Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Torn Magazine Projects

I just realized that I haven't posted a single project from this school year.  I have an entirely different group of high school students this year compared to my first year.  They are harder working, many are self-motivated and it's been showing in their projects.  Here are a few examples of my Advanced Art students Torn Magazine Projects.  These were tedious and took some time (and a little complaining), but it was worth it.  I was very please with the out comes!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Van Gogh in the women's restroom?!?

One of my awesome first graders came to me this week and said, "I saw Vincent Van Gogh in the Texas Roadhouse women's restroom!"  I later talked to his mom and she said he went back to the table to explain the texture in Van Gogh's paintings and why he cut off his ear.  Thank you Dax for putting a big smile in my heart!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Can I interest you in an iced coffee?

This Friday ended with the jitters!  About 3/4 of the way through the day our superintendent stopped door to door and offered each teacher an iced coffee.  Although I never have caffein, I took a cup, thanked him, and drank it.  Needless to say I got so much done in my classroom Friday afternoon!    

Monday, September 16, 2013

Hide and seek, ceramics version!

Last year when our ceramics quarter was over, I sent all of the projects home with my students.  One particular student decided not to take his home, instead he hid his project throughout my classroom everyday for the rest of the year.  I would find it and put it on the take home table and he'd hide it again.  Finally, on the last day he took it home.   

We are back to school and I missed a day last week.  When I came back this was on my desk.  Yikes!  Talk about a scary movie! :)  So, we are at it again this year.  I do find it on a daily basis, but sometimes I let it there for a few days so he thinks he's really stumped me!  

He really thought he got me on this one.  I just let it there and finally he moved it to a more obvious place! 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Crash this art room!

This year I totally crashed my high school art room.  I got rid of lots of furniture from old tables, chairs, stools, filing cabinets, cabinets, etc.  This made for LOTS more floor space and wall space!  Here's what I added...

I found this idea on mrspicassosartroom.blogspot.com.  I ran out of crayons! Colorful duct tape makes for a great boarder!!

Another "Color Family Portraits" wall.

All of the students have their projects and assignment on their iPads.  Just incase technology fails us I have both Art 1 and Advanced Art project packets available for everyone to see.  

Here is a large bulletin board with the elements and principles.  After every project my students have to write about which elements and principles they've used, these visuals really help.  

As I collect college information this year I just pin it up here for interested students.

Here's another idea found on mrspicassosartroom.blogspot.com, I framed the tornado, fire, and lockdown signs by the door.  

All of these ideas were found on Pinterest.

 My sink area.
This table will make me super organized this year!  Right??

After students hand in their artwork and rubrics they check their names off.  

Here students write about the elements and principles that they used in their projects.  
This completed after each project is turned in.  

Here are columns of shelves, where everyone stores their artwork.

I was excited to finally have this plastic wrap hung on the wall.  My OCD would have liked it right under the window, but I can deal with it! 

 My classroom consists of "two" rooms, this is where the kids work on their projects.    
My desk area.
This is the storage part of my room.   
 This is the view from the door.
 The view from my desk.

New look for a new year.

I've added this "I can..." bulletin board to my elementary room this year.  I found this idea on onecrayolashort.blogspot.com.  The kids love checking out what they'll be creating.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Goodbye July!

I've been working in my high school classroom for the past couple of days.  I didn't really do much with it last year because I had no idea where to begin (there was SO MUCH stuff).  For the fourth time I've rearranged, and purged more tables, desks, and supplies.  I did my student teaching in this room about 10 years ago and it has always felt like the former art teacher's room.  After all of this work it really is starting to feel like "My" classroom.  There's so much more to be done, but I'm loving the transformation.  I wish I would have taken before and afters. :(

Monday, June 24, 2013

Summer Honors Academy

Here are just a few projects that my students created in Summer Honors Academy.  We worked on many projects from Monday through Friday 8:00-12:00.  On Friday we invited parents, friends, and family and had an art show.  I had SO MUCH fun working with these kids, I even had four of my former students from Hicksville!      

Thanks for supporting!

Our local eye doctor came to the art show and purchased two of her 
patients artworks for the office.  The kids were so excited to know 
their artwork would been viewed by so many!    

What's a "Starfish Award"?

This year has been just like a roller coaster, full of ups and downs.  I've learned that many things are out of my control, but what I can control is my program.  I know I have a long way to go to get where I want to be, but I am focused on what happens in the four walls of my classrooms.  On the last day of school I received this "Starfish Award".  It's kind of crazy to receive an award just for doing your job!     

This put a smile on my face!

I have to admit after long hours of grading exams I was so
pleased to read this on the last page of one of them.