Monday, May 22, 2017

Babble Dabble Do- Flextangles


My students know that MiniMatisse is a place where the Art Studio is celebrated, other schools/teachers can learn, and they find resources for outside of Art activities/learning.  In saying that, I'm posting this today because some of my classes will be working on this activity for their final project of the school year. If they want to make more of these at home, here is the link to finding the template and video.  Ana, the author of the blog Babble Dabble Do, Connecting Through Creativity is amazing!  Her blog is beautiful and JAM packed with great projects to learn from! 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

1000 Minutes of Summer Reading


I had a request from our AMAZING Media Specialist at Hassan Elementary to create a summer reading chart for the students of Hassan Elementary.  I thought I would share it with whoever would like to use it to encourage reading over the summer for your students. Enjoy! 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Tactile Texture Owl Necklace


I was talking about some air dry clay I bought at a curriculum meeting and a coworker, Tana Puppe, suggested I make clay owls.  She showed me some images of her K's work and I fell in love.  You know when your eyes are opened to something, you start seeing them everywhere.  Well, that is the case of the owls.  I started seeing them on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.  It seemed like the perfect project for my K's. Thanks for the inspiration, Instagram- @youngschoolartwithmr.g and Twitter- @merryksart (They are must follows)



At first glance, these appear a bit 'crafty' (dare I say it on an Art Blog), but really, they had much deeper meaning.  To introduce these owls, I had my students put their hands in a bag and guess what was inside.  We talked about Tactile Texture being something you can touch.


I gave the instructions to the clay in little bits.  I brought them to the carpet after every step of creating these sweet little treats. The lesson I created looked something like this (broke down a lot for the K's).


When adding the color, we found that spray paint worked the best.  Tempera cakes and watercolor were very wet and made the hardened clay get sticky. It kind of was a huge mess. So then I had them place their owls on their name tag and then put it on the tray that of their choice with three options of spray paint.  I sprayed them, put the plastic lace on, and glued the eyes and beak on.  This was more than I like to do with a students project, but it was so treasured by each student, as I knew it would be. It was worth it.





Students loved stringing the beads.  Some created patterns, but others went a little more freestyle. I still see the kids wearing them around the school, now two weeks later. 


If the kids got done early, they did a drawing of their necklace. There's always time for observational drawing! 



I was inspired by @claypithillart for the observational drawing idea.  Another 'must follow'.


Love this little project, and the kids did too! 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

#WelcomeWall, Katrina Berg



In 2015 I made a New Years Resolution to collect Art from Artist I admire (see previous posts).  I created several small, 8X8 box frames and have been asking Artist to trade or to purchase I have been waiting to collect my next four works of Art to write a post about them, but now allow me to do so.  I'm excited to show you the next four Artworks on my #WelcomeWall.


Katrina was a find on Instagram (@Katrina.berg), and boy, what a follow she is. Take a look at this Mom of many.  She is living a most Artful life and loving her kids along the way.  This Utah native was happy to work with me on this project. She was excited to make a connection with a Minnesotan because her kids happened to be learning about the 50 states at the time. 


After finding her on Instagram, I started snooping around her website as well (Katrina Berg).  I found out that she is a creator of some amazing products. You can get clothing, prints of amazing work, and buy original paintings as well.  Yep, I needed one for my wall!! 


I let my son choose this painting. Katrina has so many amazing images that I let my 10-year-old at the time, take a look and pick out a subject.  He chose a Mixer.  He said it reminds him of our time spent as a family in the kitchen. He loves to bake.


The wall continues to grow.  I love my space, bringing in artwork from people I admire is important to me.  I sometimes just go into that room to sit and admire the works collected thus far. These works of art are admired and loved by everyone who sees the #WelcomeWall.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

#WelcomeWall- Lisa Arnold


In 2015 I made a New Years Resolution to collect Art from Artist I admire (see previous posts).  I created several small, 8X8 box frames and have been asking Artist to trade or to purchase I have been waiting to collect my next four works of Art to write a post about them, but now allow me to do so.  I'm excited to show you the next four Artworks on my #WelcomeWall.


This is not the first that I have shared about Lisa Arnold's on my blog. I first met Lisa in 2010 when I worked hard to earn money for an Artist in Residence.  Lisa was my gal.  She was local to Minnesota and her personality was amazing! I knew I needed her to come to my school.  See below... this is a tiny portion of her many schools she has been in... That is me... circled.  


Check out the many other places she has taught including Jamaica (click here).  Here is a couple of early post about the mosaic visit as well.  That was early in on my blogging so, they're a little light on content and pictures :) (Intro to Lisa) and (Instruction). I fell in love with Lisa's energy and projects.  We had a blast together for the two weeks we worked on the project.  We have kept up ever since.

With the welcome wall, Lisa requested a trade as well. If you are following me on Instagram, you might have seen this post a while back.   This was the work I made for Lisa.


She, in turn, created this amazing mosaic for me (image below).  Lisa has often explained... 'more is better'.  She loves the action of a full image. She gave that to me in her little artwork created in beads.


Here you go guys... your next Artist in Residence is Lisa Arnolds. You may have to book ASAP because this lady is busy, but totally worth the wait. Follow her (@xolalisa) on social media via Instagram and become inspired!