Friday, September 18, 2015

An artist talks with pictures!

I'm an artist and I talk with pictures! This is how I display instructions for my kindergarten and first grade classes. I printed the pictures, had them laminated, and put magnets on the back.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Let's talk tape!

I love all the different patterned duct tape that's out there right now! I've been using it for a couple of different things.
I have a window in my door with ugly metal framing, so I've covered it with tape. On one side is splattered paint tape, and the other side is a fall tape to welcome the season. 

My cabinets are where I keep the students' work. I've taped the grade labels to the cabinet with splattered paint tape. Very fitting for an art room!

Guide lines on the floor is another way I use the tape. One thing that has to be taught in elementary is how to get into a line. I have rainbow tye dyed tape outside my door, and star tape for getting in line at the drying rack. I tell my students to take their picture to the "all star line", and they know exactly where to go. No crowding around the drying rack!

Bulletin board border! I love using tape as border .

On a side note, lets talk border storage. I don't have a large paper drawer for borders and found that I didn't really have a spot to store them. My solution was to put two comand hooks up, tie some yarn to them,  and hang the borders on the string with bulldog clips.

This is in my supply closet. They're hanging up out of the way, nice and neat. I can also see what I have at a glace.

Do you use duct tape in a new cool way? Please share your ideas!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

First Grade Color Wheels

I love to start the year off with color. I think it really sets the foundation for the year. I'm always trying to think of different ways to go over the color wheel without making it the same ole thing. I decided with this project that I would also incorporate value, pattern, and emphasis.
I started by having the students paint a gray vase. They had to mix to make the gray. They painted the "table" black, and put a pattern in the background.

The next class they added the stem and petals. I think this may be a keeper.