Thursday, December 15, 2011

So much going on... so little time....

So many fun things have been going on this semester and time has flown past and i haven't gotten a chance to update... attached are a few pictures of some of the projects we have completed and soon i will get posts up for how we did each.

Brown Bear Brown Bear

Value Pumpkins

Letter Clowns
 LeRoy Neiman Lions
Keith Harring Motion

Fauvist Colored Rescue Dog Portraits

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Illuminated Letter

4/5th grade students learned a little about middle ages art.  For our fundraiser at LMES this year we chose to work with the students first letter to their name and create artwork around that.  The 4/5 kiddos created illuminated letter.  We took a simple bubble letter and embellished it... added touches of nature around them for details and finished with blended colored pencils to create fun letters!


This idea came from this post ... on Mary Making.

I changed it a little but kept the basic concept and history portion similar.  I used colored pencils for the face and then added tempera paint for the main--- fun project with pretty good results... some students rushed and made a MESS but most did a pretty good job.   We talked a lot about subjective color use and how simply laying colors over others will keep the one color clean and also blend to create a new color with what is under it.  Very fun but i would make a few changes to how we draw the face next time.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


My k1 kiddos created peacocks for this years fundraiser project.  The started by tracing a peacock body, adding a beak out of paper then drawing lines around it.  They then used the two primary colors and the secondary color it makes to add dots around the lines... they used their fingers to make these spots.  Once that was dry we added in little feather lines off of the main line in those same 3 colors to create the full feather.  Very fun and colorful results!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Piet Primary Colors

Simple, quick but got the lesson learned... i really wanted to drill in learning the primary colors with my K-1 students this year so we did a quick Piet Modrian Project to learn about the 3 primary colors.  We started by reading the book Color, by Ruth Heller, which explains the printing process and how the 3 primary colors overlap to mix and make every color printed.  This along with my attention cue of saying "Red, Yellow, Blue and the students responding "Eyes on you" helped them learn that those 3 colors were important.  The two facts i made sure they all knew was that those 3 colors combine to make many other colors, and that they are the only 3 colors that cant be made by mixing others.  The project was dont with cut black strips that they glued down making geometric boxes like Modrian and then they colored in boxes with only the 3 primary colors like he used to paint with.  Okay results in the project but they do all now know the 3 primary colors and why they are special.

Book we read:
Finished K students work:

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Day Vice President Biden Came to School

Oakstead Elementary was lucky enough to be picked as the FL Pasco County school that VP Joe Biden came to visit.  During our preparation to welcome the VP (one days notice of his arrival), his "people" asked for some art work to be put up and a banner to be made so that behind VP Biden there would be a taste of the kids. We transformed our media center into speach central and have also decided that from now on we will display art work up on the walls rather than just "Reading" posters.  If you look closely you will see the dancing giraffes from the previous post and then peacock from posts coming soon! Having VP Biden visit OES was such a fun and exciting experience for our students and staff something we will never forget!

(Thanks to the local news stations and google images for the photos :) )

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Giraffes Cant Dance

You've seen it before on countless blogs and i'm sorry i cant recall where i last saw it (may have been Deep Space Sparkle) but i had to try it my way.... we read the story drew a dancing giraffe on yellow paper added spots, painted a landscape, added stars and glued our giraffes to be dancing through the sky.  VERY FUN project with super cute, creative results!

Hatching Elephants

This was the first 4/5 project of the year simple but fun... the students were given  a picture of an elephant just like in the safari landscape project, and were told to draw it.   After that i showed them a few simple hatching techniques and explained how this would cause the drawings to look a bit more realistic. Then they were to color the background one solid color in crayon.  Simple. fun. easy way to start the year off project.

Saturday, August 27, 2011


Through my county we are starting to keep connect.pasco websites... this is kept much like a blog to keep our parents and students involved outside of the classroom with the on goings inside!  I am going to do my best to keep both of the sites updated with projects but from time to time different things will be happening on both pages.

My connect.pasco site is:

We are getting crazy Teckie this year! Lets see how it goes!!
Hope everyone is having a great start to the school year!!! Room photos and first projects coming soon!!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

That time of year again!

Wahooo starting the prep work for this year!! With the first day of school less than 2 weeks away i am starting the brain storm ideas for the first project! Always so hard to think of where the start but before that i was distracted by thinking of how to decorate! And this years Art room theme will be "Let Your Imagination Run WILD!" with monkey's and jungle animals all over the room i have a great feeling that this year is going to be a BLAST!!! Stay tuned for photos of the finished room and all the fun projects to come in 2011-12 :)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Art on a Cart?

So for my up coming second year of teaching my job has changed a little.  I am now split between two schools and the school that i will now be at 2 days a week has the great chance of being a Cart gig.  With only one year under my belt and that year being one with my own classroom with all i could ask for (except a sink) i'm looking for helpful tips, hints and plans from those who have been on a cart before!!?
I know it wont be that bad but any advice in how to handle it or things that you have done that have worked would be Amazing!!!

Thanks in advance for the words of wisdom! :)

Monday, June 6, 2011

Monet's Water Lilies

For the last  project of the year my K1 Kiddos played around with the starting stages of collage.  We started by watching the Movie: Monet
Then they painting a piece of 9x12 paper with different colors of blue and purple tempera cakes creating movement in overlapping to create their pond.  The next class they cut out bean shaped lily pads and used tissue paper(twisting the little square pieces on the back of their pencils) to create pretty little flowers to go on top of them.  We overlapped the two colors of green and then glued the little flowers on top and then onto the pond and they were done! Very quick and fun project for the end of they year! Great way to use up old pieces of used green paper too!

A Few Samples:
 Students were asked to have at least 2 big lily pads but if time allowed or they worked to small they could add more to their pond.