Friday, November 18, 2016

"Mannequin Challenge"

Students are not supposed to have iPods or phones out at recess. However, after telling a student to put his device away, I realized that nearly the entire fifth and sixth grade group was working collaboratively on something called the "Mannequin Challenge." (Click here to learn more!)  I quickly gathered that the goal was to create a video of people staying as still as mannequins while life continues around them.  I allowed them to continue their project and film several takes and I captured this video of their Mannequin Challenge. 

A video posted by Nora (@artclass_allday) on

For another version of the Mannequin Challenge, check this out! (Make sure you watch all the way to the end.)

Friday, November 11, 2016

Kindergarten Turkey Paintings

Ask me if you can draw a "Hand Turkey." Go ahead. Ask.


While telling kids that there is a right or wrong way to draw anything makes my skin crawl, I cannot stand Hand Turkeys! Since Kindergarten artists want to draw turkeys one way or another, I help them create more unique versions using simple lines and shapes. 

We drew with pencils, traced the lines with black oil pastel and then painted with tempera paint cakes.

Kindergarten Collages inspired by "Perfect Square"

Kindergarten Artists read "Perfect Square" by Michael Hall.
Last week, while learning about color mixing, we used watercolor paints to paint squares of paper. Today, Kindergarten artists were challenged to see what they could turn their painted squares into. 

Is it a bird or a plane? Grass or a tree? A garden, a mouth, a window or a ghost?

Object Names by Grade Five and Six


Nighttime Adventures inspired by "Flashlight"

In Kindergarten Art Class we read the magical and oh-so-fun book "Flashlight," by Lizi Boyd. Boyd is a Vermont artist and author, so her whimsical illustrations of a young boy's night walk through the woods look somewhat familiar. 

Kindergarten artists imagined their own nighttime adventures and used gold, silver and white paint on black to paint them. 

I imagined that there was a porcupine, a deer and a beaver around me.
A human found a fox and a deer. The fox and the deer lead him to his tent.
It was a beautiful night. It was nice. We saw an animal-- an owl.
There was shiny glass. I have a flashlight. I see deer.
It’s about all the creatures getting scared because there’s a little ghost right there in a spot nearby.
He shines the light on the porcupine. The stars glow in the dark.
An owl was flying in the sky and then a deer came. Then all of the animals started to be friends.
The owl was hiding in the tree. The deer was chasing after the owl. Then there was a bear.
There was a ghost and a rabbit and a baby ghost. It was a dark, dark night.
I’m walking into the woods and I saw a turtle, then I saw an air balloon and a flower.
I saw an owl and a rabbit and a deer and I was wearing a pretty nighttime dress made out of moss and leaves.