Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Projects In-Progress: Middle School

8th Grade:

8th Graders are in the beginning stages of their torn paper portraits.  Students are having to focus on values within a portrait and create their own "paint-by-number" which is then covered in different values of torn paper.  The project is challenging and time-consuming but the final results are magnificent.  Here are some work in-progress:

7th Grade:
Students are starting to finish up their cities in 2-point perspective projects.  They have put a lot of time into these and their growth from the beginning of this lesson to now is wonderful!

 6th Grade:
6th Graders are continuing to work on their paintbrush people!  Once completed we will begin painting them and bring their personalities to life!

Monday, September 26, 2016

"Who Needs Legs When I Have Wings to Fly."- Frida Kahlo

Ask a 5th grader what that quote means.  It's an inspiring story and one that came from our unit on Frida Kahlo.  

I am absolutely in love with these artworks!   I want to frame each and every one of these beautiful pictures and hang them all over my house!!!!  The students really grasped the essence of Frida Kahlo...uni-brow at all.  From the bold colors, the use of her pets in her paintings, her jewelry and fashion sense, and depiction of flowers and plant life, the 5th graders really show the amazing style of this famous Mexican artists' work.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Doodle 4 Google Contest


Starting this week in art class, students in grades 4th-8th will be given information in regards to the Doodle 4 Google annual art contest.  Entry forms will be available in the art room and all students will be encouraged to participate in the contest.

6th-8th graders will be given an added incentive to participate.  They will receive 3 sketchbook credits if they enter the contest.

Theme this year:  What I See For the Future...

Entries will need to be submitted to me no later than Friday, November 18th.  

Here is a link for more information and rules about the contest:  https://doodles.google.com/d4g/
I will be going over all of the rules with students in class this week.


Grand Prize:  The National Winner will have his or her doodle featured on the U.S. Google.com homepage for one day. He or she will receive:
  • A $30,000 college scholarship
  • A $50,000 Google for Education Technology Award for their school or non-profit organization
  • A trip to the Google Headquarters in California
  • A Chromebook
  • An Android tablet
National Finalists
The four National Finalists who do not become the National Winner will have their doodles featured in the Doodle 4 Google gallery. Each National Finalist will receive:
  • A $5,000 college scholarship
  • A trip to the Google Headquarters in California
  • An Android tablet
State and Territory Winners
The 48 State and Territory winners who do not become National Finalists will have their doodles included in the Doodle 4 Google gallery. Each State and Territory Winner will receive:
  • An Android tablet

I always look forward to this contest each year as I am blown away with the creativity and the effort that is put into these by the students!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Do You Know The Way to San Jose?

4th Graders are working hard on creating iconic San Jose landmarks.  These will soon be gracing the bulletin board near the computer lab. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Creative Compassion Corner: Our First Partnership

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford has contacted us and would love to accept some of the projects that the students are creating at the Creative Compassion Corner in the art room over the course of the year to distribute to their patients.

The projects that will be designated for donation to LPCH include:

-Student made joke books
-Student designed and collaborative coloring books, and
-Handmade worry dolls

Doing good for others one creative endeavor at a time.  

Monday, September 12, 2016

Tick Tock Crayon Clock

Never give an art teacher 30 minutes to herself.  

The new art classroom clock!

Sneak Peak: Future Project

What do you do when you have a full grocery bag of dollar store paintbrushes?
Make paintbrush people of course!

Can't wait for this to dry to start painting it!

Can you imagine a whole class set of cute paintbrush people all displayed at once?!  

6th graders in the next few weeks will get to start creating their own paintbrush people.  I can already visualize a whole wall full of these little creatures!

Fifth Grade Frida Kahlo Frenzy

This week students began translating their rough sketches into a final design.  Some students were even able to start adding oil pastel to their projects.  I know it is early but I can already tell that the final projects are going to be spectacular!!!  And more importantly, even though it has been two weeks (due to Labor Day) since 5th graders have had art class, the amount that they were able to remember about Frida Kahlo's life was remarkable.  Looking forward to posting the final results in a week or two.

Here are pictures of projects in-progress:

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Talking to Children About Art

Facilitating a conversation about art with our kids:

It doesn't take much to get the conversation rolling but the lessons can be deep.  Art is everywhere we look.    Here are a few ways to get kids talking about art: