Monday, February 27, 2012

Why is the Blue Dog Blue?

The 3rd grade students read the story Why is the Blue Dog Blue and studied the prolific art of Georges Rodrigue. I teach in a mainly Hispanic community so my students made connections to the chupacabra from their culture. They then drew  their own Blue Dogs, and painted them with water colors. They had so much fun and were so excited to complete these!






Thursday, February 23, 2012

The 1st graders studied different kinds of maps- world, U.S., State, and city. we identified  all the different kinds of lines that were used, vertical, horizontal,diagonal, even squiggly. The children then made their own "bird's eye" view maps.




Tuesday, February 21, 2012

City Skylines


This week the 2nd Graders are finishing up their city skylines.  Even though we live in a large city- some of them have never seen the skyline! We start at the very beginning - horizontal, vertical horizon line, contour.....

Friday, February 17, 2012

Hip Hip Horray It's the 100th Day!!

The 1st Graders celebrated the 100th Day of school by creating these portraits of what they would look like at 100 years old! They had a difficult time imagining what they would look like at 100! Some of the  children thought they would look like me! Eghads!

Monday, February 6, 2012


My fifth graders created these pop art hearts for Valentine's Day after visiting the Burton Morris website  They were inspired by the clean lines and bright colors.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Second Graders Working with Monochromatic Color






This week the second graders experienced Monochromatic painting. It ties in perfectly with Valentines Day, Jim Dine, and Tints. The most difficult part was teaching them to work back wards and go from light to dark - rather than the opposite. It was also challenging for them to mix the WHOLE pan of paint- rather than just the spot where they had "dropped" the paint.