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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Halloween Zentangles

Due to terrible, awful, horrible weather coming our way....Trick or Treating has been postponed until tomorrow evening. I usually don't interrupt my art lessons for the holidays but I thought it necessary today. My students will be abuzz anyway so I tried pumpkin zentangles with my 4th graders. I shared the history of the Jack-O-Lantern along with many photos of pumpkins that are truly sculptural art. I think they had a great time and they did a great job!

Halloween Zentangles

This Halloween has been a different Halloween for my community and the surrounding areas. We have the worst forecast ever! There is a chance of two inches of rain accumulation along with 60 mpr wind gusts with lightening, thunder, and the possibility of tornadoes. Needless to say, the children aren't Trick or Treating tonight. Everything has been postponed till tomorrow evening. I don't usually interrupt my art lessons for holidays but this year called for a new strategy since the kids have to postpone their activities for a day. I knew the art room would be buzzing so today I had my 4th graders make Halloween Zentangles. I shared the history of Jack-O-Lanterns along with numerous photos of carved pumpkins that have been elevated to a sculptural, art form. We cranked up the spooky music and they did a great job!

Snow, snow, snow, snow, snow....(Must be sung to the White Christmas tune!)

Today is the 4th day of unplanned snow days. I've been busy but I'm running low on projects. (I take pride in finishing things!) I love Sweedish clocks but have chosen not to spend my money on one. I have a small wall space outside of my bedroom door and it called for a wall clock. I also don't like noisy clocks. You know, ones that chime on the hour and click loudly so I came up with the perfect solution for me. I painted a Sweedish clock on my wall. Here is what I've been doing during all my snow days.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Wayne Thiebaud.....not Tim Tibow!

Hello! My third graders finished their Wayne Thiebaud lesson right before Christmas. It was a delicious lesson! Poor little things, they have art right before lunch and they all tell me this lesson makes them soooo hungry. They did a wonderful job! I demonstrate drawing what I see rather than what I know for them. I think it helps them so much for me to think out-loud when I'm drawing. I also show them how to draw a cake with a slice removed. Enjoy!