Showing posts with label Creation Station. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Creation Station. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Who Doesn't Love Play Doh?

Hey Kindergarten Friends,
What is it about play dough that draws me in every single time? And have you ever met a kid who didn't like play doh? I haven't found one yet. Play doh is always at the top of my list for back to school supplies. What is it about this stuff that is so appealing? It can be open ended or it can have a little purpose but either way it keeps hands and minds busy. For some, it is a much needed sensory outlet. Have you ever noticed the child that seems to get lost in play doh? It I so easy to get lost in the moment and even forget the world around you when you are working with it. Play doh is a perfect brain break!
 
I knew I wanted to incorporate play doh into my art center. I knew I wanted it to be available throughout the day. And I knew that at times I needed it to serve a purpose.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/I-Can-Be-An-ArtistABC-Play-Doh-Mats-732103
Play doh can be just as much fun with a purpose! I decided to make these to use in my Creation Station for the beginning of the year. And then I realized that they could be used for a few other things too!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/I-Can-Be-An-ArtistABC-Play-Doh-Mats-732103
With a little focus these play doh mats are sure to do the trick and help us with a few objectives in a fun and engaging way. And if you are looking around for things to dress up your art area print them off to give that little area a face lift. No matter how you use it it is simple! All you have to do is print, laminate and grab some doh and go! How doesn't love grab and go?
Now all you have left to decide is what kind of play doh to use? You can always make your own. With all the ideas on Pinterest you are in good hands here or you could just pick up a few cans and call it a day...I got ya! If you need more information about I Can Be An Artist~ A-Z Play Doh Mats just click on the image above!



Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Creation Station!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Creation-Station-728850
Hey Kinder Friends,
My love of art started when I was in Kindergarten and really has never left my soul. I have always loved to play around with creating anything. I love the feeling of getting lost in a project and forgetting the world around me. And as I was thinking about what project this summer I would get lost in, I remembered the Creation Station. At the end of the year we made some beautiful watercolor paintings and I remember thinking to myself that I wish I had one of those from my own child.
When these pieces were finished I could not stop looking at them and thinking about how simple they were to make. And I wondered why I didn't do it sooner in the year! And since I have had a few days of summer vacation to organize my thoughts and begin to think about the beginning of the year, I remembered these...
These were super simple to make and I loved how the personality of each child came through in each artwork. White construction paper was used and the child drew in pencil his or her portrait. They used watercolors to paint the entire page. After drying, they used black paint to trace the lines. Once the painting was dry they were ready for laminating which made the colors come alive! And although I am dreaming of creating, my mind starts thinking that these would be so perfect for portfolio covers. And once my mind started wandering in that direction, I remembered one little thing...
This is how I ended my year...broken pencils and crayons. I took a picture just to be sure that everyone has an idea of what a table caddy should not look like. Can't even believe I posted that picture because it makes my eye twitch just looking at it. Never once had this problem before and never gonna have it again!
Maybe this little book will help me begin the discussion on the care and use of materials.
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So, if you ar thinking about getting a little creative this year and need a little help to get you going just click on the image above!
 

Sunday, July 7, 2013

A Great Stock Up Sale! !

Welcome Kinder Friends,
I was a little excited when I opened up my email to find that Michael's is having Dollar Days this week. I have been waiting and waiting for this cart to go on sale and it's on sale today. At 40% off it sure makes it much more affordable and you can't forget the teacher discount too! I bought one of these last year and tried it out and used it for the year. I liked it and it took up little space so I knew I wanted another one. I used mine in my Creation Station in a small corner of my room and it held my art materials.
This year I am excited that this cart will hold my fully integrated Language Arts and Art materials for the Creation Station. And this summer I have been on the hunt for affordable art supplies. Michael's is also having a sale on Crayola products this week.
Here are a few of my favorites that I am on the hunt for. Maybe Michael's will have a few of these to add to my Creation Station. Who knows I might get lucky and find a few. And my newest favorite has to be oil pastels for so many reasons, especially because it pulls everything together and makes for great outlines plus you get to use your fingers to smudge it around. So you know I will be looking for those.  
Now is a perfect time to look for those great deals to stock up on all those creative materials with Back to School right around the corner.
I was super excited to see these foam brushes for 14 for a dollar in the add. I think I will be grabbing some of those! Have fun shopping friends!



