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I am Ms. Bandstra! These are some of the things we like to do in the art room.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Swim Little fishies

Swim Little Fishy

My first graders loved making clay fish.

They used a pin tool to carefully cut out the shape of their fish. They cleaned off the "clay boogers" by dipping their fingers in water and tracing the outline of the fish with the wet finger. We used additive techniques to add the eye and a stripe that divided the head from the body. We use old tooth brushes to scratch and score the clay and add the slip. To add the texture they use the eraser end of pencils for polka dots and craft sticks for the scales.

For the glaze I had them use Stroke and Coat. I placed one color and 4 brushes at each table. I have 6 tables in my room each one is a primary or secondary color. I let the students carry their fish from one table to another to glaze their fish. If one table was full they could move to another "glazing station" and paint a different color and then go back when there was an open spot at the "glazing station" .

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


My Kindergartners made these muddy piggies after I read the book "The Naughtiest Piglet" By Julia Hubery http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-naughtiest-piglet-julia-hubery/1008385791

First we drew the shapes of the pig with a q-tip dipped in black paint.

We let the black paint dry and painted the other colors during the next class period.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

radial design

Meet my student teacher, Miss. Berger. She is awesome!!

Students find the center point on a square piece of paper.

Then they make 1 inch marks along the lines and connect them in symmetrical ways to create their designs

We talked about how they could use shading techniques with their colored pencils