ACTÍVA Products Art Teacher Mystery Box Contest

ACTÍVA Products Art Teacher Mystery Box Contest

We're always amazed at the talent art educators bring to the classroom.  Because of that, we decided to give some of our favorite art teachers of Instagram the chance to win up to $250 in ACTÍVA Products materials for their classrooms by participating in a fun Art Teacher Mystery Box Contest!

We sent six art teachers a box filled with CelluClay paper mache, Rigid Wrap plaster cloth strips, Activ Clay air dry clay, and a multi-pack of Scenic Sand.  Each teacher was given directions to use at least three of these ACTÍVA Products materials in the creation of a unique lesson plan for the art room.

The teachers' submissions blew us away!  

Preview each of their projects below, and click through to learn more about each teacher and to see their full lesson plans.  Once you've looked at all of them, vote for your favorite project below (one vote total per IP address)!  Voting runs from April 24, 2017 - May 8, 2017.  The first place winner will receive $250 of ACTÍVA Products materials, and the second place winner will receive $150 of ACTÍVA Products materials.  Good luck to all!

Entry 1: Biome Box by Tracy Evans 

Teacher Tracy Evans created a unique Biome Box for her entry in the <em>ACTÍVA</em> Products Art Teacher Mystery Box Contest.

Tracy Evans teaches elementary art at Mitchell Elementary in Plano, Texas.  She is the current Mitchell Elementary Teacher of the Year, and is an active member of the Texas Art Education Association. 

For Tracy's lesson plan, she used Rigid Wrap, Activ Clay, and Scenic Sand to create a colorful biome box.  Biomes are a community of plants and animals that have common characteristics for the environment they exist in, and can be found over a range of continents.  Students are encouraged to get creative in modeling their biome boxes after animals, plants, or places of interest to them.

See Tracy's complete lesson plan, project steps, and photos by clicking here.

Entry 2: Exploring Sculpture and Italian Food by Beth Carter

Art teacher Beth Carter explores art and Italian food in her contest submission for the <em>ACTÍVA</em> Products Art Teacher Mystery Box Contest.

Beth Carter is a Kindergarten through Fifth Grade Art Specialist in Plano, Texas.  When she's not teaching, you can find her blogging about her art adventures and sharing her ideas for creative art lessons.  

For Beth's lesson plan, she used Rigid Wrap, Activ Clay, and CelluClay to help teach students about Italian food and culture.  Students use found objects, such as cereal boxes and yogurt cups, to form armatures for their sculptures, and will have a fun time recreating some of their favorite foods!

See Beth's complete lesson plan, project steps, and photos by clicking here.

Entry 3: Wayne Thiebaud 3D Cake by Tracy Mathys 

Art teacher Tracy Mathys created sculpture versions of Wayne Thiebaud's Boston Cremes painting for her submission in the <em>ACTÍVA</em> Products Art Teacher Mystery Box Competition.

Tracy Mathys teaches middle school art in Ohio.  She is also the Public Relations and Advocacy Chair for the North Central Ohio Art Education Association.

For Tracy's lesson plan, she used Rigid Wrap, Activ Clay, and Scenic Sand to teach students about artist Wayne Thiebaud and to create sculpture versions of his iconic Boston Cremes painting.

See Tracy's complete lesson plan, project steps, and photos by clicking here.

Entry 4 - Floral Frida Sugar Skull Planter by Ashley McKee

Art teacher Ashley McKee created a Floral Frida Sugar Skull Planter for her submission in the <em>ACTÍVA</em> Products Art Teacher Mystery Box Contest.

Ashley McKee is a wife, mom of two, and elementary art teacher in a tiny rural Pennsylvania town. She and her husband are both elementary art teachers in the same small school district, nestled in a cozy country valley. They are always looking for ways to bring art to their communities and improve art experiences for their students. Ashley's school is excited for this opportunity, and she thanks you so much for your time and consideration.  She also reminds you to drive safely!

For Ashley's lesson plan, she used CelluClay, Rigid Wrap, and Scenic Sand to create a bold planter inspired by the works of Frida Kahlo, Mexican culture, and the Day of the Dead.

See Ashley's complete lesson plan, project steps, and photos by clicking here.

Entry 5 - Relief Landscape by Charlene Lear

Art teacher Charlene Lear created a relief landscape for her entry in the <em>ACTÍVA</em> Products Art Teacher Mystery Box Contest.

Charlene Lear is an art teacher who moved from Illinois to Arizona to pursue a career in art education fourteen years ago.  Her job as an elementary art teacher allows her the opportunity to explore a variety of media with her students. She's always searching for her next inspiration for not only her students, but also her personal artwork. Lately, she's been exploring the use of texture in her artwork. She's always been inspired by nature so it was easy to find inspiration in the beautiful desert. 

For Charlene's lesson, she used CelluClay, Activ Clay, and Scenic Sand to create a stunning desert relief landscape painting.

See Charlene's complete lesson plan, project steps, and photos by clicking here.

Entry 6 - Under the Sea Sculpture by Susan Bivona 

Susan Bivona teaches 600 amazing young artists at Mount Prospect School in central New Jersey.  She has been teaching for over 25 years.  Susan is a Past President of the Art Educators of New Jersey.  She loves to attend NAEA to meet up with art teacher friends from around the country.  You can find her students' artwork here.

For Susan's lesson plan, she used CelluClay, Activ Clay, Rigid Wrap, and Scenic Sand to create a dynamic Under the Sea Sculpture.

See Susan's complete lesson plan, project steps, and photos by clicking here.

 VOTE HERE

Congratulations to Ashley McKee (Floral Frida Planter Project) and Tracy Evans (Biome Box Project) on their first and second place finishes!  Thank you for voting and for supporting art education!

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