Friday, August 16, 2013

My New Classroom!!

Welcome to Tiny Hands Art. For those who don't know me yet, my name is Miss Emily Scannura. I am going into to  my 5th year teaching art to elementary age students. I could not imagine a more awesome job to have. This year at St. Aloysius I will be teaching preschool-8th graders. It will bring me many new challenges, but I am excited to take them on. Here is a photo of my new classroom!

A little about me: 
I went to high school in Chatham, IL,  college at Millikin University in Decatur where I studied photography and ceramics, and my masters at Benedictine University, where I received my k-9 teaching certification. I have been a swimmer since the age of 7 all the way through college. I also coach swimming for the Academy Bullets in Springfield (formerly SUSA). 

Some of my favorite things besides teaching and coaching are running, triathlons, hanging out with my dog, Miki, cooking, and of course art:) 

I am looking forward to getting to know all my new friends at St. Aloysius! See you soon.
-Miss Scannura

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Spring Paper Mosaics

Here are 2 different mosaic projects I have done with my students. One is a mosaic butterfly that I do with my 1st graders. the other is a mosaic flower I do with my kindergarteners.

Materials: Photo examples of glass or tile mosaics, construction paper,  scrap pieces of paper, glue.

Vocab: Mosaic, pattern, design, repetition, space, shape, symmetry

Start by cutting the basic shape of your mosaic from a 12x18 piece of colored paper. Using scrap paper, cut small squares and rectangles and outline the entire shape with one color. Repeat this process until the entire piece is complete (Kindergarten). First graders will get a little more creative with their mosaic tile designs. When butterflies are finished, add a body and a face. When flowers are done, add a stem and leaves.

Mother's Day Jars

My third graders used their clay project as a mother's day gift this year. This was my first time teaching how to make jars. We ended up with many different sizes, shapes, and decorations on the jars. Below is a photo of some of my favorite "basic" jars. Some students made their jars more complex.

Materials: clay, a mat or cardboard, cup for water, clay tools (or a sharp pencil), paint brush and water, tempera or acrylic paint.

Vocabulary: clay, pinch pot, slab, pattern, design.

Method: Students will form a small piece of clay into a ball and make a pinch pot. With a smaller piece of clay, roll another ball and then flatten it into a slab (like a pancake) so that it is the same size as the opening of the pot. Roll another small ball for the knob to go on one side of the slab.
We then used a sharp pencil to etch a design of choice into the clay. Some kids wrote a surprise message inside the jar. In the kiln they went.... and we painted them with tempera paint. The jar pictured above is the blue and orange jar below (upper right).

Hopefully the moms loved these! 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Pointillism Hot Air Balloons

This is the last project my 4th graders dove into this year. We learned a lot about Georges Seurat and his pointillist technique.

A Sunday Afternoon On The Island Of La Grande Jatte - Georges Seurat -

Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte

 "Georges Seurat (December 2, 1859 - March 29, 1891) was a French painter and draftsman. His large work Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, his most famous painting, altered the direction of modern art by initiating Neo-impressionism, and is one of the icons of 19th century painting.

Seurat was born into a very rich family in Paris. His father, Antoine Chrysostom Seurat, was a legal official and a native of Champagne; his mother, Ernestine Faivre, was Parisian.
Georges Seurat first studied art with Justin Lequiene, a sculptor. Seurat attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1878 and 1879." Taken from

Pointulism is a technique of painting similar to impressionism. For this technique, dots or dashes of pure color are juxtaposed so that from a distance they blend creating a new color. Take a look at the color wheel below!

Materials: 12x18 white paper, watercolors, pencil, crayola markers, example photos of hot air balloons
Vocabulary: George Seurat, pointillism, shape, outline, watercolor wash, primary colors, secondary colors, foreground, middleground, background. 

After learning about Seurat and the pointillism technique, we looked at images of hot air balloons. On a 12x18 white piece of paper, we drew 5-7 hot air balloons in pencil. We started with the largest/closest balloons in the foreground first, then some medium sized balloons in the middleground, and very small balloons in the background.  We also drew a ground line in the background.. 
For the next class we watercolor washed the sky and ground. Once it was dry, we began the pointillism technique with regular crayola. 

The bad news was that we ran out of time to finish these.

The good news is, most kids have crayola markers at home and could finish them there :)

I wonder if any of them did finish them at home. I hope I have the opportunity to do this project with another class. I can only imagine how pretty these would look as complete works!

Friday, May 31, 2013

The Dinosaur Who Lived in my Backyard

In 2nd grade, we reinforce what we learned about foreground, middleground, and background with this dinosaur landscape. I like this project a lot because it really takes a lot of imagination :) We begin by reading "The Dinosaur Who Lived In My Backyard" by B.G. Hennessy. We then imagine what our backyard might have looked like during the time dinosaurs lived. We then imagined a dinosaur in our backyard and what it might have looked like.

Materials: 12x18 white paper, black permanent markers, watercolor paints, paint shirts, paint brushes.
Vocabulary: Dinosaurs, outline, pattern, foreground, middleground, background, landscape, size, shape.

Some of the second graders at Ball Elementary have been learning about dinosaurs in their classroom, this this project was a blast.

Georgia O'Keefe Flowers

Every spring my third graders learn about Georgia O'Keeffe and her large scale flower paintings. We did our own using oil pastels.

Materials: 12x12 square paper, photos of flowers, chalk, oil pastels

Vocabulary: Georgia O'Keeffe, complementary color scheme, alagus color scheme, monochromatic color scheme, texture, technique,
We talked about different color schemes to use when filling in the flower and background. 
It's always been one of my favorite projects to do!

-Miss Scannura

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Torn Paper Caterpillars

We are back from Spring break. It's finally SPRING! kindergarten made these adorable caterpillars out of torn pieces of paper.
We talked about variation of color, pattern/repetition, and overlapping.

