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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Kindergarten Self-Portraits

My kindergartners have been busy!  They worked really hard on creating their self-portraits.  I found a really great video on Pinterest of a teacher doing a step-by-step self-portrait with her class.  http://pinterest.com/pin/30469734949975123/

We watched the video & did it step-by-step with her.  I paused the video after every new thing she drew & talked about it with the students.  I used my document camera to draw & the students could watch me.  They drew theirs along with me.  We had a few mirrors out on each table to the students to look in to check & see what they looked like.  

Once it was all drawn out in pencil, we colored it in crayon.  We paid particular attention to our skin color, our eye color, & our hair color.  We used more than one color crayon if we needed to make a color we didn't have. 

We also added details to our backgrounds to make them more exciting & less boring!  Students could choose what to put int he background.  

Here are some of our finished self-portraits! 





If you would like to see our whole collection of kindergarten self-portraits, check out our Artsonia page!  

http://www.artsonia.com/museum/gallery.asp?exhibit=571151

Hope you enjoyed!  

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Adaptive Arts Outer Space Sculptures

     This week my adaptive arts students created outer space sculptures.  I found a recipe for "galaxy play dough" & I knew I wanted my adaptive arts kids to get their hands on it!  Here is the link for the galaxy play dough:  http://fairydustteaching.blogspot.com/2011/05/galaxy-playdough.html

We discussed what outer space looks like & the things that we see out there.  I showed the students images of outer space.  We talked about flat art (2D) & sculpture (3D).  Then, we started out sculptures.  

Each student was given a large ball of galaxy play dough.  Then I set out varying size wood pieces, pipe cleaners, & marbles.  

Here are our outer space sculptures.  





I think they did a great job & loved how they turned out!  The best part was they loved how they turned out! 



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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Adaptive Arts Class

This is my first year teaching an adaptive arts class.  I only have two or three students that come to class, and at first I thought it was going to be a real challenge.  After the fourth week of school though, I have found that this is an amazing class!  I was worried about underestimating what our students could do... or knowing their abilities & what they were capable of doing.  
The first week of school, I read No David!  Then we created our Davids.  
I found this lesson through Pinterest (what haven't I found through Pinterest?!) & here is the original link to Fall Into First's blog: 
http://www.fallintofirst.com/2012/06/david-learns-school-rules.html .  

I chose this lesson because I wanted to go over our classroom rules & I wanted to get an understanding for what the students were capable of.... Following directions - check.  Gluing - check. Understanding the big picture - check.  Having fun while making art - check!  
The students created their Davids & I think they turned out pretty cute.  
Here are our Davids
 I had precut shapes for one of the students as they are not able to use scissors.  
The other student tried their hand at cutting on their own.  Pretty good job.  :)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

International Dot Day!

     September 15th is International Dot Day!  It celebrates the story of The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds.  Vashti, a little girl, thinks she can't draw.  Her art teacher helps her believe that she is an artist by telling her to make a mark & see where it takes her!  
     If you would like to learn more about International Dot Day, click this link:  http://fablevisionlearning.com/dotday/
     We are celebrating International Dot Day on Friday, September 14th in our school.  Students & staff are wearing dots on Friday, reading the dot, & even watching it as a video!  
     In the art room, we are creating some exciting dots!  In second grade, we read The Dot & then worked in stations to create their dots.  On each table, I set out 2 colors of markers & many colors of crayons.  Students stood up out of their chairs, & they had one minute to use the markers at each table to start their dots.  Then we moved to the next table, & so on, until they made it around to all six tables. 
 Since the students only had one minute at each table, they worked quiet (without being told!) on their own. After the first minute, they realized just how fast a minute flies by! 
 Students had the choice to make many dots....
 Or just one large dot.  They had to fill the space.  
 I told them to make & mark & see where it would take them.  They were very creative! 






 Students also had the choice to make a "frame" around their art, like Vashti's teacher did in The Dot.
Because they only had a minute at each table, they had to think quick!  I really enjoyed seeing how differently all of their dots turned out.  








Here are some of our kindergartners dots.  They used crayon to create inside of a dot & cut it out when they were done.   






These are 1st grade dots.  The students used oil pastels.  

Some students had never used oil pastels before, so some of experimented with mixing colors. 


Other students came up with an idea for their dot.



Hope everyone enjoys our dots!

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Monday, September 3, 2012

4th Grade Pointillism Murals

I am finally getting around to posting about my 4th grade students last year.  They created the most amazing pointillism murals!  I was absolutely astounded by their dedication to the mural & how amazing they turned out! 

Sometimes while teaching, I forget to take pictures of the process as we go, so I'll describe it as best I can!

First the students learned about Georges Seurat & pointillism.  I made up a simple practice sheet for them to try tempera cakes making dots, combining colors, & experimenting.  

Then, I took a Seurat painting, printed it off the computer, cut it up into 28 pieces.  Each piece was about 2" by 2.5".  I laminated all the pieces & made myself a map of the pieces so I could remember where each students' piece went in the puzzle.  I had 4 rows going across & 7 columns going down.  Once I had my map, I numbered the back of the laminated pieces & gave one piece per child. (Students who I knew would work hard, or that really understood the concept, were given two pieces to work on.)  I also had the students use a Sharpie to write their names on the back & stressed how important it was for them not to lose their puzzle piece!  

Once each child had their piece, they were given a white, sturdy (I didn't have watercolor paper) piece of paper to re-draw their image larger.  We talked about scale & how to achieve drawing larger.  This took 1 class period.  Once the class had drawn out their part of the puzzle, we got into groups to line up our artwork to see if it matched our neighbor's artwork.  If it didn't line up, the students did a little erasing & matching to get it close as possible.  So, I had a group of students with pieces 1-7, 8-14, 15-21, & 22-28.  This was one class period.  Then we worked in groups based on columns going up and down.  So the column groups were 1/8/15/22, 2/9/16/23, 3/10/17/24, 4/11/18/25, 5/12/19/26, 6/13/20/27, & 7/14/21/28.  This also took one whole class.  

Once everything lined up, we started creating our dots on our artwork.  The first week, I only gave them red, yellow, & blue tempera cakes to create their dots.  They got pretty good at making colors by only using the primary colors!  Then, the next week I gave them those colors plus green, black, & white. 

 I found a great video on Youtube to teach tints, shades, & tones: 
This REALLY helped them create all the colors they needed!  

Once completed, I was amazed at how well they did!  
 You can see up close, the work is messy.
 The students created brown all on their own. 
I told them to focus more on the puzzle piece than their artwork they were painting.  

Here is the final recreation of A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte

And here is Bathers at Asnières

Students had worries if their colors would match up to their neighbor's colors.  I kept reminding them if they kept their eyes on their puzzle pieces, they should come out similar.  I wasn't worried if the colors matched up... I think they turned out AMAZING!!!

If you would like to see the whole gallery of Seurat murals we created (all four classes!) please stop by our Artsonia gallery!  http://www.artsonia.com/museum/gallery.asp?exhibit=520038


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