Thursday, September 12, 2019

6th grade Working Away

Just like 5th grade, 6th grade is working through testing, vacation days and altered schedules to finish up their projects. We are still finishing up our color wheel projects and we have been enjoying some fun art starter videos that have to do with color. You can check them out here:
This is always a fun review... even if it is stuck in your head for a long time. 

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(click the color wheel image to watch a Khan Academy color intro)

We watch a bit of this one (start at about 5:20)

The students have been doing some amazing work on creating unique color wheels. Check out Artsonia to see what they are doing. 

The "Wednesday 6th graders" are doing great on their fiber art projects. They are finishing up their embroidery images and getting ready to start on sewing their creatures. I can't wait to share some of their work here. 

5th grade Just Working Away...

It may seem crazy that we haven't started anything new but with Maps testing, Labor Day and more we are still just working away on our current projects. By next week I will have finally seen everyone twice for each project... So a quick review:

5th graders are working away on creating their "awful alphabet creatures" and their colored pencil skills. We started by reading the book "The Absolutely Awful Alphabet" by Mordicai Gerstein. It is full of absolutely awful creatures created from the alphabet.
Everyone has worked on their planning sheet, coming up with two different ideas and working with colored pencils to create some quality value scales.
They are working on their final copies during art class and during Map Testing time. I am super excited to see these finished and uploaded to Artsonia in the next few weeks.  I am also excited to read all the alliterations they will have come up with for their images. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Week #1

5th Grade 
This last week the students worked on finishing up their art cubes in their ELO's. When they came back to class we talked about Artsonia and how to use it. We then practiced uploading our cubes. Make sure you check them out... they are pretty awesome.

6th Grade
This week the 6th graders review Artsonia and uploaded their cubes. Then we started working on our upcoming projects... COLOR WHEELS. Students were given a color wheel worksheet and we watched this mind boggling video.

The students will work on making a color wheel of their choosing and then will share them with their classmates. I am excited to see how they turn out.

Our Wednesday classes are working on the art of textiles. The students are finishing up practicing their different type of stitches before they move onto creating an embroidery image. I will share some in-progress work next week.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019


It isn't a secret that I love Artsonia.

This website provides me with everything I want. It focuses on student safety. It allows my students to write about their artwork. It provides a path for parents, grandparents and friends to communicate with students about their projects. It helps me collect and gather digital artwork quickly and efficiently. I find it is super user friendly for me and the kids.
Finally, it also allows us to raise a few extra dollars for the art room. Sure I might only make a couple of hundred dollars a year but I really don't really push that side of the site (Artsonia sends enough emails for that 😉)

We are working on our first uploads this week. I am excited to see the year off to a great start. 

Getting Back at it...

I am working at getting back into the groove of the school year and back in the groove of blogging. It is my goal to create a place for my students (and their families) to review what we are doing in class each week. I am hoping to do a post of what we are working on, what is coming up and what we have finished.

This week we worked on getting to know one another. I started the year with my "get to know the art room" slideshow and a first assignment. The inspiration for this project came from a post on a facebook art teacher group page. I knew when I saw it that it would be a perfect way to collaborate and start the year off learning a bit more about each other.

Each student got a square and had to finish it in the following way.
We talked about how if everyone does this; we will learn who they are, something from their past and something from their future. If they color it this way we will also create a really cool 3-d looking wall. I am super excited to see what they make. 
This is my finished example. I remind them I have 30+ years of practice on them and then share how awesome it was when Mrs. Glanzer would draw a cake for everyones birthday in Kindergarten and how I dream of seeing the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Coliseum in Rome. 

Coming Next Week:  I am going to introduce the students to Artsonia and we are going to upload our cube drawings before we install the collaboration.