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Art – Tikis

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This has probably been my favorite project so far this year.  It was such a great feeling to see the kids do so well!  They all had a great time making these, and they’re so colorful because the students used painted paper they made a few weeks ago.  The background is a paper bag, and they used white and black acrylic paint for the eyes and mouths.  Good stuff!

Here’s the process:

The finished tikis:

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:

Art – Greek Vases

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Last year, my 5th/6th graders made Greek vases for their sculpture piece.  It’s a pretty involved project, and took several classes to complete.  However, I think they turned out pretty well!

Here are the example pieces I showed the kids.  I took these pictures in the Dallas Museum of Art when I went to visit over the Christmas holiday.

The students first attached a balloon to a bowl and covered it with paper mache.

Then, they rolled up newspaper to make handles and attached a cup to the top, then covered the entire thing with at least two layers of paper mache.

Finally, they painted the vase with copper and black acrylic.  They each picked a Greek myth they liked and used that as a reference to paint on the vases.

They looked great at our annual art show!

Art – Makin’ Monsters

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I try to do at east one sculpture during the year with each class.  Sometimes it’s plaster; sometimes it’s wire, and sometimes it’s paper mache.  This was the year of paper mache for sure!  As the kids get older, they enjoy challenges, so I try to make each year a little harder than the last.  For my 7th/8th grade class, the challenge was to make a monster that was 2 feet tall, and could stand without support.

The first step was to draw out their monster.  I think this was the most difficult step of all!  I asked them to not make a monster that’s been “used” before, such as in movies or even other projects.  We talked about structure, and what types of things (legs, tails, etc.) a monster could have to act as sneaky supports.  The monster also had to have eyes and a mouth.  Looking back, I should have added a width limit, because some of these monsters got REALLY wide!  As in almost 4 feet!  Whoops…

The first thing was to start building the parts of the monster out of nothing but newspaper, masking tape and foil.  This also lent a challenge to the students.

Once the monster parts were built, they were put together and adjusted to be able to stand up.  Some designs only had two legs starting out, but quickly went to three legs or two legs and a tail to keep the balance.

Schooled in Love:  Makin' Monsters

After the monsters were assembled and structurally sound, the students added 3 layers of paper mache.  Some of the kids are finally at age where they’re really paying attention to the smoothness of the final product, and they think about this as they go.  It’s good to see them want to be proud of their work!  Some monsters were significantly bigger than others, so when the students with smaller monsters got finished, they helped out with the larger ones.  Teamwork!

Schooled in Love:  Makin' Monsters

Once the three layers were applied and dried, the next step was to add the primer.  I make my own using glue and white acrylic paint.

Schooled in Love:  Makin' Monsters

Once everything was nice and white, it was time to paint them.  This project took a long time, but the end result was work it.  Here are the completed monsters at the show:

Art – The 2015 Art Show

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I know, I know… It’s the end of July and I’m STILL posting for the school year.  But it is what it is.

We had our art show at the St. Sabina Gym this year.  A HUGE thank-you to the Altar Society for reserving the gym.  This helped IMMENSLY with the cost.  Remember – we’re a co-op, and we don’t have the luxury of tax-paid gyms or large spaces (or supplies, paper, tables, chairs, etc.).  Everything we do comes out of pocket or from donations.  The Altar Society was able to use our art show to have a bake sale and raise money, and we were able to scratch each other’s backs this way.

We started setting up about 9:00 on the morning of May 8th.  The show was scheduled to begin later that day at 6:30pm, and it was time to rock and roll.  Let me say this up front:  I could NOT have done this without the help of the adults and students who came in.  Some stayed a couple of hours, and others stayed for most of the day.  They were a HUGE HELP!

This next year’s show is schedule for April 29th.  It’s a little earlier in the year, but it seems the beginning of May is difficult for most families because of graduation, soccer nationals, and other end-of-the-year things.  Having it a week or so earlier should help ease that.  We’ve also reserved the day before to start the set-up.  I think this will help with the stress-overdrive that happens about 3 hours before the show opens, when we’re all scrambling to get things put up.  If I can get the pillars and panels set up as well as the lay-out for the projects done the night before, we can start hanging things a LOT earlier.

