Monday, April 23, 2012

Best of Luck Student Teachers!!!


I went to talk to a group of great future art teachers at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (The great University I graduated from) tonight. I want to thank all of them for allowing me to come in and talk about my first year of teaching... hope I was some help. It was crazy to think of all the stuff I have gone through the past two years to get to this HAPPY point. I wouldn't change a thing I went through, but at times it was so frustrating applying and applying only to get rejected. Student teachers, keep your heads up and BE YOURSELF. I LOVE my job, and I hope all teachers out there applying for jobs the best of luck. 

This is a side note that isn't as professional... It makes you feel really good inside when you check out a school that chose someone else after the interview process... and you check their website to find that the artwork the teacher is doing is "not so nice" (everyone's artwork looks exactly the same). I just feel really bad for the students. It's not a nice thing to say, but it feels great knowing that a school district took a chance and chose me.  

Side note two:
I signed my contract for next year today!!!!! HAPPY DAY!!!!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Geometric Shape Only Aliens... Crayon Rubbings

From drawing to Printing plate ... layers!

Crayon Cake on colored piece of paper

Black crayon rubbing on white paper with watercolor over the top...

Crayon Cake rubbing on white paper... love the multiple colors!

Black Crayon rubbing on white paper

1. Initial Alien drawing using only shapes
2. On a 11 x 11 inch white piece of tag board, the students started gluing colored pieces of tag board in the same shape and size as the drawing.
3. Build layers on top of one another.

1. Using white paper, rub over the top of the printing plate with back crayon (Print two... one for watercolor, and the other to keep black and white)
2. Using white paper, rub over the top of the printing plate with a crayon cake (look to see how they are made in my archives) of their choosing.
3. Using a colored piece of paper (students choice) use whatever crayon they wish to rub over the top of the printing plate. White crayons work great.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Secondary Colored Fish

Secondary Fish

Students outlined their fish with blue paint first.

Started with the scales... students picked a secondary color and then made different shades of that secondary color based on how much of each primary color they used to mix the color. Each scale was mixed differently. They did an awesome job!

After painting, each students outlined the fish with permanent marker.

Using white and dark blue the students took a small cup and presses the rim into paint and then onto their painting... leaving a white/blue circle ring.

Seaweed... the students finished their painting with the addition of seaweed. The students learned how to use their "fingers" to tear paper. I told the students to keep their thumbs and pointer fingers next to one another and tear in small increments "more control."

Finished Product!!!!!!

After weeks of hard work, the students finished their secondary colored fish. I started out reading the book "Rainbow Fish" since we were having trouble sharing supplies in the art room. The book has a GREAT message! After I read the book, I handed out oval tracers to create the body shape. We used our pointer finger to make the lips and the rest were drawn as a class. To make the scales, I handed each student a circle tracer with a line down the middle. The line down the middle allowed the students to know where to start and stop their line. ( The students either got it or needed to be shown one more time... sounds confusing but makes amazing results... ask if you need a better explanation). After the scales, the students started painting as shown above. Each student chose their colors, and came up to me asking for the two colors needed to make the secondary color they needed for each stage of painting. I think it is important to hold them accountable. If they all came up and mixed the same color at the same time ... the quite students would just follow suit and watch everyone else. I was able to pick out the students struggling right away and offer my assistance. They weren't able to get paint until they knew what two primary colors they needed to make the one secondary color they wanted. THEY LEARNED A TON... and had FUN!
I am most proud of the fact that everyone of them is different. Different colored scales, lips and body. Some fish are looking one way and others looking the other way. Different amounts of seaweed placed in different places. DIFFERENT!!!!
Hope you enjoy them... They sure add a lot of color to the school hallways.