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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Pastel Pumpkins - An Autumn Art Activity


As I am not so artistically inclined, I use Pinterest to find almost all of my art ideas.  Last week, I came across this post about drawing pumpkins and decided that would be perfect for my Grade 4's.

I demonstrated Holly's technique of drawing pumpkins and did some directed drawing with them, following her instructions.  After they understood the shading and highlighting technique, I gave them their simple assignment: draw a scene featuring a pumpkin.  They were only allowed to use pastels (chalk or oil pastels), no pencils!

I love how they turned out, and they are a hit with the other teachers and parents at my school.  Check out some of the creations below.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Grade 4 Paint Chip Poetry

This week, my class has been working on descriptive writing, similes, and metaphors.  Thursday night was out Meet the Teacher night, and I wanted the kids to create something visual to put up and impress the parents, and that's when I thought about Paint Chip Poetry! 

I went to the local Wal-Mart and cleared them out of paint chips, and had my grade 4's choose a colour.  They then had to come up with 6 lines of poetry to describe their colour.  I asked them to consider the 5 senses and use rich adjectives and imagery so that their parents could see, hear, smell, feel, and taste their colours.

We wrote some sample lines together as a class first, and then I let them go.  I was so impressed with the images they created, and they were a huge hit with the parents!

Here are a few of the Paint Chip Poems that my grade 4's created.

Thanksgiving Giveaway!

This weekend is a long weekend for us in Canada.  Monday is our Thanksgiving, and to celebrate the extra day off, the turkey, the family, and the thankfulness, I am hosting a giveaway!

You can enter to win a $10 One Teacher's Adventures shopping spree and a $10 TpT Gift Card by liking my Facebook Page, following me on TpT, or leaving feedback on one of my freebies!  Enter below (and share with your friends!)  The contest closes Tuesday night at 11:59pm!

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Sunday, 5 October 2014

Name Kaleidoscopes - Grade 4

Can I just say how much I love Pinterest!  I can easily say that 90% of my art lessons come directly from Pinterest ideas, including the one my class completed last week. 

These are name kaleidoscopes.  The original idea came from the blog Artisan Des Arts, and I found it on Pinterest.  You can get the instructions here.



The idea is that students will use their names, and after flipping and tracing them 8 times, they will create a kaleidoscope image.  I am so impressed with how they turned out.  Even the students who "didn't do it right" ended up with beautiful, colourful additions to add to our display. 

Here are only a few of the fantastic pieces from my grade 4's.




Saturday, 4 October 2014

A Crazy Country Night with Brad Paisley!

I live in Victoria, Canada.  We are on an island hanging off the west coast of BC.  If we want to see a big show, we have to take a ferry and travel about 3 hours to Vancouver, or about 5 to Seattle.  You can imagine how excited I was to hear that Brad Paisley was coming to our little hockey arena in Vic!

On Thursday night, my mom, my sister, and I went to see his show.  He had big screens with colourful graphics.  He had a man in a giant Brad Paisley muppet head!  He even had Carrie Underwood come out and sing "Remind Me" (although there is overwhelming evidence to suggest this was not the real Carrie, but rather a hologram - I still choose to believe she was there!).

We had floor seats, so we were pretty close to the stage, even closer when he took to the back stage and was only 3 rows away!  We mostly saw him from behind, but his is a nice behind to look at :)

I had so much fun on Thursday night! 

Of course, on Friday at school, I had a massive headache all day, which wouldn't have been so bad if it wasn't our Terry Fox Run day :(  I made it through the whole day and it was so worth it!