Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Last of the Trees

So the murals inside the library are done. I finally wrapped up painting on July 22. I think it will be a great addition to the library.  

I'm sure I will find things to fix, but for now I can breathe easy it all got done before school starts. 
Here is one I've gone in and added some details since posting. 

I think the Winnie the Pooh is my favorite. 
All of the trees were a bit of a challenge because there wasn't very much width to the spaces, but lots of height. 

While I am finished with these, our PTO is having me do another tree mural as a donation tree. 
So now I'm just trying to get that done before they start waxing the floors of the hallway. We will see, hopefully it will all work out and painting is done before the floors are shiny and new looking.   I sure don't want to make the custodians upset with me!  I try to stay on their good side.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Art Camp with a Native American Theme

This summer I hosted two art camps.  The first camp was held in June and I decided on a Native American theme.  This first project is also the portfolio pouch.  That way everything goes home in a neat little packet. I also love this, because as a Mom that keeps everything, I can write the date on it and it makes it easier on me when I am putting work into a keepsake box.  

So, on one side of the portfolio they did their name and on the other they did a Native American inspired design.  Of course, they could adapt these if they wanted.

I always start off with the portfolio the first day, they usually don't need a lot of instruction which is great, because I'm busy greeting the incoming campers and talking to parents.  
We usually end up working on these over several days in 30-40 minute increments.  And it is great to get these out after we have finished something messy and it takes everyone a while to get cleaned up.  
For the shrink art project, I chose to do a bull skull.  I almost always do a shrink art project.  Usually an hour of work and then I take them home to shrink.  They love seeing the way they turn out.  
Here are a few of the shrink art close up.  

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Native American Art Camp Pt. 2

So, wrapping up my summer camp lessons, I had seen several blogs posting a lesson on Dream Catchers, including Smart Class, and knew I needed to include it as one of the lessons for camp. They turned out so great and I had lots of compliments from parents on this one.
Then we also did a pinch pot as our potter piece. One the clay dried for a day, we glazed the pieces with one color.  Students added Native American designs into the piece by scratching into the glaze with a sharpened wooden dowel. 
For a fun, quick activity, the students had fun painting designs on a feather.
We also did a metal embossed piece with the thunderbird theme. I usually save metal activities for 3rd and up in school. But using metal at camp works well, especially if I buddy them up with an older student that can help guide the younger student.
And, here I got to see one of the parents had the canvas framed. I love that she added in the painted feather, it looks great together! 

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Tree Murals Continued

This was the third of the ten murals painted. It is from the book Tree: Seasons
Come, Seasons Go. I spent the most time on this mural. It actually still has a few
details that I'd like to add. But, I felt like it was time to move on and start filling up
other spaces.

It was one of the two largest, and had the most color changes. 
Most elementary teachers will recognize this next one as Scaredy Squirrel. 
This is not the finished piece, I think I spent another hour or so on it after 
this picture was taken. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

And a Few More Tree Murals

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, seems to be a favorite amongst the adults. This may have been the first of the ten that "sold". 
For $1000, there will be a dedication plaque near the tree. I think 6 sold before school was out. 
This one was a lot of fun to do. It comes from the book Stars. Even though we can't totally black out the library, because of the emergency lights, we added some glow paint for when the lights are turned down. 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

School Murals

Since March I've been working on this mural project in my spare time. The library staff asked me if I would be interested in painting some murals in the their library. Not knowing exactly the number, I said yes.

Things didn't quite come together for that summer, but I was able to make a Pinterest board and brain storm some ideas. When we started this year, I met with the librarian and he had done the same. We had both been pinning literary trees. 

The hope for the library was to transform and be more versatile with tables that could function in a variety of ways easily and include a makers space with a 3-D printer. And of course the murals, 10 to be exact. 

To be honest, I had never painted a mural and was a little intimidated. Where do you start? What kind of paint is best. They are offering to pay, how much do you charge? I'm still working on that last one. If anyone has advice on this...I'm all ears,

 Well, after a budget was approved for the tables, chairs, shelves, printers and so on they approached me a couple days before spring break to start on the paintings. Luckily, we had decided to do a staycation for spring break. So, over those 9 days I worked in the library on these two murals, a Truffula tree from The Lorax and the cover picture for We Planted a Tree. I'll be sharing more pictures soon.

Thursday, April 28, 2016


So this spring I was trying to be a tech savvy teacher and incorporate QR codes into the student art show.  I researched and looked and researched some more.  Each time feeling a bit overwhelmed and really disappointed.  I DIDN'T want an ugly QR code next to all this wonderful work my students had created.  I searched high and low for something more pleasant and attractive to add more content to the student show.  Well, I love watching the videos with Principal Gerry and his Southern accent and his humorous out look on education.  In one of his videos, he showed his music teacher's bulletin board and how she made it come to life with Aurasma.  I knew instantly that my search was over!  This was such a great tool.  I wasn't sure how many I would be able to produce, so initially I said I would do 3-5 per grade level.  This would have amounted to 18-30 kids with the Aurasma App added.  It was so easy that once I had the 5 per grade level, I kept adding more.  I ended up with 52.  Next year, my goal is to add all the kids who are in the art show.  So, if you are looking to add more to your art show, keep Aurasma in mind, I give it a thumbs up!!