reading & writing with art

May 22, 2015

Artist Hilary Pfeifer inspired Almost Installations


 4th grade art installations inspired by artist Hilary Pfeifer.  Unfortunately...we ran out of time at the end of the year but they loved creating and learning about insects.  Below is her blog and the link to my power point that I used is here:

The lesson had several parts from creating both a 2D and 3D piece, note taking about insects and labeling their 2D pieces.

You can visit her blog here: http://hilarypfeifer.blogspot.com/ 

May 14, 2015

Escher Optical Illusions Revised

So this is one I've used forever... but this year wanted to add a little something more to it.  Here is my past post for my optical illusions and power point with tutorial which is super easy for subs to use and they always turn out great:  http://artjulz.blogspot.com/search?q=optical

But this year... I wanted to go a little deeper.  Unfortunately testing hit and classes started getting canceled and I didn't get to do it the justice I really wanted...  but the concept is still there.

The students did their optical illusions as usual...then we added our Escher twist.  They traced their hand, made observations and drew the front and back of their hand exactly like their own.  Next they cut them out.  I took their photos and they cut them out in a sphere shape.  They had to create their own composition of where their hand should be place and how they should arrange their fingers to make it look as realistic as possible.  Some were great...some were good attempts.  But overall they loved them which is the most important! They also love my books!

May 05, 2015

Patriotic Magazine Mosaics

My students were frustrated by how long these took... but most of the overall results turned out super cool!!  We did a history lesson on patriotism and patriotic symbols... they had to develop their own piece and cover all of the white paper.

April 29, 2015

HGTV Magazine get ready for Mrs. Reardon's Shelf Design Challenge

This is the continued post to my Ellen's Design Challenge remake.  You can see the first post here:
Grant Wood's influenced shelf

Here are the final photos... Yep, Junior High designers and builders... pretty impressive!  Thank you Ellen for the inspiration!

Well...this took longer than planned, but my students will say it was their FAVORITE project and my 1st semester students keep saying, "Why didn't we get to build shelves???"
Van Gogh's inspired Shelf

So...  I guess it's a WINNER!  My students voted in each class and although the winners are not getting $100,000 or a spread in HGTV Magazine...and Although we emailed Ellen and have not heard back from her, they were partially satisfied with the SONIC DRINKS I gave to the winners and told them they would be featured in my blog.  ;)

Power Point I made is:

Munch's inspired shelf

Eric Carle's inspired 
Hokusai's inspired shelf

Dubuffet's inspired shelf
Piet Mondrian's inspired shelf

Michelangelo's inspired shelf
Jasper Johns
Chace...because I loved his shirt!