Saturday, May 19, 2012

In the Art Room: The Art Show Part 1

A display of kindergarten abstract masterpieces. These paintings were created at the very beginning of the year during our line and color study. We coated them with glossy Modge Podge to help the colors pop.
Well, my helper moms and I can finally sleep in! The school-wide, hang-up-and-display-everything-we've-made-all-year art show is ooooo-ver. I'd like to thank the kids for their hard work, my amazing mom-helpers who put in countless hours hanging masterpieces, my former student teacher Lauren who worked for hours on the day of the show and my dear mom who drove down from Indiana to help and cheer us on. It was a huge that will be hard to top next year.

I thought I'd share with you the two-dimensional artwork from the art show. This is a photo-heavy post...and just the tip of the masterpiece-iceberg. Stay tuned for the upcoming episodes of In the Art Room: Clay Display and, not to be missed, our Walk Like an Egyptian program performed by our Super Second Grade Stars!

But for now, sit back and enjoy these fabulous works of art. I'll provide a brief description of each. Feel free to leave a comment with any questions or thoughts below. Enjoy!
These sweet kindergarten self-portraits were on display along side photos of the artist. The self-portraits were created on flesh colored construction paper with oil pastels. These were cut out and glued on top of bubble printed paper the kids had made. Hair was then painted. Finally, construction paper that we had cardboard printed was placed on top as a shirt, complete with collar and name tag.

Kindergarten display of collage cats, winter landscapes, and fall printed trees.

For this kindergarten winter landscape, we began by learning about tints and shades and painting the sky and snowy land. From there we collaged trees and houses. Finally we used metallic oil pastels to enhance the sky, the trees and the house.

Because I have my classes for 1/2 hour, I had to think of a quicky project for my wee little ones. They were able to create this butterfly relief sculpture in just the nick of time.

Egyptian collage landscapes by my first grade artists. You can read all about this lesson here.

The idea of using the first grader's weaving for the body of a crocodile originally came from pinterest. But art teacher Lauren came up with the genius idea to create crocodile puppets. Here's the lesson.

Love those teeth.

The first graders also created these abstract collages at the beginning of the year. We did some leaf rubbing and painting. From there, we tore the painting into strips and glued them down to a larger piece of white paper. This was a great lesson on positive and negative space.

In the second grade gallery, we have our circle loom weavings which we attached our Sculpey beads to, our Egyptian profile portraits, leafy prints and our golden tree paintings (not pictured). I also have the students write an Artist Autobiography every year that is placed along side a framed photo of the artist.

Leafy Print Lesson can be found here.

Our third grade gallery includes our sarcophagus, foil leaf reliefs, cardboard weavings and our haunted trees. Not pictured are our photos and bios.

You can read more about our sarcophagus lesson here.

A close up of one of the third grader's cardboard weavings. This year we tried our hand at adding beads to our weavings. We attempted to hide the cardboard with some scratch art paper designs.

I hope this artist is able to find a good place for tacos while she's artin' it up in Paris!

When painting our sarcophagus-es (sarcophagui? We eventually took to calling them our sarcopha-dudes), some of the early-finishers tried their hand at optical illusion drawing. This lesson was pulled from pinterest and was so simple, that I just wrote out the directions on the board and the early-finishers followed the steps.

Fourth grade awesomeness: framed photos and bios, Mona Lisa group project photo (seen on the far left) Egyptian prints, cartouche, moon-light paintings, woven pouches, and Egyptian god portraits,

Egyptian god portrait lesson here.

The kid's all time favorite thing in the whole wide world to do: weave! Once the fourth graders get a taste of weaving, there is no turning back. I have one sweet girl who has woven 12 pouches now for her family members in Mexico.

All the time and hours spent are immediately forgotten when you get a sweet note like this the following it!


  1. What a great show! I know how many HOURS of work a show represents. Thanks for sharing! :D

    1. Thank you! Yes, the hours seem endless at the time but it all becomes a forgotten thought when you see how excited the kids are! Thank you for visiting...cassie

  2. Wow. Just discovered your blog via pinterest and the artwork Posted here is spectacular! My 5th graders made pouches too (I posted about them awhile ago) but yours look so much better than mine. I'd love to figure out how you approached this to make them so unique and how you kept it from taking forever! Looking forward to exploring more of your blog.

    1. Hi Phyl! I'm so flattered to have you following my blog, I'm a big follower of yours! I love the Jackson Pollock paintings (as well as many other kid-creations on your blog). I've had several questions on the weavings...I am planning a post about it next week, so stay tuned ;) Chat with you soon ...Cassie

  3. Cassie I just pinned your Egyptian Landscape collage and found your blog. The art work from your art show is very inspiring to me. I've been thinking of dusting off my old Egyptian unit and add some new ideas. Your ideas have given this ol' gal some fresh perspective!
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. Coreen LI NY5/13/2013

    I love the self portraits that your K children did. The one posted is beautiful. My K and 1st already created self portraits. So I had my 2nd create one over 3 classes of 45 min. Day 1 select skin color, using a mirror draw face and ears w/pencil and color in w/colored pencil. Day 2 on 12x18 paint with a hot and cold biggie tempras then print w/bubble wrap on top and create a pattern on the shirt. Day 3 cut out face and ears, cut and fold collar of shirt glue, trim a 6x6 to the correct neck size, glue neck and face. Paint hair. They came out waonderful. Thank you so much for the inspiration.

  5. Anonymous1/21/2015

    I love art like this. I'm not a teacher or a child, I just like colourful and expressive art. I got to your blog googling about weaving (I have a retro kid's loom) as I am pretty clueless right now. I did some pretty good stuff at school when little, but high school was definitely less fun.I have a soft spot for collage, the sort where you cut out fishes and stick to the wall of sea that the teacher had made. You have got an amazing display of work here!


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