Our mural is always my favorite part of the Night of the Arts! I love that it makes a big impact and that so many students take part in it.
Third graders worked together to create the background. I drew the design in pencil and they filled it in. I pulled small groups to work on parts of the mural, and when they were done with their area, they would go work on a mural worksheet I created. By the end, some classes were able to all be working on the mural together. Those are the best moments! But I also had one class that was not able to participate because of behavior and they worked on an alternative individual painting.
Kindergarten created their cute little tigers a few weeks earlier. I hot glued them to the mural when they were finished. I learned in previous years that tape just doesn't cut it! When the show is over, all of the tigers were still attached, so I pulled them off and the background was thrown away.
This year, students also created giant leaf paintings and individual leaves to use as decoration for the Night of the Arts. The large paintings were used to cover tables and to hang with artworks. The smaller leaves filled in tables and were used on the cards with the teachers' names. Third, fourth, and fifth made the large paintings by painting only leaf shapes (Rule #1), using only three colors and class (Rule #2), and working responsibly (Rule #3). They were able to walk around and change colors when they choose.
I had a few second grade classes make 12x18 painted papers with green and third grade added the lines with premixed colors to the individual leaves. These were then laminated and used in the show. Students did not get to keep them since multiple students worked on each leaf. I saved them and may use them as classroom decorations in the future.
It's my favorite night of the school year! The music teacher and I have been hosting the Night of the Arts since my first year teaching. I love having a night where kids can show their family their artwork and create art and music. Each year the event has become bigger and better!
Each student from pre-k through fifth grade has an artwork displayed in the exhibit. I like to have students create 3D works or smaller works that can easily be attached to science boards because it makes the set up time much faster. We have over 600 artworks to display in less than three hours! I am thankful to have great support at my school and so many teachers offered to help me set up.
I do most of the work before the show on my own during every free moment I have starting all the way back in February. Sometimes that means making tape rolls for two or three minutes and sticking them to a tray to save for later. Other times it's labeling a few pieces of art and getting them in class boxes to be carried to the cafeteria. I am thankful that my principal allows me to not have classes after lunch on the day of the show. This allows me to focus on any last minute details and start displaying the work. The mural created by third grade and kindergarten is hung the afternoon before the show because it takes so long to get up.
This year, PTO provided us with the best homemade brownies and refreshments! They are so wonderful to prepare that aspect of the event and get it all set up.
It takes months for this all to come together, but it is always worth it! I love seeing how proud my students are of their work and how art brings everyone together.
The week after the show, all artwork is taken home and it really starts to feel like the end of the year. I do leave up the mural, though. I wait until the last minute to take it down and get those sweet little tigers back to their kindergartners.
Now to think of ideas for next year...
Pre-K/ VPK: Painted butterflies
Kindergarten: Texture tigers
First grade: Apple weaving
Second grade: Heart sewing
Third grade: Circular loom weaving and background for the mural
Fourth grade: Ceramic flowers
Fifth grade: Ceramic animal coil pots
This was my favorite Night of the Arts yet! We had so many families attend the music program, create art with their children, and view the work their children have made this year.
Our Night of the Arts consists of a PreK/VPK through fifth grade art exhibit from 5:30-7:30 in the cafeteria and a music program outside the cafeteria beginning at 6:30.
The event has changed so much over the years, and each year I believe the show has improved. I've learned to work smarter, so it doesn't have to be as stressful as it was during my first year teaching.
Asking for help from volunteers and teachers has saved me so much time. I set up the whole show the day of the event, and I have temporary duty after lunch to begin setting up. The other teachers come to help around 3:00 and it was like magic how it all came together so quickly. I do hang the mural the afternoon before because it is the most time consuming element. It takes me about forty minutes to get all of the pieces to the cafeteria and taped in place.
We begin the pieces that will be displayed in the Night of the Arts in January and February. This gives me plenty of time for the lengthy projects, like ceramics and the mural. This year, I was completely done mounting and labeling artwork about two weeks before the show. Then, I could focus on the little things like refreshments and cutting paper to size for the tables.
I am so proud of what this event has become. It is wonderful to work in an environment where the arts are supported so greatly and we can have events like this. Now to start dreaming of ideas for next year!
Sweet bird nests from third grade! I don't have the space to do clay lessons with more than three grade levels, so third grade is the first time students at my school use clay. This lesson is simple and teaches basic skills, so it is perfect for a first clay lesson. It would be great for even younger students. Creating the nest and eggs takes one day and glazing takes just one more.
Since these pieces are being displayed in the Night of the Arts, I had students make little 5x5 inch tiles with cardboard. This gives their work some color and is a place for their name. We glued a white piece of paper to the cardboard, painted the background colors in "windows" we drew, and added pattern with black paint. They did a fantastic job! I just put a tiny drop of hot glue under the nest and the artwork is ready!
First and second grade students made these beautiful hearts! Together, we made a chart of warm and cool colors and used the chart to help sort the tissue paper squares. It took one 45 to do this and fill a 9x9 inch paper with the tissue paper. They LOVED this part of the project! I was surprised by how much each class enjoyed working with the tissue paper.
On the second and third days of the lesson, students made the painted papers and created new ways to use tools (scrub brush, medicine cups, Popsicle stick, bubble wrap, etc.) to make texture. Second grade continued to focus on warm and cool colors. I had first grade students pick a secondary color for their painted paper.
To finish, we traced a heart on the back of the tissue paper piece and glued it to the painted paper. Then, we practiced our good painting techniques and added the black border around the hearts. My first graders were so great with this step!
Now to get the first grade hearts ready for the Night of the Arts in a month!
We created these turtles for the first time late last school year, and I knew they had to be in the Night of the Arts this year. They are adorable and the kindergartners loved their turtles and the process for making them.
On the first day of this lesson, we made green, and more green, and more green until the paper plates (buy the thick ones!) were filled. Some students took their time and delicately painted every speck, taking nearly the entire forty-five minute class period. I don't want to rush anyone when they are working so well, so we do the printing during the next class. I try to do this lesson after other printing lessons to build on those skills. During the second day of making the turtles, we also trace the shapes for the legs and head. We draw the eyes with oil pastels and cut and glue the pieces to finish up the turtles on the third day of the lesson.
And then if we have a few extra moments, I let them play with their sweet turtles, because what five or six year old wouldn't want to?
Exciting things are happening in preparation for our 5th Annual Night of the Arts! Third grade created a mural for the first time last year, and that was displayed at the event. This year, we are getting kindergarten involved, too!
Third grade has been working hard to paint this mural of the Ichetucknee River and kindergarten has made turtles who will soon be living in it! I drew out the waves and the grasses and students worked together to fill in the pieces and to create patterns. I finished it up by painting the black lines.
Recently, I had the agent at our county's University of Florida IFAS extension office come to talk to third grade students about aquatic plants since we had been painting this local river.
I am a seventh year art teacher with degrees in Art Education, living and working in northern Florida. Each week, I teach over six hundred students in grades PreK through fifth. Here you will find what we are learning in the art classroom!