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Family Portraits (3rd)

For the past couple years I've been doing a family portrait drawing project with my 3rd graders for their Square 1 Art fundraiser project. I mean.. who could resist a child-drawn picture of their family? If my son brought that home I'd buy two of everything! #adorable
Drawing with 3rd graders can be tough. Some of them are still at the point where they are willing to try drawing whatever.. but unfortunately some of them reach that tipping point where all of a sudden if they aren't immediately successful, they think they can't do it.
That's why for this lesson I took a more step-by-step approach with them. We all began on the carpet in my classroom. I showed my students a brief PowerPoint explaining what a family portrait is, and then we compared and contrasted two very different family portraits drawn by children (one was an image I found online and the other was an example by one of my 3rd graders).
We talked about how the portrait drawn by the 3rd grader had a background, was fully colored, had the family members overlapping to create space, had thought about body proportions, etc., while the portrait found on the internet did not. My students all agreed that the portrait with all the extra details was definitely a more successful drawing.

Back to School Collaborative Mural 2017

Paintbrush Hall Passes

Setting Up My Art Room 2017-2018

I'm finally back from maternity leave and ready to teach (kinda)! Can I bring my baby with me? Can he be my assistant? No? Awe. :(

Towards the end of the last school year I came back from my maternity leave for the two days of post-planning so I could clean up my classroom myself (it's just easier to do myself so I know where everything is). This year we had to take EVERYTHING down - including all our wall decor (since they were going to clean the walls during the summertime). While it was a pain to take everything down, it did give me a blank slate for the new school year!
Side note: My classroom looks HUGGGGEEEE when it's empty!

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Before I went back for pre-planning I started work on a set a drawers for my classroom. The idea was that I would use each drawer to store all the prepped cut paper for each of my grade-level projects (that way it wouldn't end up all over my desk.. and every other possible surface in my room). Unfortunately in all my excitement.. I neglected to read the product description on the drawers I ordered from Target. I was overjoyed when I saw that the drawers could hold 12"x18" paper... except that they can't.. because that was just the overall cabinet dimensions. So now I think I might just use them for scrap paper storage (an excellent idea given to me by another art teacher)!
Obviously I couldn't just leave the drawers black.. so I decided to give them a colorful face lift!

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