Even though this is the last week before Winter Break, after the last art teacher PLC I went to, I got really excited to start the fifth graders working on their Art Robot/ Scribbling Machines! So this morning, my first class was fifth grade. I allowed the students who were finished with their Clay Slab Mug to start working on the design of their robot! It went great! There was only one student who got frustrated with the duct tape- which I totally understand! I should be receiving the motors and the battery packs soon but parents and students sent most of the other essential supplies in. Not only was I hoping we could have this project finished before Christmas Break (so they could take them home) but the fifth grade are currently studying energy and electrical circuits so I really wanted that info fresh in their mind. Here is a prezi I put together with some background info and a video that I showed to the students. And there are some pictures of the works in progress from today. I was so proud of the student who made a "Dali' mustache robot! LOL
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
|Pizap Art Lesson cover|
|Panoramic View of my art room|
|Pizap Holiday Card|
We had all our third grade classes in during ROW (Resource on Wednesday) today. They started their first clay project, which is a Nature Leaf/Flower or Seashell Bowl or Ornament inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe. Here is the video lesson and some pictures. :)
Monday, December 8, 2014
|Henri- Newly Formed Chrysalis|
|Henri- Today- you can see his wings|
As I said in a previous post, our artist of the month is Henri Matisse (whose birthday is on December 31st). I made a page on my school wordpress blog http://teachers.stjohns.k12.fl.us/wardley-j/artist-of-the-month/
that has great resources for each artist of the month. If you scroll down to December- there is a great short video about Matisse that I show my classes.
We named one of the monarch caterpillars that I kept in my plastic butterfly habitat after him.
and the students that had finished their Balanced Bug on paper, used Educreations on their iPad to take a picture of the art bug and write/record their own story about it. IT WAS AWESOME!!! Educreations is such a great app for younger k-2 to use and the first graders got really creative. I used Doceri( which is similar to Doceri but with more tools) to record my version of the Story- The Very Hungry Bee.
I also recorded- The Paintbrush Tales- using iMovie- the Movie Trailers to remind students to take care of their paintbrushes (you can see I really do not like washing brushes all day!:))
Saturday, December 6, 2014
For at least 4 years now, every December 1st I take green and red bulletin board paper and decorate my art room door like a present that reads: The Best Gift is Art. This year, I was inspired to do something a little different. I had so much fun at the Elf Workshop that I decided that instead of a present....my door should be a.....SNOWMAN - Art snowman that is...
And you can bet I will be having early finishers make paper snowflakes to hang all around the room!
I also starting thinking about how much time I spend washing out paintbrushes and thought- a great 'gift' my students could give me would be to do a better job at cleaning up! So I made this powtoon to go over the steps! http://www.powtoon.com/show/da1i8bRpXGx/happy-holidays-in-art/#/
This is our first grade Balanced Bugs Lesson:
Thursday, December 4, 2014
So the fourth graders are finishing up their Native American weavings (which they LOVED- especially the boys!! who would have thought!?) And one class started working on their Pirate Ship Collage. Our school mascot is the Pirate so naturally, this project is one of my favorites. I have used it with fourth grade for over 3 years because they turn out so great and the kids really get creative. ( I already had a student draw the titanic instead of a pirate ship. So here is the lesson and video. Enjoy!!
Monday, December 1, 2014
|Henri- the Art Chrysalis|
|An Air Dry Olaf!|
|All the air dry snowmen !|
Artist Statement Google Doc