Welcome to Lines, Dots, and Doodles. This is the place for students, parents, and teachers to find out what has been going on in my art class. I have included pictures of my student's artwork and basic explanations of the projects. I hope when you leave this blog, you feel inspired to create. Feel free to browse this blog and borrow any of my art lessons.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Art Fundraisers- Advice Please

This post is for all the art teachers who have had experience with fundraisers.

 I have tried several fundraisers, but I have yet to commit to one company.  One year I did an art show through Artome.  This is a company that frames the students' artwork and sets up an artshow.  This made for a great event for the school, but all the artwork had to be done on 9x12 paper, which is smaller than I usually work.  My other complaint was, while the artwork looked beautiful on display, it made the art show all about making money instead of just appreciating the art on display.  Some students also felt bad if their parent couldn't afford to buy the frame.  
This year I tried something different.  I did Art to Remember.  This company takes student artwork and prints them on items such as mugs, shirt, and notebooks, which are sold to the parents upon ordering.  This was an easy fundraiser, but once again I had to work on a specific size paper, 8x10, which is a lot smaller than we usually work.  Also they did not want artwork made of chalk or pastels, which are my go to supplies for small artwork.  On the upside, we made a lot of money
I am considering changing my art fundraiser again next year.  I don't like planning lessons to fit a specific size paper, and I would like to be able to use artwork from the entire year.  I am considering using Artsonia.  This program allows you to take pictures of any project created throughout the school year, and post it on an online gallery. It even allows for sculptures! Then parents can view their student's portfolio and order products online. The downfall is that the responsibility of taking pictures and downloading on the website would fall entirely on me.  With 740 students, Will this be too difficult?  

Who out there has had experience with fundraisers?  Which ones did you like? and Which ones were too time consuming?  I would love to hear opinions.  

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Clay Faces, 5th Grade

 I love teaching ceramics, but it is difficult to do when you teach short 30 minute art lessons.  This year, I think I finally came up with a ceramics lesson that could be taught in that amount of time.  It also allowed for a variety of results and encouraged student creativity, which is also sometimes difficult when teaching clay lessons in a short amount of time.
  Students used simple handbuilding techniques to create these. They first created a slab of clay.  Then,  students added details by using the score and slip method.  Once fired in the kiln, students glazed their creations.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Clay Cupcakes, 4th Grade

 My students always love this art lesson.  This lesson uses the basic pinch pot method to create a cupcake.  The bottom is made in a silicone cupcake liner to create the ridges in the bottom of the cupcake.
I think these are beautiful, and my students are proud of them.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Holiday Cakes, 5th Grade


These cake drawing were created by my fifth grade students.  This lesson was inspired by the artist Wayne Thiebaud.  To begin, I asked students to pretend they were cake decorators, and it was their job to create a cake for a holiday or celebration.  Students then had to draw the cake that they were designing.  
 Cakes were drawn with pencil and then outlined with marker.  After this, students used oil pastels to color.  Lastly, students used baby oil and a Q-tip to blend colors together.
 Overall, I think these turned out wonderful!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Art Show

 This week the county is sponsoring an art show.  Every school in the county had two panels to hang artwork on, and it is displayed at a local mall.  Here are a few pictures from my school's art display.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Black History Month Art, 3rd Grade

 The public library contacted me a few months ago, and asked me to have my students create artwork for black history month.  This is what they created, and now it is on display at the library.

 I found the idea for this lesson at http://learn.michenerartmuseum.org/2011/02/an-over-and-above-lesson-for-students/.  I adapted the original lesson to fit a younger audience, and to fit the black history theme.

Students began by painting a self portrait on the top portion of their paper.  Students then had to choose a famous quote from an African American to display on the bottom of their paper. Overall, I  think these turned out wonderful!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Animal Silhouettes, 5th Grade

This was a wonderful lesson to help students understand the concept of mixing tints.  Students began painting the background by mixing one color with white. The idea was to get subtle changes in the color by adding more or less white.
 After the background was created, students chose an animal to paint on top.  I allowed students to choose any animal they wished.
I found the idea for this lesson on TeachAndShoot.com.  Overall, I think the results were great!