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.
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Thursday, November 5, 2015
Monday, November 2, 2015
Thursday, October 22, 2015
I have been trying to teach differently this year. Instead of focusing solely on skill based art lessons, I am now attempting to take a more meaningful approach to teaching art. This year my lessons will be focusing on the theme, My Place in This World. The idea is to have students create art that relate directly to their life, their experiences, their feelings, and their world.
Monday, August 24, 2015
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
I have been working on a Master's degree through Boston University. Most of the classes are online. However, this summer, I went to Boston to take a few studio courses. I took two classes: Wire Sculpture and Printmaking. All of these techniques were wonderful to learn, however in order to apply them to my elementary classroom, I will need to simplify the techniques and materials.
This last one was a pronto print. It was created by printing a photo on pronto paper using a laser jet printer. Then I used a brayer, and added ink directly to the pronto paper. Next, I used a wet sponge and wiped the pronto paper. It was printed using a press. I am not sure if this is doable for my elementary students. I will have to see if this process works without a press first.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
to art class. He also was kind enough to stay in the art room and assist during the art lesson. This was very helpful, as paper mache is difficult to pull off in short 30 minute classes.
This totem pole lesson took us 5 (30 minute) art classes to complete. Students began with an oatmeal container and used cardboard, bottle caps, and paper towel rolls to create an animal. Once this was created, students covered the entire thing with paper mache. Lastly, students painted their creation.
Friday, April 24, 2015
This was our first Art Show. I decided to turn our art show into a fundraiser. We had a company called Artome frame the artwork, and we sold each frame for $25.
These flowers were made by my kindergarten and fifth graders. They worked collaboratively on this.
By using this company, the whole process was really easy. I labeled the artwork, and sent it to Artome two weeks prior to the show. They came on the day of the show with the framed artwork, and even hung the artwork for me. At the end of the show they packed up any unsold frames, and will send the artwork back to me. This was great because it made cleanup easy, and we are only charged for what is sold.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Monday, March 16, 2015
This is a great lesson to teach reflections. I found the idea for this lesson on the blog, Fine Lines. Basically, all you have to do is have students draw and color the top half of their paper with regular washable markers. Then students spray water on the bottom half of their paper. After this, students fold their paper and rub. This makes a simple easy print of the image.
I allowed my students to draw any landscape image. Some students drew houses, while other drew castles, mountains, or farms.
This is a great example of art that connects to math. This one is easy enough to be done by either the art teacher or the classroom teacher.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Arteascuola. Students drew a cake and then added shading to make it more realistic.