April 17

Grade 5 JOURNAL COVERS OLD AND NEW

As mentioned in my previous post I use a scrapbook as an art journal for my students from grades 1-6. Grade 5 journal cover incorporating seven elements of art line shape form texture space value Cambridge Primary School Visual Arts Grade 5 journal cover incorporating seven elements of art line shape form texture space value Cambridge Primary School Visual Arts

Every year the students make a new cover for their art journal.Grade 5 journal cover incorporating seven elements of art line shape form texture space value Cambridge Primary School Visual Arts Grade 5 journal cover incorporating seven elements of art line shape form texture space value Cambridge Primary School Visual Arts

In the past I would hand the Grade 5 students an A4 sheet of paper with a grid of boxes already photocopied on it and ask the students to choose a colour and paint each box to show the colour value.Grade 5 journal cover incorporating seven elements of art line shape form texture space value Cambridge Primary School Visual Arts Grade 5 journal cover incorporating seven elements of art line shape form texture space value Cambridge Primary School Visual Arts

Once the paint was dry (week 2) they then glued this sheet onto their scrapbook cover and gave their book a large title and  ensured their name and grade was easily readable. Grade 5 journal cover incorporating seven elements of art line shape form texture space value Cambridge Primary School Visual Arts Grade 5 journal cover incorporating seven elements of art line shape form texture space value Cambridge Primary School Visual Arts

I love how creatively these students completed their grade 5 art journal covers using scrap paper, pencils and textas.

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This year I have changed the grade 5 journal cover completely after seeing this gem on Pinterest. This elements of art activity is by Michelle from Tiny Art Room, a wonderful art teacher’s blog. You can check out her step by step instructions by clicking on the link above.Art elements by tiny art room used as inspiration for grade 5 journal cover

It was a terrific way for the students to show me their understanding of the elements of art and decorate their journal cover at the same time!Grade 5 journal cover incorporating seven elements of art line shape form texture space value Cambridge Primary School Visual Arts Grade 5 journal cover incorporating seven elements of art line shape form texture space value Cambridge Primary School Visual Arts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Initially I showed the students a scribbly mock up I had done of what a finished cover COULD look like and then I demonstrated the simple ruling up of the different sections. The students DID NOT have to follow my layout though. As long as their cover demonstrated the seven elements of art and had a clearly readable title and their name and grade, they could use whatever layout they came up with.

 

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I then asked one of my magnificent Art Ambassadors to come up with a grade 5 cover for me and Farheen did a fantastic job, in A3 size instead of A4, so it would be easy for the students to see after I clipped it onto the whiteboard. Brilliant! And of course, I forgot to photograph it! 🙁

I’ll update this post with a photo of it when I get back to school as we are on end of Term 1 holidays and won’t go back to school until after Easter. 🙂

I have found that I prefer to use student samples whenever I can. It makes a huuuuuge difference! It doesn’t matter how many times I tell the students that their artwork doesn’t have to look exactly like mine, and I give them plenty of options for choice, about 85% of artworks would look as close to my sample as possible. Always….. doesn’t matter what I say…… always!This is greatly reduced when I show a range of student created samples. This is one of the great benefits of photographing student artworks.

I was also surprised at how many students struggled with ruling up the cover that I demonstrated for them. And I did demonstrate it for them, once altogether and then at every table and then for many individuals that just weren’t getting it. They did not have to use my way of dividing up the A4 piece of paper to fit the elements of art in. They could do it any way they liked but few tried anything else, even though they were struggling to rule it up. They really couldn’t figure out how I ruled up the sections! It was like I was doing some amazing magic trick every time I demonstrated it!!!

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These students are in Grade 5 and most of them had NO IDEA how to RULE A STRAIGHT LINE WITH A RULER! They didn’t even have to measure anything, just rule up straight lines diagonally from corner to corner. They actually had no idea how to put pressure on the ruler with the fingers of your hand without the pencil to hold the ruler still! I will use this video next time so I won’t need to be explaining it over and over and over again.

So this says to me that at Grade 5 level they had never done this before! How is that possible? Don’t they have to measure lengths in maths? Or rule up shapes? They certainly did the last time I taught maths and it wasn’t that long ago!

