I got really infatuated with Mark Rothko while I was expecting my second child to be born. I have no idea why, but it was like an itch I couldn't scratch for a while. I realized I had to figure out a project we could do in my classroom once I returned from maternity leave. I told our PTO president that I intended to teach Rothko. I knew if I made it public like that, I'd make sure I found a good way to do it!
So, while I was on leave (sometime around October 2016), I put out an all call on social media asking for tiny-ish boxes. By tiny-ish, I mean boxes that were no bigger than 3 inches. I had everyone from my grandmother to the principal saving everything from drink packet boxes to medicine boxes. I had people shipping these little boxes to my school from all over the great state of Mississippi.
When I returned from leave, I had enough boxes for every fourth grader to make a mini canvas for a Rothko-inspired colorfield. I taught them all about colorfields. I made them discuss how color provokes emotion. They had to choose a color scheme intended to provoke a specific emotion.
This was how we built the tiny canvases for these colorfields. I will share how we painted them in another post. Stay tuned.
|That's painters tape. We just made sure our boxes would stay shut.|
|They covered it in torn newspaper using regular white school glue.|
|They covered all of the sides. The boxes were small so this took some mighty fine motor work. It was so worth it!|