Friday, January 31, 2014

More 5th wire sculptures

One of my favorite teacher friends commented that this was probably her favorite project I did with the students last year.  I'm so glad to hear that.  It has been a favorite of mine too - one of the main reasons why this will be the third year of these awesome wire sculptures.  I just love seeing how different students can take the same material and create such unique masterpieces.  I really want to share some more of their awesome art.

Glazed pots

Opening the kiln and seeing the brightly-colored glazed ceramic pieces is one of the true joys of being an art teacher.  I get so excited seeing them and even more excited when I give them back to my anxious students.  The proud look on their faces is worth a million bucks!  Here's some of the fabulous third grade coil vessels.  Check out all the different types of coils they used.  

No low-sodium diet over here!

Look at the gorgeous beginnings for the second grader's printmaking project.  They used the wet-on-wet and salt watercolor techniques. Doesn't it make you want to put on your snorkel mask?

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Snow in Georgia

It's Snowmagedon!  We got blasted with a snowstorm (not too much accumulation, but driving conditions caused havoc).  Here's a lovely picture from outside my room as the snow was just starting.  No one knew what we were in for!

Friday, January 24, 2014

5th grade wire sculptures

This is one of my favorite lessons.  The fifth graders looked at wire sculptures, particularly those by Alexander Calder.  We discussed the challenges sculpting with wire might entail.  The students chose a movement or pose they wanted to capture in their sculpture.  The key was to include clues (but not too many - the clues were the emphasis of the sculpture) to let the viewer understand what is going on in the sculpture.  I love the small, intricate yet incredibly meaningful clues that these great artists added.  We installed them in the library to proudly display the work.
 They first painted the bases.

  Figuring out how to use all the materials


 reading a book on a beanbag chair!

 quiet time by a tree

very nice craftsmanship!

 Just snap to find out more!