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8th Grade Writing 2



8th Grade Writing 2

Writing assignment: 30 points total (Use middle school heading) Topic: Art/Graffiti Due Date: Wednesday October 17th Structure: 14 points *6-8 Sentences *Double spaced and Typed *PRINTED (Not emailed) Writing: 16 points *Topic sentence – clearly states your position/opinion and tells me what question you are answering. *Body – Develop your opinion. Do NOT give a […]

7 and 8 Grade Writing Rubric



Writing assignments: 30 points total Structure: 14 points *6-8 Sentences *Double spaced and Typed *PRINTED (Not emailed) Writing: 16 points *Topic sentence – clearly states your position/opinion *Body – Develop your opinion.  Do NOT give a laundry list of reasons why you support your opinion.  Choose one reason that supports your opinion and DEVELOP it.  […]

Middle School Due Dates



6E Landscape painting – due 9/11 at end of class 6B Landscape painting – due 9/17 at end of class 7G Tessellation due 9/18 7G Writing #1 due 9/11 7W Tessellation due 9/19 7W Writing #1 due 9/13 8B Writing #1 due 9/11 8B project due 9/25 8R Writing #1 due 9/13 8R project due […]

Scholastic Art (& Writing) 2018-2019



For 7th and 8th graders only: Scholastic Art & Writing 2018-2019 https://www.artandwriting.org/ https://www.artandwriting.org/what-we-do/the-awards/categories/#26 Art Categories: Architecture & Industrial Design Ceramics & Glass Comic Art Design Digital Art Drawing & Illustration Editorial Cartoon Fashion Film & Animation Jewelry Mixed Media Painting Photography Printmaking Sculpture Video Game Design Art Portfolio (graduating seniors only) Writing Categories: Critical Essay […]

6, 7, 8th Project Rubrics



We are off and running with our first projects.  Below are the rubrics for the current middle school projects. 6th Grade: Nature Landscape Tints 6th Grade 7th Grade: Tessellation Rubric 8th Grade: 50 object rubric list

7th & 8th Grade – Writing 2 – What is an artist? What is artwork?



7th & 8th Grade – Writing 2 – What is an artist? What is artwork?

In a paragraph, tell me either what it means to be an “artist” or what it takes for something to be “artwork”.  Be descriptive and thorough in your response. Middle school heading, typed, double spaced, printed and turned in on or before the due date listed below. Below the heading, include the title, artist, and […]

6th Grade Writing 1 – Art Institute of Chicago



6th Grade Writing 1 – Art Institute of Chicago

Go to the Art Institute of Chicago’s website (http://www.artic.edu/) and select “collections”.  In the collections, find a piece of artwork you like.  Analyze the piece and tell me why you like it.  What is it about the subject, color, artist (etc.) that you like about the artwork?  What emotions does it stir inside of you?  […]

7th & 8th Grade Writing 1



7th & 8th Grade Writing 1

Due Monday 12/11/17 for 8B Due Tuesday 12/12/17 for 8R and 7D Due Friday 12/15/17 for 7W Go to the Art Institute of Chicago’s website and select a piece of artwork that you like. Analyze the piece and tell me why you like it. What is it about the subject, color, artist (etc.) that you […]

PreK Line…with Larry



PreK Line…with Larry

Larry the line, the very real snake, came to visit us today! We learned how he can make vertical, diagonal, horizontal, curvy, zigzag, and spiral lines with his body! The kids loved it. Then we practiced our lines on paper with oil pastels and water colored them. Can you see all of our types of […]

5th Grade Pop Art Food



5th Grade Pop Art Food

Today we learned about pop artists making art from popular things…and also about an artist who made things MUCH larger than life. And so, we are making paper mache BIG food! Here is the beginning… The only rule I have is that if you find a “funnies” page, you must give it to me so […]

4th Grade Robert Indiana



4th Grade Robert Indiana

The great Hoosier artist Robert Indiana painted his iconic Love (shown at the bottom) and we made our own four-letter artwork in his style. It was tricky to think about negative space, but we figured it out eventually! Can you figure out what these kids are saying about themselves? Obviously, I have successfully made my […]

2nd Grade Color Mixing



2nd Grade Color Mixing

We read The Color of Us and learned that we could make our skin tones in any shade of brown just by mixing different amounts of red, black, white and yellow. Crazy, right?! So we tried it out!

