Texture Rubbings—2nd Grade

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The 2nd graders are learning about texture!  After naming all of the different kinds that we could think of, I sent the class off in pairs of two to find different textures around the classroom.  Each pair filled a page with 9 different crayon rubbings, made by placing the paper over a textured surface and then rubbing the crayon over the top (see below).

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This was a big hit with all of the students—some grew creative and rubbed the soles of their shoes to achieve a unique texture.  Others tried rubbing a stripped texture one way and then switching the paper to get a criss-cross pattern!

I can’t wait to show them how we are going to use these textures in another project soon!

3D Sunflowers with Van Gogh

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This fall the 4th grade class studied the work of Van Gogh—specifically his sunflowers!

We had a lot of fun painting the setting for our sunflowers and painting and cutting the sunflowers out of separate paper to achieve a more dimensional result!  Subtle details were added to the paintings with oil pastels, in small hatching marks to mimic the work of our famous artist.

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To make the petals stand out a little more, the students curled them around a pencil.

Art Room Humor

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You can’t teach elementary students if you don’t have a sense of humor—here are some of my favorite moments that happened recently.  Hopefully it gives you a smile today 🙂

(1st graders)
“Mrs. Crouch is friends with everybody—your friends, my friends, everybody.”
…(stuff I didn’t catch)…
“Mrs. Crouch is too friends with cheese burgers!”
“No! Then why does she eat them?”
I really have no idea where this all came from.

Student: “E put a crayon in his mouth!”
E: “No I didn’t!”
Mrs. Crouch: “E, show me the crayon”
E: “This one”
(thankfully, E isn’t very good at keeping up with his own fib)

“Did God make us with germs in our mouths?” (you may not be surprised to find that this was the same kid who was in trouble for eating a crayon…)
“Once, I called the police on my sister because she was being mean… and THEY CAME!!!”
(It was confession day in art class.)

(4th grade)
“I bet you’re wondering why I’m wearing a different shirt from last week, aren’t you?”