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Mrs. Megan Corley, Art

Hello, my name is Megan Corley and I am so excited to be teaching your children art this year! I grew up in the area- I went to St. Catherines, Mother McAuley, and continued my education at Saint Xavier University where I received a degree in Clinical Psychology. I returned back to school and received two teaching certificates, art education and special education (LBS1). I currently live in St. John Fisher parish with my husband and our son Benjamin. I love art, crafting, spending time outdoors, and learning new things. 

I have been on maternity leave this first half of the year after having my first child in August. I thank you and your children for being so patient while I adjust coming back to work!

October in the Art Room

Posted on Nov 06, 2020

This month we worked on learning about different shapes and how they are used when creating art. We used shapes by creating art for Halloween.

 

Preschool painted inside ghost shapes 

 

 

1st grade created pumpkins by slowly drawing each layer of shapes. They then used lines to design the background.

 

 

2nd grade used "snippet" shapes to fill in their pumpkin designs. 

 

 

3rd grade used shapes to create a wonderful background to their pumpkins.

 

 

4th grade created Picasso inspired Frankensteins. 

 

 

5th grade made a spooky tree in the moonlight.

 

 

6th grade used oil pastels to create a wonderful moonlit background for bat silhouettes.

 

 

7th grade painted a haunted house or scene silhouette.

 

 

8th grade used shapes and lines to decorate their hand drawn sugar skulls. 

Integrity Week 05/18-05/22

Posted on May 18, 2020

This week, the trait we are focusing on is Integrity! Integrity means to do the right thing even when it is difficult or when no one is watching.

 

Integrity Portrait

Here are some wonderful portraits of people in history who live or have lived their life with integrity. Can you think of anyone in your life or someone famous who lives with integrity? Find a photo of that person. If you want to share why they live with integrity we would love to hear!

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“Stand for something or you will fall for anything. Today’s mighty oak is yesterday’s nut that held its ground.” –Rosa Parks

Portrait by Paul Kyegombe

 

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“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” –Mahatma Gandhi

Portrait by Giclèe

 

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“This is your generations world to shape.”

“If you listen to the truth that’s inside yourself, even when it’s hard, even when it’s inconvenient, people will notice. They’ll gravitate towards you. You’ll be part of the solution instead of the problem.” –Barack Obama

Portrait by Kehinde Wiley,

 

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“It is not enough to say we are Christians We must live the faith, not only with our words, but with our actions.” -Pope Francis

Portrait by Bill Dunkley

 

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“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have.” –Abraham Lincoln

Portrait by Anna Rose Bain

 

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“The time is always right to do what is right.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Portrait by Derek Russell

 

Gandhi Quote

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Click to watch the video for this project. 

 

Van Gogh Sunflower

This project is a sunflower in the style of Vincent Van Gogh. By drawing the sunflower up close, you can use the oils pastels/crayons/colored pencils to create the look of “brush strokes” just like Van Gogh’s style.

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Click to view the video for this project. 

Gratitude Week 05/11-05/15

Posted on May 11, 2020

What are you grateful for? Now more than ever we are able to focus on things that are special to us and what we really cherish in our lives. This is a wonderful video by Louie Schwartzberg that really highlights the amazing things we have in our world. Here are some ideas for art projects that focus on gratitude:

Thankful Notes for our Falcons

Join in on our chain letter activity! Send a letter of gratitude to a fellow Falcon showing them how much they mean to you. Print out these instructions to include with your letter

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Rainbow Pop-Up Card

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If you are going to send a card this week for our Falcon chain letters, here is a pop up rainbow card that will brighten up someone’s day!

Here is a link to a “how to” video https://youtu.be/ya_rEWKy1e8

"Tiny Gallery of Gratitude" 

Print out and follow the drawing prompts. 

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Click here for the PDF to print out. 

This page was created by Cassie Stephens an art teacher in Tennessee. 

