Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Great News! Eddie1242, from Robert T. Capeless Elementary School, has been selected as a finalist for this week's "Artist of the Week" award for the PreK-3rd age group. The finalist who receives the most online votes between now and Saturday November 1 will be selected as our "Artist of the Week."
To view the finalists and cast your vote, simply click on the link below. Voting is limited to one vote per computer per day for each age group!
The "Artist of the Week" will be featured on the Artsonia homepage and will receive a commemorative plaque from Artsonia. In addition, Blick Art Materials has generously donated $100 gift certificates to the winning teachers and $50 to the winning artists.
All fan club members from Robert T. Capeless Elementary School have just been sent an email inviting them to vote, but we encourage you to personally spread the word at school, making sure all your students cast their votes right away!
Thank you for submitting your artwork to Artsonia and helping every child be an artist!
Your friends at Artsonia
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014
Second grade students created line/pattern leaves with scratch art paper. This is a project from several years ago. I had used the die cut machine to cut out maple leaves and the left overs were filed away. Since there were enough for my two classes, I decided to pull it back out again. Since 2nd grade had never used scratch art paper before, I had them practice drawing lines and patterns on a small scrap of the paper first. After mastering the technique, the stem was extended onto the leaf and veins added to created sections. Each section was filled with a different line pattern.
Finally, a few photos of the value webs from 5th grade. This project is a twist on one from Art with Mr. E that was popular a few years ago and you still find on pinterest. Instead of plotting along a line and then creating the value curves, I had students draw a spider web and add value around the web. Most students opted to add a spider using oil crayons once they were finished. These were especially striking.
So that will catch you up a little with the going ons. I'll try to post a little more regularly in the future.
Saturday, October 4, 2014
One of my biggest pet peeves is getting corrected by an entire classroom of Kindergarten students for mispronunciation of names. Now mind you, it doesn't bother me if the child whose name I am saying corrects me, in fact I appreciate their help in getting it correct. What does bother me is when you have an entire class begin to shout at you. First, I can't understand the chaos of all those voices and secondly, it just seems a little disrespectful. I grew up in the Southern states and we were taught to always show respect to our teachers. I would have never spoken up and corrected my teacher for anything even if it was saying my name incorrectly. Kids today are different. I've lived in the Northeast for over 30 years but my southern upbringing still creeps into my enunciation especially when it comes to some vowels. Anyone who grew up in the south knows that pen and pin are pronounced the same. Correct me if I am wrong Mr. E. or Cassie Stephens!!! So sometimes these "different" names up north are a real challenge for me. There is the student whose name I thought was pronounce like the thing a beauty queen wears on her head, a Tiara, you know? It's not spelled that way but I thought that was what she said on the first day and now all the kids are correcting me. I'm not sure how it is really pronounced. And, then there is the cute little girl name Sawyer. I think Tom Sawyer and pronounce it the same way but apparently that is not correct. Still can't get that one right either. That's just the beginning of the long list of names I continue to botch and repeatedly get corrected for. So what is your take on all this? How would you handle this in your classroom? Feedback appreciated....help me!!!
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Back in August, Nic Hahn from Mini Matisse posted a video on critique and feedback from Ron Berger at Presumpscot Elementary in Portsmouth, Maine. The video was the story of Austin's Butterfly. She encouraged her followers to both watch the video as well as share it with their students. I have share it with all my students grades 1 - 5 with terrific results. Here it is if you haven't yet viewed it for yourself.
This is how this video has restructure most of my teaching for this year. To begin with, all my students are regularly reminded to "see like a scientist". They draw what they see not what they know. This week we began observational drawings in 3rd and 4th grade and students immediately began to assist one another with positive critiques and to talk about changes they would make with their next drafts. I love the impact one short video has had on the way my students are thinking about their art making. I am challenged to expect more from my students and recognize that I can encourage them to grow this year as artist as they also challenge themselves to improve on their skills and to cast aside the "I can't" mentalities of the one time lesson.
One of our first attempts have been observational drawings of a harvest still life and a skeleton.
|4th grade Harvest Still life|
|3rd grade Skeleton Drawing|
|3rd grade Skeleton Drawing|