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Breaking Out Our Thinking Caps!

posted on October 19, 2016 in Fall 2016, Student Teacher Blog

First grade put on their thinking caps for this lesson on “millinery,” the art of designing and making hats. After reading I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen, first graders looked at the work of real life milliners Philip Treacy (UK), Mae Reeves (USA), and Ignatius Creegan and Rod Givens of Ignatius Hats (Petersburg, VA). And like these renowned milliners, first grade made sketches of hats that they would love so much that they would look high and low for them just as the bear did in the story. Ms. Corpuz challenged our first graders to come up with their most creative ideas and bring them to life in these transformed paper bags.



Aren’t they adorable? What kind of hat would you come up with if you could make your own creative hat?

Hats off to you, first graders!

Ms. Corpuz

Picasso-style Cubist Faces

posted on October 19, 2016 in Fall 2016, Student Teacher Blog

1st Grade Cubist Portraits

Students began by making their own paint with a simple frame, overlapping tissue paper squares and brushing over them with water.


Here’s a demo video!

After learning about Picasso and his cubist portraits, they used handouts of Picasso-style facial features to pick out their eyes, noses, mouths and ears. They then added hair and a neck and shoulder. They draw a top their dried watercolor squares with pencil, and then went over top in permanent marker.

I love how these came out!!


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It’s Okay to Be Yourself! (Todd Parr Approved)

posted on October 19, 2016 in Fall 2016, Student Teacher Blog

We worked with Kindergarten on their colorful self portraits inspired by Todd Parr’s book, It’s Okay to Be Different. After reading the book aloud, we talked about the meaning of the book and what it means to “be yourself.” Before coming up with their own portraits, Kindergarteners learned about color mixing, practicing their master mixing  skills with tempera paint! Next we worked on fine motor skills and learned how to use scissors to cut shapes. Each of the portraits that the kindergarteners made are different and that’s more than okay.


They did a great job! Each of them are very special in their very own way! Proud of you, Kindergarten 🙂


BONUS: Mrs. Barlett posted this picture on Instagram, and Todd Parr agrees!

Ms. Corpuz

Make-a-wish Dandelion Paintings!

posted on October 19, 2016 in Fall 2016, Student Teacher Blog

Kindergarten students learnt the basics of painting with tempera paint, using multiple colors. They learnt about the life cycle of a dandelion and why they look different at different points in their life cycle.


I read them “The Dandelion Seed’s Big Dream” to talk about what happens to the seed when it blows away into the wind.



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Student making the white fluffy part of the flower.

Supporting Literacy in the Art Room

posted on October 18, 2016 in Fall 2016, Student Teacher Blog

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

–Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss helped us learn the importance of literacy. Not only is reading a fun way to spend time, but it connects to all disciplines and encourages lifelong learning. With this in mind, literacy is at the top of my list as I work with my elementary students this semester. I am very excited to share my love of literature! I’ll be sharing several cross-curricular lessons in Art and English to spark my students’ enthusiasm and love for literature.


This month:

  • Kindergarten looked at Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh and worked on their fine motor skills while painting and mixing colors.
  • First Grade read at I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen and designed sketched of wacky hats after looking at the art of millinery or hat-making.
  • Second Grade worked on a lesson inspired by The Secret Species by Marius Valdes and came up with fantastically creative creatures of their own invention.
  • Third Grade looked at The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat and studied human proportions for a different kind of self-portrait (it’s a surprise!).
  • Fourth Grade worked on a lesson inspired by My Garden by Kevin Henkes and made gelli-prints of plants from the school garden.
  • Fifth Grade looked at artist books by Erin K. Schmidt and many more from the Smithsonian’s online archive and designed their very own Turkish map fold artist books.


I can’t wait to share the rest!

Ms. Corpuz

Teaching Art on the Cart!

posted on October 18, 2016 in Fall 2016, Student Teacher Blog

Where all the magic happens!

