Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Summer Break!

It's summer break and boy have we earned this one!  My plan is to update this blog once a week with a variety of information.  This week I would like to encourage you to keep the creativity fire burning for your kids with a few cool ideas for homemade art supplies.

Watercolors.  I referred to this recipe earlier in the year on this blog.  I love the vivid colors you get with these.  Here's the link:  homemade watercolors

Here's a cute idea for a gift or perhaps as a "busy box" for your next road trip:
Art Box

Or how about making a journal of all the different things you do over the summer?
Summer Time Journal

And here are some more homemade art supplies:
20 DIY Art Supply Recipes

The cool thing about making your own supplies is that making them is part of the fun!

I'll close with a picture of Axle...he is teaching me how to relax this summer.


Thursday, June 12, 2014

A Teacher's Job is Never Done

I have a huge favor to ask of the followers of this blog.  Next week as you are settling into "summer mode", we teachers will be doing some professional development.  Ms. Bryson and I will be doing a presentation at the Dare County Tech Conference on Wednesday, June 18th.  The main focus of my portion of the presentation will be KHES Art Class Blog.  I want to highlight the advantages of keeping a blog.

Here is what I need from you.  Could you please write a brief comment on this blog entry regarding what you like about the Art Class Blog? I would love to share your comments during my presentation.  I offer a BIG thank you in advance!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Outdoor Art Class

This week Kindergarten, 1st Grade and 2nd Grade had Outdoor Art Class.  What a blast!  We revisited the artist Wassily Kandinsky from a unit earlier in the year and used his art as inspiration for sidewalk art.

Wassily Kandinsky

Some of our creations inspired by the above painting:

Alexa Wehner and her mom, Diane Bognich along with Nora Downing

Ansley Felthousen 1st Grade

Then, to appeal to my kinesthetic learners, we took the concept of "circles" and did some hula hooping and bubble blowing.  Most students did these activities separately but some tried doing both at the same time.  What a holistic way to truly experience a famous artist's work!

Libby Marshall

Sydney Leano

Mason Williams

This was a keeper!  We will do this again next year for sure!  By the way, as the school year comes to an end, I would like to encourage you to have some creative experiences over the summer.  In the spirit of inspiring you, I will continue to update this blog throughout the summer.  My entries will include fun art activities you can do at home, local places you can visit, homemade art supply ideas and perhaps some pictures of my art adventures and creations!  Have a great summer and try to check back here now and then.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Saying Goodbye to Another School Year

I apologize for the inactivity of this blog.  The end of the school year brings pressure to complete all unfinished art projects.  We have been busy working away in the art room on completing all works of art and reviewing material covered earlier in the year.  Also, keep your eyes open for artwork in the backpacks as I will be taking down the remaining art projects hanging in the hallway.

This week as all 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders take the EOG tests, Kindergatten, 1st Grade and 2nd Graders will be enjoying Outdoor Art Class!  Fun stuff.  Stay tuned as I will be posting pictures throughout this week of our students enjoying a little fun outside while creating some sidewalk chalk masterpieces and some colored bubble art.  Looks like the weather might cooperate with us! Yay!

I'll leave you with some cute pics of the KHES Photo Club.