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!
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
|My word wall|
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|
|Screenshot of the packet!|
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! :)
|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!|
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.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
|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|
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...
Thursday, March 14, 2013
|Clay fossil (greenware)|
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. :)
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
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...... :)
Sunday, March 10, 2013
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!
Saturday, March 9, 2013
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.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).
"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!!!).
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!