Saturday, June 13, 2015

Go Big or Go Home--2nd Grade Georgia O'Keeffe Sculptural Flowers

The inspiration for this blog's name comes from artist Georgia O'Keeffe's quote:

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way... things I had no words for.” 
 Georgia O'Keeffe
As a double major in English in Art in my undergraduate years I love the combination of writing and visual art. My 2nd graders created big sculptural flowers inspired by another O'Keeffe quote:

I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty. Georgia O'Keeffe
My 2nd grade artists painted and cut out their flowers from 12"x12" heavy white paper, rolled and taped 12" x 24" rectangles of green construction paper into tubes for stems, and cut out leaf shapes of their favorite O"Keeffe saying from cardstock on which I had printed a selection of quotes.

How do you use artists or famous people as inspiration in your teaching or parenting? Leave a Google+ comment or send me a direct message through the contact form on the right. Thanks for stopping by! -Alia

The final display was one of my and the kids' favorite displays of the year as it demonstrates the power of collaborative art projects!

Friday, June 5, 2015

I Tried Tinkerlab's Best Playdough Recipe and You Should Too

Have you ever made playdough before? I had not, and since my 1st graders absolutely loved making their clay owls and delight in using modelling clay during art stations I thought homemade playdough was a great end-of-year project that could keep them creating throughout the summer.

Bright colored playdough thanks to fluorescent tempera paint!
Laminate or cover an imaginative drawing in contact paper
and you are ready to play and create!

I tried Tinkerlab's Best Playdough Recipe, read all the helpful comments, and decided to stick with the basic recipe but used tempera paint, instead of food coloring or liquid watercolors, to get super bright colors. I also wanted my kids to be welcome to create at home and therefore had my kids design playdough placemats to keep their playdough creating off of the furniture, the cat, the picturebooks, etc. I asked my 1st graders to brainstorm what would be fun to create playdough "things" on, they made drawings, and I laminated them.