5th Grade American Gothic



5th Grade American Gothic

We studied Grant Wood’s American Gothic and then created our own modern versions. We used pairs that we recognized from our lives. They had to be in front of a background that was relevant to the pair and one of them had to be holding something. Also, I’m a stickler for excellent coloring and they […]

6th Grade Radial Design



6th Grade Radial Design

We just finished some origami and radial patterns within some mosaic inspiration, and now we are turning to our own initials or name to make a snowflake sort of radial name design. Students had to fold a square sheet of paper in a way to create several triangles. Then they wrote their design on one […]

2nd Grade Jackson Pollock



2nd Grade Jackson Pollock

We learned all about Jackson Pollock and how he painted “not to represent his emotion, but how he was feeling.” And then we got super messy and painted with string. This is just the first step for a few weeks. I can’t wait to show you the final product!

5th Grade Mobiles



5th Grade Mobiles

We learned about Alexander Calder and how he invented the mobile. (I even asked them if they remembered the mobile over their cribs! Some said yes! It was adorable!) The students had to bring in 5 objects from home, preferably recycled materials, to put into their mobile. The. They had to test the balance. These […]

2nd Grade Statue of Liberty



2nd Grade Statue of Liberty

In 2nd grade you learn about immigration and Ellis Island, so this was the perfect tie to drawing Lady Liberty. The students had to mix their own patina colored paint for her coloring, after drawing her freehand. Then we busted out the glitter glue (always a hit) and made some fireworks! We used words that […]

6th Grade and Japan



6th Grade and Japan

We are doing origami in 6th grade right now. Our good friend Mrs. Hill spends most of her time in PreK, but when she heard we were doing origami she reminded me that she lived there and would be happy to share information about Japan. It was a wonderful visit! Did you know you can […]

1st Grade Fairytale Kingdoms



1st Grade Fairytale Kingdoms

Fairytale week is coming up and we are celebrating a bit early by drawing our own kingdoms. Complete with castles, dragons and moats, the kids filled their papers with imagination. We used some color sticks to color them…not quite crayons, not quite colored pencils. Student: “Mrs. Dimino, why are you taking pictures?” Me: “Well, don’t […]

Kindergarten Negative Space Dots



Kindergarten Negative Space Dots

We read The Dot and focused our attention on how the subject “made a dot by NOT making a dot” and used a super special tool (big fat pencil, eraser end dipped in paint) to make our negative space dots.

PreK Self Portraits



PreK Self Portraits

Before we started drawing our self portraits, we laid them out with our objects. The results were fantastic! (Wait till you see the drawings! You’ll have to wait till the open house in January!)

5th Grade Research



5th Grade Research

5th graders are doing some research for their drawing project. We are drawing “pairs” like Grant Wood’s American Gothic. The kids are being SUPER creative! This year we have access to a cart of laptops and it is wonderful!

Art Library



Art Library

This summer I organized a library in the art room for students. If we are wrapping up a project with some students finished and others still working, it gives them a chance to work on their reading skills in the art room. Most books are related to art somehow: about an artist, illustrations, or just […]

Pre-K Objects



Pre-K Objects

Ok! There are going to be a lot of pictures for Pre-K this year. When I was at the “teacher store” this summer I found a book from a million years about about found objects and little ones using them for art. It was on clearance and I thought it could be something to try. […]

Poem for Kindergarten



Itsy Bitsy Mousie-kins Itsy Bitsy Mousie-kins sneaks around the housie-kins. Itsy Bitsy Mousie-kins sneaks, sneaks, sneaks. Itsy Bitsy Mousie-kins runs around the housie-kins. Itsy Bitsy Mousie-kins runs, runs, runs .

