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Memory Boxes (3rd-5th)

I'm one of those people that collect random things in hopes that one day I may use it for an art project. Well this past week I finally did it! I got an email from another art teacher in my county a couple months ago asking if anyone wanted a bunch of small boxes; naturally I said yes. Upon receiving them, I assembled one of the boxes and began brainstorming what I could do with them. Unfortunately,  I didn't come up with anything so I just put them away in my storage closet. 
This past week I had to come up with an art lesson to do with my 3rd-5th graders. The way my rotation works is that I see each grade-level every day, but see the same group of kids for an entire week. So of course it just so happened that the last week of art, I got my first groups again and had nothing planned to do with them (they'd already completed all the projects my other classes had)! Lucky for me I have an astounding ability to come up with a lesson the day of (sometimes they end up being my very best).
That's where my idea for memory boxes came from. I pulled out the box of small boxes I had received and gave out one to each student (I did this with 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade). First we assembled them, then began coloring them with Crayola color sticks (very similar to Prismacolor art stix - but way less expensive). These actually covered the boxes surprisingly well and best of all there was no paint clean-up! Students took about a day-a day and a half to completely color their box. Once they were finished I had them decorate their boxes anyway they wanted to with ribbons, rhinestones, sequins, and buttons. I had to help most of them hot glue something onto their box... but the students were also able to use Turbo Tacky glue to attach a lot of the decoration.
Once students were done decorating their box, I had them begin writing on strips of paper sized to perfectly fit in the box. Their task -- write one memory they shared or compliment they had for each student in their class. 
I figured this would be a great (and happy) way to end the school year! And the kids LOVED it!! :)




There were at least 15 'YOLO' boxes. **shakes head











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What Do You Need?

Art Teachers -

What resources would you like for your art room that you do not currently have?
Any specific types of lessons.. posters.. instructional materials?
I will be creating a bunch of new art education-related products for my TPT store over the summer and would love to have some input from working teachers! :)

In my store I currently have...

Art with Ms Gram's Growing Elementary Art Bundle
         -- this bundle contains my Visual Elementary Art BingoArt Vocabulary Scavenger Hunt and Jeopardy Game12 Creative Writing/Drawing PromptsArt Center Ideas100 Visual Art Vocabulary Word Wall Cards2D Shapes and 3D Forms PostersColor Identification Posters (English and Spanish Words)Art History Skits Project

6 Lesson Vertical Elementary Art Color Unit


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More Pinch-Pot Creations! (5th)

Once again this is a follow up to a post I made previously - but I just wanted to share some more of the great work I got out of my students this past week! To see the original pinch-pot creation post, CLICK HERE.









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More Radial Paper Relief Sculptures (4th)

I blogged about this lesson last week, but my 4th grade group this week knocked it out the the park! I just wanted to share some more student examples! :) To see my more detailed post on this lesson CLICK HERE.












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Becoming the Art Ed Master :)

I have recently decided to apply to go back to school (hopefully this fall) so I can begin my M.A.Ed in Art Education degree. This is something that I had always planned on doing and now that my son is going into Kindergarten, I feel that the time might finally be right.
I still plan on continuing my blog - so no worries about that. I just wanted to share this exciting and potentially life-changing information with all those people who have followed my journey and have networked with me via my blog. You guys have inspired my current research interests (I'll share more in the future)! :)

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Radial Paper Relief Sculptures (4th/5th)




For this lesson we began by taking about what symmetry is and the difference between linear symmetry (1 line of symmetry) and radial symmetry (more than 1 line of symmetry). Then we talked about what a sculpture is (a piece of artwork you can see from all sides - it is 3-dimensional) and what a relief "sculpture" is (a piece of artwork that has depth on the surface but is not meant to be seen from all sides). Once students understood the principles behind radial symmetry and sculpture we began creating our very own radial paper relief sculptures!

Students started by folding a piece of 12"x12" black construction paper diagonally both ways and vertical and horizontally (to create an 'X' crease and a '+' crease). Making these creases makes creating a radial design SO much easier because it gives you guidelines to work with. Once their papers had been folded and their names written, we sat them aside.
Before having students begin folding their colored paper (each piece was cut to 3" x 3") to fill the inside of their design, I demonstrated 4 folds to them to get them started. *Students were allowed to deviate from these folds if they wanted to.





My kids absolutely LOVED this project! They are already super into origami, so this project was like heaven to them! :)









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Silent Art (K and 1st)

Due to CRCT testing in nearby classrooms, I had to try to find a way to get my kindergarten and 1st grade class to work SILENTLY on Friday; a feat not easily accomplished with the specific classes I had this past week. 
My idea - weaving! Weaving requires a certain amount of concentration and I knew it would be an activity that would keep my kids busy and focused. 
I have a weaving center in my classroom made up of pieces of shelf-liner and rexlace. Normally when students use this center they practice their weaving techniques, then have to put everything back at the end of class; it's not a center that you get to take stuff home from.
So when I passed out small pieces of shelf-liner and rexlace on Friday to each students and told them that if they worked quietly I would let them keep everything they wove - they. were. SILENT.
NOT A WORD. It was a beautiful sight -- each kid working so intently on their weaving.
Just wanted to share this with you guys in case you run into a similar problem with testing. :)
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