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Tapestry Art Show

To celebrate youth art month, the county I teach in puts on a giant student art show called "Tapestry". The art show takes place at our county's instructional support center and lasts for 3 weeks (with different "clusters" of schools showing their work each week -- our county is HUGE).
This week my cluster (and more specifically my school) finally got its chance to show off our talented student's artwork! :)
Opening night isn't until Monday, but our setup day was today!


Word Wall Jeopardy! (4/5th)

My word wall
EQ: What is art vocabulary?

While teaching art vocabulary is something I already incorporate into my lessons and the way I teach... with recurring talks of standardized testing (yes - even in elementary art), I feel as if the heat has been turned up. In my experience (although short), I've found that students often easily learn and demonstrate taught concepts, techniques, and knowledge visually, but oftentimes fall short when it comes to verbalizing these things (especially in my case where may of my students are just learning English)! So in order to reinforce the art vocabulary taught, I created my Word Wall Scavenger Hunt and Jeopardy lesson!

More of my word wall
To begin with, I'll explain my word wall. Located on the back wall of my classroom is my "Word Wall". I have big cutouts of each letter arranged alphabetically, and underneath each letter are art terms that I've taught to at least one of my grade levels. Each index card has a word written on it in black sharpie, as well as a visual to help students figure out its meaning or context. My word wall is located on the back wall in my classroom (where my students lines up at the end of art)... so my students are constantly looking at it, seeing the words, and associating the words with the visuals.

Screenshot of the packet!
Now onto the scavenger hunt --
Each color table gets a scavenger hunt packet to complete as a group. The packet contains a table full of clues (or rather definitions'ish) of the words located on my word wall. So students first read the clue and then try to find the corresponding word on my word wall (using the visuals to assist).
Depending on the class size, consistency of work ethic, and teamwork, the packet can take 1-2 class periods to complete. To help students along, on the second day I sometimes give my students the first letter of the word they are searching for for each clue (that way they are at least looking in the right area - there are 73 words after all). :)

So what's the motivation to complete this packet accurately and in its entirety? AH so glad you asked! :)
Before starting I explain to the kids that later that week we will be playing a game of art vocabulary (or "Word Wall") Jeopardy! Each group competes against one another and they can use their packets while we play (so if it's completed and done correctly, they already have all the answers!).
To create the Jeopardy game, I created an awesome Powerpoint (linked here and available to download on slideshare). We start on the very last slide which is the game board (I've created a few different boards for different classes/grade levels). I pick the quietest group to go first and they pick a category and dollar amount. When I click on the dollar amount selected, it links to another slide in the Powerpoint (**To help keep me organized the slides are arranged in the Powerpoint according to the number they are on the worksheet. So for example the answer to the first word on my packet is "weaving," so weaving is the first slide in my Powerpoint). Once the slide comes up, all students see is a clue (one of the same clues they have in their packet). The group has 10 seconds to come up with the answer. If their time runs out, another group with a quiet hand and the answer has a chance to steal. Once the group guesses the correct answer I hit the spacebar which causes the word and a visual to come up on the slide. Once we're done I click on the "Back to the board" link on the bottom right-hand corner of the slide (this is hyperlinked to the LAST slide of the Powerpoint -- this is why it is important that whenever I use a different game board I move it to the LAST slide in the Powerpoint presentation!!). Whichever team guesses the answer correctly, gets to pick the next category and dollar amount.

Example of a question slide before the answer appears
Example of the same slide once I've clicked the spacebar to reveal the answer
Make sure the gameboard is the LAST slide in the Powerpoint to ensure the links work properly!
Whichever team wins gets to go to my "treasure box" (filled with pencils, erasers, etc.) AND gets a lollipop (SCORE!). :) The kids have a great time AND I get to reinforce vocabulary in a fun way! WIN - WIN! :)

Custom gameboard I made for my 5th graders. The images are of projects we've done this year (these are the "categories"). The associated questions/clues relate to vocabulary we learned/used in the project. For example, the words under the cupcake category are coil, clay, pinch-pot, and tempera paint.