Enough talking!  On to the show…

But first!  Thank-you to my hubby of 20 {fabulous} years for taking all these pictures AND taking the day off to help set up!  I love you, Chris!

This first set is the overall view of the show.  We added another set of panels this year and had four pillars.  We also utilized the walls.  We had two activity tables:  the draw-what-you-want table with kraft paper, and the make-a-dot table.  Both were a hit!

Here’s the first pillar:

This next set is the pictures that were on the perimeter walls of the gym.

Here’s a our “Make-A-Dot” station.  Apparently the “M” got put in the wrong place.  Maybe next year…

The 7th/8th grade woven circles looked beautifully placed here.  It was SUCH a great idea from one of the helpers, because I couldn’t get them to hang on a panel.

Here are the 5th/6th grade Day of the Dead skulls:

The first panel set:

I just love the way the volunteer arranged these fish paintings made by my 7th/8th graders!

The monsters, made by my 7th/8th graders:

The second panel set:

The high school Trophy Animal Heads:

The second pillar:

The Greek vases, made by my 5th/6th graders:

The third panel set:

Paper mache bowls, created by my 3rd/4th graders:

The third pillar:

Yarn and foil designs, created by my 5th/6th-graders:

The fourth panel set:

The perspective project, by my high schoolers:

Here’s our center piece:  a chandelier in the style of Dale Chihuly, using water bottles.  It was definitely the star of our show!  When the a/c came on in the gym, it made our chandelier slowly spin.  How cool was that?  This was made primarily by my Wednesday class, but other classes helped to paint the bottles because there were so many.  I think we used almost 300.

Schooled in Love:  2015 Art Show

Here’s the bake sale and refreshment station.  Thank you again to the St, Sabina Altar Society for lining up the use of the gym!

Art – Aboriginal Paintings

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For this project, I printed out some silhouettes of animals found in Australia.  The 5th/6th graders did these projects on a paper bag.  Once the students picked out their animal, they drew it onto the paper bag sheet, remembering to fill the page as best they could, and used a Sharpie to outline it, and then drew lines to make sections to fill up the rest of the space.  They had fun crumpling the sheet up into a tight ball, and trying to smooth it out.  This gave it an aged, bark-like appearance.  Tearing the edges gave it an aged look, too.

Next, they used earth-toned chalk pastels to fill in the sections and the animal.  Once that was completed, they dipped the end of their paintbrushes into acrylic paints and made dots in circles and lines to represent Aboriginal dot painting.

I really liked how these turned out, and I think all the students enjoyed the process.

Art – Giant Candy Bags

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Yes, the projects seem to keep getting bigger.  I can’t help it!

This one took quite a while because: (A) This is my Wednesday class, and we only meet for 45 minutes, once a week.  Just try to get things done in that amount of time! (B) We had a LOT of snow days this year! and (C) They took mad pride in their work and wanted to do a good job.  No complaints from me…

We didn’t have large, white bulletin board paper (remember – we homeschool, so whatever supplies we need, we have to buy out of pocket), and since I try to keep the costs to a minimum, I opted for yellow, of which we had plenty.  Each student got a nice, big sheet.

To give them some options, I went out and purchased candy boxes from Walmart.  They were cheaper than the large bags, and the images could be seen very clearly on them.  They each got to pick they candy box they wanted, and then they sketched the design on the paper.  My Wednesday class is from 5th-high school, so the ages and abilities range drastically.

sketching out the design

sketching out the design

 

Once they were finished drawing it, they added all the white parts in acrylic.

Schooled in Love:  Giant Candy Bags

Now it was time for the color!  This was also done in acrylic.

Once they were done painting it, the students cut another piece of bulletin board paper, glued them together along the seams of three sides to make a pocket, stuffed it with newspaper, and then finished gluing the final side together.  The point I emphasized to them was to not make tight newspaper balls, but rather big, fluffy ones.  We weren’t adding weight – just volume.

Here they are!