Showing posts from March, 2010

Art Show Ideas

Here are some tips, from 11 years of organizing and presenting a HUGE arts show.

1. Have students sign their names to a label and affix to the projects. I find that if the students write directly on to the project, they write very large. This allows them to re-do it if they aren't satisfied.

2. Have a comment box with index cards available so parents can leave positive messages for the artists.

3. Provide a few easy make-and-take art/craft activites for the younger students. They don't have to be elaborate- kids love making "stuff"!

4. Hang a project description beside each display so that parents can better understand the projects.

5. Take the time to mount the kids' projects on to a railroad board or nice background paper so they will have one nicely matted project for the year.

6. I start at the beginning of the year and save at least 4 pieces of artwork from each project we do. I keep track of which project I have kept for each student in my gradebook.

7. Hang at le…

Spring Celebration of the Arts- Fine Arts Night

We recently held our annual art show at the high school. Although I am only posting the pictures of my students' work, we also had musical performances, dance, and other visual arts displays.
You have to start somewhere! I post these photos because I love to see how the show progresses. What begins as a room full of tape-balled artwork slowly becomes a gallery of student masterpieces! We begin at 10:00 AM and finished at 3:30 PM, which made me veeerrrry happy, as we usually finish around 5, as people are arriving.

Yep, that's me, hard at work.

I should have taken more photos of these Laurel Burch animal collages because they were gorgeous. My 1st graders really impressed me this year. You can see the story describing the project posted to the left of the display. Many parents told me that they enjoy reading these and better understanding what we create in art class.

Romare Bearden inspired collages made by 4th Grade.

These 4th Grade projects took FOREVER to finish, but the results…

Non-Objective Art

This lesson is adapted from a lesson found on the Incredible Art Department website and the entire lesson may be found there. I will post my adapted version in this blog entry.

I have done this lesson with second graders, but it is adaptable to all ages and skill levels.

Materials Needed:
* white paper- 12" X 16" (I cut the paper to this size so that it can be mounted on to colored paper with a 1" border)
* tempera in various colors, including black * paint brushes * scraps of decorative paper (patterned, metallic, etc.) * spray bottles filled with liquid watercolor * paper cutter * glue

Explain to students what Non-Objective Art is: "Artworks having no recognizable subject matter (not recognizable as such things as houses, trees, people, etc.) Also known as non-representational art" (from ArtLex). Show examples, if possible.
The Decorative Process:
Students paint various lines, shapes, and patterns on their white paper using various colors of tempera (no black …

Mr & Mrs. Gadget

This project was done with first graders and the most important rule was NO SCISSORS ALLOWED! The students chose a 9" X 12" piece of construction paper and folded it in half. The face shape was ripped from this fold piece of paper and glued on to a contrasting piece of construction paper. The same process was repeated for the nose and mouth. Eyes and ears were ripped from two pieces of paper stacked up and hair was torn and stacked on top of the head. I made it a point to tell the students that they could NOT repeat the colors of paper used in this project, so they turned out very colorful.

During the following class period, students used various "gadgets" dipped in black tempera to add details, such as eyes, nostrils, earrings, bow ties, etc. Some ideas for gadgets: inner plastic rolls from receipt rolls, pieces of wood in various shapes, legos, bottle caps, and wooden thread spools. Actually, anything can be made in to a gadget!

Mounted on colorful paper, these Ga…

Laurel Burch Fantastic Felines

This painting project is based on artist Laurel Burch, whose artwork is filled with bright colors and wild patterns.

Students drew their cats on 18" X 24" colored construction paper and painted them using tempera. When dry, they were outlined using a silver Sharpie marker, cut out, and glued on to a background made of wrapping paper (which was glued to a poster board). This would be a great way to use up rolls of wallpaper, as well. We had several positive comments on this project and it was quick and easy.

See the entire menagerie of Fantastic Felines in our Artsonia gallery. Cats on display at our annual Arts Festival: