Friday, November 11, 2016

The Studio Space!

This is my art room. 
I thought I'd start out by sharing our creative space at The Summit (this is just for grades 1-4, amazingly, there are three other art classrooms on campus for middle and high school students). 

Admittedly, these photos were taken at the start of my first year here, 2015-16. 
 computer area divided from the rest of the studio with work space for all the matting behind
 my personal sink area, behind my desk
 art room rules and some cabinetry near student tables
 student work tables
 I. have. a. smarboard. WHA?! 
 drawers for in-process student work, kiln room visible to the side
drying rack to one side, free time activity for early finishers

If you have questions about any of these areas in my classroom, feel free to ask. This is my ninth year teaching and I am always learning more about organization and flow in the art room. I feel like I might finally be getting it down to a science!  

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Reviving the ole' blog!

I have to admit, it's pretty clear I think about this blog very rarely! 
I have become fairly active on Insta at art_with_mrs._carvitti and its just so much quicker to post a picture and a caption of what we're working on in the Art Room. 
But, I am going to re-commit myself to more frequent blogging! I promise. 

I am expecting another baby and it seems I last posted right around the time my first one was born.....nearly, er....2.5 years ago. Whoops. 

In that time, I have changed schools and teach only 1st-4th grade art now rather than my previous super daunting 9 grade levels at a K-8 school. 
I am WAY closer to home, a mere 20 minute drive versus commuting across state borders 45 minutes away. 

So, I will re-introduce myself to you! 
I am Hilary. I teach art grades 1-4 at The Summit Country Day School in Cincinnati, OH. 
I am a mom, wife, marathoner, and calligrapher.

Thanks for swinging by and I hope to have more for you soon on this little blog. 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

It's been a while! K-8 Clay Projects 2014 in Review!

I am back! I have a good excuse for my absence from blogging...hubby and I are preparing for our first baby, due in just over 2 weeks!

I have been just a LITTLE busy...yearbook layout is due at the end of next week, prepping all pieces for the Spring Art Show prior to baby's arrival (which I will hang about a month after little one arrives) and preparing for a sub (a non-art elementary teacher) to teach 9 grade levels for the ~7 weeks I will be out. Just a tad stressful, right?

Anywho, in planning for a sub, I wanted to complete all of the years' clay projects before I leave. Here is what we've been doing in the Art Room:

Kindergarten, Ceramic Snowmen
 1st grade, Clay Birds
2nd grade, Ceramic Snowball Bowls
 3rd grade, Funky Fish
4th grade, Ceramic Animal Rattles
 6th grade, Ceramic Leaves
8th grade, Coil Pots

Un pictured, 5th grade is still working on their Ceramic Self Portraits and 7th grade is working on completing their Clay Nature's Cycle Mandalas. Most of these are easy enough for art teachers to see how they were done :) but if not, feel free to comment and I will send you a lesson plan!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Fall Leaf Batiks!

I just love how these fabric projects turned out! 

I introduced my 2nd graders to batik with an original from Africa (my best friend was lucky enough to study abroad there in college and bring me some suveniers) and a Mrs. Carvitti original. After explaining to them how most batiks are created (blocking out colors using hot wax), we talked about how ours would be made with a flour-water mixture using pastry decorating bags!

Supplies needed:
Flour, water, pastry decorating bags and tips, a thick enough fabric (I used muslin) to take the resist, leaf shapes or actual leaves, fabric paint, iron and ironing board

To make the paste:
1 c flour
1/2 c water 
2 tbsp alum
mix to a pancake consistency

Lesson one, I had the kids choose some shapes they wanted to use and transfer them to paper. Outline those shapes with black marker to be seen through the back of the fabric.

The cut the paper to a circle that would fit behind the embroidery hoops holding each piece of fabric.
They helped each other hold the page if it wasn't showing through enough, some of them were dark enough, some not.

 During the second lesson, once it was dry, the kids could either use the spray bottles (with diluted paint) or use a brush to add the color. Or both! We let them dry over night. 
The next morning, I used a metal spatula to scrape off the dried flour mixture, and then ironed them as the fabric paint sets that way. 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Huichol Sun Yarn Paintings

I love love love the way these rockin' yarn paintings turned out! Just love them! 
They make for such a bright, bold display too. We use recycled cardboard (mostly boxes that the cafeteria is tossing after shipments) as a foundation, draw out our sun design after viewing some examples from online galleries, and discuss warm and cool color schemes. This yarn project is good for when you have a bunch left over scraps from weaving projects and such! I never throw anything away (the art teacher's curse, right?!)
 They get a little spent after 3 or so classes, but the effort is well worth it.

Here is my example:

 And here's what the kids did:

Stained Glass Windows

This is the first lesson of the year for Fourth Grade. We take a "field trip" over to our church (lucky we have one just next door, and observe the stained glass windows. I read the kids a short history on the purpose of stained glass windows originally, and they are always a little surprised that there was a time when most people didn't know how to read.
We spend some very quiet, respectful time in the pews at church, sketching our favorite images in the windows there, and come back to make our foundation for the project.

After they have folded their chosen color of paper, I demo to them how to line up the template so that they don't end up with two halves. Watch them really closely, because as you know, they might still make that mistake!
We draw out our chosen sketches and add more elements that we create on our own. You can see in the example above how I will have them trace their lines with Sharpie. Once they have done that, they are ready for oil pastels. We talk extensively about blending, layering the colors so that it appears that light is shining through the window like so:
This is time consuming work, but they are usually very good at spending the time on each small space. Here are some of the finished works!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Art Room Additions!

Whew! I am finally catching my breath after 3 and a half weeks of school, now.
This year, I have added a few things to my classroom to stream line the art making process and all of the procedures in my room.

Here's just one of them:
This will help students pick up on the fact that their art is missing from their folder because their name wasn't on it. They will eventually learn to come find it pinned here. :)