Friday, May 25, 2012

Good-bye and Hello

The end of the year is usually filled with emotions.  It can be a sad time for saying good-byes and an exciting time when new doors are opened.  I found out I am leaving one of my awesome schools to become one of the two full time art teachers at my other school.  And, I am moving rooms at that school.  New changes, sad good-byes.  So much learned this year.  So much I am grateful for.  So many awesome memories and terrific people I've had the pleasure to work with.  The packing up was tough work, I won't downplay it!  But my amazing "team" helped by moving all the stuff to my new room and offering the assistance in any way.  I am very excited for next year.  I'm excited to continue moving in to the new room and making it my own.  I'm excited to think all summer about new ways to make this upcoming year the best one yet.  Stay posted!

Monday, May 21, 2012

3rd grade line portraits

The third graders looked at Alexander Calder's wire sculptures.  We discussed the definitions of contour and blind contour drawing.  I tried to parallel drawing to practicing anything with the hopes of improving (spelling, math).  The students create drawings then created wire portraits.  What a fun way to end the year!

4th grade stitching

What is stitching? What is fiber arts? The fourth graders learned about the tapestries from three different areas around the world, focusing primarily on the Navajo. We looked at how their designs were usually symmetrical. Some were complex while others were very detailed. The students had a lot of creative license for this project. They could make a representational picture or an abstract image using lines and shapes. The one requirement was symmetry. Check out these amazing tapestries!

2nd grade self-portraits

The second graders tried to focus on proportion to make a realistic self-portrait.   Some of them are scarily similar!  Way to go second graders!

Cave art

Who were the first artists?  What did they draw?  What materials did they use?  What is this color scheme called?  These are just some of the many questions we explore as the young Kindergarten (and one First grade) classes disscuss the art found in caves.  After a brief PowerPoint, I ask them to put on their saftey hat as we delve into the Lascaux website.  It's amazing!  So are their creations!  If time allows, a great book to read is called The cave painter of Lascaux by Roberta Angeletti.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

5th grade weaving on a loom

My fifth graders learned different stitching for weaving on a loom.  This year I experimented with different sized looms.  I'm still not certain which ones are my favorite to order (or even make) for next year.  There has to be the right mix of enough work space but not so overwhelming where the students feel like they will never finish the weaving.  Any suggestions on the perfect sized loom?

I made a worksheet that has 8 or 9 different stitches on it.  There are easy directions to follow as well as a picture for each.  I try to teach or explain each stitch to the class (a few per class) but then let the students work on their own, helping individually when they need it.  I like how this lesson really allows for creativity (you can see a lot of color preferences picked) and how it's a different skill so some students are excelling where they might not have during our drawing and painting lessons.