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This school year I will be out on an extended maternity leave. While I am so excited to get to stay home with my babies, I'm definitely going to miss my classroom! Setting up my art room in the beginning of the year is something I always look forward to. Freshly painted tables and stools, sparkling'ish clean floors, new bulletin board borders, bright new posters to hang - I LOVE it all so much!
Normally I start off each school year with a post showing how I set up my art room and my plans for classroom management, but this year is going to be a little different. Instead I'm going to show you some pictures of things that worked great in previous years, and what exciting new creations I've been working on for the art room!

Using Picture Books in the Elementary Art Room

This post contains affiliate links for each picture book title.

In the art room, I often use picture books as a source of inspiration for my lessons - especially with my K-2 kiddos! Not only do I have an appreciation for the gorgeous illustrations, but I also love the vividly descriptive language that is often used. In fact, most of my lower grade art lessons actually start with me doing a read-aloud with my class. The kids love it (because who doesn't like having a book read to them?), my administration loves it (uhhh incorporating literacy anyone?), and I love it (gotta savor those few quiet art room moments). :)
Recently I had a colleague ask me to send her a list of books that I often use in my classroom, so I decided to turn it into a blog post! Of course this is not an exclusive list (I literally have more than 100 picture books in my classroom), but it's a great place to start!
Each of the 8 book recommendations below includes a brief description of the project(s) I normally do with it and links for more information.

Rainbow Paper Mosaics Revisited (K)


If you're a regular around here, you may remember reading about my kindergarten rainbow paper mosaic project. After a couple years of teaching, I decided to make some changes. For example I switched to blue paper instead of the grey I used before, gave my students one more additional class period to work, AND let them loose on some glitter (yayyyyyyyy). :)
This time I started by reading the book "How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow" to my students. We talked about the colors that we say on the rainbow and about rainbow order in general. Afterwards students created a piece of textured painted paper with liquid tempera paints and paint scrapers.
The next day we began by talking about what a mosaic is (and looked at a bunch of fun examples) and then reviewed rainbow order once again.
Then each student was given a sheet of 12"x15" blue construction paper and was asked to draw a cloud in each of the two corners and then a tall red line that went from one cloud, all the way to the tippy-top of the paper, and back down to the other cloud.
Once this was done I had my students come back to the carpet and I demonstrated how to begin their painted paper rainbow mosaics.
First I had to tear up my pieces of painted paper down into smaller pieces. Then I dipped a 3/4" tempera paintbrush into a cup of clear liquid glue and painted a line of glue over the red line that I had drawn. Since red is the first color in the rainbow, I placed pieces of red paper next to each other to cover the line of glue. Once the red line was done, I painted another line of glue just under the red line and placed torn up pieces of orange paper. And so on...
Gluing and placing the paper took most of my kinders about 1 1/2 (45-minute) class periods. On the last day once they were done I called each table over one by one to add the finishing touch - puffy clouds!
To make the clouds appear puffy, I mixed shaving cream and white liquid school glue together. I wish I could tell you the exact recipe.. but I pretty much just eye ball it every time. If you don't add enough glue the puffy clouds will flatten and flake as they dry. 
Students used popsicle sticks to scoop up some of the mixture and then patted it onto their paper where they had drawn their clouds. Once they had those on their page we (and by we I mean I) added glitter on top!



Radial Symmetric Marker Prints (4th)

This past week my 4th graders have been working on some radial printmaking. To begin the project, we started by reviewing a PowerPoint which goes over the three basic types of symmetry; linear or bilateral symmetry, radial symmetry, and asymmetry. In the beginning of the year my 4th graders made mandalas, so they were already very familiar with radial symmetry and design.
After the PowerPoint I gave each of my students a half-sheet of grid paper with a few 2”x2” squares blocked out (the same size as the stamp). I explained that students would be creating a stamp, that when rotated around its access and stamped 4 times, would create a radial symmetric design. Because the stamp would be rotated, it was important that lines that started at a particular side ended at the same position on the adjacent side. So for example if I drew a line that started at the first mark on the y-axis, it would need to end at the first mark on the x-axis. Students were asked to create a few different design ideas and then pick their favorite from the ones they drew. After selecting their final design, students transferred their design onto a piece of 2”x2” Styrofoam with a dull pencil. It’s imperative that the pencil is dull so that the Styrofoam doesn’t tear. 
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