|Kehinde Wiley - After Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres' The Virgin with the Host, 2009|
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Am working on a wearable folk art unit with my fourth graders, and in an attempt to define folk art, here's two samples of juxtapositions that I'm going to share with students:
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
First Marking Period, Revisited
Can't really believe that we're already in the third week of the second marking period. Progress report grades are already due, Thanksgiving is next week. And I didn't post half of what I did with the kiddos. Consider this a recap, of sorts.
Bulletin boards (not boreds) got a revamp. And now they're due for another revamp. This one probably won't change, considering most of the content is mandatory. I had it all scrunched on my whiteboard before, but now it looks a lot more attractive and neat on the front bulletin board. Students are still discovering that the photo below "Art is..." is me. They'll interrupt my lesson intro with, "Ms. Dudley, who is that? Is that you?!" The traffic light with the clips is our schoolwide PBIS system. Every student is assigned a number (usually based on alphabetical order), and the clips are numbered. It's good to be on green, excellent to be on gold (gold lion, for we are the Lions), yellow is like a warning, and it's bad to be on red. Similarly, I have my green, yellow, red A-R-T to manage classroom behavior, not individual behavior. Behind the A-- "Reminder", behind the R-- "Warning", and behind the T-- "Silent art". The letters come down as need be. This works well when the noise volume reaches an uncomfortable decibel.
Kandinsky in the Elementary Art Classroom
Didn't my kinders do a great job with these paintings? I'll be really sad to take them down. We explored lines by painting them on the sidewalk with water, making lines with our bodies by dancing around to Greg Percy's songs "Kandinsky" and "I Draw the Line", and pointing out all kinds of lines in Kandinsky paintings, such as this:
|Composition VIII, 1923|
My first graders also looked to Kandinsky for inspiration, but this time, we looked at his circle paintings.
|Squares with Concentric Circles, 1913.|
First grade unit inspiration from Deep Space Sparkle. Thank you!
Brace Yourself... MORE Sugar Skulls!
Sick of them yet? Because I'm not!
|See that empty space? A description was supposed to go there... erm.|
In total, I explored Dia de los Muertos and sugar skulls with four grades: first, second, third, and fourth. Here are the third grade results:
I just love all the different personalities coming through. And yeah, that's glitter. One of the worst art teacher sins... but it made them so happy! Glitter happy :)
Unit inspiration from Deep Space Sparkle. Thank you!
Layered Urban Landscapes
with Third Grade
But before third graders made their sugar skulls, they made these layered urban landscapes. Took five weeks, which was two weeks longer than expected. I reinforced and talked a lot about artist and architect dispositions with this one... you can be creative and precise at the same time, who knew?! This, like the Luck of the Draw unit mentioned in a previous post, was also a unit I taught this summer at YPS. And like that unit, those art star kids only needed about three hours to achieve the product, whereas my current students needed more like five. By the end I was definitely tired of reminding students to use rulers for every line and make precise measurements, but when I checked in... "are you tired of this unit?" They were still pumped, even for week five. It's always rewarding to see something you've worked so hard on, for so long, come into existence... and I think they were feeling that.
So it's hard to tell from these pics, but these are actually three layers of different types of paper, one on top of the other. The background is a watercolor on white drawing paper:
Then it's another watercolor on tracing paper:
And finally, it's a clear acetate layer with a Sharpie drawing. (Note: didn't buy real acetate. Asked that teachers dig through their closets for old overhead projector copy sheets. They delivered! The kids loved drawing on those clear sheets.) The layers are taped together with clear Scotch tape.
Can you tell that I had just graded the glittery sugar skulls when I was taking those pics?
First Successful Pre-K Unit
So my Pre-K lessons had been bombing. Due to scheduling conflicts, holidays, half-days, etc. I've only seen them five times so far! This has led to a lack of continuity. And because I only have one Pre-K class, one time a week, and I didn't teach Pre-K in student teaching... I've had a very slow learning curve. Needless to say, the first three times I taught them they were either bored, confused, lost, or all three. FINALLY, I read them Oh, the Places You'll Go (which was over their heads and too long... not saying that I've perfected teaching those little guys) and then they created the "place" that they would "go", haha. They dipped tp tubes, random recyclables, etc, in glue and then glued it down to cardstock. Then the next week they painted it (I only have Pre-K for twenty-five minute classes). Results:
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In closing, I leave you with a snarky Frederick the mouse, made by one of my Kindergarteners. Thanks for reading! Don't be a stranger... follow me!
|More on Frederick to come!|
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
To celebrate the Mexican holiday, I give you my student's work:
with First Grade
Dia de los Muertos Figures
with Second Grade
The Art of the Cross-Out?
These would have been great figures without the insecurity scribbles and start-overs.
I refuse to give out extra sheets of paper, so maybe these are my just desserts?
And in closing...
my sugar skull jammie pants.
Remember that there can be joy in remembering loved ones who have passed.
Lesson inspiration from Deep Space Sparkle. Thank you!