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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Well, we had a chance of snow in Georgia, but it did not snow.  😢  With a sad class, I decided that we would make our own snow and snowmen in Art!  The first graders were pretty darn excited.
Directions:
The kids painted snow on light blue construction paper.
The kids painted a snowman shape on the paper.
The following week, the kids used oil pastels to put hats and other decorations on their snowmen.
The way I look at it, the first graders got 2 days of snow.  Sure, it was in art, but they still had lots of fun making their snowmen.

If you lived in Georgia, you would understand the excitement when the weatherman says it is going to snow.  The word “snow” almost closes down schools.  The kids are excited.  The parents are excited and run to the grocery store.  I am not lying, folks.  Do not make fun of us.  We do not get snow but maybe every 5 years.  When we do get snow, it is only about 2 inches, if we are lucky.  It is okay, though.  I like my state.  I can be in the mountains in 3 hours or at the beach in 3 hours.  It’s a cool place to live. (Not cool enough for snow, apparently.😂)
I am ending with The Rolling Stones, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”.
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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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Watercolor grids are awesome, but very hard for my 6th grade class.  I ran across this activity from A Faithful Attempt Click HERE to see post.  The post was super with great directions!  Thank you, A Faithful Attempt for an awesome project!
Okay, so here was my main problem.  I gave the kids a choice of what to draw.  I explained to the students that they needed to pick a fairly simple design.  I showed them my example.  I highly discouraged several very complicated drawings.  I had explained the many problems with a complicated drawing.  Some refused to take the easier route on this project.  They were heck, bent, and determined to make it work.  As you may surmise, most of the kids that chose the more complicated and detailed designs had more trouble completing the task.  I tell you, sometimes you just got to let them figure stuff out.  
The four below have good art sense.  They know their limitations and they are planners.  Wow, look how their art smarts worked in their favor.  LOVE!
Directions:
Day 1-Make a 1 inch by 1 inch grid on your sheet of paper; Measure the lines with a ruler in one direction.  Then measure out the lines with the ruler in the other direction.  You should have a nice straight grid.

Day 2-Draw a design on top- I encourage fairly simple shapes (or a shape) that filled the paper nicely.

Day 3 and Day 4-Do you want to use warm colors for the background or cool colors for the background?
Or
Do you want to use warm colors for the drawing or cool colors for the drawing?
*Hints:  Make sure you add lots of water when using watercolors.
Move around on the paper.  Do not work on squares side-by-side as you run the risk of colors bleeding into each other and making brown (yuck)

I heard this band, Kaleo, singing “Way Down We Go” while the kids were doing this project.  I kinda feel like the song sums up the feeling of some kids feelings while trying to push through and finish the project.  As I have said before, the devil is in the details.  Hey, watch out for the details!
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Say what?
Okay, so you have to realize that we live in a rural area and people are very into hunting and fishing.  Seriously.  I mean very seriously into hunting and fishing.
So where did this project come from?
For some reason I was just sitting and thinking about what first grade could make with clay.  I decided on a fish.  I googled fish and Big Mouth Billy Bass popped up on my screen.  I thought, THAT IS IT! 
Directions:
I gave the kids a small slab.
They cut a fish of their choice.
They used simple tools to make designs in the fish.
About an hour after they left, I attached the fish to a slab.  Then, I put paper towels under each side of the fish so the sides of the fish would prop up, like a real mounted fish.
Later, I carved their name and date on the fish.
I fired.
They painted.
I painted over where I had carved their name and date on the fish.
Here is a look at the process.
What else would I end with?  
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Since I have been at Maclay I have blogged on Friday several times.
http://2soulsisters.blogspot.com/2016/10/fabulously-fridafrida-kahlo-that-is.html 
On that post you can find all kinds of information about Frida.
 I showed the students a video clip of Frida and read her bio. We discussed her life. This brought up lots of conversation in the class. It is a great way to get incite on just where your kids are in dealing with different situations. Do they have empathy and sympathy? To sum up the differences between the most commonly used meanings of these two terms: sympathy is feeling compassion, sorrow, or pity for the hardships that another person encounters, while empathy is putting yourself in the shoes of another. This is one character trait that I am trying to really focus on with my students. Empathy and I have found a good avenue is through art history.
 How did we create these Frida’s?
12×18 white paper
Drew out a sketch of Frida with pencil
Colored in with oil pastel, markers and crayons
Name on back with class code
 http://www.mayagonzalez.com/blog/2013/08/9-interesting-frida-facts/
 9 Interesting Facts About Frida:
  1.  Frida Kahlo was born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón. The name Frieda comes from the German word Friede, which means peace. She dropped the e from her name around 1935, and subsequently became known as Frida.
  2. Of her 143 paintings, 55 are self-portraits and 88 are not
    She underwent 35 operations as a result of the bus accident she had in her youth
  3. She frequently included the symbolic monkey. In Mexican mythology, monkeys are symbols of lust, but Kahlo portrayed them as tender and protective symbols.
  4. The Louvre bought one of her paintings, The Frame. This was the first work by a 20th century Mexican artist ever purchased by the internationally renowned museum.
  5. Frida Kahlo’s ‘Roots’ holds the auction record for a Latin American piece of art.
  6. The 1943 work sold for US$ 5.6 million in 2006.
  7. Diego was 20 years older than Frida.
  8. Frida was injured in a bus accident at age 15, she died at age 47.
  9. Frida lived 4 years in the United States, including time here in San Francisco, CA
 Each one turned out so super different.
 Love the details in the background.

 
Can I tell you how blessed I am that my school believes in Relevant Professional Development. This past month I was able to attend the NAEA Conference in NY. We had a smidge bit of down time and ran up to the MOMA to see this original Frida. This was the best professional development that I have ever attended.
 I thought this was clever. They had her portrait hanging beside a mirror. Yes, you can imagine my excitement to see this because the MOMA lets you take photos in most areas of the museum.
 So, you guessed it. 1965 and I had to do a digital selfie in the mirror. What a day and what an experience. I can’t wait to share with the other art teachers at Maclay all the information that I brought back with me from NY!

We have an awesome team of Visual Arts teachers at Maclay. We (Kyle, Cathy and Kaitlyn) have all worked together to restructure the Visual Arts Classes for Upper School. We are working to have a strong vertical alignment and horizontal alignment too. Kyle and Kaitlyn did a super job on the flyers for this! Check them out below. Wowzy….
Now, if I can just figure out how to get all of us to the NAEA Conference 2018 in Seattle…fingers crossed!

EEEEK! Super excited. Thanks for stopping by – 1969
Check out these Youtube clips below for even more information on Friday!

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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