Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Who really designs Santa's wrapping paper?

So who really designs Santa's wrapping paper. Well an Art Elf that's who.  I made this elf last year out of wire and model magic for the face.  Wrapped he green felt for clothing. He did have a hat but lost it on the way to the North Pole.  

My students (the Kinders) really love it. My elf has been traveling around some of the regular ed classes.  Today he is up to not good. Painting on my cabinets today.

There is so much more to this story.  

Friday, December 5, 2014


My first grader studied Andy Warhol.  I show them how he did his blobbed ink drawings and also how he made shoe drawing.  I hady students draw their own shoe and also had them draw a shoe they wanted to wear when they were an adult.  We drew the shoes with black crayons. Then we used plastic sheets over the crayon drawing and colored them with markers.  Put wet paper on top of that and rubbed.  To get the print.  

Was really sure what to do with the background. 

The project needs a little work. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

The power of the coat.

So this is a funny story.  The new art teacher at my school got boxes or brand new lab coats.  And let me tell you they are very powerful.  So one of my Kinders class they call me Mr. Rohde.  But when I put the coat on I transform to Dr. Rohde. No training/schooling needed.   

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

Many failures with great height

I did a sculpture project where all they could use is newspaper and tape.  I shows them how to roll the paper.  I told them that they could make any geometric form and that it had to be as talk as me.  5'8ish.   And that is all I told them. I let them go at it.  They worked in groups of 4 and they all started out rolling paper then the building started.   Many of the groups built cubes.  Which after sitting a week at all fell apart.  Some groups learned from that and some didn't.  It was really neat to watch them work on this.  
I asked them it they liked doing this project.  I was scared that they didn't because of all the failure.  But must of them loved it.  One of my students thought art was just drawing and painting.  He had no clue you could build things and call it art.   I was very proud of all my student in that 5th grade class.  I will get a few more pictures in the next few day.   

Monday, October 20, 2014

Anyone want to send snail mail

I am going to be doing a project with my 4th graders where we make postcards that deal with are state.   I was looking for a few people that would like to make a few postcards trade them. Let me know if that is something you would like to do.  

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Art club first project

So this I am doing art club.  We had a great group of 4th and 5th graders that came together to work on this project.  We had groups of 4-5 students pregroup to make one sclputure.  Some of the student want to be wrapped up and some didn't.   We took cling wrap to wrap the students first. Then they took packing tape and wrapped the student in at least 4 layers of tape to make it strong.  After we got all the parts they put them all together to make one person. Then they add some fun stuff to them. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

You better watch out.

We all know that Cassie Stephens is one of the best dresses art teachers around.   But I think I could give her a run for the Tuseday only title for best dressed.  Because every Tuesday is bow tie Tuesday.  So this is a challenge to all the male art teacher come on and step it up on Tuesday and join in on the fun.  Come on Mr.E. You know you want to do this.  

Friday, September 26, 2014

Weaving a of are nation.

So I was mixing it up a bit this year with the weaving projects.  Plus I am trying to get a few things done for Veterans Day.   So we did these eagle weaving which my 4th grade did great on them. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Britto Animals

This was my 5th grade project.  We first talked about who Britto was and what type of art he made.  

Then we made a background.  With all my 5th grades I changed it up every time I did the project.  To try and figure out which way would look the best. Ally were a crayon resist just different lines.  

So I wanted to know what my student knew about the color wheel. So I gave them a little color wheel pretest.  To see what color groups we need to work on.  So we draw are Britto style animal and divided it up into alest 8 parts   One for each color groups we talks about. Then we colored them in using the color groups with oil pastels which all students love.  Outline with black and then glued onto the background.  

First time doing this project. I think it was a great success.  

Thanks for tuneing in to my messy art room. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Put a bird on it

This is a new project that I am doing with my 3rd graders.  We used bleeding tissue paper to make the background.  Then pull some black paint  to make the trees. Then put that cardinal bird in it.   Go Cards!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Breaking bad bulletin bored.

MHere is my elements of art bulletin board this year.   Just wanted to share with you.  Still need to finish a few small touches. 

Friday, August 8, 2014

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Start your engines.

Well first day back.   I moved room I am no longer in no mans land.  I have a lot of work to do in the new room that might take a few years to get it where I want it to be.  So my next few post will be showing some of the things I have done to it.    

This is one of the things that I have done for my tables.  

Also I will be have a give a way soon. So please stay tuned in. Thanks 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Review for Classroom Friendly Supplies

