Friday, September 8, 2017

Back at it again!

A Shapescapes Stabile
We just completed week two in my district.  This year is a bit different in that I am seeing Kindergartners right away.  They usually don't attend specialist until they are settled into a school routine.  I saw my first Kinders about an hour after they began their first day of school.  I was really anxious; probably as much as they were about their first day of school.  Much to my surprise, and relief, it went great and I am really enjoying spending time with these littles.  I generally begin my Kinder classes in a Reggio Emilio style of learning for about the first month to six weeks.  Class time begins with a book and then several stations of manipulative are put out for students to use to create.  I stumbled on a post this summer on Facebook demonstrating the use of Shapescapes and I headed right over to Amazon to purchase a set with my kinders in mind.  I have to say, I love these things.  Yes, they were a bit pricey but let me tell you, I will be purchasing another set as soon as I can work it into my personal budget.   When they arrived in August, I immediately put my adult personality aside and jumped right into building some stabiles with the ShapeScapes..  I had a blast.  This week my kinders got a hold of them and I couldn't have been more pleased with the results and their enthusiasm.  I began the lesson by introducing Alexander "Sandy" Calder and reading the book "Sandy's Circus",  We examined a mobile and discovered the differences between mobiles and stabiles.  Then we set to work building.  Here are some of the terrific creations that came out of the lesson.  I promised to let them build again next week.  I'm thinking it might be a while before we tire of these terrific shapes!
Another Shapescapes creation

More Shapescapes

Building stabiles with Legos
More Lego stabiles

Tossed out from a Math program
Good for building in the Art Room!
A find in the bargain bin at Target
One child's building ideas

Same material as about right but a different idea on how to build.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

It's Kids Art Week TIme!!

Carla Sonheim is offering her Kids Week again.  Click on the link and jump over there for a really terrific week or Art Making.  Best thing is It's Free!!

Berkshire County Rocks

We painted rocks in Art Club for two years and hid them around the school.  Here is your opportunity to paint rocks and be involved in a county wide event.  Ask you folks to join the Berkshire County Rocks group on Facebook and get started.  Find a rock/leave a rock and spread some artistic cheer this summer!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Guilty of not posting....that's me

I am officially slacking this summer.  It's all been about me....Me enjoying the sun room.....Me driving a BMW Convertible in the 4th of July Parade....Me working on a summer course.....Me doing a watercolor challenge for #WorldWatercolorMonth....ME!  So, I am officially apologizing for leaving you hanging.  If you're trying to fill up those sketchbooks, I am SOOOO Proud of you!  If you need some new ideas, here is a handy little list I found over at Sketch Book Skool.  These a little more challenging than the ones we usually do for the 6 minute draw but I know you have terrific imaginations and will come up with something.  I can't wait to see your ideas when we return to school.  So, I'm going to continue to work on some ME stuff and pull out my watercolors to learn and practice some myself.  

It's been great running into so many of you this summer.  Be sure to say hello when you see me!  Enjoy summer and some YOU time! 

Thanks to Sketchbook Skool for this great handout. #sketchbookskool.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

FREE Art about FUN!

with Carla Sonheim
One-Week Class; 5 Video Lessons
Class Dates: July 25-29, 2016Click HERE for more information and to sign up!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sorry students, I dropped the ball.

I really fell short in my plans to post an art project every week for you here during the summer.  It's back to school time so head back over to my other blog:  Art on my Hands to see what is happening in the Art Studio.  I hope you all had a wonderfully creative summer!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Just Paint!!

Back to school sales are on...everywhere.  If you don't already have a tray of watercolors; now is the time to pick some up really inexpensively.  I had a little fun with my watercolors yesterday and I think you would enjoy this approach as well.   First I used masking take to add some sections to my sheet of paper.  Just divide it up anyway you would like.  Next I added a color background to each section.  On the orange section shown, I took a paper towel and dabbed it to create a little texture.  Finally, I just had fun painting in each section.

I let the sections and colors guide my work and tried to experiment with my brushes and the paint and just play.  So, grab that tray of watercolors, a little paper and see what you can do with a divided painting.