Saturday, May 19, 2012

Mural Painting

I was sooo lucky to have a group of students from Middle Tennessee State University come to work with my school for one week. The MTSU students created mosaics with my students and painted a mural. The theme of the mural was "The Joy of Education, Friendship, and Life". I love how it turned out.

5th Grade Landscapes

I am really pleased with the results of this lesson. Almost all students had a very nice finished project. This was my end of the year lesson that reviewed everything that students have learned in 5th grade. We worked with color, proportion, landscape, texture, foreground/middleground, background, and craftsmanship. Students chose a black and white photograph of a landscape, then had to recreate it using painted paper. They had to demonstrate use of complementary colors, proportion, craft, texture, and foreground/middleground/background. I love the results.

Sunday, April 1, 2012


I have always been very afraid of tessellations, but now I realize that was just silly. I gave students a square, and had them cut a small shape out of the right side, then tape it on the left. Do the same thing with the top and bottom. Then watch them go! I had to guide a couple towards finding a shape, and we will just say that some kids had some crazy abstract shapes, but all in all, I was pleased with the results. Here are a few of my favorites.

Wayne Thiebaud, Again!

My wonderful student teacher Kelly did this cupcake collage with second graders last semester. They had a great time cutting and gluing, and some turned out really nice!

Kandinsky Kards

I cannot take credit for this lesson, it belongs to a practicum teacher that I had last semester, Lauren Goodwin. She led 4th grade through Kandinsky's work with a wonderful powerpoint, then gave them 5 in x 7 in watercolor paper, which she pre-taped. They chose their background color, then they started with the abstract lines and designs. She had a box with paper strips. One set of strips had numbers 1-5, while the other set had everything like circle, square, wavy line, ect. She had students draw strips out of the box, for example, 3 squares, then they drew this on their paper using Sharpie markers. This was so simple but a great activity that was enjoyed by all.