I couldn't find an Advent Calendar for my daughter this year so I made one. The countdown has already begun but I will post it anyway. Super easy and fun! I ended up making one for my mom too. The possibilities for patterns and colors are limited by your supply of papers but the possibilities for various - prompts/messages/photos/jokes - are endless.
A link to a Zip file containing directions, calendar and templates is here:
Hand drawn Holiday Trees by School Subject Areas: Technology, Science, Phys Ed, Math, History, English/Library, Music & Art. Would make a fun lesson plan or Journal Challenge. I definitely had fun with it!
I hadn't used the timeline in Photoshop for many years. A student, Haley, refreshed my memory the other day. I am very thankful to have Haley in Media Art class this year! I also tried out some very quick shading under the advice of my daughter who is also in the class.
My co-workers came to me with an idea and a video for launching the Book Fair Week. Large cowboy hats fashioned out of rolled paper. I tried to wrangle that rolled paper into a hat but it just wasn't working. Then I tried rolled poster board - that didn't work. Looked around at home improvement store and found a temporary floor covering, RAM Board. It is made out of recycled materials, 100% Green and affordable. It was light, easy to use and made a beautiful massive cowboy hat. EXTREME fun! The kids are still talking about it
I truly enjoy Book Fairs and the themes that come with them. Building excitement for Reading - Priceless!
My mother is a retired Art Teacher so I grew up hand-cutting letters. She usually does it for me now but she is getting ready for a show so I did it myself. Little wobbly and crooked but I'm still proud of my work.
Paul Cezanne for Fifth Grade, Still Life with three Apples has so much to look at and talk about: Shading, shadows, color mixing, small brushstrokes, overlapping to add depth and complimentary colors. Try grounding your Still Life with something other than a straight line in the background!
Talked about: Primary Colors, Horizontal Lines, Vertical Lines, Broadway Boogie Woogie, Composition II. Super charged First Graders dug into box tops full of squares and rectangles in all shapes and sizes. As they worked they talked amongst themselves about windows, roads, cars and cabs.
Digital Photo is a bit of a challenge this year because it is the first class of the day. I take them outside to gather photos. For the past 5 years it has been an afternoon class. So our feet are getting wet from the dew but we are making it work. There wasn't any sun for our SUN Prints but they still came out great. Students pinned natural and man-made materials to Nature Print Paper purchased at Blick. Walked outside for two minutes and then back in to bath them in water for a minute. I just love the White & Blue.