Hey you all. I hope you all are enjoying your summer vacation.  So like I said in my previous post I am working on the order for next year.  As many of you it is hard to find one that does a great job.   So I googled “Worlds best pencil sharpener”  And this is what popped up www.classroomfriendlysupplies.com. So I clicked on the website and checked it out.  I contacted them, and they sent me one of their pencil sharpers to review.  
So first of all it is made of metal which is great there is a clear plastic tray which you can see all the shavings for easy clean up.   To sharpen a pencil you have to pull out the silver part and pinch the two black tabs and insert the pencil. You don’t even have to hold the pencil while sharping it.  Then you just turn the crank. While you are sharping it you will feel when your pencil has come to a great point.
This week I teaching summer school so it is not getting the full abuse like it would during the regular school year. 
One of the other summer school teachers need to sharpen pencil I introduce her to 
www.classroomfriendlysupplies.com pencil sharpener.  After I showed her how to use it she sharpened about 20 pencils.  She thought it was great and their should be one in every classroom. 
On their website they say it is very quite when sharpening pencil.  I notices that it is a little loud when you first start sharping it then it get pretty quite after that.  I think this pencil sharpener will work great with older grades 3-5 with a little training on it.  I feel that grades k-2 will have a hard time and a lot more training on it to use it. 
There are few things that bother me about it.
1.        When teaching are I order different size of pencils a little bigger ones for the younger students. The Classroom Friendly pencil sharpener will not sharpen those pencil.  And I am not sure there is a way to fix this with their design.
2.       When you get a pencil sharpener from them it comes with a little clamp that can attach to any table.  But it comes lose.  I wish I would come with something that you can permanently attach it to a table or counter.
3.       Teaching art I sharpen any kinds of pencils all day along.  I wish they had a bigger disposal tray.
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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Big News

For the pass 11 year I have been number 2.  The second art and computer teacher.  I finally made it to number 1.  I am going back to just teacher art. 

My school hired another art teacher so Mr. K.  Will be joining us.  I am really excited about this.  I can't wait to see what we come up with.  So please stay tuned in for all the mess.  

Mr. R

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


Hey everyone.

I am in the process of getting my order in for next year. So I had this thought. 

So my question to all of you.  Is there any great new art products out there you really would like to have in you art room. Or is there anything you can live without.  

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Beef over the moon

I saw this project my moons ago from Mrs. Hahn over at Mini Matisse.  Thanksso much for posting it.  So over the year I change the background.  So this year with my 1st grader I when with paper quilling for the moon. Students enjoyed doing the quilling.  Their are is a few things I would do different on the quilling. So I guess you will have to wait until I do this again.  

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Coil, slab flowers. Update

Well I been trying to do new clay projects each year. So instead of doing fish with my 3rd graders.  I went with flowers. My students did a drawing on a 6x6 inch square and only using lines to make there flowers.  They I had my student roll coils out and recreate there drawing. We smooth it all out and combine them all together.  After they were fired we coloed them with crayons and put black paint over it and then washed it all.  I love doing that with the clay.  Over all a great project.  

Update:  Yes after my student recreated their drawing with the clay coils. They do this by making it right on top of there drawing.  When they are done they smooth out.  The. I would take a rib, and make sure they were really smooth and combined.   So when you flip it over you get your design.  The only problem I had is when they are drying they curled a bit.  So I think if I would make sure the smooth size was facing they would curl so much. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I'm back

I'm back, back again to make messy with the kidos again.   So now that my student teacher is gone and moved on. Tune in for the messy.  

Having a student was a great learning for him and I.  It was a lot of work but well worth it.   I wish him all the luck. 

Friday, April 4, 2014

My favs

Ok I am going to steal this from my friend Ted from artwithmre.  So in the next few weeks I will show you all some of my favorite things I use in my art room. 

On of my favorite things is the C-Thur ruler. I love to use this rule with my students and I also use it with my personal art work.  

It is 2" wide and 18" long. All the square on it make it easy to find the inch marks and even half inch marks.  This is a must have in my art room.  

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Collaborate art

So I saw a few examples of where high school art student work with an elementary art students art work. And use that art work as a reference.  The high school art teacher and I worked out all the details. I had my kindergarten students draw there own monster and the high school students drew, sculpted, and craved them.  It was a lot of fun. We plan on doing it again next year. So pleases stay tuned in to see what happens next. 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Gold Metal goes to.

Well I was really excited for the Winter Olympics this winter.  And I really enjoyed the simple logo they had for the different events.  So I taught my 3rd graders about complementary colors and we drew those simple logo of the Olympics.  The best part of this project is we have some 3r glasses that make their projects really pop.  You can do this with just about anything. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Mr. Tiger.

So we got a new book in the library not to long ago.  Mr. Tiger goes wild. I am trying this two different ways. The first way we made Mr. Tiger by working on out cutting skills. 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Getting my first....

Ok so I am getting my first student teacher.  Do you all have any advice, tips, and tricks for this. I would love to hear them. 

Thanks so much and please stay tuned in to the mess. 

Friday, January 31, 2014

AOE winter Conference

I would like to thanks everyone at AOE and all the art teacher that put in the time to make videos for all of use.  I still watching all the video of all great stuff.  I feel really great to finish up the year. 

Thanks again. 
Mr R. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Friday, January 24, 2014

Might get new stuff up

Well they weather has been a mess and we been missing a bunch of school.  So when we do get to finish a project they will get posted. Stay tuned in. 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Need help with iPad

Ok my assistant principal gave me an iPad 1 to use in my art room.  

So I am wondering all those who have a iPad. How and what do you do with it in your art room. Please let me know. Thanks so much. 

Friday, January 10, 2014

Plastic snowmen

So one of my parents gave me "Dexter" like plastic aprons.  So I came cross the plastic bag monsters but they really didn't show you how to put them together.  So I winged it.  

So I had students cut up the plastic aprons gave them some yarn and had the tie knots around the plastic.  

Then we used model magic to make the nose and eyes.  And pipe cleaner from arms. 

They are pretty cute.  
Need to work out some of the knots in it. I made a funny. 

Let me know. Thanks. 

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