Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Every year I am ask to create decorations for the teacher managed Fiesta dance. I personally don't like to have my students create "decorations". For me, it diminishes the roll of art in education. A few years back, I shifted the focus somewhat and began to create art projects that were then used to decorate the walls. I attempted to make cultural connections and made sure that students viewed the work they were doing as art and not decorations. This year, I approached those in charge and requested that I shift the focus a bit more. As a result, we will be creating the Fiesta Art Gallery. The dance will be an event for the gallery opening. Now, yes, I know it is still the annual dance but I think my new approach with the students will create a new experience as well. Here are a couple of the completed projects. I will be grouping projects by subject matter complete with labels, artist statements and description plaques reflecting the purpose of the lesson and the Visual Arts standards that are in use. I'll let you know how it all goes and promise to post more pictures as projects are completed. Anyone have any suggestions as I try to make the gallery a reality? Please share ideas!
Saturday, April 9, 2016
Saturday, April 2, 2016
First graders have been drawing Wacky Birds this week in the form of Artist Trading Cards. I first wrote about this project here a few years ago. That year we used the birds in a cooperative project that still hangs in the hallway in one of my schools. The original worksheet came from Expressive Monkey. I love this worksheet and have used it for years. So back to this year, we have been making ATCs to trade with other first graders in another state. They had approximately 100 students so I decided to have my group make at least two cards each. Open the flood gates...some students made between 4 and 6!!! I'm not certain yet how I will handle the extras but I do intend to send at least one down to New Jersey from each student. As the numbers demonstrate, they had a blast and just wanted to make more and more. Thanks to my donated stash of scraps of card stock, it was not a problem with the cost of pre-cut ATC. If you haven't done one of these projects yet, you really should try them out with your students. They are quite the hit!