Friday, September 26, 2014

How to Make Collagraph Prints Look 3-D

Using a background board, foam, textured paper, and printmaking supplies you can create prints with a 3-D effect. After introducing my 2nd graders to Henri Matisse's later work in which his assistants painted paper that he cut and collaged, they applied the same collage principles to create their own low-relief printing plate. (I tend to call all printing plates stamps with my younger students.)

To make your own printing plate or stamp simply

Friday, September 19, 2014

How to Use 10 Extra Minutes and Scrap Materials

“Necessity is the mother of invention.” 

                                         -Plato


One day during my first year of teaching I found myself in a bad situation: my Pre-K students were waiting for their afternoon art lesson to begin and I could not find their projects! Panic set in as my four-year-olds went from all sitting criss-cross applesauce on the rug to a squirming mass that resembled new puppies in a play pen. I had to act FAST! I grabbed the scrap paper bin and announced that we were going to play a new game: Scrap Show and Tell!

How to Play

Friday, September 12, 2014

Setting the Tone with High Behavioral Expectations

It doesn't happen overnight, but rather over several years: your classroom rules can begin to feel stale and not all that relevant any more. At least that is what happened to me! This fall I revamped my classroom rules to reflect positive behavior in line with the new expectations set in the school. This visual list has been making all the difference in setting a good tone with all my classes. We begin and end each class with this list. When the expectation has been met I make a big check mark next to it, an expectation somewhat met receives a half circle, and for an expectation that is not met I make an open circle so we know what we have to work on. Setting high behavioral expectations in the beginning of the year is so important.

A bright, new list of expectations will get your students' attention and help you throughout the school year.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Take a Virtual Field Trip with Google Cultural Institute

How many of us art teachers infuse teachings from other cultures into our curriculum? How many of us want our students to not only feel competent in the subject matter we teach but to also feel like they are citizens of the world. Artstor has a phenomenal digital library of art and science images. The Google Art Project is newer and also houses a ton of digital art images from around the world. One of the best features is the ability to "walk around" a cultural site.

Angkor Wat in Cambodia is on my "to go' list. What about you?