Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Mystery Artist Winner!

Congratulations to Sarah Wilson!  She won a 60 count oil pastel set for correctly answering that Roy Lichtenstien was our Mystery Artist!  I will post a new work of art on Monday, October 1! 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

C2 Week! Superheroes at McAuliffe!

This week is C2 week!  C2 stands for Creative Collaboration and it is a week that gives each team of teachers a whole day to plan and collaborate together.  While they are busy with team collaboration, the specials teachers take on creating a special week for the students. 
This week, students will come for a day of Superhero Adventures.  Each grade level will spend one day with us and we will be doing all kinds of enrichment activities and lessons on being a "Superhero" by focusing on our individual strengths.
In Art, we will be working on creating creative and unique designs for the yearbook cover contest.  Each student will be given time in our day to start a yearbook cover and I will guide them in what needs to be on each cover and we will collaborate on some ideas that will exemplify the theme "Superheroes at McAuliffe." 
The students will have until October 12 to submit an entry.
I will have a guest judge help decide which entry will win the cover contest.  There will be runner-ups that will be featured on the inside and back cover of the yearbook.  I am also going to share entries with the PTA for their cover of the directory contest.  If you are a member of the PTA, your child qualifies to enter that contest as well.
On the day that your child comes to C2, they will have a parade of superheroes in the afternoon.  Please remember to help your child create a Superhero character that spotlights your child's strengths!
This is going to be a great week!

Thursday, September 6, 2012


Next week, we will start a self-portrait unit!  Each grade level will do different types of self-portraits.  I wanted to start the year with self-portraits since this year theme is focusing on our individual strengths.
Famous artist throughout history have created self-portraits.  From Vincent van Gogh to Andy Warhol, artist use self-portraits to visually show who they are.
As we create our self-portraits we will answer questions about ourselves like:

  • What are the distinctive things that make me "me"?
  • How do I want people to see me?
  • How can I express my many different sides?
Kindergartners are going to focus on learning how draw and paint their face.  They will learn the correct positions of each feature on their face.  Kinders will work on creating correct skin tones, eye color, and hair. 

First graders will be creating thoughtful expressions. The students will learn about lines, one of the elements of art.  We will be using photography to create thoughtful poses.  Students will use lines, color, and words to create a representation of their thoughts about who they are.

Second grade will focus on whole body proportions.  Their art will include one item in their art that represents who they are along with their whole body representation.

Third grade will be creating self portraits using a printmaking process.  Their self portraits will be based on Andy Warhol's pop art movement.

Fourth grade will be creating a layered self-portrait that focuses on a contour line drawing on their face.  These will be very interesting!  I can't wait to see the finished products!

Fifth grades self-portraits will not be a traditional self-portrait.  The art of Andy Warhol is also the inspiration for this art project.  The fifth graders will be creating "All About Me" soup cans inspired by the iconic Campbell's Soup Can by Andy Warhol.  This project will give each students to express their individuality.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Great Day to be an Artist!

Today I saw 1st grade and Kindergarten for the first time!  They are precious.  We learned about rules and procedures of the classroom today.  They were a little disappointed that we didn't get to use any of the cool art supplies, but don't worry we will be doing that later this week.  First grade and Kindergartners come to Art class twice a week for 25 minutes at a time.  We split our specials time with Music and PE.  We get a lot accomplished in that amount of time and the short time period ensures constant engagement in our classroom.

Monday, August 27, 2012

First Day of School!

So far, it has been a great start to the year!  Kindergarten through second grade are creating artwork inspired by the book, The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds.  Third through fifth graders will have a sketchbook to use during art class this year.  This week they will create a cover for their skecthbooks. 

Thursday, August 23, 2012