I have had the wonderful experience of teaching art on the cart. This means that my elementary school does not have an art room, and I travel from room-to-room with all of my teaching materials on wheels. It provides some different challenges and requires me to have an altered approach to classroom management and organization. So, I thought I’d leave all the little tips and tricks I have picked up over the past few weeks here on the blog.

Space and Time

On the cart, there are two very important objectives to keep in mind: Maximizing TIME in your class and maximizing SPACE on your cart. Time spent traveling between classes and time spent setting up in each classroom can add up quickly. Be especially prepared, as there is no time for cutting paper or running back to the art closet to pick up something you forgot!

Passing out Materials

  • Passing out and collecting materials can be more time-consuming on the cart and it’s important to be strategic about it. I’ve realized that I need to subtly weave it into my instruction to maximize time.
  • Playing a relevant video keeps students occupied while buying you time to pass out supplies.
  • I like to fill small containers with the day’s art materials, which I then place on each group of desks for students to share. Things that are small and stackable are best – empty yogurt containers, paper plates, Ziploc bags, Tupperware, etc. This also makes collecting at the end so much easier.

    Chobani Greek Yogurt cups are great for passing out materials!

    Chobani Greek Yogurt cups are perfect for passing out supplies!

  • If students will produce trash, you can add another empty container on their tables to collect trash in. This will keep students from scurrying to the trashcan throughout class and keep risks of accidents at a minimum.
  • Establish and keep note of which students in each class are your noble helpers to pass things out!


  • Try to plan your lessons so that you’re using the similar materials in each class – this is best for space on the cart.
  • Keep a paper organizer on your cart – one that is stable and will not easily knock over with the shaking of the rolling cart

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  • Attach pieces of Velcro to your cart and to your behavior management posters so that you can easily attach and detach to show to students.
  • Strong magnet clips are your friends! Make sure they are extra strong – this will help you quickly display your teaching materials in class
  • Keep notes of which classes have behavior charts and what they entail, whether students move their clip, get a check on their sheets, or add a popsicle stick to their name when they misbehave. Try to understand how each works to keep classroom management consistent
  • I like to keep the notes on which classrooms have sinks, which students are my class helpers, what the class behavior charts entail, which students have special needs, and any other miscellaneous reminders with my rosters for each class. This allows me to quickly glance over the list of students along with any other notes I have left for myself.

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Synesthesia !

posted on October 18, 2016 in Fall 2016, Student Teacher Blog


Wassily Kandinsky, the 5 senses, dancing with hands, making sensory art 🙂




Day 1:





Day 2:



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Day 3:



Students used placemats to keep their materials in the right place.

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Day 4:

Students used this class period to mount all of their work onto backing paper.

Jobs in Our Community

posted on October 16, 2016 in Fall 2016, Student Teacher Blog

3rd grade learned about the artist Jacob Lawrence, focusing on his works featuring people in different occupations such as builders or librarians. We discussed different jobs we see people doing within our own community. The students learned about foreground, middleground, and background and created paper collages depicting jobs around our neighborhoods.



Student work ranged from featuring dream jobs, the jobs of their family members, or workers from their favorite places to visit.



At the end of the project we discussed the significance of creating works of art about more mundane occupations and talked about how every job is important.

– Ms. Krieger

2nd Grade Collagraphs: A lesson in Teamwork

posted on October 16, 2016 in Fall 2016, Student Teacher Blog

My second grade lesson became all about collaboration and teamwork with a printmaking project. During the lesson, we talked about Virginia artists Clayton Singleton and Ryan McGinness and identified them as artists that use printmaking to create work. We then created collagraph printing plates out of foam and cardboard featuring simple images of things we like – such as a favorite activity or toy. On our printing day students created 2 individual prints as well as collectively printing their collagraph on a large sheet of black paper.


Printing day was a wild ride as students needed to learn to share the one printing station at their table and work together, helping their classmates through the process so everyone had a chance to print. My printing mats where a life saver as they had all the instructions right there for the students to reference during the activity and took some of the pressure off me.



In the end, I saw a lot of awesome teamwork around the room, with students helping each other through the process.


– Ms. Krieger


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