked they way the background of the real photos I found of bubbles was very blurry. So, I used the crayon resist method here. 
I drew the bubbles with white and baby blue crayons (make sure they are not washable!) and added some contour reflection lines inside. Then I used markers to sloppily add in a landscape using horizontal lines. 
Then I used a wet brush to go over the marker till it bled out making it blurry. The marker in the process washed off of the wax lines and left the bubble still visible (crayon resist method.). 
I did not like all the aspects of this first attempt, so I tried it on the black paper which I like much more. 

Friday, April 12, 2013


I love doing ZenDoodles with the kids. I show them YouTube clips of artist in superspeed creating these doodles. I explain to them that doodling uses the subconscious creativity. I compare it to "daydreaming with a pencil". I make them understand the they are not "drawing" anything intentionally. It is just using lines, shapes, patters, and designs. So, it is encouraging to tell them that they cannot mess up!
So, I make them use a pen to doodle. That way they cannot backtrack or try to "fix" anything. 
After the doodle is completely filled up, I have them use a pencil and blendy stump to make some areas in the doodle appear 3D. I have them shade parts that would be considered underneath areas of the doodle. 
They have fun and it is the most quiet class periods I have the entire year. 
All of these are done by kids that range from 6-8th grade.

 It does look nice on colored paper too, as long as it is lighter in color.
This bottom one is done by me as a teacher example of different ways of doing the doodle using colored construction paper with white and black colored pencil to shade.

Friday, April 5, 2013

We Can Do It!... Art Classroom Encouragment

I felt like the kids around my art classroom needed a little boost of encouragement. 
They make such amazing things and don't realize that this is a gift from above. 
They get discouraged when the compare their work to others that may be more advanced around them in the room. But, I have learned as a regular 2nd place B Team kinda girl, that you just do YOUR PERSONAL best. Comparing yourself to others will do nothing but bring your down. I have discovered in my closer walk with Him, that when I get down on how I was created, I am INSULTING MY MAKER! That is the last thing I want to do is offend my Creator. 
I passed by another teachers classroom one day and saw a poster in her room. I have seen it many times before but never really hit me as anything personal. I love the design and the colors, but I really do not consider myself a feminist.I thought that it was more of an "In You Face Stinky Boys!" kind of hateful message, rather than what it really is. I thought that was what the poster was about, but I was naive.
When I really researched the picture itself, I realized it's original purpose and was very please with my discovery. 


Did you know the lady in the poster was
Geraldine Hoff, not Rosie the Riveter...?

So, just like the Geraldine Hoff's image encouraged the Westinghouse workers to work to their own personal best capabilities, I want to also encourage myself and my students to work their best in the art room. In case you did not notice, I changed my patch on my collar to represent my faith and art. I was nudged by Christ to start an after school program at the school to aid students in ""Creating for their Creator". We decided to call it Art With a Purpose (AWAP). This badge signifies my allegiance to the idea of a higher power being the backbone of my creative success. I did not create myself, so I cannot take credit for anything that I make. I own all my success and power to the One that strengthens me...