Materials: black background paper, small pieces of colored paper for tearing, glue, black markers.

Next we will be making butterflies!

Monday, March 25, 2013

"Parade of Pigs" For Kids

The "Parade of Pigs" is a fundraiser put on by the Ball Chatham Education Foundation, the Chatham art teachers, and young artists in the Ball Chatham School District. This is the 2nd year we have done the parade of pigs in my school district. It has been a huge success! Each teacher paints, over-glazes, and fires his or her own pig in our brand new kilns. Kilns we did not have last year, but were able to purchase with the funds raised from the Parade of Pigs last year!! Yes....I love my new kiln!

The following was taken from the Ball Elementary website:
"Meet 2013’s Parade of Pigs from Ball Elementary. Our St. Louis Cardinals pig“The Baseball Hog”, was design by Art teacher, Emily Scannura. Levi Vorreyer, 4th grader, designed “The Amazing Pork of Art”. Our pigs will be on display at local sponsors until May 16th . If you see a pig, feel free to donate money. Money raised will be used to upgrade the high school auditorium. On May 17th the pigs will be auctioned off at the Island Bay Yacht Club. Please see any schools home web page or the Ball-Chatham Foundation’s web site for ticket information."

All 20 of our district's pigs were on display and accepting money at this years all district arts show on May 10th.  Guess which pig made the most money....You guessed right!  Miss Scannura's pig, by far.  This can only mean two things, there are either some diehard Cardinals fans or some diehard Miss Scannura fans out there. :) 
Hope to see you at the auction on May 17th!
-Miss Scannura

Giant Cupcakes!!

My adaptive art students spent the past month working on these giant paper cupcakes with me. I love the way they turned out.

To introduce painting with a foam roller. To reinforce repetition and pattern, color mixing, cutting, tearing, and gluing/squeezing.

Cutting, painting, pattern, repetition, glue, tear, cupcake, decoration, details.

Demonstrate painting with a textured foam roller in one direction to make a design on a colored 12x18 piece of paper. Have students use a few different colors of paint. My students enjoyed the foam rollers and seeing how the colors looked when they overlapped and mixed together.
Once the paint is dry, demonstrate cutting the painted paper into a large cupcake wrapper (the shape of a trapezoid) and glue it onto a 18x24 piece background paper. We used black. Demonstrate how to tear long strips of paper for the icing. Glue them on top of the cupcake wrapper begining with the longest strips first. Last, demonstrate how to add the details, or decorations to the cupcake. We used glitter glue and tiny pieces of torn paper for sprinkles!

I hope you enjoyed these cupcakes as much as I did! You have to admit, they are pretty sweet! ;)
Until the next time! 
-Miss Scannura

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Checkerboard Weaving and Printmaking

In kindergarten I introduce weaving in the fall with a warm and cool color weaving. We revisit weaving again in the spring and also discuss pattern and printmaking. 

Objective: To reinforce gluing and weaving skills. To introduce and explore printmaking.
  • One12x18 piece of colored paper with cuts every 2" that go along the shorter, 12" side- (I fold the paper and use the cutting board so that the cuts don't go all the way to the edge- This is the "loom").
  • Several 2x12" strips of paper 
  • Glue
  • Tempera paint
  • Objects for stamping or printing
Students will weave Under/Over through the loom using the 2x12" strips of paper. Weave in the opposite direction every time so that the weaving resembles a checkerboard. Attache the ends of the strips of paper with glue. When the weaving is complete, stamp, or print a pattern onto the weaving. I have a collection of random objects to use. Some student favorites are Lego's, small cookie cutters, and old spools of thread.  This lesson takes two days- one for the weaving, and one for the printmaking.

 Hope you enjoy this one! It looks great on display.

-Miss Scannura

Collagraph Prints

 Once we have mastered the proportions of the face, I teach my students about collagraph print making. Ball Elementary students have done printing making in previous years, so they have used a lot of the materials before.

A collagraph is a print made from a collage of items glued to a sheet of cardboard, metal or similar flat material.  It should not be confused with ‘collatype,’ which is a type of photomechanical printing.   The collagraph is primarily used in the fine arts.   Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris and Georges Braque were famous practitioners.  The collagraph is a relatively modern form of printing, probably originating in the late 1800s.

To make our collagraph print, we used cardboard. Each student was asked to bring in 1 cereal box. Using the cardboard, students drew the different shapes of the face and features onto the cardboard with a pencil. They then cut out their features, assembled, and glued their self portrait onto one of the larger pieces of the cardboard. This will take about four classes. Once the collagraph was complete we were ready to print! Each student made 3 prints and mounted their favorite to be graded.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Eric Carle Animals

In Kindergarten we recently made these adorable cut and paste animals that were inspired by the writer and illustrator Eric Carle. We visit the Eric Carle Website where we listened to the author himself read his book The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This book is a favorite among kindergarten. There is also a video that shows how Eric Carle makes his art from painted pieces of paper. 

We then make our own animal!

Many of them will be on display at the District-wide art show in March!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Adaptive Fall Trees

We made these fall trees in my adaptive arts class this October. The materials used were coffee filters, crayola markers, glue, a spray bottle with water, and newspaper. Each day students came in, we colored one coffee filter with multiple colors of crayola markers. Once the filter was mostly colored in, the student (using two hands if possible) squeezed the glue onto a large white piece of paper. Then, the student placed the coffee filter onto the glue and held it there (sometimes the coffee filter will wrinkle or scrunch in their hand). We then sprayed the coffee filter with water from a spray bottle. This created a water color appearance. My students loved watching the colors run together and drip. We repeated this process until our paper was filled with trees. We then used torn pieces of newspaper to make trunks. Try it out!