Showing posts with label school. Show all posts
Showing posts with label school. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Inspirational Classroom Poster

When Miss Night of Miss Night's Marbles posted a phenomenal list of what she does in her classroom, I was moved to help her make it into something that could be shared with other caring professionals.  This is the final product, in 3 forms, for any and all to pin, copy, print, share, hang, and most of all, follow in any space that is shared with children.  If you are a teacher, or know a teacher, please pass this on!

If you want to see how this poster came about, visit Miss Night here for her original post, and here for her reaction to what I created using  The sequence of events was a win-win for us all and I sincerely thank Miss Night for sharing her beautiful sentiments with us.  Children in classrooms everywhere will benefit if we all act a little more like Miss Night.   

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Plasticene art...

At school, we studied the artwork of Barbara Reid.  I had as much fun as the kids working on our project at the end of the unit.  We used Barbara's own very helpful Youtube tutorials to guide us through the process & the results speak for themselves.  I had just as much fun as the kids who worked on these!  Here's mine first, then, the grade 2 results:

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Inspired by Eric Carle

We studied the artwork & story writing of Eric Carle.  This is hands down one of my favourite units to teach.  I have done this unit with a variety of grades & for a variety of purposes.  This time I taught it for grade 2 art & the classroom teacher used it for story writing.  After looking at lots of books and de-constructing Eric's style, we visited his website ( and viewed some of his slide shows.  He is kind enough to give sneak peeks into his studio and share how he creates his beautiful collages.  

Our projects then took about 4 class periods to complete.

Day One:  Create Collage Papers
We made gorgeous patterned papers using tempera paints and tools to create texture.  Everyone worked on creating colourful sheets until the period was over.  Some made many, a few only one.

Day 2:  Paint Backgrounds
Each student painted their own background using a horizon line and leaving no white space on their papers.

Days 3 & 4:  Make Collages
I cut the colourful papers from day one up into quarters and we had a communal bin for everyone to choose from when creating their collages.

Here are our Grade 2 results...

Monday, November 1, 2010

Working Away...

The first month of school has come and gone.  We've been working hard on lots of different projects and I am very proud of the work my kids have accomplished so far this year.
The grade 3's have been learning about early Aboriginal Life.  Last week, we made displays to share some of what we've learned so far.

The grade 2's are learning about traditions.  They interviewed their parents to find out what makes their names special.  Then, we created a display in the hallway for Open House.

They also created self-portraits that used pastel drawing surrounded by descriptive text.  Instead of including the names, guests tried to identify each artist by the art itself.  I love how these turned out!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Don't Be Afraid to Make Your Mark

Today is International Dot Day. 

The Dot is a great little book that I read to my students each year.  
The story of The Dot delivers a powerful message that it's OK to be your creative self, even if you're feeling insecure at first.  
When I found out that today was Dot Day,
I was moved to inspire a little creativity in my school.  
The staffroom was a perfect place for some grown-up dot painting and the hallway outside my room became a dot making marker-station for kids.

Look at all these gorgeous dots!

How will you express your creative self today?
If you're unsure, start with a dot and you cannot go wrong.