I loved this project!  I found it at the cool blog, For the Love of Art, click here.

I chose to do this project with 5th grade.  For some reason, we struggled.  They did not seem to be able to endure the process.  I had a few that rocked it, though.

Directions:
Kids draw design on 8″ x 8″ with pencil.
Kids dot.
The end.

 
Rock on!
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 Fifth Grade looked at Salvador Dali and his Surrealism.  We have posted on Salvador Dali in the past.  Click HERE for previous posts.
Have a look at the Surreal clock by Dali.
I had seen these cool clocks made of clay on Pinterest.  I always wanted to give it a try, so I did.
My fifth grade class is quite talented.  I knew that they would be up for the challenge.  I took pictures along the way to help art teachers have a detailed description of the project.  I hope this is helpful!
 
I decided that we would paint the clocks.  Why?  Well, I did one myself.  I did it a very sensible size.  Then, I cut an oval for the students’ clocks and I did not compare the ovals.  Well the oval was huge and the kids’ clocks came out very LARGE.  I had to bring in 5 extra tables to hold the clocks.  This is just another stellar moment in the life of Karen Ray, art teacher.  Oh Boy!
Have a look-
 
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What song goes with this post?  Well, there were hints all along the post.  See the word “Rock” around the clocks? 😉😉😉😉😉😉
Here’s Bill Haley & his Comets!
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5th Grade just loved this project and I just love 5th Grade.  They have so many talented kids in the class.  When I teach them new techniques, the really dig it!  I encouraged them to make tints on the ice cream scoops and they really enjoyed the color mixing process.
Directions:
Kids painted their sundae containers with silver paint.  
Kids painted scoops.
Kids used pom poms and pipe cleaners to decorate with glue guns.  We kept the glue guns on the low temperature because they will burn the mess out of you!  I have some glue gun scars to boast.
Have a taste!
Art teachers, don’t you just connect with some classes? I do.  The 5th Grade class is just full of personality and fun.  During this week’s lesson, I had several students doing more dancing than art.  And, that is okay with me, sometimes.  Music is part of the arts.  It’s all good if it ends on a good note.
I played Kung Fu Fighting, the original by Carl Douglas.  The entire class was up singing and dancing to this song that was released in 1974, when I was in 3rd Grade.
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It’s February and lots of folks thinking about hearts and L O V E!  The 5th Grade Art Club made these cool hearts and a BIG MESS!  As an art teacher, I do not have a problem with messy.  But, this splatter paint mess was a TOP 10 mess.  Less of a mess is always best. It keeps you in good with the school cleaning crew. 
Directions:
Talk about Jackson Pollock.
Paint the background paper with light purple and light green.
Paint the heart with red, purple, blue and red with acrylic.
Then, splatter carefully. (or not!)
So, this post is about love.  I remembered a song by Donny Osmond called “Puppy Love”.  I have been wanting a puppy that looks like this:
I have a case of puppy love.  I am so in love with this blue roan cocker spaniel.  I have already named her, Bertie.  Maybe one day…
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5th Grade spent a month painting these angels.  This project was one of my very favorite ever.  I love Howard Finster.  I love folk art.  I love these 5th Graders!
Directions:
The kids spent a lot of time drawing the angels.
I talked guided them by placing the same size paper as they were using on the board.  I threw one of Howard’s Angels up on the screen.  I showed them using a ruler where to put the head, the body, and the hands by using measurements.  They placed hash marks to note the location of each major body part on their paper.  I really think this helped better the results.
We drew.
We painted.  They did mix their own colors for some parts of the angels.
We outlined.
We touched up.
Oh boy, check out these amazing angels.

We have posted many times on Howard Finster.  Have a look HERE!
Howard Finster was a preacher man hence the following song by Aretha Franklin.  Great gospel version, here.  Wowzy.
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In the art lesson below, the night got dark really fast!  Oops, we added a little too much black!  Oh well, sometimes I let kids goof.  I have found that the kids seem to learn better when they see what their mistakes can cause.  Don’t we all?

Directions:

I gave the kids blue, white, and black paint.
I told them that I wanted white to gradually turn to light blue, medium blue, dark blue, and then eventually to black.
Once they got the layers of tints/shades of blue, they painted a winter scene.
Then, they splattered some white to represent the snow. 
Some of the paintings look like a snowstorm rather than a serene winter night.
Oh well.  Things sometimes turnout a little different than you plan.  Art teachers are very aware of the many surprises in store when doing art with kids.
Everybody lives and learns.

Perfect song for this post…The Bangles singing “Hazy Shades of Winter” with scenes from the movie, Less Than Zero with Robert Downey, Jr. and Andrew McCarthy (1987).

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The 5th Grade made these Peter Max flags.  Oh, I love them so! 
Now, will the real Peter Max, please stand up?
Who doesn’t love Peter Max?
To see another Peter Max project on our blog, click HERE.

Color is everywhere.

Directions:
Talk about Peter Max, of course.
Then, tape a small triangle to a large triangle.
(Awesome kid below)

Once the rectangle is in place, start painting.
I encouraged the kids to put a base coat of paint on and then, come back and put details.  Also, I suggested that they blend tints and shades on the artwork.
The second week of class, the kids painted a flag on the artwork.  Some kids wanted to get rulers.  I said, “Sorry kids, we are free-styling these flags.”
Once the red, white, and blue was down, we used a stamp and a spouncer to create the stars.
Feeling happy just looking at these fun flags!
“R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A.” by John Mellencamp 
LOVE!
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Zentangle Circles and Watercolor!  A great project to start of the school year in 5th Grade.  After summer vacation, it is hard to get back in the swing of moving a paintbrush around on the paper. 
Directions:
The kids used various sizes of templates to trace circles.
The kids did zentangle type patterns on the circles.
The kids painted with watercolor.

Easy project!  Easy like Sunday Morning!

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Ever heard of David Shillinglaw?  Here is a link to his website. (Click here for David Shillinglaw’s page)
Well, he is a London based artist born of British parents in 1982 in the Middle East.  He graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2002 and he has exhibited in galleries in Japan, China, The Gambia, Holland, and key cities such as NY, London, Berlin, and Istanbul. 

After I saw some of Shillinglaw’s artwork online, I really wanted to do a project based on his art.  Luckily, I found a video on YouTube that really helped me in teaching this art lesson.

Here is a picture of David with one of his large murals.

Directions:

To introduce the project, I showed the video below.

I used the pictures below to provide the kids examples of this mural that David did in the video in Turkey.  To obtain the pictures, I used my Ipad to screenshot parts of the video to have pictures of the actual mural.  Also, many students used parts of the video to complete the project.  I had to stop and start the video numerous times.

To have a “mural effect” for display, the kids had to use the same color for their background paint. 
The kids chose the items they wanted to paint.  After painting, they outlined in oil pastels.  I mounted each piece of art on black paper.
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