Gratitude Wheel

1. Watch this video on YouTube https://youtu.be/nj2ofrX7jAk (video also below)

2. Think about the things throughout your day that you might not think about normally.

Do you wake up to birds chirping and sunshine? Is your bed nice and cozy? You are able to go to the kitchen and eat breakfast and drink water whenever it is needed. Are you surrounded by family? You can go outside and feel the fresh air at any point in your day. You have clothes on your back and plenty more in your dresser. Stop and look around at each moment in your day and appreciate everything you have and love.

We are very lucky to have the things we do and I want you to think a little harder about what those things are that we might take for granted every day.

3. Make a gratitude mandala similar to the images below. You can write “I am grateful for...” in the center and then write your gratitude around that. Below are a few ideas of how you can do this. You do not have to follow those examples, feel free to make your own design.

4. Decorate it! Add color and make it beautiful!

Check out some of the 7th and 8th graders Gratitude Wheels:

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Grateful for our Homes

One thing we can all be grateful for during this time are our homes. Each of our homes are different shapes, sizes, and decor. We are so very lucky to have these homes that keep us safe and comfortable. Not to mention the endless wifi for our e-learning and entertainment needs!

I created a video reading Home by Carson Ellis as well as an art project to go along with the book and our theme for this week.

All you will need:
-Paint or markers for the houses
-A thin marker for doodling

*This is a pretty calming project if any parents want to join in for some stress relief!*

 

 

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Click for the video of me reading Home by Carson Ellis

Click for the art project video

Mother's Day Coloring Page

Posted on May 08, 2020

Happy Mother's Day Weekend! I have created a Mother's Day coloring page to give to mom. This Mother's Day will definitely be a unique one! During quarantine we have been able to spend a lot more time with our families and have some really memorable moments. Think about your favorite memory during quarantine with your mom and write or draw it in the middle space so that you can remember this time with your family. Click here for the PDF to print. 

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Perseverance Week 05/04-05/08

Posted on May 04, 2020

#1 Motivational Rock Art

Collect rocks around around your house or at a park nearby.

Paint motivational phrases onto rocks the rocks you find. Acrylic paint or paint markers works best for this. Feel free to use any materials you have at home!

Place them on neighbors or friends front porches so they will see them when they go outside their house. We must support each other and help others get through difficult times! 

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#2 Paper Planes

Write how you will keep persevering through quarantine. It is easy to give up when things are difficult but we must keep pushing ourselves to keep going! 

I wrote a simple phrase on my paper then folded it up into a paper plane just like in our story After the Fall. 

 Here is a link to my video. 

 

#3 Continuous Line Portrait

In the theme of "keep going", complete a continuous line drawing of yourself. Once you place your drawing tool on your paper, you are not to lift it until your drawing is complete. This takes some serious concentration and the urge to pick up your pencil is strong! Just keep working hard and you will complete your drawing in not time! Color each shape you make a different color and decorate the background. Try writing your name and decorating the background, again, without picking up your pencil.  

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Here is the link to my video.

 

Optimism Week- 04/27-05/01

Posted on Apr 27, 2020

Introducing our new trait of the week program that focuses on character development. The first trait we are looking at is Optimism.

 

Take a listen to our weekly read aloud!

https://drive.google.com/…/1SyO47v5Hd0r5Pl20fgn-9xyPKW…/view

 

 

Below are some art projects to go along with our theme of "Optimism": 

 

Optimism Photography

This project is to take a picture of yourself surrounded by things that are helping you stay positive and happy during Quarantine. First, make a list of what is truly important to you at this time in your life. After you have your list, walk around your house and find items that are these things or represent these things.

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Take a picture and send it to mcorley@sjfschool.net or post on Facebook and tag us! We can’t wait to see what it helping you through this tough time!

 

 

 

Guided Drawing of Grumpy Pants

 

Here is a guided drawing based off of our read aloud book Grumpy Pants. You can follow the drawing and even cut open the washing machine door to throw your grumpy thoughts into to be washed away! 

 

 

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Here is a link to my YouTube video for this project.

