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Pinch-pot Creations! (5th)

The assignment: "Make a pinch-pot, then transform it into something."
Yep - that's it... that's all the direction that my 5th graders got from me on this one. 
I really wanted to do an open-ended clay project with them to see where their creativity would take them.. and man am I impressed! They excitedly dove into this project with no hesitation at all. It was awesome to watch!
Next week I have another group of 5th graders who will be painting their projects as well! I'll definitely snag some more pictures! :)


Chameleons on the Wall!! (3rd)

This is a lesson I finished up the last school year with and here we are again! :) The only difference is that I've decided to make this exclusively my 3rd grade paper sculpture project (it gives the younger ones something to get really excited about)! If you would like to see my excruciatingly detailed blog post about how to do this one CLICK HERE.
You can also get a nice printable version of the 'how to make a chameleon' directions in my TPT store for free!


Expressive Word Art (3rd)

Teacher Sample
For this lesson we began by reviewing the different line types and talked about what feeling each type can help convey (for example - vertical=strength, horizontal=rest and calm, wavy=calm movement, etc). Then we moved on and talked about colors and the moods they can help show in artwork.
Before I revealed what mood each color is thought to translate, I had students fill out the "I think..." section of the worksheet you see to the left. It was really interesting to see which colors students filled in for each. Then we viewed the powerpoint I put together for the project, and they listed a few moods each color is said to convey under the "I know..." section.
After talking all about how to use line and color expressively, I gave students the task of creating a piece of artwork centered around one word which they had to express on their papers with lines, pattern, and color.
Students first started by writing their word large on their page in block/bubble letters. This is a challenging task in-and-of-itself for many kids, so I showed them my secret block letter trick. You start by writing the word normally on your piece of paper (large enough to fill the space) -- as seen in red. Then you outline each letter with an evenly distributed border -- as seen in black. Once you are done outlining the letters, all you have to do is erase the original letter lines and outline in sharpie!
Once the word was on the page, students began adding line, pattern, and color to their papers AROUND their word with thin-tip markers (I used Crayola) to help express the meaning of their word!

Going into this project I knew it was better suited for older grades who may have the patience to work on meticulous detail for days in a row (5th grade+).. but I wanted to see what my 3rd graders could do!

If you are interested in the powerpoints and worksheets I created for this lesson - you may want to check out my TPT store!


Radial Printmaking Display

Just wanted to share the Radial Printmaking Display I put up before I left for Spring Break on Friday!
(Blogged about here.)

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