Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Olympic Rings

For the first project with my new kinders, I decided to be brave and get out the paint!  They LOVED this stamping project.  We used paper towel tubes that I cut smaller to create the Olympic Rings.  Students had to identify the 5 colors of the rings and the circle shape.  This was also the prefect project to introduce the "do's & don'ts" of painting in art class.  They all did a fantastic job! Check out some of their work below. 

Monday, August 15, 2016

The Dot

Welcome back students!  I'm so excited to begin my 9th year of teaching!  Where has the time gone?! 

For the first week of art classes, we had just enough time for a mini art project after we reviewed the art room rules.  Students listened to the story, "The Dot" by Peter Reynolds and then created their own dot-inspired artwork. Check out some of their creations below! 

Friday, May 13, 2016


Kindergartners listened to the story "The Grouchy Ladybug" by Eric Carle as inspiration for their ladybug collage.  When asked, "What lesson did the grouchy ladybug learn?"  students answered: "To share", "Not to fight other animals", and "to share the aphids with the nice ladybug." 

Students used colored construction paper and sharpies to make a ladybug collage.  Check out a few samples below! 

Comic Words

Check out the "Comic Words" created by Mrs. Weaver's 1st grade class during art.  They learned about artist Roy Lichtenstein and copied his Pop Art style to create their own personal artwork.  To begin this lesson, students used the "Sound Board" app on the iPads to discover sound words.  I tied in reading standards by discussing "sound words" and the definition of onamonapia.  Each student then chose their own comic word to illustrate.  They used the primary colors to paint their word, background and the ben-day dots.  At the end of class, students made a video using "Shadow Puppet EDU" app.  Check it out below! 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Pattern Zebra

Kindergarten students used a lot of different materials to create  these pattern zebras. (Paper, yarn, googly eyes, and buttons!)

They described the similarities and differences between their collage zebras and zebras in real life.  
-"These ones have lots of colors, and real zebras are only black and white."  
-"They don't really have button eyes."  
-"Mine is a rainbow zebra. That one (pointing to a picture in a book) only has 2 colors." 

Student also had to identify and create an "AB" pattern in the stripes of the zebra. 

This was a great lesson to connect math, science and art!   Take a look at the cute zebra collages below! 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Twitter in the Art Room

Are you on Twitter?  Follow me @YESartclass to stay update on what's happening in Yowell's art class!  I'll post upcoming art events, artwork in the hallway, and samples of students hard at work.


2nd Annual Art Auction

Join us for the 2nd Annual YES Art Auction tomorrow!  There will be artwork available for live auction purchase from Kindergarten through 5th grade.  Bidder registration is from 5:30-6:00 and the cost if $5 for a bidding paddle.  Bidding will start promptly at 6:00.  We are raising funds for the technology fund!  You won't want to miss this event!!! 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Out Of This World ART!

Second and third grade students just finished the "outer space art" unit and created planets and rocket ships! 

Second graders used colored pencils, chalk, charcoal and construction paper to create the planets.  They learned basic shadow and highlight techniques to make their planet look three-dimensional.  

Third graders designed their own rocket ship and used tempera paint to fill in the color.  They added warm colored streams for the fire during blast off! 

Take a look at the "Out Of This World ART" below! 

Kente Cloth

Fifth grade students learned African art and Kente Cloth's.  The Kente Cloth is a type of fiber art that is native to the Akan ethic group of South Ghana.  Students learned about the symbolic colors and patterns used to create the cloth.  They used reduction-printmaking techniques to create their own version of a Kente Cloth. Take a look below! 

Tall Tulips

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to visit the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA for one of the professional development days.  If you've never been there, you should definitely visit!  Its a great art resource right in our backyard!  You can see real artist working and visit their studio space.  One of the artists I got to meet was Matthew Johnston, a painter.  I used his paintings of "Tall Tulips" as inspiration for this project.  First grade students loved learning about a local artist! I showed them pictures of Matthew Johnston's studio and a few samples of his artwork.  Check out their interpretation of Tall Tulips below!   

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Kindergarten Selfies

I love to document the growth of my students through projects.  Kindergarten students drew a self-portrait on the first day of school, and second self-portrait in March.  Wow, they sure have grown as artists!  It's amazing the difference a few months can make.  Check out some of their work below! 

Careers in Visual Art

One of the goals at Yowell Elementary School is to help our students to become college, career, and citizen ready.  It's never to early to start planning for the future and asking big questions like "What do you want to be when you grow up?"  So many of my students LOVE art class and I want them to know they have options!  Check out the careers in Visual Art bulletin board that's on display in the art room now! 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Talent and Art Show

Come see the amazing art and fabulous talent show performers in the 8th Annual Talent & Art Show tonight at 6:00 at Yowell Elementary School!  This is a WHOLE SCHOOL art show.  There are almost 700 pieces of art on display, and 16 performing acts! You won't want to miss this fun night.  See you there! 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Sailboats and Seascapes

In third grade, students learned about the many different types of landscapes.  They compared landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes and the similarities and differences of each.   Using tempera paint, students created a multi-step seascape collage that demonstrates understanding of background, middle ground and foreground in artwork.  

Check out thoes sailboats in the middle ground!  Where would you like to sail off to?! 

Mexican Mirrors

4th grade students learned about radial design and symmetry in art during this project.  They used talavera plates from the Mexican culture as inspiration for their own art.  I love the bright colors!  The hallways look ready for spring time! 

Keith Haring Movement Figures

Second graders studied the artist Keith Haring and movement in art.  Keith Haring first started making art in the subways of New York City, using chalk.  He is most known for his simple figure images and showing movement in art using lines. 

Students used construction paper, glue, and sharpie marker to create their artwork. Each students made a series of 3 mini movement figures.  Check out the students interpretation of Haring's work below!