 

 

 

 

 

Optimism Magazine Sunrise

 

  • 1. Paint a sunrise using markers and water, watercolors, or paint. 

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  • 2. Use magazines to cut out positive words or phrases to help keep you motivated and optimistic.

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  • 3. Glue these words/phrases onto your sunrise.

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  • 4. You can also glue, "New day, new choices" in the center of your sun to remind you that each day is a fresh start and we can choose to make it a good one! 

 

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Here is a link to my YouTube video for this project. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earth Week 04/20-04/24

Posted on Apr 20, 2020

This Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! This year the theme for Earth Day is “Climate Action” in order to bring awareness to the most pressing topic that is climate change. Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make out world habitable.

Have you heard about the changes we have made to our world just by staying home in quarantine?

-The air is less polluted since there are less boats, cars, planes, or other forms of transportation.  

-The canals in Venice are clearer than they have every been for a long time. Dolphins are even appearing in the waterways.

-Loins are napping on empty roads in South Africa and animals are roaming the streets of cities and towns throughout the world.

I have created a few art projects that will allow us to take walks around our houses and notice the nature around us as well as thinking about how we can be kind to our beautiful planet!

These projects can be completed by all ages. Remember, we do not want to pick flowers or leaves off trees because those are living. We do not want to hurt the Earth!

 

Nature Art

Walk around the outside of your house and look for interesting rocks, sticks, leaves, flowers that have fallen from trees, or even weeds growing in your yard. Remember, we don’t want to take anything living off trees or bushes. Assemble your findings into a design similar to the ones below:

Here is the link to my YouTube video

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Earth Day Mobile

Think about ways we can be kind to the earth. What are some ways you can help save our planet from pollution?

A few ways I want to help the earth are:

Using reusable bags

Packing a waste-free lunch

Walk rather than drive

Pick up trash around my neighborhood

 

Write down some ways you contribute to helping out! Here is a link to my YouTube video showing how to make an Earth Day mobile

If you do not have the tools to paint the earth, use any other materials you have at home to color it! 

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"I Love Earth" Coloring Sheet/Crown

Print out this Pdf and decorate it. You can cut it out and glue it onto a strip of paper to make into a crown or just leave as is! 

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Nature Weaving

-Create a homemade loom using sticks and string. 

-Gather somewhat longer sticks, grass, stems, etc. that have fallen off trees or bushes and weave into your loom. 

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Here is a link to my YouTube showing how to do all of this (sorry parts are a little difficult to see)
 

Here is another option  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKOCKR8Di9g 

 

Campaign Art

Design artwork for a campaign of your choosing. What ways can you take care of the earth? Here are some examples:

Plant trees

Skip the straw

Reduce, reuse, recycle

Be kind and love the earth

Drive less to help stop air pollution

Clean up your neighborhood

Reduce waste by using reusable water bottles and bags

 

There are so many ways we can help save the earth. Choose one that you are passionate about and design a poster for that cause. Add color! 

 

 

E-Learning Week 04/06-04/09

Posted on Apr 07, 2020

This week we will be creating all things Easter! 

 

For younger students:

This is a tutorial for an Easter bunny drawing. What you will need is:

- A piece of paper

- Pencil

- Black marker (permanent if handy) or crayon

- Crayons or oil pastels (Cray-pas)

- Markers

- Paint brush and a cup of water

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Here is the link to my tutorial for this drawing. 

 

 

For the older students (or anyone that wants to try!):

I created a tutorial for a bunny drawing. This is a bit more of a difficult project, therefore, it might not be ideal for the younger grades. What you will need is:

- Two pieces of paper

- Pencil

- Markers or watercolors (whatever you choose)

- A cup of water and paintbrush

- Scissors

- Glue

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Here is the link to my tutorial for this drawing.  