5th Grade Contour Line



5th Grade Contour Line

The 5th graders did a brand new project this year.  I wasn’t sure how it was going to go, but they were great sports and said I should teach it again next year.  We drew contour lines (like coloring book lines) of organic shapes (we happened to be studying leaves at the time) and covered […]

7th Grade Islamic Tiles



7th Grade Islamic Tiles

The 7th graders learned about the repetitive tiles of Islamic art.  MC Escher was very influenced by the artwork related to the tiles.  This was a great tie to our previous lesson of MC Escher tessellations.  They made their tiles out of clay and added details to each square in the tile.  They used a […]

1st Grade Castles



1st Grade Castles

Back in the fall, the 1st graders had a week of fairy tales!  They even dressed up as fairy tale characters and did a parade through the school.  In art that week, we talked about the purpose, construction and layouts of castles.  Then we made our own!  After the castle drawings were finished, the kids […]

3rd Grade Scarecrows



3rd Grade Scarecrows

It’s that time of year!  Scarecrows are hanging out with us!  The kids are learning all about sewing and organizing.  Such cute little friends they are making!

6th Grade Origami & Radial Symmetry



6th Grade Origami & Radial Symmetry

Paper folding in all its glory…and an attempt at radial symmetry.  We got a little excited at how all of our patterns were ending up and radial symmetry went by the wayside.  However, look how gorgeous these are!!!

2nd Grade Self Portraits



2nd Grade Self Portraits

We’re starting by studying Jackson Pollock and the types of paintings he made.  Yes, we are crazy…we painted with yarn.  Yes, it was messy.  Yes, THEY LOVED IT!  More to come as our project progresses…

1st Grade Apples



1st Grade Apples

Apples!  Apples!  And MORE Apples!  We did a clay project and learned how to make pinch pot apples and we did a drawing project where we learned how to draw apples using oil pastels.  The kiddos did a great job shaping their apples.  Clay isn’t easy when you’ve only gotten to manipulate it a few […]

Pre-K : H is for Henri Matisse



Pre-K : H is for Henri Matisse

All of the adorable Pre-K kiddos learned about how Henri Matisse cut paper shapes and made collages out of them.  Together all the students cut a shape and glued it on one big sheet.  It was a great time to practice their cutting, gluing, and waiting-my-turn skills!  They did great!

6th Grade Value Study



6th Grade Value Study

We studied the Canadian artist Lauren Harris and his use of value in paintings.  His simplified, yet spectacular paintings use value in the heart of the subject.  Students drew their own landscape and selected their colors for their paintings.  They added white to create various shades of their colors. 

2nd Grade DOTS



2nd Grade DOTS

We read The Dot in celebration of Dot Day and then went off to make our own.  The students were given black and white paper, scissors and glue.  They could trace circles or make their own.  The assignment was to make abstract art and create nothing traditionally recognizable by us.  We then put them all […]

5th Grade Abstract Art



5th Grade Abstract Art

White paper and a black sharpie.  That’s all the kids were given with the directions “use dots and circles” and these beautiful pieces of abstract art is what resulted.  We made them in class and then put them all together on the floor and talked about what the kids found “easy” and what they found […]

8th Grade 50 Objects



8th Grade 50 Objects

The 8th graders were given the assignment to write down 50 random things.  I encouraged them that the items should apply to themselves.  Then they had to draw all of their items on a stand sheet of paper.  As they drew they kept in mind the elements of art: line, shape, color, form, space, texture […]

Photo Club Update



Photo Club Update

I started a google classroom!  Woot!  If you showed interest last week then you got an e-mail/invitation to join the classroom.  We’ll meet again this coming Wednesday right after school until 4pm.  Please submit 3-5 images that you have taken that you would like to share with our group.  We’ll chat more on Wednesday!

