While I was gone to the NAEA Conference in New York City, I had to leave sub plans.  Well I found this activity for first grade on a cool place called Fantastic Fun and Learning (click here).  Thanks, Shaunna!
Directions:
I had students use a very large sheet of paper. (Look below at the photo with a marker board marker)
They drew lines with sharpie.
The used watercolor to paint on top of the sharpie markers.
Lookie!
Here’s Johnny Cash with I Walk the Line.
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I needed a fairly quick project before spring break, and this was it!  The third graders really enjoyed making these animal prints.  
We have posted on printmaking before, click HERE for previous posts.
Directions:
Kids drew with a pencil on a small sheet of drawing paper.
Once they got a drawing, they took the paper and put it on top of the styrofoam plate.
Then, they put pressure on the drawing and it went through on the styrofoam plate.
They rolled.
The inked.
They printed.
Simple, but I liked the end results!
The favorite animal was the elephant.  It was the most popular choice of animal printmaking.  I like elephants just fine.  Here is a song about elephants.  A band called Love Tractor played this song at parties in Athens, Ga, in the 1980s.
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STIK was a cool artist for my first graders to study.  I introduced STIK with lots of pictures of his work.  Then, I said, “Go!”  The kids took the project and ran!  I love the results!
For more information on STIK, see this post Click Here.
STIK is from England.  The Who are from England.  Here’s The Who.
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I am glad these kites are now flying in Vincent Van Gogh’s sky, because it was one of those projects that almost did not happen.
Ever have a creative block?  Well, I was having one when this project went down.  Seriously, the first graders were on their way to art and I had no idea what they would be doing.  I know, that is terrible.  I know, that is not being a good planner.  Occasionally, I pull this kind of mess…and Occasionally, I PULL IT OFF! 
When the kids arrived, I had them paint swirls.  They loved it!  I had some good premixed tempera colors.  I provided them the plates.  I poured a little white.  They mixed.  They painted with swirls!  
For their next visit, I was a bit more prepared.  I got out some painted paper that was left over from a seasoned ladies paint night.  (Click here for that post)  Oh yeah, Laura Lohmann from Painted Paper Art Blog, you going to love this painted paper project!
The kids drew their kite shapes on back of the painted paper.  I really just let them run wild on this part of the project.
Then, the kids cut out their kites.
They grabbed some painted paper scraps.
They used the painted paper scraps to decorate their kites.
I had bucks of fabric cut.  Oh yeah, I CAN and DO get prepared, sometimes.
Once they got their tails made, I hot glued the tail to the kite.
Oh, boy!  The kites are now ready to fly on the walls in our hall!
The kite below is a boat kite.
The kite pictured below looks like a Picasso kite.
How about a clown kite?
I said, “Caleb, what kind of kite did you make?” He said, “An underwear kite.”😂
The kites are gonna fly like Eagles!  
Here’s The Steve Miller Band singing “Fly Like an Eagle.”
I have been taking guitar lessons for a year and a half. The guitar playing is pretty dang amazing to this little amateur.
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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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Third Graders sprung into Spring using tissue paper and black paint!
Directions:
I did a little prep work by cutting tissue paper into squares.
Then, the kids used Modge Podge to attach the tissue paper to 13 x 13 paper square.
The following week, the kids used black tempera and painted butterflies on their tissue paper works of art.
Let your eyes fly over these pretty butterflies!
Isabelle?  Hey, she has the art thing going on.  You art teachers know what I am talking about.
Check out June and Johnny singing “I’ll Fly Away”
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I recently went to the NAEA conference in New York City.  One morning we jetted to the MOMA and saw a little art.  One fun piece was this Claes Oldenburg “Floor Cone”.  Have a look at the cone and it’s description.
Did you notice the resemblance of the clay cone and Oldenburg’s cone?  Fun, huh?  The cherry is an added touch by one of my third graders.
Directions:
I talked about Claes Oldenburg.
For previous posts on Claes Oldenburg, Click HERE.
The kids made a tiny pinch pot.
The kids rolled up a cone.
The kids attached the pinch pot and the cone.
The kids added details.
I fired.
They painted their clay projects.
LOOK!
Tutti Frutti would be a good ice cream name.  Here’s Little Richard singing “Long Tall Sally” and “Tutti Frutti”,
