Sunday, December 1, 2013
I have a great passion for fabric and yarns... I spent a lot of time in my youth going to fabric stores with my mother to pick out patterns and fabric for clothing. My mother made a lot of the clothes we wore as children, I always had originals! People would always ask where I bought what I was wearing and I would proudly say that my mother made it! Sadly there are very few fabric stores in my area any more... I found this beauty at JoAnn's Fabrics this past Friday. While others were running around looking for Black Friday specials ( which mind you I think is pure lunacy... ) My mother, my daughter and I took my coupons for JoAnn's and went a shopping!( after lunch, there were really no crowds out at all! ) My daughter does not share my love for wandering through fabric and yarn but she did find a few goodies while we were there! I actually went to stock up on yarn for an afghan I am making my Mom for Christmas. I was wandering in the upholstery fabrics and came across this fabric and instantly fell in love! When I saw the price I literally choked! I bemoaned and groaned about buying it, not buying it... my daughter told me that if I didn't buy some she was going to have to listen to me complain about not buying it, so... I sucked it up and bought a half of a yard...it was on sale and I used my teacher discount. It's just enough to make myself a new bag to cart all my stuff back and forth to school. It will be my Christmas break project! It's sitting folded by my sewing machine and I smile every time I look at it! My daughter thinks I'm nuts but those of you that love fabrics also know what I mean! :)
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Thursday, November 7, 2013
It's NJEA teacher convention today and tomorrow... no school for kids and many NJ teacher's are trekking down to Atlantic City for the State Teacher's convention. I am about 2.5-3 hrs from AC so I am at home working on piles of artwork that need to be graded so I can load my first quarter grades into the system by Sunday at midnight.
It's been a little crazy this year, busy, busy, busy... While I was taking a few minutes to gain some sanity before starting to assess art work I saw this post at This Old Art Room. Kristin posted a link to the blog,Teaching With Grace who is hosting a linky party so that we may share with each other what our rooms really look like from day to day! (For some reason blogger won't let me link to Teaching with Grace this morning, you can get to it by going to the link on This Old Artroom )
Everyone knows that the way our rooms look on the first day of school is not how they look from day to day! The reality of life is that it is filled with mess, clutter and piles of things that we put down and move around from class to class! The kids don't always put things back where they belong, I often will find things in very random places! Enjoy the following "real" pictures of my art rooms I have pulled out of my blog history!
FYI: My rooms do not look like this at the moment... I actually organized everything before I left for the long weekend. Both of my desks are completely organized and visible ( amazing, but true ) , supplies are where they belong and artwork is all organized, shelved and in class folders. These are past pics, I will have to take new ones when I go back to school next week and update.
|My sink at K-2 school after a painted paper session with second grade|
|What my hands look like, constantly...|
|Splatter paint Action Jackson style!|
|Yeah, thats the way to fold the smocks...|
|Busy printing our fish, Gyotaku|
|My desk from last year at K-2 school, I moved it to the space in the upper righthand corner of this pic this year.|
|OMG! Where is the desk?|
|Art work to organize!|
|Couldn't even say how or why this area looks like this! From last school year sometime, This year my desk is where the little desk is, looks completely different.|
|Supplies for the day|
|Drying the water buckets.|
|Supplies for Kindergarten|
|My watercolor sets are only pretty for about 5minutes after i open them!|
|Paints in use|
|Where is the paper cutter?|
Well I guess I should get to work on assessing the piles of art work i brought home with me on Tuesday....
I'm really feeling the procrastination though...
I'm moving really slow this morning... think I will get dressed and go to Best Buy first, I need a new charging cord for my IPad... maybe hop over to Michael's Arts&Crafts to check out yarn and card making supplies while I'm over that way...and printer ink at Target... the art work will be here waiting for me to assess it later...
Have a good end of your week/weekend everyone!
Thursday, October 31, 2013
This is what my white board looked like for several weeks in September! It was all about the primary colors in 1st Grade and Kindergarten! Let me tell you those kids are blowing my mind with their brain skills! They can recite the Primary colors from here to Sunday and tell you why they are the most important colors on the color wheel! One of the Kindergarten teachers told me the other day that she has heard her students talking about and using what we have studying in art class about color theory! ( we are now mixing the secondaries, we are finishing up orange and Warm colors and will be moving on to purple and green with cool colors starting tomorrow.
To start we looked at Mondrian's painting, Boogie Woogie Broadway. We discussed the colors, shapes and lines we saw. We even watched a video clip I found on You Tube where an animator created a 3-D animation based on the painting. The kid's loved it!
1st Grade proceeded by painting their square paper in using rectangles and squares using only the Primary Colors.
My Kinders got Primary colored construction paper that I cut into medium size rectangles and I demonstrated how to cut them into squares and rectangles of many sizes. They glued their shapes down onto their backgrounds. This was to reinforce their cutting and gluing skills. They got black paper strips that they were able to cut to whatever size they wished when we added the black horizontal and vertical lines.
First grade stamped their horizontal and vertical lines onto their abstarcts using black tempera paint and cardboard scraps.
Some of these pictures have a reflection on them because they are part of an amazingly beautiful display in the front hallway at school.
We have moved into the Secondary colors in K-2 can't wait to show you what they have been doing! I will take pictures and share soon! 3d grade is finishing up some patterned leaves that they had to write reflections on today, 4th is creating some abstract art from realistic beginnings and 5th grade is working with Forms and Visual texture. Will share soon! I'm so proud of the kids and how hard they are working this year!
Well, it's Halloween here in N.J. The first one the kids in these parts have been able to celebrate in 2 years!!! No blizzard or hurricane this year! YEAH!!! I'm off to go watch the original Halloween and The Shining with my daughter! Trick or Treat!!!
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and takes time to relax and re-charge!