Friday, September 30, 2011

Warhol Identity Cans

After taking a trip to the Frist this past month, 4th grade students have been diving into a variety of Warhol inspired lessons. This one I borrowed from another fabulous Metro art teacher here in Nashville, Ms. Tina Atkinson. In this lesson we discuss the concept of identity in relation to labels, specifically a Campbell's soup can. Labels at the grocery store help tell us what is inside the packages that we are buying. The first label we are given as babies is our gender, then our name. Students use their last name as the identity of the brand name, and their first name as the "flavor." Example: I am Motta soup, Rachel flavored. Here are the results, again check out our artsonia page for more examples...

Starry Night over Nashville!

Part of our districts art curriculum is to teach first graders about architecture. I found this lesson on Deep Space Sparkle Blog and gave it a Nashville twist. What better way then to relate it to what they know, here in Nashville that is the Batman Building!

Before constructing their own batman buildings, the students looked at Van Gogh's Starry Night and painted their own starry night backgrounds for their cityscapes...
After their paintings were dry, the following class students drew on black construction paper with white crayons to outline their buildings silhouette, cut them out, and paste them onto their beautiful paintings. Finally we also added some colored construction paper clippings for windows. Here are the results...

Find more on our school's artsonia site!

Sunday, September 18, 2011


Today I got an email from the Rhode Island Art Educators Association about an update to their links of resources page on their website. I was excited to see that I am on their page as a lesson plan blogger! I'd like to thank them for including me on their site!

Check out this list! They really did a great job :) index.html.gif

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

It's Been a while...

I know it has been a while! My appologies! This school year though has been pretty awesome so far. I'm loving my new classroom, I love that most of my kiddos have returned, and my new principal! Here is a quick little tip that I got from her...

I'm sure like me, many of you probably have an older paper cutter that has a wicked dull blade! I asked my principal about this and she suggested that I take sheets of aluminum foil and cut them with the dull blade. I had never heard of this but it worked great! Thanks Ms. Prentis!!!!

With a new classroom, I have more space to organize my stuff! Here are a few photos of my classroom and closet space!