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Well, ruler struggles aside, I will definitely be using this cover idea again for grade 5  as the students that persevered and finished their covers did a really fantastic job. These are artworks to be proud of! Thanks for looking and I know the students would love it if you left a comment!

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Grade 5 journal cover incorporating seven elements of art line shape form texture space value Cambridge Primary School Visual Arts

Grade 5 journal cover incorporating seven elements of art line shape form texture space value Cambridge Primary School Visual Arts

Grade 5 journal cover incorporating seven elements of art line shape form texture space value Cambridge Primary School Visual Arts

Grade 5 journal cover incorporating seven elements of art line shape form texture space value Cambridge Primary School Visual Arts

March 31

VISUAL ARTS SCHOOL NEWSLETTER CONTRIBUTION NO 2 2019

ART ROOM NEWS

OUR WINGS ARE FINISHED

Wings Cambridge Primary School 2019

Have you been in the main hallway lately? Our beautiful wings are finished, made up of all those incredible feathers that the 3/4/5/6 students and staff worked on at the start of the year. Our wings, like Street Artist Kelsey Montague’s, are interactive as there is a gap in the middle of the wings for you to fit and have your photo taken! Don’t forget to bring your device with you when you come in to have a look! I will email some photos to Kelsey Montague so she can see how her street art inspired us!

Wings Cambridge Primary School 2019

Kelsey Montague wings Nashville TennesseeI have started photographing the students standing at the wings, looking as if they belong to them and they are about to fly away!

Please remember that the feathers are made of paper so they should not be touched while you are looking at them. And thanks to Mrs Naushabah Shahzad for helping put the wings together!

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CONGRATULATIONS NEW ART AMBASSADORS!

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The students have been waiting sooooooooo long for the new Art Ambassadors to be announced as Mrs Menhennet was waiting for the next grade 3-6 assembly to do it. Finally, we had an upper school assembly on Monday afternoon – and Mrs Menhennet wasn’t at school to make the announcement! AAAAGGGGHHHH!

So rather than make the students wait any longer here is the list!

Congratulations to

Dinali 5A                      Brooke 5B                    Steph 5B

Zunaira 5A                   Asees 5B.                    Aleena 5F

Inaaya 5A                    Julia 5B                        Sithika 5F

Chelsea 6A                  Amber 6A                     Rishit 6B

 

New Art Ambassadors need to see Mrs Menhennet to get their badge!

I was truly overwhelmed by the amount of Expressions of Interest that were submitted for these important student leadership positions. I’m just very sorry that I couldn’t give everybody that applied a position.

I went to the MC Escher EXHIBITION at THE NGV!

The MC Escher exhibition at the NGV is a collaboration Japanese design company NENDO.

Nendo did an exceptional job of incorporating Escher’s art style into the overall design of the exhibition. The Escher artworks came from a special museum in Holland.

Art ambassador 2019 Emma

The exhibition includes many of Escher’s artworks from realistic pieces to more geometric mind boggling ones! The exhibition has a fantastic and interesting design and layout that you would never have seen before.

There is an awesome gift shop located at the end of the exhibition. Some of the products there included posters, books, skateboards, drink bottles, magnets, postcards, notebooks and clothing. You will not regret going to the Escher X Nendo exhibition at the NGV in Melbourne – but you need to hurry – it closes on the 7th April!

By Emma Flower 6E CPS Art Ambassador

DONATIONS

Thank you so much for all the donations that enhance our program. Throughout the year I will inform you of items that can be recycled through the art room. In the last week or so we have received:-

  • wool

  • ribbon

  • buttons

  • paint sample cards

  • assorted plastic lids

  • etc, etc, etc

 The art room would really like to receive some magazines to fill up our magazine bin that is used all over the school.

The fabric bins are absolutely full so we don’t need any more fabric until further notice.

reduce reuse recycle

Thank you,

Shelley Menhennet

 

 

March 17

I HAVE MISSED YOU!

I have really missed writing on my blog!

I think about blog posts all the time and all the things i would like to try on my blog and my time just gets eaten and then they don’t happen.

Well, no more! I am going to try to do my blog posts FIRST from now on so they get done. They make me happy, they make my soul sing, so why shouldn’t they come first?!?!

Here I go!