If you are interested in getting my complete 'Art Vocabulary Scavenger Hunt and Jeopardy Game' (complete with an updated powerpoint and all the worksheets), please check out my TPT store!
I have also created an awesome '100 Visual Art Word Wall Cards' package which is also available in my TPT store.

Big Things are Coming! :)

Made this guy for my desk! :)

I really wanted to write a blog post this weekend about this awesome Word Wall Jeopardy activity I made for my 4th/5th graders.. but realized when I sat down this morning to write it, that I forgot to snap a picture of my word wall before leaving school on Friday... sooooo be looking out for that blog post later this week! It. is. AWESOME. :)

I will also be posting on the following projects sometime over the next few weeks:

1st grade Clay'dy Bugs
2nd grade Clay Turtles

3rd grade Clay'ngry Birds
Kindergarten 'Blue'prints

Also wanted to share this hall display I made for 'Peace Week' a few weeks back at my school (as requested by the school counselors). :)

Tiny peace signs designed and colored by my awesome art clubbers! :)
Peace sign created by collaging a bunch of scrap colored coffee filters from my 1st grade space project.

And finally because I'm just slapping a bit of everything into this blog post.. here's a quick one day lesson I did with some of my first grade classes towards the beginning of the year...
Homemade stampers
We read the book "The Dot" and talked about what it means to be creative. Afterwards I gave my students some Styrofoam stampers I made by hot gluing Styrofoam circles (cut from plates) onto the back of some souffle cups. Students used washable markers and colored the Styrofoam part of the stamper, then flipped them over and printed them on their papers. *We did this lesson after doing our color mixing unit, so students were encouraged to use 2 primary colors on their stamps to try to create a secondary color. Once their dots were printed, students used black marker to transform their dots into something more. :)


Clay Fossils (K)

Clay fossil (greenware)
EQ: What is texture?

So kindergarten's week-long exploration of "texture" began by talking with the kids about what "texture" is (the way that something feels). We looked at a variety of objects (some fuzzy yarn, sandpaper, shells, etc...) and even came up with some cool texture words that we could use to describe how they feel! Then students spent two days doing texture crayon-rubbings and finger painting (see that awesome Lupine lesson here).
Once that project was completed, we moved on and started talking about dinosaurs; what they were, what they looked like, how they went extinct, and finally how their history was preserved (in the form of fossils)! I even found a set of super cute videos which helped explain it to my kinders!
We talked all about how even though we can't see dinosaurs around us anymore, they did leave us clues in the form of fossils to learn more about them and how they may have looked!
After watching the videos and having a discussion all about dinos, students spent the rest of class drawing up some awesome pictures of their very own dinosaurs.
**Now before I even begin explaining the rest of the lesson... I have to give a shout-out to Mollie at Art with Ms. K for the idea for this clay project!
The next day each student got a piece of clay. We rolled our clay into a ball using the palms of our hands and then pressed them down onto our canvas to flatten it like a pancake!
Students carved their initials onto the backside, then used a variety of shells and small plastic dinosaur toys to leave some texture to make their very own clay fossils!
The way my schedule is set up, I see the same group of students everyday for a week straight and then rotate to the next group of classes. Obviously the clay had to set out to dry and them finally be bisque-fired.. so students had to wait until their next rotation of art with me to finish them up (and since I have 7 kindergarten classes.. that means waiting nearly 7 weeks!!). Needless to say.. this post has been a long time coming. haha
Just this past week I had my first kindergarten group finish their fossils. To finish them up my kinders just sponged on some brown tempera paint. :)

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Clay Cupcakes (5th)

