Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Just a Quick Hello...

Kindergarten Snow Globes

Just a quick ,"Hello!" this morning! I have been out of touch with the blog these past few weeks as the holidays and life in general has been keeping me super busy! The weather has been "Eh..." around here... cold, windy, snowy, today it's all ice and rain. Several counties in the area have delayed openings for school because everything is encased in ice...

The trees and bushes are glistening with ice... it's now raining like crazy now so it's all becoming a slippery mess...  :( 

I spent all of last weekend baking like a mad woman! I have a couple more types to go this weekend and my cookie gifting can begin! I think I'm going to make some small ornaments to attach to the cookie bags this year...  

I've been loving using Instagram to do almost daily updates on what's going on in the art room so if you are on Instagram pop over to @mrs.c_art to see what's been happening. You can follow the link at the top of on my sidebar on the righthand side of my blog if you are not a follower of IG! 
If you are in the Tri-state area drive careful today and the next few days as this Nor'Easter goes through! 

Mrs."C"  :)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Happy ( Snowy ) Friday!

Yeah! It's Friday!  It snowed here last night in New Jersey... ( and so it begins...) It was a nice, pretty snow... it didn't stick to the roads or driveway ( yea, no shoveling! ) I got about 2 inches at my house. Farther up north about 20 minutes from me got up to 4 inches! Bonus surprise.... I got a phone call this morning that because of a water main break in my school's town there is no water to the school, so... NO SCHOOL!  I have two small errands in town to run this afternoon but other than that it is going to be a me, me, me day! I'm enjoying sitting here with my coffee and looking out the window at the snow on the mountain... so pretty... :)

Below are some pic's of what's been going on in the art room, enjoy! ( explanations to come another time, not in the mood to type right now...)

Signing off so I can go sit and work on this poor shawl that has been put on the back burner for months, maybe I will even get back to my crocodile stitch shawl too... time for some tea... :)

Have a great Friday all! ( I know I am! )         Mrs."C"  :)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Tints and Shades - 5th Grade

Hi everybody! I'm still here! It's been a crazy few weeks and I just... have... not... been able to motivate myself to much of anything... but, I have been inspired to do a lot! ( although I need to get past the inspiration part and actually do it...) I am really loving Instagram! It's so easy to take a picture and quick post it! It's like reading a good magazine or picture book! You can find me there @mrs.c_art

My 5th grade students have been experimenting with color values, tints, shades and tones in some cool simple landscapes...  here are a few of the many...

The kids will fill out their A.R.T. ( art reflection time) Splat sheet when we get back next week from our break. It's a three day week here in NJ for Teacher's Convention. Many, many teachers will be pouring into Atlantic City for convention.  It's a bit of a treck for me from the north so I will be giving my house a well needed Fall cleaning, scouring, scrubbing, organizing, purging ( are there any other words I can use to describe how much needs to be done around here? ).  Oh yeah, and I will be loading a bazillion grades into the computer for the first marking quarter... those are getting done first so I don't have to think about them any more...

I have three different shawls going on right now... this one is almost done, I'm working on the edging now ... the cat is not part of the edging... Mrs."P" just made it her bed this weekend when I put it down... it's really soft and squishy and I can't wait to be able to wrap it around my neck! Although today was definitely not a shawl day! The temps got up into the 60's today! 

Here sits my big box of class folders full of projects to grade... classy storage, I know...  the box has been moved to the rocking chair next to me and I have been taking folders back and forth to school on the days I needed them...

                 ... it all gets done eventually, sometimes later than sooner, but done...

                                               Have a great rest of your week!     :)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Warm Color Tree Silhouettes - 3D Grade

We are in a creative firestorm this year! Third grade just finished up creating their Warm Color Tree Silhouettes and they are stunning in all their warm color glory!

It took us about three 30 minute classes to create them. Some finished in two and some needed the extra third to complete their piece due to absence and working paces...
We started by sketching out a simple tree with black paint. I demonstrated how to use their paint brush to do a quick, simple sketch of their tree and then go back and paint in the lines, spaces neatly. This saved a lot of valuable time not sketching in pencil first and the kids did just fine doing their initial sketch in dry brush.  This took one 30 minute class...

During the second class the kids started by creating a visually textured collage of leaves in the backgrounds of their piece using leaf rubbing plates and only Warm Colors.  Rubbing plates are super popular with my students from Kindergarten all the way up to my Fifth grades! In Kindergarten they think its magical how the patterns/pictures appear on their paper! Even as they get older and understand why the images appear the magic of the rubbing plates still appeal to them! 

The rubbings only took a few minutes to complete so when the kids were ready they started painting over the background with Warm color watercolors.  This was a great opportunity to discuss the concept of contrast in colors. We have been talking about contrast since our first project this school year so when they started painting some of the kids noticed that some of the rubbings were harder to see than others. "Why do think that's happening?", I asked. ( higher order questioning people! I've taken several workshops on higher order thinking/questioning recently...) I had the students offer their thoughts and they all began to conclude that it was because yellow watercolor over yellow crayon had no contrast and didn't show up as well as a red crayon rubbing would with a yellow watercolor over it, yay for contrast! They are making connections!  (Now to just get some of this to happen during one of my observations, lol... )

Most of the kids finished painting during the second class but several in each class needed some more time to catch up with their classmates so we used a third class as an "Art Ketchup" day.  I had several activities prepped for the kids to do if they wanted instead of going to the activity center and let the finished choose.  

 My Thursday Third grades are a little ahead of the Tuesday Thirds so tomorrow I am planning a collaborative circle painting activity for them that coordinates with our Peace week that is happening this week.  The kids know I have something special planned and are eager to find out what it is...

I can't wait to display these tomorrow! They are going to look beautiful together in a group!

I am enjoying my new IPhone 5 ( yeah, I know, I'm slow to keep up with technology... the Verizon dude thought I was nuts when I said I didn't want to wait a couple of days for the 6 ,but hey, that's me, I move to my own beat and it's usually not that of the popular crowd... ) I love how easy it is to take pictures with and they are nice pictures ( to me anyway ) most of blog pics since September have been from my IPhone. I got another new app ( new to me anyway ) last night,  it's called, Color Cap.  I wanted something that I could use to write words on my photos to make some cool visuals for my room.  I made the " Create" one last night from a pic of a watercolor set I had on my phone.  Some of you out there are really tech savvy so I know that it may not be too impressive to you, but for the technologically challenged "moi" ( me ) it's pretty cool! My son and daughter ( 21 and 15 ) are all "check out Mom" using technology and social networking! I'm slow getting there but I'm catching up!  I also put a couple of Flipgrams that I made recently on my Instagram page. You can access it from the link on the top right of my blog page.
 Hope your weather and week are going well! It's blustery, cold and rainy here today!  Came home early today because of a small vertigo spell but it's better now... the room no longer spins out of control when I move my head!  ( like my head isn't always spinning, lol...)

Mrs."C"  :)