Mr Happy

Well seeing I have realised it is St Patrick’s Day my smiley happy person should probably look like this!

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April 29

MORE ART SHOW 2013 PHOTOS

 

Here are some more photos from the Cambridge Primary School Art Show last year.

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They sort of show how I set the display boards up in what we call the  Old Gym.  This was the first board they saw as they came in the door so was the obvious place to put Welcome to the Cambridge Primary School Art Show. Although it is a bit hard to see in this photo the word welcome is a photocopy of a WELCOME mat, to and the are just printed large in fancy fonts, the diamond shape is our Cambridge Primary School logo and the word show is an image I found on Google images which I enlarged on the photocopier and is sitting in the middle of the R in ART!

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The visitors then turned right as the layout led them down a narrow entry – wide enough for prams, pushers and wheelchairs, of course.

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View looking towards the entry – and yes. this is before we opened or I would have been crushed by the crowd!

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in the photo above you can see a green rectangle. That was a trolley, camouflaged in green hessian, which had a PC with my blog running on it, for anyone to have a look at, before they walked through the Art Show. It was great to see lots of children showing the blog to their families. This is how it was set up below.

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So after walking down that long tunnel the visitors turned left and saw Harmony Day kites  made by  grade 5 and 6 and  Wound and Woven Hearts made by the Preps. These were suspended from a net slung from the climbing frame which was at right angles to the wall, utilising part of the gym structure.

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This is what the visitors saw in the centre of the gym. The climbing frame with the hearts hanging from it is in the top left of this photo.

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I think my son Sam climbed up a ladder to take this shot!

And he then took this shot!

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There were displays on tables.

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As well as the floor.

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And on the right hand side I had a slideshow of more that 1000 photos of children’s work from 2013 projected up onto the gym whiteboard.

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Some of our fantastic helpers sitting right at the entry/exit handing out leaflets and collecting money from sales as all Art work on display was for sale at $2 per piece! You can see some of the lovely Monet bridges and lily ponds behind them.

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I really had no idea as  to how I was going to set up the boards until they got there, as it was the first time I had to organise the Art Show, but it all worked out OK.

I will certainly be hiring more boards next time though as the school numbers are still increasing and I tried to put more than one piece of work up for each child.

My plan for next year is also to have a Committee so the organisational load can be shared and I’ll add in a raffle and some other ideas which were just too difficult to attempt for my first Art Show.

Thanks for looking,

Shell

December 3

HELLO MONOMOY ISLAND!

Wow!

 I just checked the cluster map on this blog – I do this nearly every day – as I love seeing all the magical places my blogviewers come from – and saw that one of my recent visitors was from MONOMOY ISLAND MASSACHUSETTS.

As I had honestly never heard of this place, I looked it up on google, and found it’s Wikipedia listing, stating that it is an uninhabited spit of land that over time has become an island, at the edge of Massachusetts.

So hello to all the seals and seagulls and birds and whatever else lives there and thanks for looking at my blog!!!!!

Or perhaps it was a passing ship????

In that case I suppose I should say Ahoy!

I just love looking at my cluster map! It just makes me happy!

Thanks for reading!

Shell

 

July 23

ART TEACHER BLOG DIRECTORY

I have just added my blog to the ART TEACHERS BLOG DIRECTORY and the list is huge! If you are looking for information on Art Teaching this is probably the place to look!

Have Fun,

Shelley

 

Art Teacher Blog Directory

Art Teacher Blog Directory

Are you looking for new art projects for kids?

I started this art teaching blog directory a few years ago as a way to meet new art education bloggers.  This is a great place to start if you are looking for new ideas for your teaching.

Do you want to join an art teacher blog directory?  Add your link and then copy and paste the whole thing to your blog.  Pretty soon you will be linked up with art teachers from all over the world.

