Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!

I began this quick and easy lesson on form and shape with a substitute one day a few weeks ago.  Once I returned we went into more depth (no pun intended!) about how the curved lines make our hearts appear to pop out of the page.  We also talked a bit about the color spectrum so some students chose to do theirs in color spectrum order, although that wasn't a requirement.  We used one of my favorite mediums (besides paint of course!) Crayola Color sticks.  We even incorporated some fraction math by dividing the heart.  I should also mention that we drew everything in pencil first, then traced in Sharpie.  Otherwise you'll have black sharpie all over your rulers!  Instructions are posted at the bottom! :)  

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Kinder raccoons in winter!

So I'm having a bit of a battle with blogger lately... apparently they are not updating the app anymore, which makes it difficult to upload pictures!  I'm trying to figure out the most efficient way now that the app is not an option so apologies for the delays between posts!  Kinders are working on these adorable raccoons and finishing up this week.  We did a little directed drawing, then painted the sky and the gray parts of the raccoon, and last we are coloring the black parts and the hat and scarf.  I love how they are turning out!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Christmas 2016!!

We are "wrapping" up Christmas here the art room! Here's a few things we have been working on this season!

These students looked so cute walking back with their elf legs I couldn't resist snapping a photo!!

A few trees waiting for decorations!  A fellow art teacher showed us these when she hosted the art teachers for a workshop a couple of weeks ago!  I don't do a ton of crafty stuff with 5th grade so I think they really enjoyed these!  Thanks for the idea Tracey!!  

Santa suits are always a favorite and are great for teaching about value and blending!

I love this lightbulb project and it's awesome for a sub plan too!  

1st grade made these Merry little Santas!

I hope you all have a very Merry and Blessed Christmas!

~Mrs. Crisco

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The first of the painted paper fish

Some of my younger grades are finishing up their fish this week.  My older students are still busy making theirs three-dimensional, as theirs are more of a sculpture than a collage.  I'll share theirs soon!

 We used large hole punchers in various sizes for the dots.  They were doing an awesome job... but there's always that one...
Yeah... so I had to incorporate a little math into my lesson after that by having them count out a certain number before gluing them on.  Hers is beautiful though, I will give her that! :)  

Happy Tuesday!!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Mrs. K

Our school has experienced an unexpected and tragic loss.  We found out early Tuesday morning that our beloved librarian had passed away.  Our hearts are broken and we are numb with sadness and disbelief.

Mrs. K was truly special.  She was generous and kind, uniquely artistic, with a bubbling personality that we all adored.  As cliche as it sounds, to know her was to love her.  Her positive attitude was infectious.

Our library is a warm, inviting and beautiful place to be.  Her "touches" were everywhere, from the soft glowing lamps, the decorations that changed with every season, and even her own works of art were displayed on walls and doors.  As a fellow teacher said, "she had a way of making it feel like home."  

Even at the coffee bar, she had a yummy seasonal soap for us to use.  If you were having a bad day or just needed a little pick me up, you could stop by for a chat or even a "kiss!"  :)  She kept a jar of Hershey's kisses just for teachers who needed a little chocolate that day.

I will miss the artsy chats I had with her.  She "got" things that only make sense to an artist; and when I sometimes felt a little crazy and out of place, she made me feel as if I wasn't the only crazy art person around!  We talked paint and furniture, canvases and brushes.  She loved art as much as she loved books.  She would graciously hang my students' artwork up for display in the library and outside in the hallway.  She never complained when I had so many I couldn't narrow it down.  She would always find a place to hang them.  She was as excited about their work as I was and couldn't wait to hang up our fish projects.

Wednesday was one of the hardest days of my teaching career so far.  As we worked on our painted paper fish, I couldn't help but think of her and how much she would love them.  I'd saved showing them to her because I wanted to surprise her with the finished ones.  She never got to see them.  As I was cleaning up from one of my 4th grade classes, I found this subtle sentiment on one of my tracing templates, which happened to be shaped like tear drops...

...and they did.  Our students are mourning her loss right along with us.

We loved Mrs. K and will miss her so much.