3rd Grade – Big Fat Hen



3rd Grade – Big Fat Hen

So the story was a little young for us, but the artwork in this book is beautiful!  We used chalk pastels to make the background then added construction paper crayons on top for the designs and details.  Students were encouraged to add details in the background and all of the feathers.

Dot Day: Kindergarten and 1st Grade



Dot Day: Kindergarten and 1st Grade

The Dot, written by Peter Reynolds, is a wonderful book about a little girl who says she can’t draw.  When challenged by her art teacher, she becomes inspired by dots, dots and more dots.  We took her inspiration and made some dots of our own! Kindergarten used VERY SPECIAL paper to make their dots.  They […]

PreK Sculptures



PreK Sculptures

The kids learned that sculptures are pieces of artwork that we can see from ALL sides.  We looked at the I Love South Bend piece that is in downtown South Bend and then created our own sculptures with strips of paper and a cardboard.  The kids LOVED it!

5th Grade Blue Dog



5th Grade Blue Dog

The 5th graders have been studying the work of George Rodrigue and his Blue Dog (Tiffany).  He loved the shape of his studio poochie and used her shape as inspiration for a series of paintings.  He painted the dog shape in the moonlight and gave it a blue tint because of the color of the […]

Photo Club! Intro meeting! #saycheese



Photo Club!  Intro meeting!  #saycheese

Our first meeting of the year is this Wednesday September 14th right after school for about 20 minutes.  This is an informational meeting in the art room to see who is truly interested.  Students in middle school will be expected to meet twice a month to learn about photography.  We will photograph (smart phone camera […]

Middle School Due Dates!



Middle School Due Dates!

6P Tinted Landscapes: Sept 19th 6E Tinted Landscapes: Sept 15th 7D MC Escher Due: Sept 20th 7G MC Escher Due: Sept 22nd 8R 50 Objects Due: Sept 27th 8B 50 Objects Due: Oct 3rd ***Late assignments will be -10 points automatically*** MONDAY Sept 19th is a working lunch.  Middle school students may join me in […]

Art Room Wish List



Art Room Wish List

An art teacher’s wish list… Colored sharpie markers (not black) – pretty please with a cherry on top!!! Gift cards to get pictures printed – preferably to Walgreens, but any place will do Oversize paper – any size, any quantity, any color – rolls or individual sheets Cotton fabric, any colors Buttons of all shapes […]

4th Grade Starry Night – In the works!



4th Grade Starry Night – In the works!

4th grade studied the movement in Van Gogh’s Starry Night.  Then we used watercolors for the background and drew a scene familiar to us.  Some of us made our homes and some used our imaginations to create a new location.  Then the fun part!  We used a *VERY EXPENSIVE TOOL* to make our stars!  See […]

1st Grade Grant Wood Landscapes



1st Grade Grant Wood Landscapes

1st grade learned about the artist Grant Wood and how much he loved growing up (even for just a short time) on his family’s farm.  He loved it so much that much of his artwork was about farm life.  Students made their own farm.  We talked about what kind of crops we might find on […]

Kindergarten Kandinsky



Kindergarten Kandinsky

Kandinsky loved to study colors.  The kindergarten students made a color study (like the big kids study for math, but usually a little more fun) and drew concentric circles inside of squares.  (Well, to be fair, they traced what was drawn.)  However, they chose what crayon color and made sure to go allllllll the wayyyy […]

7th Grade Tessellations



7th Grade Tessellations

7th graders are studying MC Esher and his study and creation of tessellations.  Esher was fascinated with the tiles repeating and could not get his vision out of his head until he studied in temples.  He loved examining the repeated tiles and began creating his own! Tessellations begin…   Sketching is next… Finished at last!

First day of school : 2nd Grade Unity



First day of school : 2nd Grade Unity

Supplies used:   This year’s FIRST project is up!  2nd grade did a wonderful job creating circles with radial symmetry.  Then they cut them apart, glued them into corners of a square and put them all together to show how several like shapes can create unity.  They did a GREAT JOB!