Monday, February 1, 2016

How to make a mini book.

See a quick video of the book being made. This book can be used in several ways including helping students create quick stories and showing their knowledge of something they have just learned.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Teachers are super busy!

There are two things we know for sure…
  1. Teachers are busy! 
  2. Teacher-Authors at Teachers Pay Teachers are working hard to make teachers’ lives easier! 

And here’s the proof…
Brain Waves Instruction, Literary Sherri, Getting Nerdy with Mel and Gerdy, and Lindsay Perro have worked to compile 4 FREE ‘Can’t Live Without It’ eBooks filled with 120 instant print-and-teach resources for all you busy teachers out there! The eBooks profile middle school and high school teacher-authors and include printable teaching resources from 30 TpT stores in each eBook. The eBooks are categorized for ELA, Math, Science, and Humanities (Social Studies, Art, Foreign Language, and more ELA). In them you’ll learn things that each TpT teacher-author can’t live without and you’ll receive a 1-page resource they think YOU can’t live without! They’re made especially for all of you and you can check them all out:

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Typography and Illuminated Manuscripts.

Introduce your students the making Typefaces/Fonts and Illuminated Manuscripts.

This lesson provides three projects in one. Students will draw an existing typeface in detail, create their own Typeface and make an Illuminated Manuscript. See examples of students work on my Classroom blog

This 27 page PowerPoint includes great imagery and embedded notes for the teacher. Detailed notes give a lot of background and slides allow for the teacher to add her own personality to the presentation. Slides include two handouts (4 and 2 pages) and 4 poster to print to display in the classroom during the project. This project can be done in parts in a few days or take up to two weeks. 

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Exploding Clay!

Why did this awesome Clay sculpture Explode?
It stood about 14 inches high. It took months to build. It weighed about 30 pounds…DRY.
One teacher and two high school boys carefully moved it into the kiln. The artist was very nervous about it exploding. We took a lot of pictures before placing it in the kiln.

Remind students to…
  • ·         Properly Wedge their clay.
  • ·         Get the air bubbles out before you start making you projects.
  • ·         Explosions in the Kiln can be disastrous for your sculpture and those nearby.
  • ·         Thick sculptures must be hollow.

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Ceramic Sculpture Basics & Vocabulary

These vocabulary notes can be used at the beginning to get students started or anytime after as a refresher or for test prep. This word document has room at the bottom for students to write notes and can easily be modified by a teacher to add vocab specific to your project.Al the basics are here and this document can be printed as is and handed out to students.

5 Building Methods
Attaching Methods 
Clay Tools

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Create your own Optical illusion!

This work sheet will help your students to learn about Optical Illusions. They will research and then make their own. This project is great for independent learners, but can work well as a classroom projects or can be done in small groups. 

It includes internet research, looking at Illusions and the artists that create them and writing briefly about both, brainstorming with a partner about ideas and creating an Illusion of their own.

I have done this project with middle school and high school students. ELL students can be paired with a partner for success.

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Grid Drawing

One of the grid practice pages I created for my students to use.

All pages are copy ready. Print out as many as you need for your students to learn and practice grid drawing. For more advanced students, have them go through the process once and then have them draw their own grids.

Grid Drawing Handout for students:Grid Drawing: How to make a Grid.Grid Drawing: How to make a Grid.
Includes printable Grids:¼ Inch Grid [2]½ Inch Grid [2]1 Inch Grid [2]1 Inch Grid [Full Page]10 Classic Art works Grid Practice sheets:Ando Hiroshige. The Sea at Satta Suruga Province. 1859.Andy Warhol. Campbell’s Soup Can. 1962.Albrecht Durer. Rhinoceros. Engraving 1515Auguste Rodin. The Thinker. Bronze. 1902.Vincent Van Gogh. The Cafe Terrace at Night.1888.Jan Van Eyck. The Ghent Altarpiece (closed) 1432Roy Lichtenstein. In the Car. 1963.Claude Monet. Woman with a Parasol. 1886.Day of The Dead Skull.Caradosso medal of St. Peter’s. 1505

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