Getting Caught Up…

I apologize that the blog has been a little inactive lately.  Rather than upload seperate posts on each assignment that we’ve completed, I figured I just send you over to our Artsonia gallery.  It has some new uploads and will continue to accumulate artwork over the next few weeks.  From here on out, I’ll try to stay more on top of things!

Go here to see our work:


Day 1: a plump and tender little bird

2nd grade students are totally into Ancient Egypt. Students completed research and art projects on the Ancient Egyptian civilization. The majority of students were fascinated by the process of mummification, so we are now rolling up our sleeves and putting some game hens through the process. We are currently 2 weeks into this venture and things are fantastic! No awful smell and no mummy’s curse. Check back as we document the process here!

We used a combination of allspice, basil, and rosemary and rubbed the entire surface, in hopes the spices would help control the odor. We covered the hens in salt and double bagged them. The bag on the left is one week old, while the one on the right has just been put into the salt for the first time. After 7 days,  we took out the hen on the left, Nefer-tweety, she had lost 3 ounces of fluids! Our hypothesis was correct. Good news! The spices worked and there was no terrible odor. Back into the salt for another week.

5th Graders Express Themselves!

After our Rembrandt vs. Rouault debates, in which students were teamed up to defend an artist, students created their own expressive portraits in the style of Rouault.  Each student began by creating a web that shared emotions they feel and reasons behind them.  Then, they chose a feeling and communicated it in their portrait through physical expression, oil pastel technique and color choice.

What emotion do you think these students are trying to show?

Artwork above by: Drew N., Shane B., Peyton W. and Quinn K.

Find this project and more in our online gallery at Artsonia!

Using Shapes to Create in Kindergarten

I’ve always enjoyed using Eric Carle as inspiration for this lesson, not only because the kids are familiar with him, but his illustration style makes it so easy to build from drawing shapes to creating larger objects (in this case, animals) with them.

Students practiced identifying, tracing, drawing, coloring and cutting basic geometric shapes.  Then, we looked at several works by Eric Carle (like the one below) and tried to figure out what shapes Eric Carle used to create it. 

Click here to see the bats and horses that we made in the style of Eric Carle!  Here is Mason’s horse:

Here are the steps we followed:
1.  Paint paper with a variety of painting tools.
2.  As a class, vote on the animal we will each create.
3.  Draw the shape needed on the back of the painted paper.
4.  Carefully cut out the shape.
5.  Carefully glue the shape in its place.
6.  Repeat drawing, cutting and gluing until animal is complete.
7.  Add minimal detail with crayon.


Gettin’ Real with 4th Grade

Fourth graders recently had a lesson to focus on drawing from observation.  They did several activities to challenge them to draw what they see and not what they THINK they see.  Students concluded this lesson by drawing a simple still life of objects from our room.  Click here to view our Artsonia gallery of still life drawings.  (Artwork above by Addison H.)

After the lesson, I shared some Photorealistic works with them.  They, like me, were in awe of what some of these artists are able to do with paint!