• March 1st - 12th Weaving:  Paper and Looms, a required assignment

    Students who need weaving supplies at home:  please text Mrs. Lapierre at 254-458-8424 

    Step ONE:  look over the paper packet version for weaving for detailed instruction on how to weave.  

    Step TWO:  Watch this Weaving video.

    Step THREE: Complete a paper weave (PK-2nd grades), a loom (3rd grade) or a Llama (4-5th grades).

    Step FOUR:  Take the online Credit Questionnaire, email lapierrel@lisdtx.org or text Mrs. Lapierre for credit.  This is a two week lesson.  Check back after Spring Break.

    Weaving Page 1 Weaving Page 2 Weaving page 3

     

    Feb 22nd - Feb 26th Alma Thomas Mosaics, a required assignment

    Alma Thomas with circles

    Alma Thomas was an African-American artist and teacher who lived and worked in Washington, D.C., and is now recognized as a major American painter of the 20th century. Thomas is best known for the "exuberant," colorful, abstract paintings that she created after her retirement from a 35-year career teaching art at Washington's Shaw Junior High School.  Thomas was the first graduate of Howard University's Art department, and maintained connections to that university throughout her life. She achieved success as an African-American female artist despite the segregation and prejudice of her time.  Her paintings only looked like mosaics (an art form using small pieces of paper, tiles or other items glued down to a surface to create a design).   

    STEP ONE:  Watch the video about Alma Thomas

    STEP TWO:  Using whatever art supplies you have available, arrange colors in a rainbow pattern inspired by Alma Thomas.  She used paint but Face to Face learners will be using torn construction paper glued down to paper.  

    STEP THREE:  Take the Alma Thomas Mosaic Credit Questionnaire                                                                                                                                                   

    Feb 15th - 19th Black History Month: 3 important artists

    Black History Month page one Black History Month page two

    STEP ONE:  Read over the information from the Paper Packets on Black History Month:  3 important artists.  Musician Louis Armstrong, Dancer Misty Copeland and painter Kehinde Wiley.

    STEP TWO:  View the slide show with the video links

    STEP THREE: Take the Credit Questionnaire for credit on "Black History Month: 3 important artists"

    Optional:  research one or more the the artists listed on the last slide. 

    Feb 8th - 12th Chris Uphues Hearts, a required assignment

    Uphues examples

    Chris Uphues , an  American pop artist living in Brooklyn, New York,  is known for energetic, colorful and playful work found in murals, wall art, a clothing line, stickers and more. He and his wife Jen Koehl, created Beautiful Days to share their distinctive vision of HAPPY with the world. The Beautiful Days aesthetic is an energetic mash-up of pop culture nostalgia and timeless optimism.  For more information, visit his website at www.chrisuphues.com

    STEP ONE :  lightly sketch a heart inspired by Chris Uphues.  Trace over your design with a dark value crayon, colored pencil or marker.  Add bright colors.  Add a background of your own design.  Make sure and color in well.  Consider gifting your drawing as a Valentines to someone special. 

    STEP TWO : take the Credit Questionnaire for Chris Uphue Hearts

     

     

    Feb 1st - 5th Texture: Visual and Tactile, a required assignment

    Texture

    Shoe drawing

     

    Students will explore their environment for the art element of texture:  hard, soft, fuzzy, slimy, bumpy, etc.  Find as many and write them all down.  Now look at artwork to see how artists use VISUAL texture like painted fur.  It may look soft but if you close your eyes to feel the surface, you wouldn't be able to feel the fur...just see the texture.  This is Visual texture.  If an artist glues fur onto the surface of the painting that you can touch and feel, then this is tactile texture.  Some artists paint with lots of paint that builds the surface up to create texture you can feel.  So art can be BOTH visual AND Tactile texture.  Feel the bottom of your shoe.  Does it have texture?

    STEP ONE:  Watch the Video on Texture

    STEP TWO: Create a texture rubbing shoe project by drawing one of your shoes in the center of your page.  Now take a "naked" crayon (paper removed) and fill the negative space around your shoe by rubbing the crayon on its side over your paper that is placed on the bottom of your shoe to discover the texture of the bottom of your shoe.  Use any color combinations you like.  You can leave your shoe drawing uncolored or add color if you desire.  Close your eyes to feel the rubbing.  Can you feel the texture you created?  

    STEP THREE:  Take the Credit Questionnaire once you complete your drawing.  

    Jan 25th-29th Music Rythms Reviewed

    Students have previously been introduced to the eighth, quarter, half and whole notes and rests.  Now we will review and practice reading our rythms. 

    STEP ONE:  Follow along to each video, practicing clapping the rythms to the music using your hands, saying the rythms and/or using items to "drum" on a safe surface.  Rythm Reading Stage One , Rythm Reading Stage Two ,Rhythm Reading Stage Three,and Challenge Round

    STEP TWO: Take the Credit Questionnaire to let Mrs. Lapierre know you practiced your rhythms.

    Jan 18th-22nd Picasso Portrait Color, finishing

    Students will now add color to the portrait you began last week.

