We had nearly 350 students enter the Race to Read Bookmark contest and the winners were selected Wednesday by our Media Center expert, Mr. Jolly. Thank you to everyone's hard work and congratulations to the winners: Reese (PK), Mateo (K), Tatum (1), Amirah (2), KayLeigh (3), Mia (4), and Ava (5). The bookmarks will be printed in January so be on the look out for these Garden Hills collectables!
I am super excited to collaborate with Mr. Jolly and the new Race 2 Read initiative. The goal for Atlanta Public Schools is to collective read for 2 million minutes, which is 20 minutes a day! We can totally reach our goal Garden Hills! And to create even more excitement, I thought a friendly art competion for a bookmark design would be fun. Check out the link below for PDF design form. CLICK HERE!!!
For more information about Race 2 Read, check out the video from Dr. Carstarphen.
The submissions for the bookmark competition are due December 14th! Good luck creating and making something special to share with our reading community!
It has been an amazing start to our awesome 2018-2019 school year and my 14th year of teaching (second at Garden Hills)! Our students are settling into new routines and new behavior plan in the art room. Today Ms. Carlson's 4th grade class was recognized with an "I See IB" award for earning the most flowers in the school. Every art class, students are recognized for being amazing artist, following directions, being nice and kind, keeping their space clean, staying focused on art task, and completing assignments by the deadline. Check out Ms. Carlson's tweet about their win today! The flowers are a great way to recognize positive behaviors. Mr. Willougby's 2nd grade class is just four flowers behind in second place! I will keep you posted on each class' progress.
We have been busy artists. All students, from Pre-Kindergarten to 5th grade, constructed sketchbooks. As artists, we track our learning with drawings and notes. The sketchbooks keep us organized throughout the year and is a great reflection tool at the end of the year. After we made our sketchbooks, we all began different units inspired by the dream theme. Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and 1st grade are all exploring paint in different ways. They are finishing their projects this week, and OMG they are sooooo cute! 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade are working on illustrations inspired by surreal artists, and 5th grade is starting surreal paper mache sculptures. Students are thinking about their art supplies super sized! I can't wait to share pictures of these amazing creations! Sneak peak below!
Calling all artist!!!! If you are interested in making art at home, check out this opportunity from our Superintendent, Dr. Meria Carstarphen. She is asking students to decorate a holiday card. It is still steamy and humid, but put on some holiday music, channel your inner snowman, and design a card! CLICK THIS LINK for the rules and information!
I can't tell you HOW amazed I am with the 5th graders self-portraits. It was an extreme leap for students to jump into a realistic subject, but they were eager to learn and excited to see their work on display! Students used small mirrors to study each feature and proportions of their face. Starting with pencil with a sketch, they outlined details with sharpie and then added pops of color with CRAYOLA class pack of washable markers.
In the kindergarten general education class, students were learning about times of day and the complexity of the solar system. We decided in art to tag along with these themes and create a paper plate weaving inspired by day and night!
Students compared colors to different times of day and we noticed that they were equally divided on the color wheel, just like hot and cool colors. After the color study, students initially painted the paper plate using tempera cakes. These amazing low cost material are a staple in my classroom for little hands learning how to paint. If a student accidentally mix paints, they wash clean with one pass under the sink. I can use one tempera cake almost a FULL school year for nearly 200 students! I buy the cakes individually without the plastic organization bin. I've used styrofoam trays, left over microwavable meal plastic trays, or even a simple plastic picnic plate to keep the paint on. If I am using them for a long duration, two or three weeks, the plates slide perfectly on my drying rack! They store perfectly and again a GREAT way to teach little people about painting. Check out Blick for tempera cakes!
On the next return to art, students began to learn the terms warp and loom in relation to their paper plate weaving. After a student mastered the over-under technique, I would get them to teach or assist struggling students. With fall holiday interrupting our weaving flow, we worked on the yarn for three weeks! The development of fine motor skills is important with Elementary age students. The dexterity of their hands is important to handwriting and their spacial and visual reasoning.
The final addition to the weaving was a sharpie face depicting day and night! Check out these awesome works of art from our Kindergarten artists! We used the plates on our nonfunctioning school clocks, which will be fixed in February!
I am so happy to present these amazing self-portraits from our artists at Garden Hills. Opening our third project with ambitious self study developed a connection to artistic commitment for the five week project! From practicing in our sketchbooks, to artist studies of Chuck Close's work, and a color scheme of temperature, I couldn't be more impressed with the amazing work!
When I arrived at Garden Hills in August, I walked the hallways to assess areas of visual improvement. My new co-educators had done amazing jobs maintaining bulletin boards, cork stripes, and jazzy their spaces, but I noticed the stairwells were simple and left to the classic gymnasium taupe wall color. I made it my goal to hang art in the stairwells of the Hills. It seems obscure to hang art along stairs, but it has truly transformed the small spaces with bright and cheer colors.
The 1st grade artists got their hands dirty with clay this week. Students explored how to make mini bowls with plasticine clay. The white pliable materials never dries out and is the perfect tool to practice our clay skills. Students observed a demonstration by me first using a document camera projected on our interactive white board. We discussed the sticky property of the plasticine clay and how we can pinch, stretch, and mold the clay into vessels. A vessel is a form that's function is to hold a material. These perfect pinch pots will prepare our students for their final projects next week!
The art room received our first DonorsChoose project. This mini iPad is creating digital fun for all students. Through the kindness of friends, family, local businesses, and other individuals, we are able to support the learning of our modern tech savvy students! Can't wait to get more technology for the art room!
Our Pre-K students explored the fantastic season of fall. We first explored the weather through the book, "Leaf Man". After a lively discussion about leaves, students traced their hands, added stems, and veins to make leaf hands. Returning on the second day, students created emphasis by outlining the image with a sharpie marker and then added the colors of fall. Exploring paint with Q-tips is always fun and brings a smile to everyone's face!
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