May 31, 2012

lake trip

The last seven days have been quite the adventure.
I got to escape to the lake last weekend with my best friend and my parents.

We went to a local amusement park and spent time out on the lake (obviously).

It was a much needed escape from reality.

Yesterday, today, and tomorrow...
A fast-paced and long Masters class.
I can't really complain though...24 hours of class and I get 5 credits.
I'm so close to the end now.
It is in sight!

May 24, 2012

be a kid at heart

Even though it is summer break, I promise I am not disappearing.
This summer expect blog-posts about:
1) my summer adventures
2) crafts
3) a few random art related posts

Today you get a craft.
I have a confession.
I am slightly obsessed with headbands.
This one works well if you are a kid or a kid at heart like me.
(My waitress did ask me today if I was still in high school...sigh)
Anyway, wanna see?
This is what you need.
Pretty simple.
Elastic headbands, scissors, felt, tweezers, needle & thread, circle template, sharpie, various beads, matches, and a candle. (I know---the last two supplies are bizarre!)
Using the sharpie and circle template draw out 3 sets of circles.
Mine are 2", 1.5", 1"
Cut the circles out. They do not need to be perfect. Trust me.
Time to light the candle and get your tweezers ready.
(Note - don't play with fire - I even have to tell myself that - cons of being a kid at heart)
Hold the felt with tweezers and singe the edges of the felt.
Seems strange right?
This gives a really beautiful effect...almost like wax (but don't get your felt in the wax).
All the circles will shrink some due to this step.
Pick out some beads.
I chose some golden pearls.
Get your needle and thread ready.
Thread in-and-out of the pearl twice.
Grab the elastic and secure the felt to the headband.
Repeat the previous step three times.
NOTE!! - make sure you overlap the flowers because elastic stretches and you don't want gaps in-between.
Artsy right? It spruces up any plain 'ole hairstyle or outfit.
Perfect for any eccentric art myself.

Time & Price: 
15-20 minutes

Felt $.25 (a sheet) Hobby Lobby
Headbands $.99 (for 6!) Thanks Forever 21.
Everything else I had on hand.
That's right...grand total $1.25. (and I can still make 5 more)

Stay tuned for Memorial Weekend adventures.

May 23, 2012

and the winner is...

I am shocked.
The votes weighed heavily towards one color.
It was the one color that I was actually most apprehensive about.
With that in mind I made a decision.

And the winner is:

So I apparently trust all of you more than I trust myself.
I went to the paint store this morning and bought a quart.
Tried it out.
Still apprehensive.
But I figure...come August...when I go in for the first time in 3 months...
If my room looks like a cactus or throw-up all of you who voted get to come teach a class for me.

Thanks for voting though!
And by the way,
Happy Summer Break
...because that is what I am on now.

May 22, 2012

HELP ME paint

So I found out yesterday afternoon that my art room gets to be painted over the summer.
*Silently cheers "no more beige!!"*
This is what the room looks like now (note the bareness is due to art room clean-up)

Here is the kicker.
I get to choose the paint color.
Yah, there's the perfect way to put this art teacher into full palpitations.
After I let the obvious hot pink and neon options go...I got to work.

But do you know how many paint swatches there are out there?!?
palpitations beginning again...

I need help. Your help. Any help.
I have put together some options. Mostly cool---calming colors.
But I can't separate myself from my own preferences.

Look through the options and tell me which you like best. You can vote and or comment!!
Or tell me if I need to go back to the drawing board.
These are in no particular order.

I'm not sure why the grays look so purple. 
Either way, I'm going to have to go into the store to see these in real life.
Take into account my cabinets are like a brown/beige (you can see a bit of them on the left photo).

Oh ya, I need to give them a decision as soon as possible.

What color should I paint my room?

May 20, 2012

Live to the hilt

Last week of school is upon me.
I can't believe I have almost finished my second year of teaching.
Where is the time going?

