Let Art COLOR Our World

 

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Last September we started thinking about our yearly collaborative, building wide art project.  Although I didn’t know what we were going to do at the time exactly,  I did know that I was going to clear out several buckets of old crayons that had been laying around my room for years.  The kids started the long process of unwrapping crayons at that time.  We generally unwrapped crayons when they got done early on a project and had a few minutes to spare or if they were given some free time.

By January we had the greater majority of the crayons unwrapped.  Now we needed to start designing our project.  After looking for ideas and brainstorming, we decided to make a large mural for one of the display cases in our school’s front hallway.  Not  a lot of people enjoy decorating  our display cases so  the idea was welcomed with open  arms.   The students just had to figure out what the mural was going to be.

They had lots of great ideas that ranged everywhere from a water tower to a Starry Night rendition,  to even a picture of Inman Primary School.  After much thought and discussion,  we decided that a tiger face,  which happens to be our school mascot, would be the best choice.  We just needed to do a little more final designing.

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At this point,  all classrooms K-3 got to vote on their favorite design.  Unbelievable to me,   each class voted on the same design.

After that, we got a large piece of Masonite,  which would be our “canvas.”  I took the children’s  design  and painted it onto the Masonite.  Now all the kids had to do was start gluing.  Boy oh boy did it take a lot of glue!!!  We used a special,  extra sticky glue called “Tacky Glue.”  The project took an entire GALLON of Tacky Glue!!!

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For the next week or so the kids glued on the background crayons.  Once that part was done,   we got to start on the tiger head.  To give our tiger a little more dimension I used a box cutter and cut the pieces for the tigers nose. I did this part myself to ensure the safety of the students.

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The next part was the tiger’s fur.  We decided to crush some crayons for the fur to give it more texture.  This was a really fun part,  a little messy but well worth it. We placed crayons in between 2 boards and the kids stepped on the boards and they did the crushing.

We then filled in the tigers face.  It looked AMAZING!  We were very pleased.

Our final part of the mural was to fill in the word TIGERS with black.  This was one of the toughest parts of all since we found out that we didn’t have enough black crayons.  We searched our classrooms and our homes and just when we finally thought we had enough, we kept coming up short.  Then,  one of the kids came up with the brilliant idea of crushing the black crayons just like we did for the fur on the face so it wouldn’t take as many.  IT WORKED!

When we completed the project it was wonderful to see the smiles on the children’s faces and their sense of accomplishment.  Please take time to stop by Inman  Primary to look at this gorgeous piece of art.  The photos don’t do it justice.

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The Creation Station

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This is the 2nd year we have had a “Creation Station”  in  our art room.   As we are always striving to be the best we can be,  not only in our artwork,  but also our behavior.  Once we reach our class behavior goals,  we get to  enjoy some time in the “Creation Station.”

Please click here to watch a short video of our Creation Station.

A few of the fun activities that are available in the Creation Station include wooden building blocks & a Slotto Construction Set (for perhaps our future architects),  Lite Brites,  fun crafting scissors,  drawing books & paper,  markers,   and a few other items.

We  are always looking for more  activities for our Creation Station.  One of the items we would like to add are Legos.  If you happen  to know of somebody that is getting rid of some,  we would love to add them to our collection.  If you happen to have other items that you think we might be interested in,  please feel free to let us know.  Thanks!

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Pablo Picasso

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Our first artist this year is Pablo Picasso.    Pablo lived form 1881-1973.   His full name was Pablo Diego Jose Francisco de  Paula Juan Nepomuceno Maria de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santisima Trinidad Ruiz Picasso.    WSHEWWW!   Is that a mouthful!  Thank goodness we can just call him  Picasso!

We learned that Pablo Picasso was one of the artists that developed the style of art called cubism.  At first we thought it was kind of strange but the more we looked at it,  the more we enjoyed it.

We also learned that when Picasso was very sad he would use a lot  of blue in his work.  They called this his  “blue period.”  After looking at his blue artwork, we thought that blue made his artwork look sad also. What do you think?

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Pablo died at the age of 91 in 1973.  Although he is no longer alive,  he will live on for years to come because of his many styles of art.

Back to School!

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Back to School!

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Woo, hoo! We are back to school! After a nice, long summer break we are back in session. It was great having the extra 2 weeks off this summer. I’m very excited to be back with the kids though and ready to get to work of some fantastic art projects.  This year we are starting off by studying Vincent van Gogh at Inman and Fantasy Space Art at Washington.

In the spirit of van Gogh,  I did some sewing this summer and made a “Starry Night”  blouse.  I wore it yesterday and the look on the kids faces when they saw it was priceless!  They were so excited.

I follow an art teacher website by Cassie Stephens and they are having a “What the Art Teacher Wore Back to School Contest”  this week.  Please take a minute to go on and vote for me at the following link:http://cassiestephens.blogspot.com/2015/09/what-art-teachers-woreback-to-art.html     The contest ends this coming week.     Thanks!!

Art Expo, 2015, A New Look!!

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In the past our Spring Art Show at Inman Primary has included approximately 3,000 pieces of artwork from our students.  After a visit from the State Fire Marshall’s office,  however,  the IPS art show will be taking on a different look. This year’s art show will be online instead of in our school hallways.  Needless to say,  I was pretty disappointed at first,  but I do understand where he is coming from.  This is a drastic change but  the  safety of our students comes first.  If you have ever attended the Inman art expo,   you know that the artwork has completely covered almost every square inch of wall space available,

As an alternative plan,  we have decided to still hold an Art Expo online.  If you will take a look at the left hand side of this page,  you will notice the headings:  Kindergarten Creations,   Fabulous First Grade,  Sensational 2nd Grade,  Great 3rd Graders,  and Fantastic Fourth Grade.  Simply click on that link and it will take you to the students artwork.  Once you see the students teacher’s names,  it will take you into their class video.

Hope you enjoy the videos!

What Does An Art Teacher Do When They Aren’t In School?

What Does An Art Teacher Do When They Aren't In School?.

Iowa’s Very Own… Grant Wood

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The first artist we have been studying this year is Grant Wood. Grant DeVolson Wood was an American painter born four miles east of Anamosa, Iowa. He is best known for his paintings depicting the rural American Midwest, particularly the painting American Gothic, an iconic image of the 20th century. We have enjoyed studying Grant Wood and learning about his love for the great state of Iowa.
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What Does An Art Teacher Do When They Aren’t In School?

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I once had a student make the comment “you don’t have any art to do in the summer, it’s your un-art time of the year.” Well, that doesn’t seem to be my case. I keep busy judging 4-H at the county and state level. I also LOVE to decorate cakes, especially wedding cakes, one of my favorite art projects. This past summer in particular was a very busy one indeed. My daughter got married in September so a lot of my summer was spent making lots and lots of fun decorations for her wedding with her. Being an art teacher I had a fun “playing” with wedding things all summer. I even got to design and make her wedding cake. I hope you have fun looking at some of my summer “un-art” projects.

Mrs. Euken’s “Un-Art” Projects

Earth Without Art is Just “Eh”

Earth Without Art is Just "Eh".