My First Graders Get Abstracted With Kandinsky

I wasn't sure how much they could do with this today, because we are in the middle of a Montreal heat wave and it's boiling in our classroom, but I figured abstract art would give them the freedom to play with colours and not worry too much about the outcome... especially since the heat was … Continue reading My First Graders Get Abstracted With Kandinsky

Marc Chagall’s Goat and Face – First Grader Style

How do I tie together Grafitti and Cubism??? I know; Marc Chagall. Well, that's how I see it. While the kids were out at recess, I gave each a big piece of construction paper (14" x 17") and a bowl of oil pastels. I queued up a fun video: "Marc Chagall Drawing Lessons". They came … Continue reading Marc Chagall’s Goat and Face – First Grader Style

A little good news — Recycled industry

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Cubism as Interpreted by my Grade One Students

Originally, I intended to give a full lesson on Picasso, but I kept hearing a nagging voice in my ear telling me that is overdone in art education. Maybe I could approach this from a different angle (pun intended!). Maybe I can get them to interpret portraits through Cubism... or as I introduced it, by … Continue reading Cubism as Interpreted by my Grade One Students

My First Graders Channel Basquiat’s Dinosaur and Crown

Continuing my pastel explorations with my grade one students, (because they seem to be loving it)I decided to extrapolate some earlier free draw experiments focused around graffiti... I wanted to show them the fun of letting go and doodling with a loose intention. I wanted to show them the joyful art of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Let … Continue reading My First Graders Channel Basquiat’s Dinosaur and Crown

Butterfly Garden – Adapting as we go

Butterfly Garden - Adapting as we go. The seeds were planted a couple of weeks ago and a little growth has sprouted. Granted I'm impatient, but I think some stuff just won't grow, so I'm adapting as I go. Little flowers have been sprouting up all over my property, so I'm transplanting them as gently … Continue reading Butterfly Garden – Adapting as we go

A little good news — Early risers are happier? Well, at least less unhappy.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/waking-1-hour-earlier-could-cut-depression-risk-university-boulder/ I've always been an early riser. Even when I worked late shifts during college and got to bet at 4am, I could barely sleep past 8am. I was always happier when I woke up at 5am and started getting stuff going: exercise, writing, reading, etc... it felt productive and set my mood on accomplishment. … Continue reading A little good news — Early risers are happier? Well, at least less unhappy.

Abstract Flower Bouquet – a spontaneous Mother’s Day Gift for Grade One students

I had just inherited my grade one class from their much loved teacher who was retiring a mere few days before Mother's Day. She was winding things down and didn't plan anything for Mother's Day. No problem, I'm an art teacher after all! I had already given the idea of doing Matisse style cut-out still … Continue reading Abstract Flower Bouquet – a spontaneous Mother’s Day Gift for Grade One students

Grade One Student Portraits – A La Modigliani

It started with a question: How do I dispel the fear some of my students have at making art? Well, I could lecture them about all the innovators and show them dozens of paintings by folks like Picasso, Klee, Modigliani, Park, ect... OR, I could some excellent YouTube resources and let them see the joy … Continue reading Grade One Student Portraits – A La Modigliani

Paul Klee’s Famous Cat – As interpreted by my Grade One Students

The school year is winding down and my first grade students have less and less ideas of what to do with Free Play. So, when I'm not bringing them to the park, or trying to burn away all their energy with silly field games, I'm going top have them explore art and new materials. The … Continue reading Paul Klee’s Famous Cat – As interpreted by my Grade One Students