    STEP ONE:  follow the instructions from last week

    STEP TWO:  Add color

    STEP THREE:  Take the Credit Questionnaire for Picasso Portraits Color

    Jan 11th-15th Picasso Portrait plan, a required assignment

    Students will explore the father of Abstract Art, Pablo Picasso.  

    Watch this  video on Picasso.  Then utilize the  Roll-A-Picasso worksheet  and add color.  You will need paper, pencil and items to add color.  Be sure and use your own imagination to add optional hair, ears, clothes, hands, chair and background.  Picasso was known for his bright colors so be sure and add lots of color to your composition.

    STEP ONE:  watch the video above

    STEP TWO:  utilize the Roll-A-Picasso worksheet to plan your composition.

    STEP THREE:  take the Credit Questionnaire (credit is now closed for week one.  Move on to week two above)

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    Jan 5th - 7th Value worksheet

    Students will explore Values by watching the video song and complete the worksheet.  

    STEP ONE:  Watch Value Song

    STEP TWO:  download and print the worksheet.   Pre-K - 2nd worksheet OK 3rd-5th Value Worksheet

    STEP THREE:  you are done!  This is an optional assignment and will not be graded.  

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    Dec. 14-17th "Pajamas Day"

    Spend one day in your pajamas creating art, creating music or creating a play.  How about decorating cookies?  Make a card for a loved one.  Decorate your tree.  Create a song for a loved one.  Act out a tradition or the nativity story.  HAVE FUN!  This is totally optional and not for a grade but if you want to share your fun, email Mrs. Lapierre at lapierrel@lisdtx.org

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    Dec. 7th - Dec. 11th "It's Christmas Everywhere" PRESENTATION

    This is the FINAL step of a month long assignment.  You now show off all your hard work to at least one adult using your paper doll puppet and backdrop.  Once you are done, make sure to let Mrs. Lapierre know you have compelted your work by taking the credit questionnaire.  You are not required to email a video as this is difficult but a picture of you performing would be wonderful (not required).  Send to lapierrel@lisdtx.org

    STEP ONE:  using your backdrop and puppet, perform for someone

    STEP TWO:  take the online Credit Questionnaire for "It's Christmas Everywhere" Performance

    YOU ARE DONE!  Next week is catch up and free draw.  Check back after the break and enjoy some time with family.

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    Nov. 30th - Dec. 4th "It's Christmas Everywhere" Backdrops, a REQUIRED assignment

    Artie Diorama

    Students will create the background for thieir plays in the form of drawing, painting or Diorama to match the scale of the paper doll puppet that they completed last week. Your play can take place inside, outside or anywhere in between.  Your imagination is your only limit.  You can create more than one paper doll in order to have interactive dialog between characters or you can tell the story with one character.  Once you have completed your background, start putting together your play to include a song.  You can just dance during your song but singing is more fun.  Next week is the final performances for your family. 

    STEP ONE:  draw, paint or build your backdrop.

    STEP TWO:  practice your play with your paper doll.  Be sure and include a song

    STEP THREE:  Take the credit Quesionnaie for credit. Be sure and take the credit questionnaire if you are complete to guarantee credit.

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    Nov. 16th-20th "It's Christmas Everywhere" Paper Dolls 4 inches tall

    Artie paper doll on white background

    ARTIE THE ROOM ELF

    Create a paper doll self that you will use in your play that you will create using your research from last week on how your culture celebrates the holiday of Christmas around the world.  Make sure your scale will match your diorama or background that you will be making.  

    Step ONE:  Draw yourself and be sure to make your costume or outfit matches your play

    Step TWO:  Color, cut out and glue a stick onto your paper doll self

    Step THREE:  take the credit questionnaire from last week (scroll down to see last week's Credit Questionnaire)

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    Nov. 9th-11th "It's Christmas Everywhere" introduction (a required grade)

    “It’s Christmas Everywhere” is a historic look at the ways Christmas is celebrated around the world through the eyes of brand new elf Artie who knows nothing about Christmas and Taylor Creek Elementary is going to educate him.  We will be creating paper puppet characters and performing a play with songs in a diorama or flat background that will then be recorded and compiled for a Virtual Pageant instead of the traditional stage performance for face to face learners.  Home learners will create their own play to be performed for your family.  Each grade level will learn about a particular country, exploring cultural traditions.  5th grade will explore Japan.  4th grade will explore Australia, 3rd grade will explore Germany.  2nd grade will explore Mexico, 1st grade, Kinder and PK will explore America and how our traditions have changed over the years (why do we hang stockings? Why put up a tree?).  As a home learner, you will be doing your own research in order to create your paper doll puppet and a background OR a diorama to perform in front of.

    Step ONE: Watch the slide show of "It's Christmas Everywhere"

    Step TWO :  Research how your country assigned by grade celebrates Christmas

    Step THREE :  Find a song that aligns with your country or make up your own song.