1. Marcia Beckett

2. Greg Percy

3. Mini Matisse

4. Barb’s Students

5. The Teaching Palette

6. Artspiration

7. eleni

8. Mrs. Picasso’s Art Room

9. Trish ackerman

10. Use Your Coloured Pencils

11. Art Makes Kids Smart

12. Draw, Paint, and Cut

13. LeAnne

14. Katie Morris

15. Art on the Move

16. The ART of Education

17. Rachel Motta

18. Tami Smith

19. Waitsfield Elementary Art

20. Fayston Elementary Art

21. Barb’s Thought of the Day

22. Tana

23. Art Teachers Hate Glitter

24. Stuck In The Mud Pottery

25. phyl

26. Lines, Dots and Doodles

27. Mary

28. Kthomas

29. B Art Z- elementary art

30. Artful Artsy Amy

31. Art with Mrs. Smith

32. ARTolazzi

33. Studio-Kids

34. Lori

35. Laura

36. we heart art

37. NancieKay

38. OZKIDZ ARTZ

39. Gallery2404

40. Her Dabbles

41. mary ellen

42. Fine Lines

43. Jen Matott

44. Janie B

45. Jodi

46. Kati Walsh

47. Karen

48. Megan Swartz

49. Patty Palmer

50. TishaLou

51. BeccaRuth

52. Maggie Bandstra

53. School at St. George Place Creation Station

54. Jacquelien Bredenoord

55. Karen Bosch

56. Lisa Winkler

57. Lori K

58. Jeanne Bjork

59. Digital Sojourns

60. GT Art Room

61. artteachergirl

62. Jacqueline Cassidy

63. Roderick Vesper

64. High School Art

65. Ms. I’s Artroom

66. Mme Reddick

67. Natalie

68. DATA Di

69. Nicole D.

70. nicole sisco heller

71. destiny Breault

72. shine brite zamorano

73. Anna Pietrolungo

74. The Dot

75. A Faithful Attempt

76. Artmuse67

77. This Little Blog of Mine

78. stacy spangler

79. jennalee

80. Hannah

81. Aileen Wilson

82. in art class

83. Beth

84. Wilkinson’s Wonderful World of Art

85. My Adventures in Positive Space

86. Beth Hurley

87. claudiaj

88. Visual Thinker/Digital Learner

89. Mr. R.

90. Kat

91. Stacy Lord

92. Janis Rink

93. Tricia’s Teach & Art

94. that artist woman

95. tami

96. Hallie

97. Jennifer Auvermann

98. dolunay

99. Amanda barber

100. Deanna Agresti

101. Artburbia

102. Bethany Forgione

103. Fine Arts Studio

104. The Creative Sanctuary

105. Hayley Ferber

106. SnippetyGibbet

107. Bulletin Boards to Remember

108. Art Alert

109. ARTastic!

110. Molly Stewart

111. Ms. Papanikolaou

112. The Ramblings of a Middle School Art Teacher

113. Primary Colors

114. FACA Art Room

115. Suffield Elementary Art Blog!

116. Keri Pye

117. ronet noe

118. Rebecca Ogden

119. Kids & Glitter

120. Linda (Susie) Rodriguez

121. hegARTy

122. Room For Art

123. Miss Packham’s Palette

124. Outside the Lines

125. Jessica JOhnston

126. Kunstmappe

127. Helen Lindhorst

128. An Art Teacher’s Fairy Teal

129. The Eclectic Illustrator

130. Mrs Craig’s Art Room

131. Chan Bliss

132. Adorably Awesome Artists

133. It’s Elementary Art, Mrs. Holmes!!

134. Mrs. McDonnell

135. Thomas Elementary Art

136. The Art Teacher’s Closet

137. Art for Kiwi Kids

138. Dali’s Moustache

139. I Now Pronounce You Paintings

140. In The Paint

141. What Will We Make Now?

142. Art Tech Education

143. Allison Krook

144. Tonia Gray

145. Tonia Gray

146. Crafty Moira

147. Stephanie

148. ARTechniques

149. Pam

150. Midnight Mona Lisa

151. sharpiewoman

152. My Creative Wish

153. Kieren Dutcher

154. Wanda Laing

155. Mrs. Meggles Art Room

156. Dishing Art

157. Mr. E

158. Yankeetown Art with Mrs. C

159. Clever Feather

160. The Crayon Lab

161. Teaching Art in Alabama

162. Kristin Anson

163. Creative Flamingo

164. Tales from the Travelling Art Teacher

