Monthly Archives: September 2015

Art – Oaxacan Wood Carvings

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Yep!  We’re still south of the border.  This time, we’re in Oaxaca (wah-HA-kah), and we’re making “wood carvings.”  We used florescent tempera paint (Sargent brand) on black paper to achieve these beautiful results.  I was truly impressed by how detailed some of my students got.  They’re really growing in skill!  I wonder how cool they would look under a black light…

Art – Ojos de Dios

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In my (now 2) Wednesday classes, the kids made their own ojo de Dios:  Eye of God.  My Wednesday classes are a mix of mature 6th-graders through high school.

I let them choose from two different styles:  the regular 4-sided ojo, or the complex 8-sided one.  The 8-sided ojos look more like mandalas when they get done, but they’re still classified as traditional ojos.  Interestingly, the 4-sided ones took only a LITTLE bit of less time to complete than the 8-sided ojos.  The students had a great time making them, and I love how they all came out so different!  The key is to offer a LOT of different colors of yarn to allow for them to really get creative!

Here’s my sample I showed the kids.  I had it out a couple of weeks before we did the project, and the students were perfectly teased and salivating to start!  They didn’t believe they were going to be able to make them!

Schooled in Love:  Ojos de Dios

Here are a few in-progress shots:

And the beautiful results!

Art – Mayan Stone Carvings

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These were done by my high school class, and they had a pretty good time with it.  They used a flour/salt/water mixture to make  squeezable goo that dried to a nice, hard, thirsty bunch of lines on their paper.  It really soaked in the water colors well!

Once the lines were dry, they used chalk pastels to finish the insides of the shapes.  Finally, a splattering of paint finished it off.

Art – “Tin” Snakes

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We’re working on different cultures in the classes.  Right now, we’re south of the border.  The 3rd-5th grades made Mexican blankets, and the high schoolers made “tin” snakes.  These turned out really nice, and it only took a couple of classes, so it was a great kick-off project.

They started out by cutting the shape of a basic snake out of foam core.

Schooled in Love:  Tin Snakes

Then, they cut out pieces of cardboard and glued them in whatever designs they liked.  The shapes just needed to be geometric.

Schooled in Love:  Tin Snakes

Once the glue was dried, they covered their snakes in small pieces of aluminum foil.

Schooled in Love:  Tin Snakes

They really liked this next part:  coloring the snake using colored Sharpies.

Art – Mexican Blankets

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Yay!  How about a post to kick off this year?  At last!

This year, I have 6 art classes.  Our art program just keeps growing!  This is good thing, though it’s a LOT to juggle.

Introducing my 3rd through 5th-graders.  Most of them are returning from last year, but I have a couple of new ones as well.  They make a great group of kids!

They started off making painted paper.  Using different texture-makers, such as forks, nicked cardboard, bubble wrap, etc., they were able to make some very interesting paper!

Schooled in Love - Mexican Blankets

Messy hands equaled beautiful painted paper!

The papers were hung in the classroom over the weekend, and those edges curled right on UP.  To solve that problem, I sprayed the back side of the paper, which helped them to relax.  Then, I stuck some heavy books on top, and the papers flattened perfectly.

The students cut strips from the papers and gave them fancy edges.  Then, they glued the strips to a large piece of paper and used oil pastels to make zig-zag stitches.  I punched holes on the edges, and they tied the knots of yarn for the fringe.  The turned out wonderfully!

The finished projects:

Art – Blue Dog

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Last year, during the holidays, I introduced the (then) 6th/7th graders to Blue Dog.  They really loved the vibrancy of Rodrigue’s paintings.  The challenge for my students was to add a hat, mittens, scarf, or some sort of wintery look, and then add a crazy background.  They a lot of fun with this!

First, I showed a video about George Rodrigue:

Then, we went through a slideshow of Blue Dogs to really pick apart the paintings.

Here are the finished pieces: