Monday, March 27, 2017

Collaborative Patterns with Recycled Materials

This lesson was such a beautiful mess! I asked kindergarten students to work together to create patterns using recycled materials.  We started out the session talking about patterns.  They have just started to really concentrate on this in their Math curriculum so they were familiar with AB, ABB and ABC patterns.  That's when I rolled out the cart of caps.

I created this video to show students because when I was showing them 'live' they said it was hard to see. I thought about adding some magnets to the back side of some caps too to show the patterns on the whiteboard too... I still might do this but didn't have time in the day.

I spread out the students around the room using large format sheets of paper.  I asked them to work as teams of two (their choice).  They would go to the center of the room where the carts were to get their supplies. You can see on the smartboard I have the timer set.  Students must continue to work on their artwork until the timer went off.

When the timer went off I would go around the room to take their pictures.  I shared this with parents on +Seesaw to show the teams that they were working in.  I also took a top view of the artwork and shared a collage of the works made on +PicCollage. The end result was really beautiful. 

I left about 15 minutes for clean up. I asked these little K's to sort them for me, find all the caps that might have rolled away, and collect the paper.  It was accomplished with a little organized chaos. Very fun, and low-cost project.  

Friday, March 24, 2017

mARTch Madness, The Championship Game!

We are down to the final two!! The kids are loving this! They cheer and celebrate, boo and hiss... it all depends on where they have voted the week before.  It's a lot like the basketball March Madness... these kids are engaged with this activity and guess what?? They are learning about Art History! 

Here was the result of the 'Final Four'!! Close game between Matisse and Bob. Sawyer is freak'n out to take on Bob this week.  What a blast! To learn about this whole mARTch Madness event, click here.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Abstract Animals, ATC inspired by Prof. Monica Terraroli

We were inspired by so many of the cards from our #ATCswap this year.  These cards are from Italy. Hassan Elementary students will be looking to these cards for inspiration. Monica Terraroli from Prof. Monica Terraroli Blog participated this year and had some AMAZING images.

Each fourth-grade student has been assigned a State to study in their homeroom classes. The last week of school these students will have gathered information about their state and present it at the Hassan Elementary 'State Fair'.  This is a unit that our students look forward to.  Our music department creates a performance to go along with the big day. In Phy Ed, they track their steps and record themselves 'walking' across America.  Our media class guides a lot of the research. In Art class, we will be creating Artist Trading Cards that the students can use in their presentation of their State.

One of the options students will have is creating these adorable cards. Below is a Padlet created by Monica.  What a great idea to embed in her blog.  Love this idea! Thanks for participating Ms. Terraroli.  Hope to have you join again next year!

Made with Padlet

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

You Don't Have to be an Adult to be an Artist

So many of the Artist that I have been introducing my students to are very old, or dead.  I wanted my students to have some peers to look at, someone their own age that knows in their heart that they are an Artist.  I just happen to have two Artist at home more than willing to be featured in a Bit-O-Bio for my students.

First I showed the Matisse Bit-O-Bio.  I was excited to share that she was a recent winner of the Youth Art Month Poster contest.  She loves to draw, paint, explore and she excels in Art in school.  She also does great with Phy Ed, Music and Math.  The Bit-O-Bio shares that she struggles with reading and must work hard to be successful.  Persistence is a great message to my students in this Bit-O-Bio about Matisse. 

The next week was about Sawyer.  The reason Sawyer was perfect to highlight for my students was because he is a VERY different artist than Matisse.  He is a sculptor.  He works with a lot of mediums, but most often with legos. I had kids coming up to me after his Bio to tell me that they didn't know that you could be an Artist by 'building things'.  This Bit-O-Bio spoke to that group of kids that sometimes are a little resistant to Art class. 

Week three... I show the following video.  I always like to give a follow up somehow.  Show images of Artist work, or images of the Artist themselves.  I have a few images saved up over the year of these two... so this video was easy to make. 

If you would like to introduce these two Artists to your students, feel free to visit my Teacher Pay Teacher page (click here).

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Realistic Animals, ATC inspired by

My 4th grade learns through creating Artist Trading Cards. They have created quite the selection so far this year.  I have been introducing new project ideas to them by presenting 3 new card options at a time.  This way they can choose what card or method they would like to create.  The next three cards that I will be offering are cards that were inspired by the 2016 ATC swap.


In this case, my dear friend Miriam Paternoster's 8th grade class. She posted about her lesson on her blog,  Her cards were stunning.  EVERY card was done with care. I was completely impressed.  She not only participated, but she also got several teachers in Italy to participate this year. Italy cards were amazing.  Be sure to check out Miriam's blog for several project samples.  Also, check out the video below to see my version of this card.