165. Mary C. Nasser Art

166. cathyb

167. Pamela’s Art of Living

168. What’s Up, Jackson Pollock?!

169. Kathleen Arola

170. Art with Miss V

171. More Powerful Beyond Measure

172. Miss Judy’s Art Class

173. Create

174. Picasso’s Basement

175. Art Moments

176. Christy Humpal

177. marcie jan bronstein

178. Elementary Art Rocks

179. Rachel S.

180. Chanteal Alston

181. Darlene Pringle

182. room 9 art

183. Mary Jones

184. Art lessons from a K-8 school in Phoenix

185. PurnimaSampat

186. The Adelphi Project

187. Lee Darter

188. The Art Room

189. k6art.com

190. Erica

191. Morgan J. Norwood

192. stacy

193. The Art Fairy

194. Doodling In My Mind

195. Muddy Rose Pottery

196. JoYcE van der Lely – YoungatArtDownUnder

197. Mrs. Knight’s Smartest Artists

198. Adam Laughlin

199. Ms. Kristen-Crayon Can

200. Hazel Terry

201. Elwood Primary Art Adventures

202. Laura

203. Mr. MintART

204. Art at Becker Middle School

205. Amy Miller

206. Christy Branham

207. Bea Gilmore

208. Rae Ann Hoehn

209. Vull fer Plàstica

210. Northbridge International School

211. Cooperative Curriculum

212. The Bees Knees Cousin

213. Sarah DeWitt Brooks

214. artisan des arts

215. Chanda Weigel

216. Rainbow Skies And Dragonflies

217. Katie Lewandowski

218. Principles of Heart

219. Sarah

220. Tara

221. Learn to Teach. Teach to Learn.

222. Spot of Color

223. Mrs. Belzer

224. Jen

225. Clara Crosby

226. wendy pierce

227. Mrs. Paul’s Art Room

228. Gail Altschuler

229. Debbie

230. Erin Elizabeth

231. Miss Montoya!

232. Create Art With Me

233. Helen

234. Cathy K

235. Fru billedkunst

236. Taísa Soares

237. Jenni Ward

238. Maria Smith

239. ArtZKiddoZ

240. Fruit Flower Insect – Cynthia Padilla

241. Roze

242. Ms. Todorovich

243. GRich

244. newcityarts

245. Mrs. Macre’s Art Class

246. KNWaggoner

247. smArty

248. jen

249. Ms. Eaton’s Phileonia Artonian

250. Mona Lisa Lives Here

251. The Art of Mann (Horace Mann Elementary, WA)

252. Ilse

253. Griet

254. Elizabeth

255. HELEN ZOTOS

256. Marilena

257. Kristin

258. Jen Impey

259. rhea Knott

260. Rainbows Within Reach

261. neomi

262. Dream Painters

263. ms art

264. Lori, Australia

265. Tracey Smith

266. Sarah

267. Grasping Great Gadgets by Kathryn Barton

268. Robyn Peterson

269. I Now Pronounce U Paintings

270. Zandrea

271. Art Intertwine

272. Que Seurat Seurat

273. Aimee Fresia

274. John Romang

275. VonnieMay

276. Paul Priestley

277. Paperclip Spaceship

278. Foster smART Room

279. michelle east fine art blog

280. Anderson Leitão

281. Tatjana Knudsen

282. Lori @ LorikArt

283. Chris

284. Joy Hellman

285. Jane Gravois

286. gretchen buwalda

287. Martha cecilia Valencia

288. Mrs. Joni Susa

289. Sarah Wegenast

290. The Traveling Art Teacher

291. Paula Guhin

292. elrincóndesenda

293. Colleen Rose

294. Jean Gray Mohs

295. Kim Bryant

296. FruBilledkunst

297. 4LittleArtists

298. Beth Carter

299. CERULEAN

300. Kori Vincent

301. the Warm Tones

302. Mrs. Riedel

303. Art Class with LMJ

304. tonie kristoffersen

305. Native American Art School

306. Art Lesson Launchpad

307. Mark Schmidt

308. DoodlesNYC

309. Designing Fairy — teaching videos

310. Kathy Schmidt

311. PipeCleaners, PaperCuts and Picasso

312. Shelly Pruitt

313. Daun Yorke

314. Andrea Ream Ellwood

315. art is primary OCPS

316. Meri Walker

317. Tabitha

318. creativeind art

319. Crystal

320. Shelley Menhennet