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I'm so excited to finally get to post this one!! Over the past month, all my 5th grade rotations have been making clay cupcakes (very similar to the ones I did with art club.. but a little different process).
The first day we looked at the artist's Claes Oldenburg and Wayne Thiebaud which inspired our cupcake themed clay project!
Afterwards students rolled a piece of clay into a ball and created a simple pinch-pot. Then they took that pinch-pot and pressed it into a silicone cupcake mold. Once it was firmly pressed in and the top flattened (by flipping it upside-down and pressing it onto a flat surface), students popped their clay pieces out by flipping the silicone mold inside-out. Then they wrote their initials into the bottoms using a carving tool.
On day two, each student got a piece of paper with a circle printed on it (circles were measured to a similar circumference to that of the top of the silicone cupcake mold so that the top part would sit nicely on the bottom). Students created a long coil (about the width of their thumbs) and spiraled their coil into a cone on top of their printed circles. Once their cone was created, they carefully picked them up and smoothed the inside of the cone with their fingers (we did this method instead of scoring and slipping - SOOOOO MUCH EASIER!). Then students had the option of using a plastic clay tool to smooth the lines a bit on the outside of their cones. Initials were written on the inside.
After their clay pieces were done, students worked on some Wayne Thiebauld inspired drawings for the rest of the week while their clay dried out.
It wasn't until this past week when I had my first group of 5th graders who I'd already done clay with.. so they just now finally got a chance to paint their bisqued cupcakes with tempera paint! Students were given the primary colors and white.. and were told they'd have to mix any other color they'd like. On the second day of painting, I also let them use glitter glue if they wanted.
Once they were dry I gave them a quick passover with an aerosol glossy modge-podge (although they probably could've used another coat). The results...... :)

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Paper Bag Buildings (1st)

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EQ: How can I create form?

We began this lesson by reading the book "Iggy Peck, Architect" by author Andrea Beaty and discussing what exactly an architect is and does. Then we looked at a Powerpoint I put together showing a variety of interestingly designed structures. As we view the images, the students and I discuss the interesting shapes and architectural details they see on the structures.
Then I have the students go back to their desks and give each of them a large brown paper bag (they write their name on the bottom flap). I explain to students that using construction paper crayons and scrap paper they are to design their own buildings. How they want their building to look is entirely up to them! It can be a house, an apartment, a skyscraper, a store, whatever...
At first I was a little unsure about doing this lesson with my first graders.. but I'm so happy I took the chance and did it with them! I LOVEEEEEE it!
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Silhouette Cityscapes (2nd)

EQ: How can I show movement?

This week with 2nd grade we continued looking at the artist Vincent Van Gogh (the previous week we looked at his still-lifes and made some lovely sunflower art). This week's focus however was on his painting "Starry Night" (a personal favorite of mine)! As a class we discussed how he created a sense of movement in his sky with his brushstrokes and lines and then did some line movements.
I make all the kids stand up and repeat after me.
"Horizontal!" We hold our arms out wide.
"Vertical!" We hold our arms straight up (I tell them this is the touchdown line).
"Diagonal!" We tilt our arms diagonally.
"Wavy!" We do the wave. :)
"Zig-zag!" We move our right arm up then down and then our left arm up and down.
"Spiral!" We draw an invisible spiral in the arm.
"Broken!" We hold our arms in front of our bodies so that our left and right hands are nearly touching at the fingertips but leave some space and pretend to be sad (because it's broken!!!).
 Then we discuss which line types would be the best choice to create the illusion of movement in our skies (we decide on wavy and spiral as being the best). Students then go back and fill a sheet of 9"x12" white drawing paper with a variety of lines in oil pastel. Afterwards students use liquid watercolor paints to paint their papers (I let them use whatever colors they'd like).
The next day when the kids come in I show them a few cityscapes (which show the buildings as silhouettes). We discuss how to cut out interesting shapes out of black construction paper... then the kids go to work cutting and gluing!
Each week I teach this lesson I am amazed by their creativity with this! I get silhouettes of Spongebob's house, the statue of liberty, skyscrapers, and other famous buildings - and the kids are SO excited as they work!
If we have time after they finish their cityscapes we play a game of 'Simon Says' with the line types they learned (they LOVE this too)!
Ohhhhh so much fun in the art room! :)
BTW - I love my job!

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