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Hi, I'm Libbie Trott and I'm a Retired Art Teacher in Worthington, Ohio - a suburb in Columbus, Ohio.

Happy Summer Everyone!

I will be posting photos and notes about what was happening in my Art Room in 2012.

I will be posting new pictures soon.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Art Room Positive Management

When a class has been Proactive, Respectful and Creative for a Month, then as a reward, that class is given the Owl Award.

The classroom is rewarded with an Owl Puppet to use in their room for a month.  :)

Friday, December 14, 2012

Interpretation of Brazil's Flag

British Flag Interpretation

Kenya Flag

Olympic Frogs

Olympic Frogs

Olympic Action Silouhette

Olympic Action Person

Making Action Sculptures

Sculpture in Progress - Giocometti style

Olympic Sculptures

Sunday, May 13, 2012

5th Grade Expressive Faces

"1 1/2 inch wide pebble."

These are Rock Paintings - well more like Pebble Paintings.  Each student designed their expressive face on paper and then painted it on the pebble.  They concentrated on the eyes and mouth.  The students needed to figure out how to paint the parts of the faces to make them contrast the pebble.  (I gave several demos to show them how to layer the eyes to create an outline, iris and pupil - plus add a glint).  I  had many students start over - to paint it correctly and to "raise the bar".  Too many students want to rush and get done but I needed to teach them the idea of  quality.  They also had to learn to  paint on a small/tiny scale.  The pebbles were sooo minimal - they had to hold a paint brush correctly to make finite marks.

Spring projects

6th Grade Organic collages.  Students learned various watercolor techniques, then used the paper to create organic designs,  (only rule:  must start with a egg shape near the middle.)

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Crazy Hair Day

As students finished their yarn paintings and their yarn weavings, they used the scraps of yarn to created these comical pins and key chains.

It was a fast project and the student artists were very proud of their designs.

The pins are made from 1 1/2 inch x 3 inch matte board.  Students used beads, tacks, washers, sequins, etc. to create the faces.

Each one turned out fantastic!

Ceramic Functional Art - 6th & 5th

 The Fifth Grade created Clay Whistles.  They had to incorporate an Owl as a part of the whistle.  And yes, most whistles toot!
 The 6th grade does a slab project every year.  This year (with a kiln down)  they were taught to make a vase with texture and a  3-d relief sculpture on the side.

Hopewell 'Copper' Ornaments

The Fourth Grade have been learning about the mound builders.  The Native Americans lived in the USA from 100 BC to 300 AD.  They believed in an After Life and put riches in the mounds, including pieces of Art, like copper ornaments.  Most mounds were located in Ohio with some also in Indiana, Kentucky, and Pa.  The students learned to tool the metal and add a pantina. 

Radial Weavings

Third Grade made radial weavings.  We used lots of materials:  Large yarn, 'wacky' yarn, felt, ribbon, etc.  We finished with a fringe of felt.  The students had fun and really like doing it.  Problems included:  not stringing the round disc properly, not having an odd number of string (even will not do it).  Once we worked out those kinks they had a great time.

Second Grade Yarn Paintings

Huichol Yarn Painting - Second Grade

The Huichol (pronounced Wee-chol) people inhabit the most remote parts of north central Mexico.  Originally intended as ceremonial offerings to the Spirits to insure a bountiful harvest, yarn paintings continue today as a testament to the whole of their religious and cultural beliefs.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Handbuilt Owls from two pinch pots.

Don't forget to poke a hole so that the owl does not explode while cooking!

Each Owl had it's own personality!

Cute Owls!
Here is the clay handbuilding that the third grader's created.  It's our school mascot the Owl.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Winter Hall Way Art

These were done during noon time option.  Watercolor background, trees stamped with pcs. cardboard & snowfakes for bling.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Artist in Resident

Student Collages

These are the student's collages!
They are The Seven Habits of Happy Kids Characters

They could make these characters or our school mascot:  the Owl

Kindergarten Owls
Judi Young demonstrating her Art of Collage.