WOW! I still can't believe it's December! Although, it is one of my favorite times of the year in the Art room; these are lessons I hope the students come home talking about.
I've always included a lesson about Walt Disney when learning about different types of jobs artists do. However, last year, with the release of Frozen, the Walt Disney lesson sparked a lot of interest in animation. So this month will begin with some "Hidden Mickey" projects (tempera paint for first grade and watercolor for kindergarten), then we'll learn about the creator of Mickey Mouse (and all that goes with it) when we learn that "Disney" was a person and not a PLACE! (LOL - the students are usually a little shocked by that). And finally, we will work with our student laptops the week before break and the week we return in January. There are a few really good websites that will allow the kindergarten students to play with some paint programs and the first graders to experiment with animation.
I've discovered a free website that allows me to create short drawing videos. I've posted those, along with some samples of this month's owl projects on our classroom blog. (click here for the blog: www.strokesofart.blogspot.com) I love to hear that the students visit the blog just as much as the parents, so I wanted to include something that they would enjoy as well.
Listed below, you can still find a PDF that has photographic samples of how I grade for our new Standards Based Reports Cards. Many parents have wondered about this and I hoped these samples would be helpful.
Please know, that you can contact me with any questions, by phone and E-mail. I can't take phone calls during the school day, as I'm always with students, but E-mails will always work and I will write back as soon as possible.