Big Heads

I’m still adding photos, but so far……

sam9.11.14Sam P. in full stalking mode

In 7th grade my students make paper mache bowls and in 8th grade we grow the project a little to make great big heads.  I have the students do some research about masks in different cultures, but the students really just kind of go off on there own and create there own ideas of what they want in a mask.

mixed 9.11.14 071This is how the big head project started. I had some big balloons and had my students blow them up.  Weirdly only a few popped, I expected more.

DSCN3954The g-man painting up the big head.  He always too happy. I tell him to stop being happy, he just does not listen to me.

DSCN3959We did a lot of painting.

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DSCN3983Ms. K models the mouse.

DSCN3988The room looked like this a lot.

DSCN4044 DSCN4045Here’s a few shots of Christians head on and off.  He did a great job finishing!

DSCN3957This one, I think by Miss Page, has some great 3-d additions to the big round head she started with.

FALL 2014

Mono Printing/Finger Painting

all pictures 3.21 008On August 19th, 2014 a new art year started for my students and myself!  I thought the best thing to start with would be a lesson in mono printing.  We discussed  the word/prefix, “mono” meaning one and we talked about the process of printing one at a time, hence the word “monoprinting”

The students will remember it as finger painting.  I should have taken a picture of the clean room with freshly painted table tops, ’cause they won’t look this nice the rest of the year.   It’s a fun first day project.  They have to listen to me, cooperate with each other, and they all like smearing paint around.

all pictures 3.21 013You start out by smearing some paint around on a piece of plexiglass. You can see one student using a brush to smear the paint around and one student starting to scribble with one finger.  I tell the students to use one finger so it’s easier to clean up.

all pictures 3.21 014Once the design is scribbled into the paint, a piece of paper is set down on the paint.  You can see a student here lightly pushing the paper down in to the paint to get the paint to adhere to the paper.

all pictures 3.21 015Her you can see a student pulling the print. I stick to light orange and yellow colors usually to make cleanup easier.


Below are just some general classroom shots of doing the mono-printing/finger painting.  I wish I would have thought to take some picture of the K and 1st graders, they were all pretty excited!

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Curriculum; 2014-2015

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Some past students

My name is Mr. Tayse and I am an art teacher.  I’m happy right now to be at Bethel Local, a wonderful school with great staff and students in Miami county.

I’m teaching students from first grade through 8th grade.  I generally see every grade 1 time/week for about 30 minutes, each session.  I see the Jr. His students for about 45 minutes a day with new student groups each quarter.

Everything I teach will in one way or another relate to the  ODE Fine Arts Standards.

Below is an intended sequence of lessons and here is the school calender. I really don’t know all my students and classes that well yet, so it is really more of an approximation of what I’m intending to teach.  It will be altered and amended as time goes on.


This year begins with teaching elements of design to all grades.  In September I will be teaching about designs that incorporate the concepts of repetition, random, orderly, overlap, no overlap, abstract, and representational.

In the younger grades I will be teaching some of the above and in addition, teaching the concept of folding, creasing, top, bottom, middle, edge,  halves, and fourths.  We will be talking about various simple shapes(triangles, rectangles, circles, squares, etc.), drawing light  and dark,  cutting and pasting and doing some finger painting. Project wise, we will be working on mandalas, a symmetrical design that has some easy to accomplish math concepts, like how many and how many more. We will also be working on some other design projects in the early grades.

In the younger grades a lot of time is spent with simple activities intended to help improve motor skills.

The older grades will be using the design concepts learned previously to draw and design shoes and then eventually articles of clothing and other wearable items.

October:This is to be followed with finishing the above activities,  more design projects and the construction  of mandalas(another design project) in the older grades. The mandala project will help students to retain/review the design concepts learned above and introduce the concept of symmetry in art.  It can also enhance/reinforce  some knowledge of fractions and other math concepts.  Mandalas are also very useful for discussing art from various cultures and this will be discussed also.  I might do some Halloween projects and relate them to symmetry, we’ll fold and cut paper like snowflakes but instead use Halloween subject matter like, pumpkins, bats, and the like.  I’ll have to gauge interest and permission for Halloween subject matter.

November is upon us and in the upper grades we are going to be working on some perspective drawing concepts.  We will talk about straight, angle, and curved lines, we’ll talk about boxes, cubes, pyramids, prisms, ovals, ellipses,  and a lot of other geometry words in addition to some art specific vocabulary.  In the younger grades we will be taking about the seasons, how to depict the changing seasons and your house looks in the changing seasons.

The students  will use the drawing concepts to make their own objects, I’m going to be suggesting buildings and robots.  They both lend themselves to drawing boxes and cylinders.

In both of the classes we will discuss the addition of details to make drawings(and writing!)more realistic and more interesting.

I will probably do something for Thanksgiving, but I have not given it a lot of thought yet, so, stay tuned.