Monday, June 15, 2020

Cartooning about Picasso

A few weeks back with on-line learning, my third grade students interacted with an assignment at the Tate Art Museum.  The assignment involved making a Picasso Fortune teller, they all love those and playing with it to chose a subject for their drawing.  I also task them with sharing one fact that they had learned about Picasso.  Fast forward to this week and their last assignments.  I we were in the building we would have been doing cartooning so I decided to try to stay on task with those plans and bring the Picasso fact they had shared back into the picture.  Students were given a number of cartoon templates that I found at Picklebums and were instructed to create their own original cartoon.  When this one hit my email today, I knew I had to share.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Games for Visual Meetings

I have been having a virtual visual meeting with my students once a week for the past few weeks.  Numbers are growing but it is still a small manageable group.  My goal was to offer this time to help any students who were struggling with lessons.  Despite my poking and prodding, those students still are not showing up.  Instead the time has turned into an Art visit where students share what is important to them and we draw together.  Last week I took a suggestion and the students drew along with me as I used a white board they could view.  This week I was searching for something different and decided on a "Roll-a-Dice" I found on Pinterest.  It was for making "Silly Spiders."  Thanks to whomever created it cause my kids loves it and we had fun first drawing a number of spiders and then coloring them.  I was able to locate a dice that we could manipulate on line so my students could be a part of the choosing the number as well.  I found that here.The virtual visual gave us the opportunity to share with one another by holding our work up to the camera of our computer.  As we were leaving this week, I ask the group what they would like to do when we are together next week and they suggested a Roll-a-Dice Silly Animals.  So, I Googled and came up short.  There are many animal sheet available but they are usually themed by animal and my students wanted silly animals.  Very broad but I rose to the challenge and have successful created an official "Roll-A-Dice Silly Animal" for next week's session.  I'm sharing it here with anyone who would like to use it. Let me know how it goes, okay???

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Distance Learning...Still

So distance learning has influenced my teaching in ways totally beyond my initial thinking.  In many ways it has been a challenge.  My shining take away is that it has given me the time and opportunity to look at my lessons with a new approach.  This was a necessity because communication of intent has many times been a huge challenge.  Directions that I think are simple and easy to follow have stumped my students.  Or maybe they just aren't engaged enough to pay attention and absorb intent.  Regardless, I have learned to simplify, simplify, simplify.  A few weeks ago I set up a Sites on Google Classroom.  This has been my game changer.  The lessons are more polished and I feel easier to follow.  I just paste the link into my classroom and the students are directed to a one page span where everything is easier to access. The lesson flows with steps and bullets to define expectations.  No perfect world, I still have a few that even struggle with this but for the most part, we seem to experience more success.  Here is my Home Page.  From there, the different grade levels are across the top with drop downs to sub pages for the lessons.  This is really easy to set up and mostly I love how it looks.  If you are task with using Google Classroom.  Check out the Sites.  This is New Sites not Classical Sites.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Texture Safari - Distrance Learning Style

One of my favorite projects for 2nd grade this time of the year is to take them on a Texture Safari.  They explore the classroom looking for textures both implied and actual, they classify and describe them.  I went in search of a video I could share with them on YouTube but everything was for younger students and it showed.  I went on Safari in my home with iPad in hand to photograph some textures to share with them.  The project will involve first identifying textures then creating their own texture collage from rubbings.

Here is a link to my video. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Teaching with Social Distancing

It just occurred to me that I should be adding my new teaching video experience to my blog.  I've been so caught up with my own learning curve trying to discover what method is going to work best for me to connect with my students.  I used the video setting on my iPad to first record my enrichment lessons.  It worked great and I was happy with the results until it became time to post the videos to another source.  What a nightmare that became.  At that point I was posting onto Class Dojo because nothing had come from our district to give us a common platform, yet.  It was easy enough to open Dojo and record right into the platform however, transfer the video to my 2nd school became an impossible task for me.  I came up with a solution but it was not the best.  I used my iPad opened up into Dojo for the second school and recorded the video from my computer.  Truly, not the best results but I was able to transfer the video.  I also can't seem to transfer those video to this format. 
So this experience led me to looking for other options.  I downloaded Adobe Spark and used it for week two.  This works really well, easily attaches to both school platforms because I have easy access to a link and the quality is great.  What I did not love is that it is a slide platform that streamed into a video.  So, I checked in with a few of the video gurus that we follow as Art Teachers and the overall recommendation was to use iMovie.   It is now downloaded and that is where I will go today as I prepare for tomorrow's postings.  My district is now using Google Classroom as our teaching mode, too.  Watch for posting of all my teaching videos week by week.  I'll get this and who knows what type of teacher I will become on the other side of this all.  It's a whole new world!!! 

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Big Cardboard Birds

Over the years I have found so many great ideas on the Krokotak blog and the Big Cardboard Birds was a recent one.  I am planning a early spring Artome' Art Show with the theme of Birds.   My fourth grade students have finished their framed art and they are doing the Big Birds for wall decor as a collaborate work.  I pre-cut all the cardboard shapes and each child painted a section with fluorescent tempera paint.  Each student could make their own decisions about color and pattern.  We reference the work of Romero Britto and his patterns and bold colors to guide the work.  When completed, each student had input on how their piece would be assembled.  They are so proud.  Only one class has completed the bird but I will add photos of the others as they are finished.  Complements were generous all day long from all the younger students.
Size is about 3 feet by 3 1/2 feet


Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Winter Mini Watercolors

Jen Arnayi was the perfect choice for a one day project the week before holiday break.  Her illustrative style offered simplicity and yet a very colorful mini painting.  Fourth grade students painted on a round format using 4 x 4 scraps of watercolor paper that were left over from a previous project making this a win-win.  I saved some small pieces of paper avoiding waste.  The lesson began as a directed draw with instruction to draw a line of pointed mountains across the center area of the circle.  A horizon line was drawn under the mountains curving downward to the bottom area of the circle.  Based on personal interpretations, all of the projects began to develop their own style at this point.  Later discussions included adding a 3D dimension and texture to the mountains.  Students then shared previous knowledge as to what the cool colors are as they began to paint the area above the mountains.  Everyone was excited to tape a mat on these and take them home to share with family for the holidays.