 

 

**The following link is to the "Art for Kids Hub" Easter drawings. They have great drawing tutorials for younger kids. ** 

E-Learning 03/30-04/03

Posted on Mar 31, 2020

This week, for “Thoughtful Thursday” we are taking the time to think of those most at risk during the quarantine. You are asked to write a letter, facetime, or draw a picture for those people.  I figured I can give you some ideas of beautiful spring projects that you can deliver or send to someone at risk that is close to you.

Preschool & Kindergarten

Here are a few videos for step-by-step of how to draw different flowers. The kids have followed along with these videos in past years and they really enjoy them.

Tulip- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zY1269CaCFk

Daisy- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMYhplLC9oo

Sunflower- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_pQWFkZJrc

 

1st & 2nd grade

Here are a few videos for step-by-step of how to draw different flowers. The kids have followed along with these videos in past years and they really enjoy them.

Hummingbird- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FT1qfe0Idhs

Hibiscus- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ao2IP7f23-8

Bouquet- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-jHiAovALE

 

3rd & 4th grade

This is a great radial flower painting. Again, if you do not have paint at home just use the materials you have available to you and try your best!

https://www.deepspacesparkle.com/happy-flower-draw-paint-along/ (Watch the instruction video on this webpage for step-by-step)

 

5th & 6th grade

This is a beautiful art project using painted paper, construction paper or you can use coloring tools to color the paper instead! Again, if you do not have paint at home just use the materials you have available to you and try your best!

https://www.deepspacesparkle.com/how-to-make-a-spring-flower-paper-bouquet/ (Watch the instruction video on this webpage for step-by-step)

 

7th & 8th grade

Check Google Classroom for your assignment:

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Kindness Thursday- Coloring Pages

Posted on Mar 26, 2020

Print out and color one, two or all of these coloring pages. Then hang them in your window to show your support for those workers that are helping to keep our community together in this difficult time! 

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First Responders

Essential Workers 

Keeping your Children Busy at Home

Posted on Mar 17, 2020

I know this time at home can be stressful, long, and you might be running out of things to do already!

In addition to my previous post, here are some resources to help keep your children busy!

 

Mo Willems, a number one New York Times best selling author and illustrator, will be recording a new Lunch Doodle everyday. You can find these doodle on his YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL14hRqd0PELGbKihHuTqx_pbvCLqGbOkF .

 

Students are familiar with the YouTube channel called Art for Kids Hub from previous years and really enjoy following along with these drawing videos. https://www.youtube.com/artforkidshub

 

Google arts and culture is offering virtual museum tours from around the world. https://artsandculture.google.com/story/10-top-museums-you-can-explore-right-here-right-now/igKSKBBnEBSGKg

 

Here is a fun little “Quarantine Bucket List” your family can complete.

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E-Learning Activities

Posted on Mar 15, 2020

Hello students!

During our e-learning days, please complete at least one art activity a week based on the resources provided.

 

Preschool - 2nd grade

Choose one of the three art materials below and follow the instructions to complete the project. I understand materials are limited so please do not stress over completing the activity exactly how it is presented. Feel free to substitute materials if necessary.

 

PENCIL- Draw your favorite stuffed animal. Where does your stuffed animal live? What does he/she like to do? Fill your paper with drawings and color it! 

 

PAINT- Choose one video below and follow along to complete the project:

Easter Bunny- https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=Yx3rDESqdAk&feature=emb_logo

Unicorn- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxcXYEhb24M

Giraffe- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwRqdkwBPe0

Starfish- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dk-o03R1d3Q

 

CLAYSculpt your favorite animal. If you have leftover clay, make a bed for your animal or make its favorite food! 

Options for homemade sculpting materials:

Homemade Play Dough Recipe

Homemade Paper Clay - Can be air dried for permanent sculpture

Homemade Salt Dough - Can be baked for permanent sculpture

Homemade Baking Soda Clay - Can be air dried for permanent sculpture

 

3rd grade - 6th grade

Choose one of the three art materials below and follow the instructions to complete the project. I understand materials are limited so please do not stress over completing the activity exactly how it is presented. Feel free to substitute materials if necessary.

