August 27, 2012

back to school night

Do you ever get ready for the year and realize you could use a few more things?
Or at least have a few extras on hand?

Solution.
A wish list.

I make a sign every year that makes it easy for parents to see what the art room could still use.
Then I display it at back to school night.
Parents can simply grab a post-it and go.
No need to write down a reminder.

I usually get a few things back too.
Last year I showed up to school one morning and had a huge box of brand new colored sharpies waiting for me.
Be still my heart!

August 24, 2012

glitter is my favorite color

Have you ever bought a present for someone who was with you while you bought it?
That was me a few weeks ago.

Leave it to my newly twenty-nine year old sister to ruin the best part of any present:
the surprise.

She was not only with me...
She picked out what she wanted and handed it to me at the cash register.
She even handed me something she purchased just so I could have something else to wrap.
Good grief.

I couldn't leave it like that.
So when we were shopping the other day I heard her mention she wanted pink sparkly Toms. 
Well that's just perfect.
Her birthday budget was toast and I wasn't prepared to fork over a bunch of cash for those specific shoes.
My only solution.
Craft time.

I went to my favorite shop
nooo...not hobby lobby...yet
TARGET!

I picked up some white sneakers.
The other supplies I had on hand.
You'll need:
Mod Podge (glossy) - glitter paint & glitter in roughly the same color - paintbrush - painter's tape - sneakers
(the gold glitter...well...see below.)
Tape off the rubber soles.

I used a cupcake tin and added the glitter paint and glitter. It should be a smooth mixture...not gritty.

Mix. Use a small brush to do the tongue of the shoe and carefully maneuver the laces. 
Big brush for the rest of shoe.

After the mixture has mostly dried, put a coat of Mod Podge on top.
It will look white - it dries clear - don't forget to do the shoe tongue too!

I took the tape off about an hour later.
Let dry for at least 24 hours.
After my sister opened them, my one year old niece claimed them as her own. Sigh.

Surprise! I made some for myself too.

Sister Sister!

August 21, 2012

my supply closet

Sorry for falling off the map this past week.
I was teaching my first week of art for the year.
--which by the way - my voice - my teaching stamina - totally gone because of summer--

I was also setting up a new page for the blog.
You can see it over on the right-hand column.
It is called, "my supplies".

We always talk about what to order and what we ordered.
Now you can see it.

As for the first week of school, whew, I was exhausted after day one and two.
It is hard to repeat the same 45-minute speech about 20 times.
The weekend was great for recovery.

Today I finished my last speech and I couldn't be more excited to actually teach art now!!
Good luck to all of you who are beginning to teach this week!

August 10, 2012

jewelry board

Two days in and I'm at my first weekend.
No students yet.
Just me, my room, and lots of professional development.

I'm going to submit my last craft for the summer season --- but not my last craft ever.
I just might have to wait till I have more time.
You'll need a bulletin board, painter's tape, paintbrush, scissors, acrylic paint, nails, and a hammer.
Use the scissors to cut the painter's tape to a design of your choosing.
Chevrons.
Lines.
Something else?
You choose.
Use the acrylic paint color of your choosing and paint the bulletin board.
Once it dries, pull off the tape.
Grab your hammer and some nails.
Start hammering the nails into the top of the bulletin board. (be careful!)
Mine just happen to have a wooden frame around it.
Start arranging your jewelry.
A little view from the top.
Tada!
You have your own work of art displaying your necklaces.
I had all these supplies so this craft was free.
But I am much happier now with how it has all been re-purposed.

August 2, 2012

art room bulletin boards

UPDATE: see a year's worth of // facebook bulletin boards //

It's August!
Which means school will be starting soon.
I'm trying to enjoy the last few days of summer, but I know once I start having school nightmares I need to get in the classroom and get productive.
Hence my visit into my room today.

Today I tackled most of the bulletin boards.
I must say I am loving the Facebook board which was inspired by this pin.
First I selected 10 artists. One for each month (August-May)
I started by sorting some of my art prints.
Then I googled each artist and found them a "Profile Picture"
I wrote each artist's name and their "about" information onto a piece of poster board.
Found a brief biography for under their profile picture.
Put some of their artwork up in one of their photo albums.
And then I was so obsessed I made a Wall with a few status updates, comments, and likes.
Not gonna lie, I had a lot of fun making this.
I am anticipating it will be a hit with the kiddos.

I also made this bulletin board from this pin.
Now all I have to do is finish my personal bulletin board and the safe seat bulletin board.
But, who knows, sitting at the pool may win out.