Monday, July 1, 2013

Art Fun!

Hey Kinder Friends,
I just had to share. I was out and about the other day and found these super Creation Station supplies and just had to grab them all up. Can you imagine the possibilities with these? These could add some interesting background texture to any art project. Or some funky animal prints with these. And what about making some Eric Carle inspired art too. I swear these little ditties could make anyone an instant artist for sure! They seem to be well made and look like they could hold up to a lot of use. Can you imagine the paint combinations? And what about pairing these tools with this book for an author/illustrator study? Now we are talking, right?
And when it is all said and done you have got to have some cute way of hanging things up and showing off your work, right? I thought so too. So look what I found.
Super cute art cut outs to put your artist name on and display away. How cute is that? Pick up a couple of these packs and you are on your way to some creative fun! Both of these goodies were found at Dollar Tree.
And while I was getting all creative and what not, I was able to post this to my stores! So super excited to have something this year to fully integrate language arts goals and art. I am so excited.
So this is what is inside...
Some pages are editable. This is a PowerPoint file!
This 280 page download will get your creativity flowing as your students learn to recreate the masters, evaluate their own artwork and the work of others and respond to art! You will be able to integrate with ease with this packed unit!
Table of Contents:
19 Colored Mini Poster Printables in Bright Chevron & Bright Polka Dot
Art Objectives
Recreating The Masters Projects featuring Cezanne Apples, Monet Water Lilies
& Van Gogh Sunflowers
Blackline Printables For Kandinsky & Mondrian Projects
Literature Connections
My Creation Station- Photos, Materials & Storage
15 Blackline Printables For Making My Art Notebook/Journals Including Covers, Inserts,
Writing Pages & Evaluating Art Forms
78 Blackline Printables- The ABC’s Of Art Handwriting & Sentence Writing Pages
Color Mini Poster Printable Rubric For Evaluating Your Own Artworks/Illustrations
2 Blackline Printables- Label The Artist
Self Portrait Project & Pictures
3 Blackline Self Portrait Printables Perfect For Student Portfolios
1 Color Teacher Big Book- We Can Be Artists
1 Blackline Printable Student Reader- We Can Be Artists
2 Blackline Printables Roll The Color Word
1 Blackline Printable Student Reader- Crayon Colors
1 Color Teacher Big Book- Paint Colors
1 Blackline Printable Student Reader- Paint Colors
2 Blackline Color Response Pages
3 Blackline Color It!- Color Word Pages
1 Art Buddies Craftivity & Patterns
Editable Insert Name Art Display Decorations
Editable Art Show Invitations
Editable Art Show Awards & Certificates- Color & Black & White Versions
13 Color Color Word Mini Posters
 
 

 
I'm still on the hunt for a few more supplies and I have my list ready to go just in time for Back to School shopping! You know I can't wait. I swear teachers need to hire a limo, map out a plan and go back to school shopping in style. I'm game! 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Only A Dot!


Sweet Summertime Kinder Friends,
It sure is nice to have the time to get things accomplished in hopes for a stress free year ahead. It's nice to look at the summer to do list and finally see some progress being made. It's also kind of fun to look back and remember what we did last year and decide if it is a keeper or not. The Number One Rule of Glue...Only a Dot Will Do! is a keeper for sure. This was a perfect way to introduce those glue bottles and expectations for independent use of glue. You know all they want to do is use those school supplies after bringing them in to school anyway. This sort of gets that right out of their system. This is a great one to print on colored paper and glue on hole punch black dots. If you are feeling real crafty you can add a worm to the picture. And if you need a little RTI for this activity just copy it on yellow or green paper next time and there you have it! If you need a copy just click on the image above.
Like I said scratching off things on that summer to do list has been fun. Just one less thing to think of and worry about for the coming year. And one of my goals has been to integrate my tiny little art center into something that supported Art and Language Arts goals. And one thing lead to another and soon there were over 280 pages of integrated good old fun. And then I walked away still wishing and wanting more...
And I really was happy for a while...or a few minutes. I still wanted more.
And even a little more...
I just can't help myself...it keeps growing! If you need additional information just click on the pictures above! And don't forget the Number One Rule of Glue!



