summer free time coloring mural

img_3921We started a little tradition of free time coloring for interested students this year. In my previous school, I made table length murals for “coloring breaks”. Students and teachers liked to sit a spell a bit when the mood struck them. This year I don’t have a spacious library to use so I grabbed a bulletin board and sketched scenes for it throughout the year. This was our summer send-off version. It would be a good way to review topics, too, I added some sink and float images because of a 4th-grade lab I saw that week! A few more doodle examples here and the table version here.

 

playing around in pop art

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As part of our fine arts focus break this week we learned about Romero Britto and his engaging, bright pop art. Students were excited to try to replicate the happy, positive images and colors. Britto combines elements of cubism, fauvism, pop art, and graffiti in his paintings, using his bright and vibrant palette to portray lighthearted subject matter, creating a visual expression of hope and happiness (source).  We chose a whale as a topic so no one felt stuck on what to draw, but anyone who really wanted to choose something else was encouraged to tackle pop art their way.

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2019 poetry graffiti wall

img_3371I love Poetry Month, and because this was my first year at a new campus I was able to introduce the idea of the poetry wall using graffiti-style acrostic poems to new students. We don’t have the large scale space at this campus to hang up as much as I’d like to, but we made the wall work with some creative input from 5th graders. See my previous poetry posts to show how much I LOVE celebrating poetry every April. The topics are mostly names, and the planning was similar to traditional acrostic poetry, the twist is making the graffiti style display with the work.

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