Sunday, June 18, 2017

Have a wonderful summer!

Fifth Grade Rock Garden.


Fifth grade always ends with a rock painting lesson. Each student leaves Westside by painting a rock and leaving it in the courtyard as a gift and a reminder of their experience as a wildcat. I tell them they can come back is thirty years and look for it......after they stop in the art room and say hi to the 70 year old Mr. Cleveland:) 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Go Cards.




Second grade finished their unit on community by painting cardinals at night.  We chose the cardinal because in our community if you go to High School here in Sun Prairie you all become a cardinal.  Go Cards!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Mouse Paint.





You want a simple way to teach Kindegarten how to mix primary colors to create secondary colors?  Here is the book that you need.  Unfortunately the book does not teach the kinders how to clean up the paint afterwards:) You are on your own for that!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Alphabetical color theory.





Kindergarten learned about color and how to mix colors by the layering technique.  They also proved to me that they do in fact know their alphabet.  Our goal was to create 26 different colors on our paper.  This was a fun experiment.  Some students even started to name the new colors they created.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A blast from the past.


I read this book to my first graders.  I remember checking this book out in elementary school when I was a kid.  I was two years old when this book was published.  I loved teaching a lesson using this fine piece of literature.

If the dinosaurs came back....





First grade did a cut and paste project based on the book by Bernard Most "If the Dinosaurs Came Back".  Contrast, overlapping to create depth, using a straight edge, and drawing from observation were all applied during this project.