Monday, November 14, 2011

Some Snowy Projects

A friend asked for a few snow related projects and since they are thinking we may have snow here before Thanksgiving, I thought I'd post a few of my favorites from the past.
Pointalism Snowglobes

Foil Snowflakes

Tints and Shades of Primary Colors based on Snowman at Night 

Sillhoutte Monoprint Snowflakes (makes great wrapping paper)

Shading with chalk Snowman

 3 views of a snowman in oil pastel (borrowed from another blog)

Painted tints and shades snowmen from Snowmen at Night.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

St. Louis Art Museum Monet Poster Debut

For the last few years I have been a part of the St.Louis Art Museum Teacher Advisory Committee.  This has been a fabulous experience and given me a chance to present at their teacher workshops twice now.  After the most recent workshop I am feeling much more confident in my presenting skills and I am hoping to present at MAEA in the spring. 

So the presentation was based on the Monet's Waterlillies Exhibition currently at the St. Louis Art Museum.  I presented a lesson plan based on the idea that you can connect the idea of hybridization of plants and art. I talked about Mendel and his pea plants.  How he isolated 5 specific characteristics of the plants to try and make offspring with specifically desired traits.

My final lesson included these 3D flowers...

Painting on a Cart- my way

First of all you need some way to transport things, paint and water just can't be easily carried.  If you have a cart great or check to see if there is an extra AV cart in the library or I have even used a wagon (like a Radio Flyer, I like the one made for off-roading with fat air filled tires).

I use liquid watercolors, but the procedures would be the same with pan watercolors. I try to prep 8 sets of everything I use, this seems to be enough for any of the classrooms I go to. I carry 2, five gallon buckets with me, one for clean water and one for dirty.  I fill the clean about 1/3 of the way. I also have half sheets of poster board I use for place mats.

When we paint I have students pick up supplies cafeteria style from my cart or an available table.  They get their paper, paint shirt, place mat, and brush.  I pass out water cups and paint when everyone is settled, this avoids spills. if it is a rather messy group, or a teacher has complained about messes, I keep the paint and water cups in an old cookie sheet, a paper box lid, pop can trays or a shoe box lid to contain spills and drips. Once paint is out they have to raise hands to get supplies, this limits movement in tight spaces. I make sure to have paper towels cut in quarters available for minor wipe ups. 

When we are done painting, place mats and paintings go on the drying rack. I collect paint and water cups with paint brushes in them.  The dirty water goes in the dirty bucket and I rinse the brushes in some fresh water or leave them in fresh water to clean later, depending on how dirty they are, or if I have another class painting that day. I put a little clean water in each cup, swirl around and dump in the dirty before stacking them.
While I take care of brushes and cups, students put away all other supplies and wipe desks with baby wipes or damp paper towels. I start training them with this in Kndg, and they are pretty self sufficient by the 1st grade. If it is a messy hand type of day, I give them either wipes to clean hands or we go to the bathroom for a 30 second wash (our bathrooms have 8 sinks).

My goals are... easy to store, fast/easy to clean up and compact.  This isn't the same system I use when I have a classroom.  Then I try to have students take more ownership and be responsible for most set up and tear down.