Sunday, January 8, 2012
I have not done a very good job of blogging this school year, but I am going to make a sincere effort to do a better job in 2012. I was inspired by Laura at Painted Paper to do a theme for the rest of the year based on American art & artists, as well as sights and landmarks in the good ol' USA. I started right in when we started back last week with the book The Art of Freedom for the upper grades, and I Am America for the younger grades. Everyone seems very excited to learn about art from our own country, especially since we have been doing art around the world the last few years. I will post pictures soon!!
Sunday, November 13, 2011
The following pieces were from my presentation at the Ohio Art Education Conference this past weekend. I presented on the art of Asia with a colleague of mine from my school district. I mostly shared lessons from China. I became very interested in the various holidays, cultural traditions, and customs over the course of my three grant on art around the world. This was furthered by the presence of several students from China attending our school while their parents went to University of Akron.
These two projects are from holidays celebrated in China, Dragon Boat Festival and Lantern Festival ( a part of the larger Chinese New Year) We read books from a series of books called celebrating Lantern Festival and Celebrating Dragon Boat Festival. The Dragon Boat project is second grade. It combines several different techniques including watercolor resist for the dragons, painted paper torn into pieces for the waves, and recycled plastic bags for another wave over the boat. The boats were popped out using tabs of cardboard glued behind the boats. The Lantern project was first grade. The frame is made from three tongue depressors and three popsicle sticks. The glowing light is a wet on wet watercolor paper glued behind the frame. Scrap from the watercolor paper is fringed and used for the tassel.
This is my fifth graders version of the Terra Cotta Army discovered by Chinese farmers in 1974. Over 7,000 life size terra cotta soldiers dressed in full military attire and in military formation had been hiding beneathe the earth for thousands of years. We discussed the history behind these soldiers and created our own using terra cotta sculpey clay. This allowed us to use both additive and subtractive techniques. Collectively they look like one of the formations found in one of the pits in China.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
This year I am going to try some different things in my classroom. I am going to do a new behavior plan and approach the year with a new theme. My plan is to incorporate literature into all of my lessons and use a book as inspiration for each of the lessons. I have some great books to use, but would always welcome suggestions. I teach K-5 so I will be able to do all sorts of things. I am also going to do a chart for behavior by class and give classes the opportunity to earn 10 points each class period. They will compete against the other classes in their grade level to see who gets the most points for the month or 9 weeks. I am working on some other ideas as well, I will keep you all posted!! Hope everyone has a great start to the school year! (I still have 27 days until we start, but who is counting)