Thursday, May 7, 2015

Teacher Appreciation

Teacher Appreciation

It's Teacher Appreciation this week and I just wanted to share the photos I took of the beautiful flowers I was gifted with today.  What a beautiful sight!  



Thank you so much to Monica and Adriana for thinking of me and bringing a little sunshine to the Learning Center!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Third Grade Eric Carle Pandas

Third Grade Eric Carle Pandas

Third Graders revisited the world and work of children's artist Eric Carle.  They spent their first class gleefully making painted papers (what better fun than applying pure colors with no more motive than putting them down and seeing what happens?) using blues, greens, and yellows for the background.  A smaller sheet of paper was painted black to make the panda body and students had the option to etch designs (implied texture) into their paint using the handles of their paintbrushes.

During their second class, students used patterns to trace their panda bodies.  The pieces were cut out and arranged onto their background pages.

The finished pieces are on display in the Third Grade (interior hallway).  A great big thank you to Patty Palmer over at DeepSpaceSparkle for an amazing lesson!








First Grade Monet Lilies

First Grade Monet Lilies

First Graders were introduced to the work of Impressionist Claude Monet (1840-1926).  After listening to the story, The Magical Garden of Claude Monet by Laurence Anholt, First Graders used blue painter's tape to craft a Japanese bridge on their paper like the one found in Monet's garden in Giverny, France.


Once their bridge was complete, puck tempera paint was applied to their papers.


The following week, First Grades crafted lily pads using green construction paper and lilies using colored tissue paper.  The results are truly stunning and can be viewed in the Third Grade hallway (interior hallway).

Happy spring!