Thursday, October 18, 2012

I am not going to lie this project stressed me out a bit. !!  Mainly because it was for a fundraiser, I wanted it to meet parents expectations.  However,  I should waited with my reaction until the project was complete.  In the end I  was pleased finished projects!   (- insert - BIG Sigh-O-Relief!!)

Here is the process:
Fist, students wrote name (first or last) on a square sheet of paper - folded on the diagonal - Name had to FILL the space. Next, their name was traced on the window, creating a mirror image below.

On to the  Foam Printing Plate  . . . This was a little tricky for my 5th grade.  Each paper square was taped on top of a foam square of the same size.  Students transferred the paper image to the foam by pressing into it with a plastic stick.  Once all letters were traced into the foam, we removed the paper  and made sure you could see each letter.  Often students needed to retrace letters or press harder into the foam.

And PRINT!!!  Inked up Foam "print plates" were stamped onto a larger square sheet of paper.   each  was rotate to the right so each point matched at the center.  I had students draw a star at the corner (or # each corner) that was to match in the middle, each time.  The students of course like the PRINTING part.  Actually had one student say, "Thanks for letting us have so much today in Art!"  ((Warm Fuzzy Moment!))

If I could RE-DO . . .  Since this was for a fundraiser I was limited by the size 8 1/2 x 8 1/2.  I think a larger size would have helped a bit.  And of course we were in a time crunch to finish on time.  So more time to reprint may also have helped.
I don't know if this project will be made again next year  . . . a work in progress, maybe. 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Ahh scrapbooking, how I LOVE you!  But FINISHING an entire scrapbook is quite a daughting task.  (According to our scrapbooks my kids are 9 months old - not 3 and 1/2.  Yes, I am a little behind.)   With project I was got my "scrap fix" and finished it one day!!  And it sure adds some cheery- ness to my room! Sometimes it's the little things . . . right!

Close up of a frame

I was 1st inspired by this Pin, it was for a weekly schedule in your home, so I modified it a bit!  Within each frame I will list the current project/concept each grade is working on.  It is dry erase markers on the glass, so changing concepts is a cinch!  Then any visitor to my room will know what's happening at a glance. 

THE SCHEDULE,  as an Art Specialists I live and die my the schedule and digital days (Right?? I am sure you would all agree).  So added a little scrappin' to my schedule too! 

Again, it's the little things  . . .  

Monday, October 1, 2012


Before Picture
The view looking out the art room windows has greatly improved this year, thanks to some very hard working volunteers.  Instead of staring out to a non-inspirational brick wall, there is now a paved patio space and garden area! 
 A dream since Twin Lakes opened finally transpired and the results are astonishing!    
And AFTER!!  Much Better :)
Not only does our new garden add aesthetic appeal to our school, but it will also serve as an alternative learning area.  Students and teachers can use the space as an outdoor classroom.  Reading, drawing, or even natural sciences could be performed in the garden.   It is a place to learn, grow, and inspire students to be their very best!

To make sure everyone feels a special connection to this garden, ALL students at TLE have painted a rock.  Some of the staff even got in on the rock painting FUN!!  For a grand total of almost 900 ROCKS!!  
Every rock has a personality and charm, just like the students at TLE.  These rocks will be wonderful addition to our “Garden of Inspiration.”     


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