Make-It, Take-It Art Projects??

So, I have to plan a make-it, take-it art project for my county’s Art Gala put on by the art teachers.  Basically, kids can go through the mall and visit each art making station run by volunteers from each school.  Last year, tissue paper flowers were recommended by other teachers, so that’s what I did, but it was just too much for the kids and my volunteer. 

What are some fun, easy, quick, and cheap art project?

Second Annual Night of the Arts!

So, it has taken me a good week to recover and post this, but putting on this show for a second time was worth it!  It’s wonderful to watch students proudly show their work to their family and friends.  This year, I made quite a few changes with the visual art aspect of the art and music event.

  • Prep anything and everything that you can beforehand.  There is only time to hang up work after school the day of the show.  I start making tape rolls in December and tape all artwork to sheets of butcher paper about a month and a half before the show.  To make the smaller works easier to set up on tables, I taped them to poster board and labeled them.
  • Have a plan!  Make a map of where to hang work, where to set up snacks, etc.  This helped me plan how much work to prepare and also allowed my volunteers to set up/ display work on tables easily. 
  • In order to include a work from each student, I put in entire grade level of projects (kindergarten flowers, first-third burlap sewing, fourth and fifth circle weaving) and labeled these classes with teacher names.  The rest of the works displayed were extras that added to the diversity of artworks shown (paintings, chalk drawings, etc.).  Having most of the work divided by class made it easier to put away.
  • Have students write their names as neatly as they can on the front of the project that you chose to include.  Of course, I had to go back in and do a few because kids forget, but overall, this saved a ton of time.  I checked names when I was pre-taping works and the week before the show.
  • Have older students who stay after school (teachers kids, after school program kids) help set up.  I had lots of busy hands helping me this year!  Because other faculty members saw the kids helping and knew I didn’t have any adult volunteers (…), they also offered to help.  I got done setting up an HOUR early.  It would not have been as great without their help!
  • This year, I purchased my own cute platters and trays for snacks.  I don’t have to rely on anyone to bring in those serving pieces anymore.  It’s just one less thing I have to worry about!

This year I learned a lot, as well, so hopefully each Night of the Arts will be better and better.  What are some other art show tips?

sassyjesuschrist:

phannahtom:

The most fun a poor art history major can have without selling their soul for the ability to travel the world. 

Google maps lets you go in places now: Musee d’Orsay, The Met, Versailles, all of the places above, and tons more. I am pleased. 

WOW LIKE WOULD YOU LOOK AT THAT

Classroom resource!

(via tbnl)

I’m going to miss these kids.

It’s when my fifth graders tell me how they’re going to miss the art room, when they tell me that they wish that art class was longer, when they tell me that they used to like art most when the previous teacher lectured because at least then they didn’t get in trouble for making artwork that was “wrong,”  when they beg to have art homework, when they are excited to show their other teachers what they have made in my class, I know that I have reached them.  I’m so glad that I was able to be their teacher for two years.  I wish it could have been all six years, but I’m so happy that I got to get to know them these past two. 

artfulartsyamy:

Hey! A pretty cool thing happened: Artful Artsy Amy was listed by TinkerLab in a list of the 20 Best Art Education Blogs. There are some pretty awesome blogs listed there, so I’m stoked to be a part of it. You should head on over and check it out!
http://tinkerlab.com/best-art-education-blogs/

artfulartsyamy:

Hey! A pretty cool thing happened: Artful Artsy Amy was listed by TinkerLab in a list of the 20 Best Art Education Blogs. There are some pretty awesome blogs listed there, so I’m stoked to be a part of it. You should head on over and check it out!

http://tinkerlab.com/best-art-education-blogs/

Continuing the rant on bad art projects:

msleahhbicoftheartroom:

Art Projects that Make Me Upset/Sad:

1. El Dia de Los Muertos: In high school, I heard an art teacher explain it as “Mexican Halloween.” Dia de los muertos is a deeply religious holiday connected to All Saint’s Day and All Soul’s Day. Used to teach pattern, color, design. The other sad thing is…

This was the topic in one of my graduate classes last week.  So many readings (possibly the best part of grad school is access to the libraries) and so many ideas.  Multicultural art education is a good thing, but it is usually done incorrectly, especially with younger children.  It’s more than generalizing a culture.  It’s more than incorporating diverse artists, yet teaching the same things.  I think it’s better to avoid attempts at multiculturalism if the teacher is unsure how to build a curriculum that does not reinforce stereotypes.  There’s some great research on this.  Worth looking into. 

