Symmetry Inspired by Turkish Tiles

The 4th graders are starting a new project inspired by the country and culture of Turkey. Students choose a base. Then, they fold their next layer into fours and cut a design–like when you make snowflakes! I always say, “Cut a shape, skip a space, cut a shape.” Then, glue down. The next layer is cut more intricately, then glued down. The paper I’m using is 6″x18″. The final layer goes in the center (students will do this step next week.) and is a smaller size: 6″x6″.

This last one is my teacher exemplar. The students are already asking me if they can make another one before they even finished the first one! 

Art Teachers Making Art: Felting Edition

Spent my evening with two art teacher friends at a felting workshop where we used alpaca wool from a local alpaca farm to crest some fun art projects! I’m hooked! Check out http://www.sunnymeadealpacas.com for more info! Started off with my shades of green background.

Working with Miss Goldberg from McCord and Mrs. Schooner from Highland.

Adding my flowers🌸My finished felting project! 

Mrs. Schooner’s iris Miss Goldberg’s coral clutch and flower pins

I have mine framed and mounted on the wall already!! Such a fun class! Check out Anthony Wayne Arts Commision for more upcoming workshops.

Smile. Pass It On.

The 5th grade students watched a Kindness Boomerang video today before selecting their Hill View Smile. They are encouraged to smile and pass it on to someone else who needs a smile because making someone else feel better makes us feel better! You can check out the Kindness Boomerang video here: 

Markers into Watercolors

Here’s something you can do at home with your old, dried up markers…make watercolor paints! Ms. Taylor has been saving her old gelato containers for me which are the perfect size for holding marker! Just put some water in a container and soak some markers in the water for a week, and you have watercolor paints! (I actually soak mine for longer….mainly because I forget about them! Lol) You can make the color more vibrant by adding more markers–and have fun experimenting with mixing two different marker colors together in the same  container!