May 16, 2014

Five for Friday with a poetry FREEBIE

Time to link up with Doodlebugs for...

First... We've continued our study of famous artists and art movements with a look at Fauvism, AKA Colorism. In this art form pieces are marked by bright, unusual colors; wild brush strokes; pointillism; and abstract portrayals. Matisse and Derain were the two main artists that we studied.

Matisse "The Open Window"
 Our first exercise was to create a Fauve flower...

Our next project will be to select a favorite photo and Fauve it! Can't wait to see what my sixers do with that!

Second... Poetry has spread from eighth grade to fifth and sixth. While my eighth graders are delving deeply into classics such as Poe's "Annabel Lee," my younger students are having fun learning about different forms of poetry. My sixers reviewed haiku and diamonte and were introduced to cinquain. My fivers are continuing to build their INB's by adding poetry foldables. This was their favorite foldable of the week. Click on the pic if you'd like a copy to use with your students.

Third... Speaking of poetry here are some finished projects where my kiddos created a SQUIGGLE masterpiece (from Thinking Outside of the Box: Exercising Creative Minds) then wrote either a cinquain or acrostic poem about it.

Fourth... We're sneaking in one more round of Literature Circles before the end of the school year.

Fifth... It's been a long while since I've shared anything fur baby related. This past weekend my grand niece spent the night with me. Little fur baby Lulie took a shining to Kamryn's Monster High dolls...soooo stinkin' cute!

I hope everyone's week was as good as mine!
14 days and counting!

Freebie Fridays


  1. The art is just amazing! I love to use artists to inspire kids. Have you ever tried Georgia O'Keefe? One year we drew flowers on sandpaper- based on her work- and colored them with crayon, but with very heavy layered marks. Then we laid the crayon colored drawing face down on a piece of canvas cloth and ironed it. The crayon melted onto the canvas with a really cool texture due to the sandpaper. I took all the canvas cloths and sewed them together to make a class quilt. It was a fun project!
    Thanks for sharing this week!
    Teachers Are Terrific!

  2. I've never used O'Keefe with my students although I am somewhat familiar with her work. What a wonderful idea that you share! I have made a few quilts with past classes but none that sounds so impressive! I must look into this artist, for the class that I have coming up next year would really enjoy a project like this. There are even a few girls who already know how to sew. I could see them piecing the squares together.

    I'm so glad that you stopped by and shared your idea!


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