|March 19, 2012||Posted by Cristy under Uncategorized|
|February 3, 2012||Posted by Cristy under First grade, Uncategorized|
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First graders at our school study insects, and they hatch butterflies in their classrooms. So it’s a perfect connection to make monarchs in class. We started with mixing an orange, then outlining in black and cutting out. Painting the orange and black on the other side was a little tricky, but we finished with a small brush for veins and white dots, and look! The archway into their hall is a perfect resting spot!
|February 3, 2012||Posted by Cristy under Uncategorized||
|April 21, 2011||Posted by Cristy under Uncategorized|
My Superintendent wrote a really nice post over at his blog – worth a read.
He talks about our students competing in the ‘global economy’ and how they measure up… with a different slant than you usually get.
See what you think, and can I get an “Amen!”?
|April 1, 2011||Posted by Cristy under Uncategorized|
If you are even vaguely interested in traditional pottery, native american arts, archeology, ancient cultures or prehistoric ceramic technology, visit AncientArts.org, and prepare to be forever changed! Gregory Wood offers a series of mind-blowing workshops over the summer in haunting locals. Masterful and passionate, Greg’s unbelievable knowledge and background make his events more than just a workshop. You’ll come away with rich knowledge, deep appreciation and an elevated sense of respect for the ancient potters of the world. I’d take every workshop he offers, if I could. He’s booking this summer’s sessions now, so reserve your spot!
|March 16, 2011||Posted by Cristy under Uncategorized|
Here’s my version of the “every kid in every class name on a popsicle stick” method of job assignment, materials dispersion, random choosing and rewarding. Unwieldy? Space intensive? Confusing?
It’s a work in progress….
Do you use the stick thing? What system works for you?
|March 9, 2011||Posted by Cristy under Uncategorized|
Unexpected box on my desk this morning! It was my new copy of “Getting to Know Color in Art” from the folks at Getting to Know Inc, and serendipity was afoot, because I happened to be running a third grade lesson that didn’t quite fill the hour. The third graders and I took the opportunity to screen the show, and we thought we’d let you know what we thought.
I use and enjoy the “World’s Greatest Artists” series, and I was curious whether “Color in Art” would have all that rambunctious music and cartoon action that makes the “Greatest” series so enthralling. While slightly less slick, it turned out to be engaging enough to get the job done. The video is divided into chapters, each thoroughly explaining a clearly defined topic or vocabulary word. (monochromatic, for example, or tint). That was a good idea, because it lets a teacher take just a few minutes at the beginning of a class to introduce just the relevant topic. It would also allow also the video to be consumed in smaller, bite size pieces. All at once, we found that it was a lot for my third graders to digest, and I doubt retention was terribly high. However, with a quick organizer to fill in it would make a great intro to color for older grades, and could serve as a quiz to assess exit outcomes with a little finagling.
In all, the kids and I found it relevant, well organized and silly enough to keep kids’ attention. The concepts were well illustrated with lots of goofy action and wacky sound effects. Narration was done by kids, which was nice. I found myself musing “I think I could make something like this…” but for the $30 it’s totally worth popping for it. (Or better yet – get your friendly neighborhood library lady to order it!)
Good job, “Getting to Know” folks – and keep up the good work!
|March 4, 2011||Posted by Cristy under Uncategorized|
*Warning – the following post may be considered excessively sappy by some readers. Proceed at your own risk*
Last night was parent teacher conferences at our school – conferences were scheduled until 8:00 pm. We also had a wet snow storm and subsequent freeze, rendering our parking lot and all the cars in it coated with ice. I finished up and things seemed to be winding down, so I headed out a half hour early. My husband had just given me a great new window scraper tool and I hadn’t had a chance to really give it a try, so I cleaned up my windows nice and spiffy. But then my truck still hadn’t warmed up, and I was just standing around, so I scraped the window of the car next to me… and the one on the other side.
This morning I opened my email to a flurry of thank-yous broadcast to the entire staff. Thank-yous from dozens of people – far more clean windows than what I had done. I couldn’t figure it out. I’d only cleaned two cars! At lunch I gradually pieced together what had happened. It seems that the owners of the two cars that I’d cleaned had gotten out their own scrapers and started on other cars… then the next few out had done the same.
Soon the whole parking lot full of cars had clean windows, and the 40 or so staff members that had to stay at conferences until the bitter end came out in the cold to to a nice surprise. How cool is that? You always hope that a random act of kindness might have a ripple effect, but not very often is it so immediate! What a nice feeling that is. I’m going into my weekend feeling all warm and fuzzy inside…
Warm and fuzzy thoughts to you this weekend, too!
|March 3, 2011||Posted by Cristy under Uncategorized|
|February 28, 2011||Posted by Cristy under Uncategorized|
I’ve never done screen printing with a class before, so I was a little nervous about how this project would work out. However, it meets my objectives of a printmaking unit with complexity that increases as grade levels go up, and it’s definately high interest….
I chose fish as our subject matter to compliment the fish dissection that’s going on concurrently in the science program. I made a slide show of fish stencils and stencil-like images (tribal tattoos are great here, but be careful with that web search… geez.) Students planned their stencil then cut it with an exacto knife. Great positive/negative brain stretching activity. We just used drawing paper, but in the future I’ll use wax paper or spring for regular stencil paper to maximize the re-usability of these. Then we used tempera paint to print. Discovered that the screens work best if they’re damp, and tiny holes in the stencil require multiple passes with the loaded squeegee. In all, it was wildly succcessful. Enough so that I’m seriously considering offering a fabric ink/t shirt finale next time around. (Hope my custodians don’t read my weblog…)
How do you do screen printing with a group of kids? Any tips or words of wisdom?