Beyond Roy G. Biv

Beyond Roy G. Biv
Adventures from an organized Art Room

Friday, June 13, 2014

Confessions from the end...


I take great pride in my organizational skills. With that said though, I feel I must confess to how my Art Room looks at the END of the school year. It's not pretty. It's not organized. It's full of dustbunnies, piles of scrap paper, bins and broken pencil nubs, and more summer birthday treats than I could ever eat!




But it's not all bad...  It's also full of memories; memories of giggling kids, oodles of hugs and high fives, some tears, hundreds of colorful projects, some great "light bulb moments", and a lot of learning about art, artists, color, vocab, etc!!! This marks the end of Year #16 for me and I'm already looking forward to next year!


~Amy

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Art Show EXTRAS


Besides the +400 pieces of art on display from every one of my students, I always plan some fun activities for our families.

Here are the little extras that make the night extra special!

Welcome Table with programs 

 I use the Art Show as an opportunity to showcase my students' work but also my curriculum. Its important for families to see the learning targets, vocabulary and art history integrated into their child's art education. The program is handed out to all families and explains all the projects, highlights the night's activities, and thanks all the staff for their help.


Photo Booth
I found these adorable photo booth props on Etsy from UponATimeDesigns. I printed them onto cardstock and used wooden dowels for handles. They turned out super cute!



Snack Stations
For a few snacks during the Art Show, we had "chicken feed" which was really Chex Mix and then we had "spider eggs" to nibble on too. Those were green and yellow Jelly Belly jelly beans! Cute, goes with our theme, and tasty! Woo hoo!



Technology Table


We have a few carts of Chromebooks in our school, so for the show, we had four computers available for students to see their Artsonia gallery and check out their art online.

Tattoos
I found some farm-themed temporary tattoos from Oriental Trading and thought they'd make a fun station. And I saw a lot of kids with pigs and chickens and cows the following day at school so I knew who came to the show!



The evening of the show, we also had PTO-sponsored Candy Bingo as a fundraiser, so it was a packed evening of family fun. As much as I love planning the art projects for the show, I also really enjoy planning a night of thematic snacks and activities and special extras to make it a night to remember.

What else could I add to the show? If you have some ideas, please leave them in the comments!

~Amy


Friday, April 25, 2014

Free Lesson Plan #5: The Farm at Sunrise


"Everything on the farm was dripping wet. The grass looked like a magic carpet. The asparagus patch looked like a silver forest."

Each project for our Art Show was inspired by a quote from Charlotte's Web and the 5th graders used this quote about the farm at sunrise to make a watercolor painting that incorporated a bit of perspective and pattern making. They also learned about the art of Grant Wood and his rural landscape paintings.

It was so interesting to see the small details emerge in each student's painting. Some have barns while others have houses. Some included animals, fences, ponds, windmills, plants or trees. And their patterns?! Some were very traditional with stripes, dots and chevrons. While others went a little...um...let's just say their crop patterns involved strips of bacon, robot parts and even cute little minions! Looking closer at these pieces really pays off - you can see them on Artsonia.





And, as promised, here is the lesson plan:

I hope you're able to use all the lesson plans from this week.

Enjoy!
~Amy


Thursday, April 24, 2014

Free Lesson Plan #4: Cock-a-Doodle Cubism


Here's another great lesson inspired by Charlotte's Web! This time, the 4th graders learned about how to draw roosters and how Pablo Picasso drew roosters too!
The Cock of the Revolution by  Pablo Picasso (in our very own Milwaukee Art Museum)

Make sure you check out the lesson plan on this one - the 4th graders started their drawing by tracing their FOOT! Really! (They thought I was a little crazy too, but they played along!)



Here are some of the 4th graders' finished collages:




Enjoy!
~Amy

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Free Lesson Plan #3: County Fair Color Wheels



Here is Day #3 of free lesson plans! This week, I'm on Spring Break so I am sharing some of my lessons I used for our recent Art Show, "The Art of Charlotte's Web." 


These 3rd grade projects took a while because of all the color mixing, but it was well worth it! They really did an excellent job mixing, painting and collage-ing (is that a word?!) And I will always make up projects that give me an excuse to use OK Go's song "Three Primary Colors" - it is so catchy!!



I've been borrowing/stealing/adapting lessons for years because of the online generosity of art teachers around the world. So, I figure it is time to give back a little. Each day, I'll share a project that I have found to be a successful addition to my vault of lessons. I don't claim that any of these lessons are mine and mine alone, so if you recognize them, send me a message and I'll give credit where credit is due!

Enjoy!


~Amy

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Free Lesson Plan #2: Wilbur on the Farm


Our school is on Spring Break, so I thought I'd share some of my favorite lessons this week! These are the lessons I used for our recent Art Show, "The Art of Charlotte's Web." 

While each of these portraits of Wilbur the pig turned out adorable, our first graders really learned a lot about foreground, background and foreshortening. And with this much cutting and glueing, they HAVE GOT to be better at controlling the glue bottles by now, right? Right?!

Each one has some amazing details so please check them out on Artsonia





I've been borrowing/stealing/adapting lessons for years because of the online generosity of art teachers around the world. So, I figure it is time to give back a little. Each day, I'll share a project that I have found to be a successful addition to my vault of lessons. I don't claim that any of these lessons are mine and mine alone, so if you recognize them, send me a message and I'll give credit where credit is due!
Enjoy!
~Amy

Monday, April 21, 2014

Free Lesson Plan #1: Kindergarten Cows


Our school is on Spring Break, so I thought I'd share some of my favorite lessons this week! These are the lessons I used for our recent Art Show, "The Art of Charlotte's Web." 

These crayon/watercolor cows were the hit of the show - each one had as much personality as our kindergartners!




I've been borrowing/stealing/adapting lessons for years because of the online generosity of art teachers around the world. So, I figure it is time to give back a little. Each day, I'll share a project that I have found to be a successful addition to my vault of lessons. I don't claim that any of these lessons are mine and mine alone, so if you recognize them, send me a message and I'll give credit where credit is due!
Enjoy!
~Amy