Thursday, January 30, 2014

Petal and Leaf Pounding

 The students worked on leaf poundings. Leaf pounding is gently pounding 
leaves and flowers with a hammer onto paper.  It leaves pigment on the paper in the 
shape of  the plants and petals.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Handmade Paper

 This week we are learning how to make handmade paper colored with rose petals and hibiscus flowers. This paper is great for decorating handmade cards which we will will also be working on.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Hippie Art

I'm working on a lesson plan for Hippie art work. Hippie art is from the 1960's, it is fun and colorful with many patterns.This project  is for 5 - 8 year olds.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Reasons your child should learn art

I found an interesting article about the benefits of your child learning are. Here are 11 reason your child should learn art. There is a link below to read the full article. Here is part of it.

  1. Students who study art are 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement and 3 times more likely to be awarded for school attendance.
  2. Arts and music education programs are mandatory in countries that rank consistently among the highest for math and science test scores, like Japan, Hungary, and the Netherlands.
  3. The No Child Left Behind Act clearly mandates The Arts (music, art, foreign language, etc.) as a core academic subject.
  4. One study group showed that third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade students who were taught a foreign language every day in school outperformed the students who were not exposed to a foreign language on their Basic Skills Test.
  5. While nearly all schools in America are required to offer coursework in languages, the amount of instruction provided for those subjects does not come close to that of math, science, and english courses.
  6. Federal funding for the arts and humanities rolls in around $250 million a year, while the National Science Foundation is funded around the $5 billion mark.
  7. Researchers find that sustained learning in music and theatre correlates strongly with higher achievement in both math and reading.
  8. In a study of a high-poverty schools in Chicago, the schools that were participating in the Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE) made huge strides in closing the gap between high- and low-income students’ academic achievement.  
  9. Multiple studies have concluded that curricular and extracurricular art studies and activities help keep high-risk dropout students stay in school.
  10. New brain research shows that not only does music improve skills in math and reading, but it promotes creativity, social development, personality adjustment, and self-worth.
  11. Research suggests that studying a second language is essential to the learning process, creative inquiry, and critical thinking. Foreign language studies have proven to increase problem-solving skills and overall cognitive development

Read the full article here: