Saturday, November 12, 2016

Winter Pine Tree Paintings (2nd)

It's beginning to feel like the most wonderful time of the year again.. and you know what that means - WINTER-THEMED ART PROJECTS!

Guys.. this is what I live for! There is something about working on winter art projects that just puts me in a better mood. It takes me to my happy place - a place filled with scarfs, Starbucks coffee, Christmas lights, family time, and 2 weeks off of work! And while all these things might still be a little while off.. it sure doesn't feel like that in my classroom! :)

This whole project came about as I was trying to find a quick 2-day replacement project for my 2nd grade students this rotation. I'm taking two days off to take a trip to the mountains with my hubby.. so I knew there was not enough time to do my usual Winter Value Landscapes project during this rotation. So I hoped onto Pinterest and found this inspiration.

I began this project by reviewing color mixing with my 2nd graders. We talked about how primary colors can be mixed together to create secondary colors.. but wait... did you know that you can mix primary and secondary colors to create super awesome tertiary colors!? Well I know you guys know that.. but these darlings haven't been taught about that yet. ;)

After discussing that for a bit, we moved onto working on painting the background for our winter trees. Students were given a palette with the 3 primary and 3 secondary colors in rainbow order and were asked to use 3-4 of them to create concentric circles on their paper that also included tertiary colors. Some students listened.. others went color crazy and used all of them.. but can I blame them? I'd probably do the same thing too. :)

On day 2 we began by talking about evergreen trees and how to paint them. I put up a PPT slide showing a variety of different pine tree paintings.. then showed them how I would approach it.
I painted a black line going up my page (from bottom to top), then used a dry brush technique to "dab the black paint onto the paper" to create some texture for the needles.
To which my students responded with:

Every. Time. I said it. **shaking my head**

Then my kids went back to their seats and got started on their paintings.
After a while I called them back to the carpet and showed them how I could use the same dry brush technique with white paint to add snow to my painting. Then I flipped my brush around and used the handle to print white dots for falling snow.

I gotta say.. I LOVE the results. I came up with how I was going to teach this lesson literally 5 minutes before they walked into my classroom.. so I was super elated when I saw their finished pieces. Success! 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Still Kickin'!

Well it's clear that I must have been in hibernation because I haven't written in two months! Yikes!
I gotta tell you guys.. I've had quite a bit going on!
First off I FINALLY moved into my new construction home in August and have been unpacking things literally for the past month (my new office is still a war zone).
AND... I'd been feeling a little under the weather for the past.. ehhhh let's say about 13 weeks?
But that's just because of the baby. :)



YES! Mrs. Nguyen is having a baby!

I am so beyond excited about having another little one. My existing son is about to turn 8 years old this month.. so he's been waiting a LONG time for a sibling!
And to top things off - we got to find out the gender really early!
Guys.. science is amazing. Like really. 2 vials of blood from me and the lab was able to determine the baby's likelihood of inheriting any genetic diseases AND could tell me the gender.

So without further adieu...

Brody's getting a baby brother!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Cup Stacking

It's the end of the year. You've already cleaned up your classroom and you are done making messes.....buttttt you still have a few classes to teach. What to do - what to do?


I know this isn't a new thing.. but man is it effective. Break your class up into a couple teams and give them a ton of plastic or paper cups.. then let them go wild.
Who can build the biggest tower? Who can build a bridge? Who can build a castle?

The best part is when the cups come tumbling down - which will inevitably happen. The kids go crazy!
It's the happiest I've ever seen them in my classroom without paint or clay everywhere. :)

Friday, May 20, 2016

My Dirt

I'm going to begin by apologizing for not blogging as often lately. I've been a little bit distracted.
We all know the end of the school year is crazy.. but it's even crazier when you throw building a house on top of that!
My husband and I are building our first house - which is so incredibly exciting AND so much paperwork! Just when you think you're done signing stuff or fetching documents... nope.
I realize that many of you wonderful art teachers already own homes, so this may not be as exciting of an announcement for you (also perhaps because I'm some random art teacher), but I just wanted to share it!

I've driven by our lot 10000 times already and I'm pretty sure both my husband and son think I'm insane. Our lot is still a pile of dirt and weeds, so every time I drive by I eagerly check to see if anything has changed. It hasn't. Construction hasn't even started yet.. and won't for another week or so. Sooooooo I really don't know why I expect it to.  ;)  Again.. I'm insane.

"My Dirt" as my sister calls it.
We just recently has our appointment at the design center to pick out our design selections. I think I'm in love!
The brick color in the image below might be a little off.. but it's super close to that.

Though it isn't represented in the picture above, I think the very best part about this new house is going to be my walk-in-closet. You guys.. it's like the size of my son's entire bedroom. LEGITTTT.

Also - the covered back patio complete with a ceiling fan. I'm so excited to sit outside without having to be directly under that hot Georgian sun (too bad I can't escape the humidity).

Anywho.. so that's what's going on with me.
On the bright side - I am so behind in posting my latest lessons on here, that I am pretty much set for content for this summer's blog posts! :)