Hello all, I hope you had a restful and exhilarating summer! I myself traveled to Europe for the first time ever. Needless to say it was exciting. When I got back from my vacation I painted a staircase to the entrance of a local middle school as well as some old, unused lockers. This middle school is an Arts Magnet Middle School, so on the lockers I painted in the style of a few famous artists. I did not finish my task, and will be sure to post the final installments upon completion! Here is what I did complete:
The remaining artists include: Piet Mondrian, Romero Britto, Vincent van Gogh, and Roy Lichtenstein.
In my art room I have the following bulletin board to use as a reference when I introduce a new artist to my students.
My students absolutely love it! They are often shouting out 'I can see him on the map, wow he's close/far!' It helps them make connections to the artists by seeing where they are from, when they lived, and what they look like.
The map is always growing as I add new lessons with new artists. Currently I have 15 different artist cards created (only 14 are hung up this year). If you would like to implement this map into your own classroom I have put the download file on my TpT.
My cards are also color coded by grade level learning about them. The colors are the same as the 'I Can' statements for each grade level. K-Yellow, 1-Orange, 2-Blue, 3-Green.
Some artists are discussed in more than one grade level, but I haven't figured out a great way to change the border color so it still appears cohesive. I'll figure it out eventually!
On this lazy Sunday I felt like designing some new wallpapers for my cellphone. As I have an iPhone 6, the dimensions work best on that phone, but can of course be modified when you set up on your own device. Hope you enjoy them and they help you to keep art in your heart!
As I sit here on day one of my spring break I realized that I never posted this staircase that I painted for a local elementary school. Click the picture below to be redirected to the school's website! Comment below if you have any questions about the process.
My school does a family reading night where staff members volunteer to read a book and families listen, then move to the next room every fifteen minutes. It's a great event that promotes reading among students and parents! The rest of the staff could participate by decorating their door if they didn't want to read.
In the middle of art show preparation I needed a break, so I decided I would decorate my door. Good idea or bad? Hmmmm.
Have you ever heard of the book 'The Noisy Paintbox' by Barb Rosenstock? If not then click on this link! It is a beautifully told story of Kandinsky and his creation of abstract art. From first hand experience let me just tell you: it is a staple to any art room library!
Here is a picture my sister snapped of me working hard.