reading & writing with art

September 11, 2014


Thinking of my best friend today that I dearly miss and so many others that lost their lives that day.

Sara Low was a flight attendant on Flight #11.
This is the first day I have taught school on 9/11 since it happened.  I have spent every class period talking about the events of that day and sharing stories of my friend with my students.  We used Arkansas Maps for our Arkansas Hero today to create USA maps and show our American Pride and help us remember to share what happened that day with others.

September 08, 2014

Selfie's - Value & Grids Jr High Style

GIANT SELFIES!   These were so creative and I love how giant they are!  My 7th and 8th graders created these and I can't wait to hang them up.
First we had to take our selfie's.  They either took their own or I snapped them in class.  They printed them off on an 8x11 sheet of paper in black and white.  Then we learned about GRID drawing.  We started off with my zebra drawing here to discuss placement, importance of measuring the grid, creating the appropriate amount of sections, placement, lines and shapes.  Some of my students had to learn the hard way, but most of them did very well.

 Then they drew the grid on their photo using a 2x2" scale.  Next they drew their grid on their giant poster 6x6" scale.

They were totally stressed about how large their nose and eyes were... but once they saw the entire photo coming together then they were able to relax.  As you can see, some of mine did not quite get it to scale, but some of them did an great job.
They were able to use sharpie to outline, and colored sharpie to add one pop of color for emphasis.  Then they had to use paints to create their shadows.

  Here Hannah is using our I Am poems I had them write to fill the space for the background.  I told them to be creative with their designing of their poems...some did better than others.

August 31, 2014

Would You Rather...and a little get to know ya ART!

 This was our first week of school activity for me to get to know my students a little more and get them to have some discussions. This also let me see how they designed and used their own creativity.  Some students tried to rush through their pieces while others spent their time working on every detail.
I made the power point here:

This made it easy for the kids to see and discuss.