    Step FOUR :  take the Credit Questionnaire for It's Christmas Everywhere introduction

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    Oct. 26th - November 6th Jean Michel-Basquiat, Graffiti Artist

    Watch this slide show about Jean-Michel Basquiat

    Basquiat Alligator

    STEP ONE:  Watch the read aloud book "Radiant Child" The Of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe

    STEP TWO: View the Jean-Michel Basquiat slideshow (same as the link above)

    STEP THREE: Create a work of art using a CROWN, an ANIMAL, and WORDS. Add bright colors to your painting.  Don't worry if you have drips.  You can't make a mistake!  The messier the better.  You have 2 weeks to finish your composition.  Try using your wrong hand to draw with in order to loosen up. 

    STEP FOUR:  Take the credit questionnaire (this lesson is now closed.  email me at lapierrel@lisdtx.org for credit)

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    Oct. 19th - 23rd Dios de la Muertos Symmetry

    Symmetry work sheet STEP ONE:  watch the videos on the history of Day of the Dead, Dios del la Muerta

    Day of the Dead history explained

    Dios de la Muertos food and traditions

    STEP TWO:  complete the other side of the Sugar Skull above or draw your own sugar skull

    STEP THREE:  Take the credit questionnaire.  The gradebook is now closed on this assignment.

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    Oct. 12th - 16th Kusama Pumpkins, a required assignment

    Kusama with Pumpkin Kusama samples

    Step One:  Watch the video Yayoi Kusama "From Here to Infinity" read aloud book

    Step Two:  Watch more about Yayoi Kusama the Artist

    Step Three:  Create your own Kusama polka dot pumkin.  Use whatever art materials you have.  Be creative!

    Step Four:  Click on this link to take the credit questionnaire (the gradebook is now closed on this assignement)

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    Oct. 5- Oct. 9 RHYTHM: Notes and Rests.  

    Step One:  Watch the slide show with videos to learn about notes and rests and practice clapping them out.

    Rhythm: Notes and Rests slideshow

    Step Two:  Take the Credit Questionnaire.  This assignment is now closed

    Rhythm: Notes and Rests  

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    Sept 28th - Oct 2, A required assignment!

    Line Art

    Line Art example landscape

    This assignment is closed for the Credit Questionnaire.  If making up work past the 1st report card, email me at lapierrel@lisdtx.org  for credit. 

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    Square 1 Art Sept 8-11 AND 21-25

    Ordering is now closed.  Products are due to arrive Nov 17th to TCE.  How to create a Square 1 Art projectHome Learner's painting

     Square 1 Art explained by Mrs. Lapierre

    How to Video from Square 1 Art

    ***COMPLETE THE ONLINE CREDIT QUETIONNAIRE FOR CREDIT***

    • Watch the videos about how to create a square piece of artwork that will be sent away to www.square1art.com for an optional fundraiser
    • Upload yourself OR return your artwork to the porch bucket (a special artwork bucket will be provided)
    • return by Sept. 30th in order to recieve a FREE sheet of stickers with your student's artwork on them
    • OPTIONAL: place orders for all sorts of items with your student's artwork on them just in time for the holidays.  Watch for more details to come
    • Complete the  Credit Questionnaire.  This assignment is now closed for credit.

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    September 14th-18th DOT ART.  

    Kandinsky Dots

    Watch the videos about Wassily Kandinsky and create a composition with one or more dots inspired by the artwork shown here.

    Wassily Kandinsky informative video

    See how one student in Peter Reynold's book "The Dot" overcame creative blocks by using dots.

    The Dot read aloud by Peter Reynolds

    Look around your home, in magazines, newpapers, on TV and watch for artists and designers who utilize dots and circles as art.  You don't have to take a "Credit Questionnaire" because this assignment is for fun to celebrate "Internaltional Dot Day" September 15th.  Let's celebrate dots and circles.  Now continue your Square 1 Art lesson due by the end of September. 

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    August 31st-Sept 4th Lesson:  "Pitch: A Music Lesson".  With adult supervision and assistance, arrange glassware in various shaped from lowest to highest pitch.  Gently tap on the glass to hear the pitch.  Watch my video on how to Pitch: A Music Lesson

    ***COMPLETE THE ONLINE CREDIT QUESTIONNAIRE FOR CREDIT***

    • Watch the video about pitch Video explaining pitch as low, medium and high
    •  Play the Pitch game by creating melodies and finding your composition Pitch Game on www.creatingmusic.com
    •  Final Step:  finish the questionnaire for credit.  This assignment is now closed for credit
    •  If you are a paper packet learner or want credit without filling out the "Credit Questionnaire", email me at lapierrel@lisdtx.org

     

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    grade book is closed on this lesson. 

    August 10-28 Say Something Slide Show

    Lesson:  "Say Something" by Peter H. Reynolds

    August 10-14, read the book and talk about what you want to say.

    August 17-21, draw your self portrait

    August 24-28th, add the speech bubble saying something and add color

    ***COMPLETE THE ONLINE CREDIT QUESTIONAIRE BY AUGUST 28TH FOR CREDIT.  3 week lesson***

    How to Complete the Say Something Lesson Online