Friday, June 14, 2013

Art!


 
Hey Kinder Friends,
So super excited to share this with you. I finally finished my Creation Station unit I have been working on for what seems like forever. I can't wait to get started with this with a new batch of excited Kinder kids. I just want to dive in and get creative. With so many great books out there to use with art and integrate with, it is so hard to pick a favorite. I think I want them all.
I am equally excited about some new art materials that I have found. There is nothing more exciting than new art materials. I still remember my first box of 64 Crayola Crayons. And I remember like it was yesterday discovering the metallic crayons and saving them for special projects. Those moments in childhood...priceless. As I was creating this unit and searching around for art materials I came across many old favorites and some new favorites too!
These are Crayola Oil Pastels. They are sold in a pack of 28. I bought them for less than $4 and they are worth every penny. The colors are varied, bright and vibrant. The crayons are sturdy, thick and will hold up to any Kinder kid. But the best part is that they make any wiggly lined drawing transform into what seems like effortless art. Using your fingers to smudge and smear the crayons over line drawings makes a finished piece. And believe it or not it is not messy, just a little on your finger. The possibilities are endless.
These are Crayola Watercolor Pencils. Yep, a new product to me too! I love the simplicity of these. These are the perfect addition to any art toolbox. For Kinder kids these will stand up to lots of use. The colors are vibrant and crisp. And what I love about them is that you color with these and paint and blend with water. Yes, I said that...water. It's a no mess kind of art tool. And it is the perfect tool to use with other tools in a layered effect. I would consider using these for smaller artworks instead of large projects because they do take time to fill in any drawing. I found these for $8 dollars and they came in a large pack. I still think they are worth every penny. Both products were bought online through Amazon simply because I saw them online and had to have them fast instead of hunting them down.
We will use both of these products when we talk about apples in the fall. By looking at the picture above you would never guess just really how simple this was to create with art materials made for kids believe it or not. It looks intimidating but it's not. If I can pull this one off I swear you can too. Watercolor pencils were used to fill in the apples, basic watercolors were used for the background and oil pastels were added to fill in and create the think smudgy lines. And don't the lines make it all look so official?
If you are interested in exploring more here is what is inside:
This 280 page download will get your creativity flowing as your students learn to recreate the masters, evaluate their own artwork and the work of others and respond to art! You will be able to integrate with ease with this packed unit!
Table of Contents:
19 Colored Mini Poster Printables in Bright Chevron & Bright Polka Dot
Art Objectives
Recreating The Masters Projects featuring Cezanne Apples, Monet Water Lilies
& Van Gogh Sunflowers
Blackline Printables For Kandinsky & Mondrian Projects
Literature Connections
My Creation Station- Photos, Materials & Storage
15 Blackline Printables For Making My Art Notebook/Journals Including Covers, Inserts,
Writing Pages & Evaluating Art Forms
78 Blackline Printables- The ABC’s Of Art Handwriting & Sentence Writing Pages
Color Mini Poster Printable Rubric For Evaluating Your Own Artworks/Illustrations
2 Blackline Printables- Label The Artist
Self Portrait Project & Pictures
3 Blackline Self Portrait Printables Perfect For Student Portfolios
1 Color Teacher Big Book- We Can Be Artists
1 Blackline Printable Student Reader- We Can Be Artists
2 Blackline Printables Roll The Color Word
1 Blackline Printable Student Reader- Crayon Colors
1 Color Teacher Big Book- Paint Colors
1 Blackline Printable Student Reader- Paint Colors
2 Blackline Color Response Pages
3 Blackline Color It!- Color Word Pages
1 Art Buddies Craftivity & Patterns Editable Insert Name Art Display Decorations
Editable Art Show Invitations
Editable Art Show Awards & Certificates- Color & Black & White Versions
13 Color Color Word Mini Posters
Many of the resources go along with the art you already do in your own classroom!
Click on the preview images for more information.
 


 Have fun creating friends!
 

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