Saturday, 8 April 2017

Collaborating with Nature

I love to work with other artists and art teachers. It makes me a better teacher and I am hopefully able to pass on some good tips to the people who come to visit my art room. This term I have been lucky to have several visitors.....from pre-service teachers, to a published illustrator and new graduates. This project was completed with very capable new grad, Ellen. We decided to run with her 'Collaborating with Nature' project. We worked with a Grade 2 class and a Grade 3/4 ESL class (English as a Second Language). The first session involved showing the students some examples of where people had used something from nature (leaves, twigs, feathers etc), to create a piece of art. We then took the students outside to the school gardens. They were able to collect however many items would fit into their small ziplock bag. Back in the classroom, we did a quick group session using a couple of the found items. The next session involved the students constructing a scene using a number of their found items (we have a broad theme of Summer). We found that it was helpful to photograph these session 1 creations and then look at them as a group. Students then gave constructive feedback on how the artist could add to their picture. Here are some photos of the process!

My Drawing Challenges!

This is my 'go to' solution for my early finishers! Plus it works as a bit of art therapy for me in the mornings!! I do either levelled drawing challenges around a particular theme or a variety of different drawing projects (usually inspired by an artist, a book, a specific skill or an art movement). Having these challenges means that students who finish early are focussed on a skill building activity rather than on distracting their friends who are still working!

Clay and Glass Projects

I think this is the third time I have attempted this project. I work with my Grade 5/6's and I keep it fairly open. They are able to make an ornament or a piece of jewellery and they have the option to add glass to their creation through the use of glass marbles. So far, so good and it has been successful every time we have done it. No major disasters (the glass will often crack but this is usually a nice effect!) and the kids are usually really pleased with their efforts! A couple of tips: Use the same type of marble, stick to clear glass ones instead of coloured ones and explicitly teach your students to create a large enough 'bowl' space for their marble to melt into.

Falling into an old favourite!

This is one of those standby, can't fail projects that I do every couple of years, usually with my Grade 1's or 2's. These examples were done by one of my Grade 2 classes and I absolutely adore them!!

Art Extension: Clay ipod/phone holders

This is the first time I've tried this project. I had a great group of very talented Grade 5/6 students and we love how they have all turned out! They had a choice of what they would like to make, Many choose the ipod/phone holders, but we also had a beautiful bird bath ornament, paint brush/pen holders and an ipad stand!

A whole heap of projects in one post!!!

Ok, here goes. I don't get around to posting projects as often as I would like. So, I am going to attempt to put up most of the projects I have done this term. I have a different focus each term and in Term 1, it is usually 'Skills and Processes'. Its a great way to see where kids are - especially my Year 1's and any new students to the school. Projects: - Dragon Eyes: Grade 3/4 - Handprint Peacocks: Grade 3 - Colour Theory Cupcakes: Pre-primary - Pop Art Hearts: Grade 3 - Sunsets and Silhouettes: Grade 4 - Patterned Treefrogs: Grade 3/4 - Diving Whales: Grade 3/4 - Air Dry Clay Penguins and Printed polar bears: Grade 1 - Endeavour Boats: Grade 4 - Underwater Divers: Grade 3