Posted by: keepingthemistakes | November 13, 2010

What is it about this time of year?

It seems like the school year starts and lies ahead of us, clean and bright, waiting for all our new learning and experiences.  And then, suddenly, the first 9 weeks ends.  And then.  THEN.  Halloween arrives.   Ok, it’s still October.  I can handle this.  But once Halloween passes . . . it’s like a slippery slope.  I do remember from my first year of teaching, that any holiday activity in art (especially when you only see them, if you’re lucky, once a week) needs to begin WAAAAAY before you think it needs to.

Ok, now on to art class.  I started decorations for the 2nd grade Thanksgiving feast this year.  I did it so much better than I did last year, but I have no pictures to show you yet.  We made thumbprint turkey namecards and next week will make indian corn bubble prints, both like you’ll see here from last year.  But much more efficient this time (more about that later)! 

I’m also doing polymer clay Christmas ornaments for each grade level and know I need to start that soon.  Maybe even before Thanksgiving break.  Yikes. 

My pictures today are from our “education night”, where the media specialist and I set up and did fall leaf printmaking inspired by Lois Ehlert’s book Red Leaf, Yellow LeafWe used rubber leaf printmaking thingys (nice description, right?). The leaves are like these fish.  I couldn’t find a picture of the leaves 🙂  We had a variety of papers, ink pads, etc.  It was really fun!  We planned to read the book, but it didn’t work out.  We’ll do it again and have our plan different next time, but it was awesome.  Thanks Dave, Valerie & Emma for helping!

I got clearer pictures of the kindergarten fish and will be posting them soon on my Slate Creek art page and hopefully also on Artsonia.

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