Friday, February 18, 2011

Winter Trees

Pre-K students created Winter Trees!

White Drawing Paper
White Crayon
Blue Watercolor Paint
Green Tissue Paper
Brown strips of paper


For Background: Using a white crayon, add snowflakes to white drawing paper. Paint entire paper blue with watercolor paint and snowflakes will appear like magic!

For Trees: Take a sheet of drawing paper and and lay torn pieces of green tissue paper on top. Use a paintbrush to wet the tissue paper with water. Let dry and remove the pieces of tissue paper from the sheet when it is completely dry. The sheet will have splotches of green all over. 

(Day 2) From green splotchy sheet, have students cut out 3 triangles for tree tops and glue to their blue background paper (for pre-k I drew the triangles and had the students cut them out).

For Trunks: Each student was given a strip of brown paper to cut as they would like and glue to their paper for tree trunks.
Student Work

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Micography Portrait

One day I had two new and unexpected students dropped magically into my Advanced Art class. On such short notice I needed something quick to get them started on. I saw this lesson at  Art. Paper. Scissors. Glue!  and I absolutely love the results! This is a great project to start the year off with or if you need something in a pinch.

Student Work

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Isn't Blogging Grand?!

A couple weeks ago I shared with all of you a great book full of Kindergarten Art Lessons, A Work of Heart (Click Here for the original post). Well, the author, Janet Louise Conlin, somehow found my post about her book and left me a nice little comment on my blog. How cool!! Blogging really does connects people that otherwise would never have met!

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Grant Wood Fields!

2nd Grader's created landscape paintings based on artist Grant Wood.

White watercolor paper
Green, Yellow, and White oil pastels
Watercolor Paints and water buckets
Display Young Corn and Fall Plowing
  • Subject
  • Moods
  • Patterns and Textures
  • Colors of land and trees
  • The land and lines that divide the land
  • What season is it? Why?
  • What kind of painting is this? (Landscape)
Art History
Grand Wood loved Iowa, farming and the farming way of life. He taught himself to draw when he was very young and did not stop until his death. His family and friends were very supportive of his art. He left Iowa to study art in Europe and eventually returned because he missed his come.
Fun Quote: "all the best ideas he ever had came to him while he was milking a cow."

Students are instructed to draw a few lines in oil pastel.
Start with the horizon line.
Add a few vertical lines for the fields and wavy and horizontal lines to break up the large fields.
Use a Yellow oil pastel to draw the sun.
Use a White oil pastel to draw clouds.
Use Green, orange, brown and yellow watercolors to paint the fields.
Paint the sky blue and watch the clouds appear like magic.

Day 2 Production
Review Grant Wood
Read the Artist and the Hayloft
Finish Painting

Student Work

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Mini Monets

Pre-K's painted Monet's Bridge!

Japanese Bridge and Water Lilies, 1899
Tempera paint
Paint brushes
White paper
Japanese Bridge and Water Lilies image
Bridge cut out of blue paper (or template for students to do themselves)

Monet had this Japanese bridge built in his garden in Giverny, France. This is where Monet painted nature "on the spot" instead of inside a studio, as most artists did at that time.

Before class, place a nickel size dollop of blue and white paint on palette paper for each student.
Trace the bridge template on dark blue construction paper, one for each child. In class, have each child cut out their bridge, or save time by cutting out the bridges beforehand. Since I was doing this with Pre-K students that is exactly what I did!

1. Pass out white paper, brushes, paint and sponges.
2. Have students paint with their paintbrush a blue line to divide the paper in half.
3. Students paint bottom half of paper with blue paint, using Monet's technique of short brushstrokes and dabbling.
4. Have students mix white paint into their blue to create waves in the water.
5. Give students a dollop of yellow paint to add lily pads in the water.
6. When lily pads are done, students use sponges to mix blue and yellow paint into green.
7. Use sponges to paint the remaining half of the paper green for trees.
8. Pass out a blue bridge to each student. Have them stick their bridge onto the center of their paper. The wet paint is enough to make the bridge stick without using glue!

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Friday, February 4, 2011

Personal Self-Portraits

Drawing and Painting students drew their self-portrait with a twist. Each student integrated text into their drawing in order to add a personal element. Students drew from mirrors and I guided them step-by-step as they drew.

(Pencil drawing are so hard to photograph well, any tricks??)


Students drew several blind contour drawings using a mirror. For some of the drawings I timed the students and for others I asked the students to go very slow, paying close attention to line and shape. To personalize their portrait, text was included. Students listed several personality traits on a sheet of paper.

Draw an oval for face

Divide into quarters

Divide each 1/2 in 1/2 again

>I informed the students that their facial features and placement would be different from what I draw on the board. That is why we all look different. They should be continuously looking in the mirror to make the features look like their own.<
Have students adjust the oval to represent their own face shape (chin, jaw, etc.) and begin to add features:

1. Add Eyes. Notice eyes are an "eyes width" apart.
2. Add Nose. Resting on lowest horizontal line.
3. Add lips. Halfway between chin and lowest horizontal line.
4. Add ears. Generally starting at eyes and ending at nose.
5. Add neck.

Last step is to add text in an interesting manner.

Student Work

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Add Colorful Buttons to Blogger!

I spent the better part of last night trying to figure out how to add buttons to my blog. I wanted the buttons to be colorful and I wanted the buttons to link to other WebPages. I had no idea where to begin and after scouring the Internet for what felt like hours, I finally figured it out.  The best part is I decided to share it with all you!

Under my Basic Info you will see three buttons.

1. Create a button using
I created these buttons using CoolText.
Scroll down until you see Choose a Button Design.
I was not particularly thrilled with any of the buttons on the homepage, but once you choose a button you are given options to change the text, color, size, shape, shadow, etc. It is fantastic. You could also create your image in Photoshop but I found to be fast and easy. I love it!

2. Upload Your Button on the Internet
When you are done creating your button using CoolText, download it to your computer. To place a button on your blog you need to have the button saved on the Internet. I used Photobucket to upload my images. Photobucket gave me a direct link to my images, making the whole process that much easier!

3. HTML Codes
Log into Blogger
From the dashboard, click on the Design Tab

Click Add a Gadget
Choose HTML/JavaScript and the following box should pop up.

Here is the code you will use:

<center><a href="http://LINK WEB ADDRESS/" target="_blank" title="BLOG TITLE"><img alt="BLOG TITLE" src="http://IMAGE WEB ADDRESS"/></a> <center></center>

Now simply copy and paste the code above into the text box. Replace the colored information with your information.

Link Web Address - is the web address that you want your button to link too.
i.e. etsy shop button links to

Blog Title - is the title of your blog
i.e. Stuck In The Mud Pottery

Image Web Address - is the direct link for your image. If you uploaded your image to Photobucket, under your image is the Direct Link. Copy the link and paste it here.

Here is my completed code for my etsy shop button:
<center><a href="" target="_blank" title="Blog Title"><img alt="Stuck In The Mud Pottery" src=""/></a> <center>

Here is the colored coded Version:
<center><a href="" target="_blank" title="Blog Title"><img alt="Stuck In The Mud Pottery" src=""/></a> <center>

I hope this helps! Enjoy! Pin It