Friday, August 19, 2011

Bulletin Board: Dancing Giraffe

Here is a few pictures of the new bulletin board. I like to start the year out with something fun to look at. Everybody loved the dancing giraffe and a couple of teachers said they want to steal it and put it in their room. If you haven’t figured it out already, the bulletin board is based on the book “Giraffes Can’t Dance”.


Excited About Brush Shaper

One issue I often run into is the bending of paintbrush bristles. I try to teach my students to place wet brushes, brush up, so that they dry properly. There is always one or two that still get stuck in the bucket the wrong way. It makes it very difficult for students to use the brushes and I hate having to throw them away. I came across this product when ordering supplies and tested it recently. As you can see in the picture below. It works very well. I am super excited about giving some of my brushes a “lift”.


Friday, August 12, 2011

Website: Art in the Picture



I ran across this website when I was looking for ideas for one of my camps. It had great images and lots of great information about different artists and art movements. When you are looking up one particular artist, the artwork, history, and quotes are all contained in one place and easy to find. I was thinking this would be great to use in lessons and to even use as an art webquest.

Check it out!


This video was featured on the website and I thought it would be great to use when I teach 6th grade portrait drawing. It shows how often Van Gogh painted himself.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Photoshop and Animoto

One of my first camps this summer was the digital art camp. This is the second year having this camp and it is one of my favorites. The kids get to do things that are completely new.
One of my favorite projects was inspired by Video Art in Photoshop and Video Art and Photoshop for Kids by Nicole Dalesio. She is another great educator and blogger. She has some fun projects using video and Photoshop that are very easy to follow.
For one of the projects the kids picked a theme that would be easy to film short clips. For this project the them was “kids at play”. The kids went out in groups and picked something to play on in the playground. I showed them how to film at different angles to get more interesting compositions. It was important that they keep the videos short.
Then, I taught them how to edit the length of their clips and apply adjustment layers to their videos using Photoshop.

Once all the videos were complete, I finished the project by uploading the video files to Animoto. Here is the final result.

Check out Nicole Dalesio’s website to see how to apply the filters to video in Photoshop.

Back from a Blogging Break

Hello all! It has been a while since I posted anything substantial, mainly because of a busy summer. I have been working hard trying to finish a professional certification program, teaching five camps, and cleaning and preparing for the new school year. The great part about not writing for a while is that I have some new things to share with all of you. I will be posting real soon (tonight). Hope you all enjoy and learn something new.

I couldn’t resist.

Logitech Webcam-1

Monday, July 18, 2011

“70 Million” Music Video

I could not resist posting this music video from a band called Hold Your Horse that show the band members posing as different famous paintings. I first saw the video on Free Technology for Teachers blog and thought it was great.

70 Million by Hold Your Horses ! from L'Ogre on Vimeo.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

6th Grade Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest


Every year the Rotary Club has a sidewalk chalk art festival in May. They unfortunately canceled this year’s event because of scheduling conflicts. I had one of my student’s parents mention holding something on the school campus. At first, there was no way I was going to attempt a chalk art event because of the upcoming art show to worry about. It was last minute that I changed my mind and decided to throw something together for my 6th grade students because I knew they would have a fantastic time and gain some lasting memories of their 6th grade art class.

I decided to group the 6th grade art class into teams of two and they were to pick a picture of a masterpiece to reproduce with chalk. When I told the kids that I got permission from their teachers to take them out of class all day they were excited! We did a little practice and they were told to dress comfortably because they would be sitting on the ground drawing all day. Here are some of the pictures from this fun day for chalk drawing.

The beginning of the day. The pavilion was a blessing because it was shaded and there was always a breeze.


First, set up a grid and then sketch the drawing.



Building up the color.


Blending and mixing color.















Chalk art is the best! YAY!


Everyone finished and pulled up the tape around the artwork and taped down the original image.


Christina and Bethany



3rd Place - Nicole and Chris S.

Van Gogh


2nd Place – Chase G. and Hunter



Patrick O. and Chase M.



Luke, Michael, and Scott



Cal and Billy



Jamie, Katherine, and Whendy



Here is the square I worked on. I just love working with chalk pastels. I couldn’t resist.




Georgia O’Keeffe

“Asian Poppies”

It was an awesome day and we had some great parents that brought drinks and snacks for everyone to enjoy. I could not have asked for a better day of art.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

2nd Grade: Mono-print Houses

Here are some of the prints from this year’s 2nd grade print houses. I posted instructions here in a previous post. Enjoy!





3rd Grade: Cereal Box Design

This is one of my favorite projects and probably one of the student’s favorite projects. We talk about cereal box designs and advertising and how color, cartoons and tempting toys are used to entice a buyer. Students were to think of something gross to eat and try to create a design that would be tempting to eat. The kids get so creative with it.




Sunday, May 15, 2011

Bulletin Board: Artists in Action

I saw a bulletin board I liked so much that I had to make one just like it. It is found here at Bulletin Board to Remember. I really love this blog because it is so easy to find BB examples. Some times a teacher needs a little inspiration.




Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Saving YouTube Video’s to Your Computer


At times I like to use YouTube videos to enhance my lessons and give more visuals.  However, streaming at my school is not great all the time and ads pop up all the times. I recently discovered a way to easily download YouTube videos that I thought I would share with all of you.

Start by downloading Real Player. It is free and easy to download. Just go the website and click on the orange button. After download you will probably need to restart your computer. All you do is go to YouTube, select a video and there will be a button at the top of the video that will say…


Just click and it will download to real player even when you are watching the video online. I have been able to download other file types as well. It is so easy and I have I am able to show the video in class without streaming issues and ads.

YouTube and Real Player make a very happy art teacher.


Here is a video just in case anybody needs extra visuals.

Here is one of the videos I downloaded to my Library. It is on my computer, no ads, no streaming issues, and no rude comments. Oh, joy!



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