I spent a bit of time reflecting today.
Did I mention that I journal?
Probably no surprise since I am a blogger.
In truth, I have a stack of journals that are full of entries, some dating back to 2000. Although, I officially kept up with the comings and goings of my life around 2004.

It is amazing to go back and reread where you have come from.
How you've grown.
How you've changed.
I was reflecting on how my journal entries reflects one of my favorite quotes:
"Wherever you are, be all there! Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God." -Jim Elliot

It's funny how often we get into situations that are uncomfortable and we try to fight them.
But if my journals are any testament to that statement, uncomfortable situations have the power to change you---change you for the better.

As I told my youth girls tonight, look for the beauty in everything. 
Beauty from just soaking up a warm sunny day.
Reading a good book that reminds you that you are seen---not invisible.
Driving with your windows down.
Beauty is everywhere. It is in every situation. Sometimes you just have to wait for it.

May 18, 2012

Last Minute Lesson

Teaching art is hard when you have very little time to accomplish anything at the end of the school year.
So when one of my lessons for 5th grade finished early--- we did a little free painting.
We used tempera cakes and I just let them express themselves.
The week after I handed out black paper and we talked about silhouettes.
I once again let them have it and create something to their heart's content.
It was a great end of the year celebration!

May 14, 2012

Holy Mola!

I posted this lesson awhile back.
But I wanted to share this year's results.
I have this book in my classroom called, "Dynamic Art Projects for Children".
I love this book.
Love it!
So many great ideas inside its pages.
This is one of them.
My third graders study Latin American Art so we look at Molas and the Kuna Indians who create them.
Day one:
We use tracers to make either: wolves, flowers, sunshine, crocodiles, or fish.
They use markers and fill up there objects with geometric and organic shapes, plus lines.
TIP: Want a quiet room? Do what I do. Play an audio book. Dead silence. Right now we are working our way through the Chronicles of Narnia.
Day 2: 
Glue down on a background color.
Lay out a variety of bright colored copy paper.
Show them how to create a mosaic of shapes around their subject.
Emphasis the space in between and not touching their subject with the copy paper.
They all turned out gorgeous.
I just love bright colors in the hallway!
TIP: Save one artwork for every kid at the end of the year. Then you have something to hang up in August when the walls are bare.

May 13, 2012

sweet summer

My mind is already in summer mode. (even though it shouldn't be yet)
Late nights, long drives, windows down, and sweet summer time food.
Tonight I did a little handiwork in the kitchen.
See what you think.
A little jalapeno & cilantro.
 A little lime and garlic.
Some fresh avocados and plain Greek yogurt
Blend together.
Enjoy with pita chips and tortillas.
So yummy!

May 11, 2012

art room clean up

Do you have to close down your art room for the summer?
More than likely.
Since we are in the final stretch I thought I would share how I do it.
First, I don't do it.
The kids do!
Usually 4th and 5th graders help accomplish the following tasks:
The list is laminated so it can be use over and over.
Students team up with a partner or two and I give them a task to complete.
They also get a detailed description once their task is picked.
These detailed descriptions are also laminated.
Once there task is complete they have to prove it to me, turn in their description sheet, and check off their task.
So what do you think?
Should I add anything to my list?

May 7, 2012

tornado warning

When you live in tornado alley, tornado warnings are nothing new.
But since I did take my first trip to the basement this past weekend I figured I should celebrate my survival with some art.
My fifth graders helped me out on this one.
We tackled one of my favorite things: perspective.
And had fun "destroying" our artwork with twisters.
Take a close look at some of these, the details are hilarious.
The talk of class today was the lightening that caught the transformer on fire.
I think those things started to be added to pictures.

Notice the animals flying.
This kid even gave there newly planted tree support.

The details on this one are unreal! Prairie fires! Cracked glass on the car! That tree is a goner! And they are going to need to call their insurance agent for a new roof.

The fifth graders loved this I think it eased up the whole one-point perspective toughness.