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Each year at The Westfield School in Perry, Georgia, our 4 year old-5th grade put on production known as Grandparents’ Day.  Grandparents’ Day is a huge undertaking for our small school.  We have 2 classes per grade level in grades Pre-K thru 5th Grade.  Approximately 25 teachers are responsible for producing this amazing program. 
What is Grandparents’ Day (GPD)?
GPD is a musical that the students perform on the first Friday in March for their grandparents.  We send out a program and grandparents come from down the road to across the country.  The theme varies from year to year, but the underlying theme for all the programs promotes the message of LOVE for grandparents.  Each class performs a dance on stage.  Also, select 5th graders are chosen to be speakers to lead the program.  The senior class has a role as helpers and many times join in on the last song with the elementary students.  The hearts of many are warmed on this special day.
Why is GPD important?
GPD is important to our kids and teachers.  As a student, you progress through the grade levels and each year your song and dance becomes more and more advanced.  By the 5th grade, you are an expert with 7 years of experience performing on stage in front of a very large group of people.  The classroom teachers collaborate with the music and chorus teachers.  In their music enrichment class, the students practice singing the GPD songs.  Although the process of practicing for an entire month before the performance is difficult, the teachers know the end result will forever endure in the hearts and minds of these young people.  Surviving GPD is part of the initiation process at The Westfield School for new teachers.  Click Here for GPD practice video.  
How does GPD involve art?
The art department is responsible for decorating the stage for the GPD program.  The art department is Laura Harrison (high school art teacher) and myself.  Laura does have a class that attempts to produce some of the set, but for the most part, Laura cranks out the big pieces for the set.  As an elementary art teacher, I try to provide the teachers with works of art that goes along with the theme of their song.    
The Project for 3rd Grade?
3rd Grade students were dancing to “Doo Wah Diddy Diddy” by Manfred Mann.  I decided to have the kids riding in the 57 Chevy convertible.  
I found this 57 Chevy online on Google. Click Here 
The kids painted with tempera cakes.  There were no guidelines on painting the car.  We took pictures of the kids.  I cut the upper part of the kids’ bodies out.  Then, we glued the kids in the car.
Maddox made his car fly in the air.  I guess he must have forgot to hit the breaks at the railroad track.  I have a feeling that this type of driving may be in Maddox’s future.  At a young age, he rammed a golf cart into a mailbox. 
Oh Foster’s art cracked me up.  He was one of the last kids painting the project.  I went over to check on Foster.  Usually, he finishes first.  Well, usually he does not have a broken arm.  The boy came in my classroom with a broken arm and painted without one complaint.  I did not even notice he had a broken arm.  I am so lacking in my ability to observe my surroundings.  I was so impressed with this little guy.  We cracked up when he waved with the cast.  
I end this long post with Manfred Mann singing “Doo Wah Diddy Diddy”.
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Birds and Love!  Oh my!  The love month is upon us!
Here is a fun project done by 4th Grade.  The art took about 3 weeks to complete.  I love the way the birds and color POP!

Directions:
Paint the background.
Draw the birds on cardboard and cut them out.
Paint birds.
Stamp hearts and L O V E on the art.
Hot glue the birds on the paper.

I L O V E these fun pieces!
Here’s John Paul Young singing….?
“Love is in the Air.”
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Charley Harper (August 4, 1922-June 10, 2007) was a Cincinnati-based American Modernist artist. He was best known for his highly stylized wildlife prints, posters and book illustrations.
For lots of information about Charley Harper, click HERE.

Directions:
I introduced Charley Harper to the third graders using the link above.
The kids drew cardinals and cut them out.
Then, they decided what their cardinal would be doing.
Once they decided on the placement of the cardinal, they glued the cardinal down.
Colored pencils were used to fill in the background.

I really like how the project turned out.
Oh yeah, we painted the background paper gray for display purposes.
Drum Roll, PLEASE.
Here is the blog’s namesake.
The red cardinal is sitting on the unicorn and taking a ride.
Yup.  
You saw it here first.
The cardinal on the unicorn is beyond awesome.
Here is “The Unicorn Song” by The Irish Rovers.
Oh boy!
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