Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Our Family Table

1st Grade students created a wonderful birds eye view of their family table. This lesson was inspired by the children's book 
Tar Beach, by Faith Ringgold

Day 1
After reading (a some-what shortened version of) this delightful book, students discussed the sorts of activities that they did at their family table. Students said they eat dinner, play games, and do their homework at the table. Students then used a circle tracer to draw their table and  people tracers to add their family. Details were added to show the table activity and to create individual family members. 

 Teacher Sample
Day 2
Students took turns guessing what each family was doing at their table. This was a lot of fun and a great way to show that a few tables may need more detail! Students completed their drawings with crayon. 

This was a good beginning of the year project! 

Easy clean up with fun results!!

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Teaching value is never easy...

Teaching value is never easy...especially when one full side of your classroom is lined with windows!

I closed the blinds the best that I could and provided desk lamps for each table. This seemed to work and the 9th grade students did an AMAZING job! 

9th Grade students learned about Richard Serra and minimalist sculpture.

Students created their own minimalist sculpture using one sheet of 18" x 24" white tagboard.

Following completion of a value chart, students drew their sculpture using pencil and a range of values.

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Pre-K Bubble Painting

 This project  covers a lot of basic art skills, which is wonderful for preschool students! Students created Rainbow Fish after reading the story by Marcus Pfister. 


Day 1, we read The Rainbow Fish. I demonstrated for the students how to draw the outline of a fish (an oval body and triangle tail) and how to draw the scales (bumps that move from the top of the fish to the bottom). The bumps were hard for the students and ended up looking more like curly lines than scales.

Students completed their drawing with a black crayon and used watercolor paint to color in their Rainbow Fish. I encouraged the students not to use black, but rather to use every color of the rainbow!

Day 2, I asked the students to recall which book we read last class and what project we completed. I was pleasantly surprised that the majority of the students remembered (they are pre-school students after all). I asked the students what was missing from our fish, to which the students replied the sparkles. I explained that they would get to do something that rarely happened in art class and make a puddle with their glue for their sparkle scale. I quickly sprinkled silver sparkles on each puddle and whisked them away to the drying rack.

While students were still huddled around the table, I demonstrated how they were to bubble paint their background.
Note: I have the Pre-K students stand around a large table at the beginning of each class before heading to their own seat to work. I have found this to work great! 
I had each student practice blowing in their straw and explained why blowing was so important (as opposed to drinking up the paint/soap concoction).

How to Bubble Paint:
25% Dish Soap
25% Paint
50% Water
I do not use much water at all, just enough for students to easily blow bubbles. I test each bowl myself before students arrive. 

Using a straw, blow a mountain of bubbles.
Place your paper down on top of the bubbles, being careful not to place your paper directly into your water mixture.
TA DA! Bubble Painting! 

Day 3, students cut out their fish and glue it onto their blue bubble background. 
Students had a blast and their artwork came out great!

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