6 days until the Night of the Arts!  Snacks have been purchased, labels have been made, and artwork has been taped to large pieces of butcher paper.  I pre-tape them so that set-up after school can be as quick as possible (my tape roll homework http://mpinaire.tumblr.com/post/48529116471/the-very-first-night-of-the-arts-at-my-school-is) Last year, I used hot glue to attach the papers to the walls in the cafeteria, but it took off the paint…. 
Any suggestions on how to hang these sheets of paper?

6 days until the Night of the Arts!  Snacks have been purchased, labels have been made, and artwork has been taped to large pieces of butcher paper.  I pre-tape them so that set-up after school can be as quick as possible (my tape roll homework http://mpinaire.tumblr.com/post/48529116471/the-very-first-night-of-the-arts-at-my-school-is) Last year, I used hot glue to attach the papers to the walls in the cafeteria, but it took off the paint…. 

Any suggestions on how to hang these sheets of paper?

I asked a class of my fifth graders what they wanted to do for their final elementary art project.  I got some great answers today (and even an illustration!).  And I know who wrote “the Mona Lisa” even though he didn’t put his name on it… oh this group.  I love these kids.
Because I have such a great group of fifth graders this year, I have been thinking about letting them design their last project.
Has anyone explored choice based art education?

I asked a class of my fifth graders what they wanted to do for their final elementary art project.  I got some great answers today (and even an illustration!).  And I know who wrote “the Mona Lisa” even though he didn’t put his name on it… oh this group.  I love these kids.

Because I have such a great group of fifth graders this year, I have been thinking about letting them design their last project.

Has anyone explored choice based art education?

Lots of busy hands!  First graders working on their sewing project that will be in the school art show next week!  Early in the class, one girl told me that I needed to sew mine, too.  So, I sat down and worked at the table that the whole class was squeezed around.  They insisted on working together at the front table.  It was pretty cute. 

Lots of busy hands!  First graders working on their sewing project that will be in the school art show next week!  Early in the class, one girl told me that I needed to sew mine, too.  So, I sat down and worked at the table that the whole class was squeezed around.  They insisted on working together at the front table.  It was pretty cute. 

One Sentence Interventions

msleahhbicoftheartroom:

Well hardly magic, but I’ve noticed that these phrases can really help to diffuse one-on-one situations with a student that are about to escalate into a problem.

When discussing negative student behavior and a student looks away and disengages from you- “When you’re speaking to me, I always look…

artfulartsyamy:

Some of my 7th graders’ finished plush. They had a choice between sewing kawaii food or a monster. They loved it.

Here are some of my tips for sewing in the Art room: http://artfulartsyamy.blogspot.com/2011/03/tips-for-creating-plush-in-classroom.html


They must be so proud of their work!  Love teaching kids how to sew!

Things I've learned about teaching:

positivelypersistentteach:

  • If you surround yourself with teachers who are regularly negative, they will bring you down as well. It will affect your teaching. Be professional, but stay out of negative discussions when possible.
  • Always, always communicate with parents about the GOOD things….

So impressed by the work of my first and third graders today!   I had to photograph it before I left today.  All that time on weekends spent taping the edges of burlap and figuring out how to teach something completely new was worth it!  Third graders are using 8x10 in. fabric, first and second are using 5x5 in.  When I do this lesson again, I will likely have third grade use 8x8 inches because I think right now they are just a little too big.

emilyvalenza:

Yesterday my kindergarten students rocked out some styrofoam scratch-printing with markers!

After introducing and demonstrating the steps for this activity, I told them that I’d be around to help, but they would have to experiment to find the best way of making a clear print. I was really impressed at how independently they were able to do this project, which allowed for some authentic trial and error in the printing process.

Kids helped their neighbors determine just how damp the paper should be for an ideal print, if the paper or the styrofoam printing block worked best on top, and how hard to roll with the brayers. They’re such cooperative little dudes, I love them! 

This worked so well, we will be having a second printing session next week! Wooo! 

(via artbrarian)

The second Night of the Arts is on the calendar!  This year, I am determined to display a labeled piece by every student.  I’m starting with the kindergarten flowers.  

During this project, we continued to practice painting procedures and color mixing.  We also focused on some much needed tracing (control of the pencil), cutting, and gluing skills.  Many have come so far with those skills since the first half of the year!

Gluing petals and leaves took two classes (some took three), and the painting was 3/4 of a class.  I made the leaf/petal templates and wrote their names on the leaves.