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WEST PALM BEACH.- Artist Princess Tarinan von Anhalt works on a piece of art using the air flow coming from the engine of Flexjet’s Learjet 40 XR engine at Signature Flight Support on April 30, 2013 in West Palm Beach, Florida. The artist associated with the Jet Art Group used the help of Flexjet and their plane to spray paint on a canvas to create distinctive paintings to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Learjet. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP.
The warmer weather has most definitely arrived and with it so have outdoor parties. Why not give something different this year, like a nature inspired pop up card. I found easy directions to follow from makeandtakes.com, outdoor magazines from my school librarian, and quotes from brainy quote.com. My 4th and 5th graders had a blast ripping through magazines and making cards for their friends.
Here’s a snippet from makeandtakes.com and a few teacher examples.
Directions from makeandtakes.com
Quotes from brainyquote.com
HONG KONG.- Local school children hold dancing solar flowers during the installation of an art piece by French artist Alexandre Dang (front 2nd L) in Hong Kong on April 22, 2013 as part of the French May, an annual French cultural festival. Each dancing solar flower consists of an engine running with a solar photovoltaic cell which causes the flowers to move autonomously in proportion to their exposure to light. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE.
By the end of the year most elementary art students are yearning for something, anything, different. This is a fine time to introduce fiber art, or the art of Soda Straw Weaving. Mr. Lee Alexander of Bear Creek Elementary set up shop for a mini art teacher lesson where we got the lowdown on how to make a yarn bracelet.
To start you’ll need straws, scissors, tape, yarn, lots of yarn, and sandwich bags for storage.
For the first step cut 3 strands of yarn and tie together at the top. Next, feed each piece into a straw using a blunt skewer.
Once those are through, tape the top of the straws with a small piece of masking tape.
The yarn itself can stay in a loose pile on the ground. Students then weave over and under through the straws and back around again.
(TIP: To get younger students used to this concept, Mr. Alexander suggests setting up cones in the classroom for students to practice weaving through them. He finds this exercise reduces confusion during weaving.)
Keep the weave tight by pushing each layer up toward the tape.
When the weave is done peel off the tape and begin pushing the weave up while pulling the straws out.
Tie the loose ends together in a knot.
Don’t forget to cut off the tentacles.
Here are some teacher examples with and without beads. Be sure the beads are big enough to feed through the yarn.
Thanks to Mr. Lee Alexander for letting us invade your space :0 And also to our great art team: Shaney Bradford, Bert Mayse, Evangeline Curbo, Dionne LeJeaune and last but not least Leigh Ann Vadala. We will miss you!!
LONDON.- Pace presents Calder After the War, a comprehensive exhibition of nearly fifty works of art from the years of 1945 to 1949, widely considered to be the most important period in the artist’s career. The exhibition will be on view at Pace London, 6 Burlington Gardens from 19 April to 7 June 2013.
Crafty handmade posters are part of any art teachers’ bag of tricks. Fortunately my teaching partner, Mrs. Evangeline Curbo, has THE perfect handwriting to get the job done in a cinch. Check out a few of these hand lettered signs she’s made to create informative bulletin boards that are swapped out when traveling to different countries around the world.
Those tiny little plastic creatures you find under a sofa, toy chest or buried in a closet can be used for a creative project. This weekend plan a scavenger hunt to make a paper safari. Happy Friday!
Starry skies and lightning strikes over Central Valley, California by Scott Toste.
Nathan Walsh, Chicago in the Rain, 2012
“I am fascinated by the city, it’s visual complexity and constant state of flux. The act of painting is an attempt fix this information and give vision to our experience of living within it.” – Nathan Walsh
Walsh is reminiscent of one of my favorite urban photorealists, Rackstraw Downes
Rackstraw Downes, Traffic Under the George Washington Bridge, 2010