Sunday, August 13, 2017

More Mixed-Media Jellyfish Photos

Well, I just ran across some more photos of these mixed-media jellyfish. This was such a fun one that I wanted to go ahead and share these other photos. I hope you'll try this. It's an enjoyable project. The students like it. They really get to make a lot of creative decisions as well. Be sure to check out the original post for details.

How do you like that bare foot and those green toe nails? 

All the photos of my green toes.

I had on cute shoes, though, right? They are heels, which explains the bare feet in the other pic. Oy! I should've cropped these, but it is funny.

Close up of the background. I love the way those construction paper crayons look underneath liquid watercolor. Add the salt, and VOILA! 

What Would You Do with This Early Finishers Piece?

Someone gave us this metal roof flashing. It has rectangles on it and a nice bumpy texture. It had been painted red and used as the outside of a schoolhouse mural. So, it looked like a building. That is why there are some slits that can be seen in the photo. Those were the doors. Anyway, I put these two LARGE pieces on some tables and put out a bunch of paint. I just let kids go up and paint, and paint, and paint. They did a pretty good job free painting on it I think. (I monitored them to ensure they were safe with the slits, don't worry. I'm very responsible with the safety of my students.)

These photographs are of the same piece at different points in the process.

I don't know what to do with it now. The off white lines need to be cleaned up, and I have some students that can do that. But, what else could we do? I'd love to hear your ideas! Reach out on social media or in the comments here! Thanks!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Tap Taps

This is a fun project. Students learned about Tap Taps and read Tap Tap, a book by Karen Lynn Williams.  

I have never been to Haiti. So, I don't have firsthand knowledge of these. I relied on books for the information that I taught to students. They really enjoy this project. I love how differently they all turn out. The students absolutely get to be creative and make their own decisions about their work with this one! I highly recommend this.

We believe it is a best practice to document student learning in the hallways. We always put a write up about the learning for our stakeholders to read. We also include the standards and learning targets. This is a pic, but it is a little hard to read in the photo. So, I'll type it here. It also tells you how these were created. 

Third grade students learned about Tap Tap Buses. These are a means of transportation in Haiti. They are much like cabs and taxis, except that they are painted works of art! Students created their own two-dimensional Tap Tap. First, they drew the general shape of a bus and added decorations, focusing on patterns. Then, they used mixed media (oil pastels, crayons, watercolors, paper) to add color. Next, they cut out their bus and attached it to black paper. they cut around the bus on the black paper to create a black border. For the background, they used tempera cakes to splatter paint by tapping the end of their paint brush. They learned how to be in control of the paint while creating the background by focusing brains, eyes, and hands on the task. Finally, they glued their bus to the background. Throughout the project, students used appropriate art vocabulary in both large and small group discussions with other students and the teacher. These were created in the visual arts classroom.

Also, Happy Birthday to my daddy, Colin Greenwood. All the hearts!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Nothing fancy here. Just a very hungry caterpillar!

I taught an art camp where all of the projects were based on children's books. We finished a lot of projects very quickly. We had also already painted a lot of paper. So, I decided to do a quick version of this guy.

These kids were in K and 1st grades. I had them trace the bottom of a bottle of school glue for the body ovals. They just drew the rest of it. Some didn't get feet added. I find it interesting how they all really look different. 

I like this because they have to do so much fine motor work to finish this. They trace, cut, sort, and glue. 

By the way, when the parents came for the mini-art show at the end of camp, they loved this. There was gushing. 

This is a photo of the painted paper. The day before they began this project, I cut the paper into strips for them. That made it go further. More than one kid could work with it at a time this way. 
What are some other good ways to teach art with this book? Any stronger integration ideas?

Are there any art teachers who haven't taught this? I am just curious. It is such a staple!

Mystery Sculpture in NOLA

Y'all know how I do. I take a billion photos everywhere I go but don't always remember what they are. This is in NOLA. It is interesting. I just have this one pic in my phone. What is it? Where is it? Let me know if you have insight? As soon as I figure this out, I'll let you guys know too!