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, April 24, 2012

Flowers in Hand, Kindergarten

 This is a very cute simple project for Kindergartners.  I found the basic idea for this lesson at Artrageous Afternoon.  This project is based on Picasso's Hands With a Bouquet
 To begin this lesson, I had my students trace their hand.  This hand was then cut out and glued to the bottom of the construction paper.  Next, students create tissue paper flowers and glue it to the paper.  Lastly, students draw stems and leaves with oil pastels. 
These are adorable!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Mexican Hats, 5th Grade

 I found this really cool Sombrero lesson on Flikr, and just had to give it a try.  For this lesson, I had each student draw a large sombrero.  Then students used oil pastels to draw patterns and designs on the hats. To finish the hat, students painted it with watercolors. Students then used tan or brown paper to draw a simple face.  These faces were then glued to the hat. 
These are very FUN!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Kiln Conundrum

 This week I received a phone call from someone who wanted to donate their old kiln.  This was excitting news, because my school really needed one.  Well, today the kiln came, and at first glance it seemed great.  However, now that I have looked at it closer, there seems to be some problems.  First, it has a bunch of wires sticking out of the front.  I believe this is where the Sitter Controls are supposed to be.  Second, there is no power cord.  I talked to the lady who donated this to me, and she said she had no idea where these parts were.  Most likely I would have to buy these parts.   
At this point I am a little worried about purchasing the parts for this kiln.  It looks like it could be quite expensive, and I am not 100% sure if it will work once I have the parts.  Also, I am not an electrician, and have no idea how to put it together once I received the parts.  I would love everyone's thoughts on this.  Is it worth trying to fix this kiln?

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Clay Tile Mural, Part 1

I have been incredibly busy lately. This year, I have decided to create a clay tile mural with my fifth graders. I have never done something like this, and it is quite an undertaking. I have about 130 fifth graders and each one is creating one tile out of clay. The first step was to have my students create their tiles. This mural will be in the style of Keith Haring, so each student created a tile of a person in motion.After creating the tile, I had my students glaze them. Amazingly, this was the hardest part for my students. They struggled to paint the sides and small spaces neatly. If I do this project again someday, I may have them do an underglaze instead. These have not been fired in the kiln yet. I can't wait to see what they look like finished. Eventually, these tiles will be permanently installed on the wall in our cafeteria. This is my first time attempting a project like this. It would have been impossible for me to do without the help of Deep Space Sparkle. She has a wonderful Booklet that you can purchase which explains the entire process of creating a mural like this.