Friday, January 27, 2012

Leibster Blog Award

Thank you so much to Christie at Fine Lines for passing on the Liebster Blog award to me! The idea is to pass this on to fellow bloggers that I admire with 200 or less followers.

Congratulations to:
1. Panther's Palette
2. We Heart Art
3. Wilkinson's Wonderful World of Art
4. Art Class Works
5. Art Projects From MN Art Gal

These blogs have many lessons to share and are definitely worth checking out!

The rules are:

1. Copy and Paste the award onto your blog
2. Thank the Giver and link back to them
3. Pass along to 5 new bloggers and let them know via comment
4. Keep spreading your love of art to other bloggers Pin It

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Impressionism Painting

Here are a few paintings to check out completed by talented high school students...Enjoy!

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Monday, January 23, 2012


My etsy shop has been updated with several NEW necklaces!

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Andy Warhol Pop Art Snowflakes

Student in First Grade just completed these fun Andy Warhol inspired snowflakes! The lesson was completed over two 45 minute art classes.

Day 1, I shared with the students a very simple PowerPoint about Andy Warhol (think mostly images!). The PowerPoint can viewed here: Andy Warhol ppt. Each student then selected 4 different colored squares of paper to use for their snowflakes. As a class, we folded all 4 squares of paper and then the students began to cut on their own. They loved opening their snowflakes to see what they had created!

6"x6" Squares of Colored Paper

Finished Snowflakes (all initialed with pencil)

Day 2, Queensland Art Gallery has a site with several really cool interactive art games for kids, Art Games for Kids. 1st Grade students played the game "Warhol's World," before gluing their final project together. I was pleasantly surprised at how much the students remembered! Following the game,  students selected 4 additional different colored squares of paper. The squares were glued to a black sheet of paper. The snowflakes were then glued on top to create bright and colorful Pop Art Snowflakes!

Student Work

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Soda Can Bird Sculpture

Every year I like to complete a wire sculpture project with the 9th grade students. This year we mixed it up a little and used soda cans too!

The inspiration for this project came from Ken Vieth's awesome book, Engaging the Adolescent Mind. This book has a ton of great ideas to make art personal and interesting for teenagers. In the past, students have created wire portraits inspired by Alexander Calder. This year we looked at Calder's "Only Only Bird" to start the project.

Students began the project by creating a wire armature using pliers to twist, turn and securely join one piece to another. Next, the soda cans were cut and shaped into feathers using scissors. I went through and punctured all the soda cans first. The students then used scissors to cut the can vertically and to cut both the top and bottom off. This left them a rectangle of aluminum to cut their feathers out of. The feathers were glued to the armature using hot glue guns.

Student Work

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