Friday, December 5, 2014

Stop motion at Harris!!

We are finally finished with our stop motion film! Here is the link and some photos of the process. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Holiday Mail for Heros

I was asked by a parent to partner with the American Red Cross to create some holiday mail with our Harris kids.  These are for members of our armed forces that may be separated from their loved ones this holiday season. It was a great service project for our kiddos to be involved in! Hope they make someone's day!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Paper mâché pots

Mrs. Long's class paper mached on recycled yogurt tubs for a "flower pot" for their sunflower weavings. More Picts to come as we finish!! 

Sunflowers continued!

Some photos from our fourth grade weaving project... 

We also created some crayon rubbings of the sunflowers from our garden! 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sunflowers!! Our school garden and Van Gogh inspired artwork!

The sunflowers are sky high in our garden! I'm teaching our students a little about Vincent Van Gogh this week, so we decided to bring some of the outside in! Third grade will create an oil pastel/ water color still life of sunflowers. Our fourth grade students will learn to radial weave on a sunflower loom they created from paper plates! Here are some photos to show where we are on the process!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Garden prints!

Our school has an amazing garden. Yesterday I decided to pick a few of the fruits and veggies and teach some of my classes a little about printmaking. We discussed texture, color and shape. We created crayon rubbings of the large sunflower leaves and printed tomatoes, beans, leek blossoms, apples, strawberries and kale. 

This last photo was from the last class of the day. They were able to try all of the produce on our table covers before I threw them away.... It was messy! 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Working together in the ART ROOM!

We are diving into some group projects as well as new classroom management system that is totally run by our students. More to come!! 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Through our eyes

Here are just a few photos of what's to come for our first week of school eye portrait project. 

Monday, August 18, 2014


WELCOME BACK, KIDS!  Hope your summer was great! I know mine was! I'm excited for a new school year ahead of us and have some fun projects in store. 
 See you at school! 

Your Art teacher, 

Mrs. Renner 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Assignment Earth

Working hard out our set design ideas for the third grade musical! 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Creating murals and GART!

This week our third and fourth graders are working on some group murals inspired by Kandinsky. By the end of this week, each student at Harris Elementary will have taken part in these projects. We are also creating a large reproduction of America Gothic by Grant Wood, using oil pastels. 

In order for this to happen, we have combined P.E. Class and art. Two classes are working together in the gym, alternating 6 stations. Three are P.E related and 3 are group art projects. Here are just a few photos! 

We recently added another enlargement! Van Gogh's Starry Night! 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Art With Ms. Paulsen

I just thought I'd update my Harris followers on what has been happening in the art room while I've been gone.  My substitute, Ms. Paulsen, has been doing an excellent job! She is an art teacher who graduated from Toledo University and has wonderful lessons and a great rapport with elementary students. 

The students finished up a cake painting inspired by artist, Wayne Thiebaud, that I had started with them. I taught our students about TINTS and SHADES. A tint is a color, plus white. A shade is a color, plus black (or its complementary color, but we used black.)  After learning a bit about pop artist, Wayne Thiebaud, we started these cakes with a step-by-step drawing of a 3D cake without a slice. The students then chose ONE color. They painted with it in its true form on the left side of the cake, with its tint on the top part of the cake and with its shade on the right side of the cake. The third cake picture shows a better idea of this.  Decorations, birthday candles and patterns were added to the cake and cake stand! 

Ms. Paulsen taught this 3D ornament project as well as the Paul Klee Typography lesson below. 

3D Winter Ornament 
By folding paper like origami, we created unique three dimensional ornaments for the holidays out of a two dimensional piece of paper.

Paul Klee Typography
Using our names and adjectives about ourselves, we created beautiful typography art inspired by our artist Paul Klee.

Paul Klee inspired name tents. 

Sol Lewitt Painting with Ms Long's class
We used masking tape to create straight lines and shapes in our abstract paintings just like Sol Lewitt did!

Time Lapse video we watched of Sol Lewitt's Wall Paintings: