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!


1st Grade: Mouse Paint Color Wheel

So I had seen a couple of other art teachers do a lesson on Mouse Paint and thought they were so cute. I have been wanting 1st grade to do more coloring mixing so I thought it would be a cute idea to create a Mouse Paint inspired color wheel.


First, we read the book. I also created a power point that went over Primary, Secondary, Cool, Warm, and Complementary colors.


Then, I showed them how to draw the mouse. As a guide with the size they folded a piece of paper into 8 parts.


They drew six mice and cut them out.


I went with the Deep Space Sparkle painting technique using a plate with the primary colors. The students paint their primary colors.


Mixing up some green. Just a little bit a blue is enough.


Paint the Secondary colors.


Glue the mice on the paper.


I had them finish by adding tails and painting the ears. You could even have a title at the top.


Monday, March 21, 2011

Kindergarten: Paul Klee Inspired Portrait

Recently, I had kindergarten study Paul Klee and his painting “Senecio”. We talked about portraits and how there are all types of portraits. Some realistic, some that are abstract. I had the students look for basic shapes that form parts of the face.


You can see where I am using the Document camera to draw the face and I have Paul Klee’s painting right next to my drawing. That way the students can see how I am creating a portrait like the “Senecio”.


These are a couple of examples I showed them. The students loved them and thought they were so funny.


Monday, March 14, 2011

Bulletin Board: Have a Blast Exploring Art!

I so loved the rocket ship lesson that I saw on Deep Space Sparkle, Mini Matisse and a couple of other blogs, I just had to try it out myself.

I ended up coming up with a really great bulletin board design. The teachers and students have really been commenting on how much they like the display.


I was trying to get more of the rocket ships in the picture.


Thursday, March 10, 2011


So, this week we had teacher appreciation week. For one of the days, students had written notes telling their teacher why they appreciate them. I walked into my classroom with a pile of notes tied up with a lovely bow. I couldn’t resist showing you a couple that I found so sweet.


I love the little “h” with an arrow pointing to the sun.


Lindsey, I totally agree. Art definitely rocks!


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