           

PENCIL- Complete this “View from my Day” Challenge:

1. Choose: Choose an activity from your day at home. This can be while you are outside getting fresh air, while you are sitting completing your homework, watching TV, or even eating dinner. Any activity you would like to use will work!

2. Observe: Pay attention to something that interests you during your activity. Try to find the extraordinary in this activity. What are some colors you see? Shapes? Texture?

3. Create: Create something based on your observations. This can be a literal drawing of what you see or an abstract drawing. If you see circles, you can fill the entire page with overlapping circles. You can complete a rubbing of the textures. Whatever objects are standing out to you, draw them! This will allow you to take a moment out of your day to look around and appreciate the things you have.

 

PAINT- Complete a paint blot masterpiece. Watch the videos below and create your own blot painting using colors of your choice.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUjLH0w_D9c

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-mKO3XwbUk

After folding your paper in half, what images can you see in your blotted paint? Use a marker, pen, or pencil to draw faces or objects when your paint is dry.

 

CLAY- Make a pinch pot and decorate it using markers or paint. Follow this video to learn how to do so. 

Options for homemade sculpting materials:

Homemade Play Dough Recipe

Homemade Paper Clay - Can be air dried for permanent sculpture

Homemade Salt Dough - Can be baked for permanent sculpture

Homemade Baking Soda Clay - Can be air dried for permanent sculpture

 

7th & 8th grade

These projects will be counted as a grade. Please take a picture of your project and send it to me via email mcorley@sjfschool.net

Choose one of the three art materials below and follow the instructions to complete the project. I understand materials are limited so please do not stress over completing the activity exactly how it is presented. Feel free to substitute materials if necessary.

 

PENCILS- Complete this “View from my Day” Challenge:

1. Choose: Choose an activity from your day at home. This can be while you are outside getting fresh air, while you are sitting completing your homework, watching TV, or even eating dinner. Any activity you would like to use will work!

2. Observe: Pay attention to something that interests you during your activity. Try to find the extraordinary in this activity. What are some colors you see? Shapes? Texture?

3. Create: Create something based on your observations. This can be a literal drawing of what you see or an abstract drawing. If you see circles, you can fill the entire page with overlapping circles. You can complete a rubbing of the textures. Whatever objects are standing out to you, draw them! This will allow you to take a moment out of your day to look around and appreciate the things you have.

 

PAINT- Turn on some relaxing music and think about the emotions you feel at this very moment.  Are you feeling happy? sad? anxious? excited? Take a look at the emotion color wheel. What color are the emotions you are feeling? Use those colors to create an abstract piece similar to the artwork in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgQmDY5c4OQ . If you do not have glue, no worries! Just grab some salt from the kitchen and sprinkle a bit onto your painting.

 

CLAY- Watch the following video. Make your own Terra cotta warrior. Here is a link explaining the type of clothing they wore.

Options for homemade sculpting materials:

Homemade Play Dough Recipe

Homemade Paper Clay - Can be air dried for permanent sculpture

Homemade Salt Dough - Can be baked for permanent sculpture

Homemade Baking Soda Clay - Can be air dried for permanent sculpture

 

Artsonia Update

Posted on Dec 10, 2019

Be sure to check your child's Artsonia account  from now to the end of the school year!

 

UPDATE: The students have been working VERY hard on their art show self-portraits. These have been taking quite some time because they are multi step projects. We cannot wait for you to see these portraits that your children will be very proud of!  

 

For new parents/students: 

Artsonia (www.artsonia.com) is the largest online student art museum. Our school is a member of this website that showcases artwork from thousands of schools around the world. This website is a great tool to develop student's self esteem and involve parents and relatives to view student's accomplishments in the art room. 

Not only can you and your loved ones view, comment, and participate in your child's art education, you can also support SJF by purchasing custom keepsakes featuring your child's art. 

We will set up Artsonia accounts for all of our new students after Christmas break. 

 

 
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