Earth Without Art is Just “Eh”

The 3rd Annual Art Expo at Inman Primary is going on now! It runs all week during the school day and on Thursday it runs from 8:00 A.M. until 7:00 P.M.. We hope you can attend. Please click on the following link for a quick preview. Enjoy!

Inman Primary Art Expo 2014

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Washington Art Expo is Underway

Washington Art Expo is Underway.

Washington Art Expo is Underway

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Washington Intermediate’s 2014 Art Expo is now underway.  If you have not yet attended,  we hope you will put it on your “TO-DO” list this week.  It runs from 8-4 daily and on Thursday,  April 3rd it runs until 7:00 P.M.

Here is a  link to a sneak preview,  but you will want to come and see everybody’s art up close.

Our Legacy Installations

Our Legacy Installations.

Our Legacy Installations

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As an art teacher,  I have found a lot of interesting blogs and art websites that can be very helpful in the lines of professional development.  One of my favorite sites is the AOE or Art Of Education.  While reading it the other day,  I ran across an article that talked about “Legacy Installations”.  I quickly realized that we are already doing this right here in Red Oak,  Iowa.  In fact,  we have made these for the last 3 years.  While creating these works of art, the children get to experience working together as a team on a piece that will be displayed for years to come, it will be their legacy.  Some of the legacy installations we have made in the past include our bottle cap project and our Chihuly chandelier.  This year our  legacy installation is once again being made partially from recycled materials.   It’s in the form of woven tapestries that go along with the Character Counts program.

I posted about these magnificent works of student artwork a few weeks ago,  but I just wanted to give you an update on the progress we are making.  I hope you enjoy the pictures and plan on coming to our art shows later this spring to see just how beautiful they are.

Mark Your Calendars, the Art Shows are Around the Corner

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The Red Oak Elementary Art Expos will be held again this spring.  Washington Intermediate will hold this annual event March 31—April 4 during the day and Thursday, April 3rd it will be from 8 AM to 7 PM.    Inman Primary will be holding their Art Expo April 14—April 17th during the school day.  Thursday April 17th it runs from 8 AM until 7 PM.  Please mark your calendars.  We hope to see you there.

Turning Trash to Treasures

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As we begin our Character Counts large group project this semester,  I have had a lot of fun teaching the younger children how to weave.  Every year this can be a bit of a challenge,  but this year we have taken a different approach and rather than having the students make their own individual weaving project,  it is a group effort.

I have been blessed with a husband that does a little bit of woodworking.  He made some nice big wooden frames for me.  I wanted to have a frame for each color represented in the Character Counts Pillars.  There are 6 of these.  I also wanted to have the frames look  nice with an existing bulletin board in our main hallway.  This entailed giving the frames a thinned acrylic paint stain and then using a wood burning tool to etch designs into them. This was a new skill I had to learn. I was fun but extremely time-consuming.  My husband and I both worked on this part of the project.

Now that the frames are nearly completed, the fun part begins.  This is where I get make a woven tapestry with my K-3 students.  I’m very happy with how our project is starting to look.  The kids are delighted too.

We are attempting to make our weaving project symbolic of the students it represents.    By doing this we have added some old denim since most of the children like to wear blue jeans.  We also have included ribbon,  yarn,  and an old paint shirt that represents their love for making art.

I am looking forward to seeing what else our students bring to weave into our project.  Their have had some very creative ideas so far.

If you would like to help your child make a frame loom at home,  you might find this website helpful.  You can  use an old frame you might have in the back of the closet,  some nails,  and odds and ends from around the house to weave into the piece.  I hope you have fun turning your trash into treasure with your child!

http://www.ordinarylifemagic.com/2009/05/loom-and-weave.html

Character Counts

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As we move into the second semester here at IPS,  we will be implementing various Character Counts activities with our students.  If  you are not familiar with Character Counts,  it is a program in which everyone is involved.  It is based on 6 ethical values that we all agree on.  These are referred to as the Six Pillars of Character.    They include:

1. Trustworthiness

2. Respect

3. Responsibility

4. Fairness

5. Caring

6. Citizenship

As you may recall,  the last couple of years I have done an all-building art project with our students.  This year the project for IPS will be based around Character Counts.  I am in need of a few items to help with the construction of this project as we  “Weave our way to Good Character”.

Each pillar has a specific color that it is linked to.  The 6 pillars we construct will be made of these 6 colors: Red, Orange,  Yellow/Gold, Green ,Blue,  Purple. A few samples of items we could use might include but are not limited to:

*old pieces of your child’s clothing,  maybe an old T-shirt or pair of pants no longer being worn

*small toys no longer being used (hot wheels,  a tiny doll such as Barbie or smaller,  maybe some hot wheel track?

*ribbon from a child’s Christmas/birthday gift

* hair ribbon

Please keep in mind,  the items sent,  will not be returned.  I am hoping to weave as many items as possible into our group project however I can’t promise they will all be used.  I want to thank you once again for helping us to make the art program in the Red Oak Schools A Shade Better!

 

2013 in review

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Going “Out on a Limb”

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With the cold weather and winter winds blowing,  I have been encouraging the kids at school to use this “indoor time” to their advantage and make it their own special drawing and creativity time.  This past week the 3rd graders have been learning how to draw birds.  I have explained to them that if you can break items down into various shapes,  it makes it easier to draw them.

For the cardinals that the students drew this past week, they first had to imagine the body as an oval.  They then had to view the head as a circle.  Next came the long flat oval or “fat pancake”  that made the wing.  It didn’t take long for one of the children to view the tail feathers as a long skinny rectangle.

I’m hoping to have most of the cardinals posted on this blog,  under the 3rd grade link by the end of the week.

Thanks!