Thursday, March 23, 2017

Abstract Animals, ATC inspired by Prof. Monica Terraroli

We were inspired by so many of the cards from our #ATCswap this year.  These cards are from Italy. Hassan Elementary students will be looking to these cards for inspiration. Monica Terraroli from Prof. Monica Terraroli Blog participated this year and had some AMAZING images.

Each fourth-grade student has been assigned a State to study in their homeroom classes. The last week of school these students will have gathered information about their state and present it at the Hassan Elementary 'State Fair'.  This is a unit that our students look forward to.  Our music department creates a performance to go along with the big day. In Phy Ed, they track their steps and record themselves 'walking' across America.  Our media class guides a lot of the research. In Art class, we will be creating Artist Trading Cards that the students can use in their presentation of their State.

One of the options students will have is creating these adorable cards. Below is a Padlet created by Monica.  What a great idea to embed in her blog.  Love this idea! Thanks for participating Ms. Terraroli.  Hope to have you join again next year!

Made with Padlet

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

You Don't Have to be an Adult to be an Artist

So many of the Artist that I have been introducing my students to are very old, or dead.  I wanted my students to have some peers to look at, someone their own age that knows in their heart that they are an Artist.  I just happen to have two Artist at home more than willing to be featured in a Bit-O-Bio for my students.

First I showed the Matisse Bit-O-Bio.  I was excited to share that she was a recent winner of the Youth Art Month Poster contest.  She loves to draw, paint, explore and she excels in Art in school.  She also does great with Phy Ed, Music and Math.  The Bit-O-Bio shares that she struggles with reading and must work hard to be successful.  Persistence is a great message to my students in this Bit-O-Bio about Matisse. 

The next week was about Sawyer.  The reason Sawyer was perfect to highlight for my students was because he is a VERY different artist than Matisse.  He is a sculptor.  He works with a lot of mediums, but most often with legos. I had kids coming up to me after his Bio to tell me that they didn't know that you could be an Artist by 'building things'.  This Bit-O-Bio spoke to that group of kids that sometimes are a little resistant to Art class. 

Week three... I show the following video.  I always like to give a follow up somehow.  Show images of Artist work, or images of the Artist themselves.  I have a few images saved up over the year of these two... so this video was easy to make. 

If you would like to introduce these two Artists to your students, feel free to visit my Teacher Pay Teacher page (click here).

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Realistic Animals, ATC inspired by

My 4th grade learns through creating Artist Trading Cards. They have created quite the selection so far this year.  I have been introducing new project ideas to them by presenting 3 new card options at a time.  This way they can choose what card or method they would like to create.  The next three cards that I will be offering are cards that were inspired by the 2016 ATC swap.


In this case, my dear friend Miriam Paternoster's 8th grade class. She posted about her lesson on her blog,  Her cards were stunning.  EVERY card was done with care. I was completely impressed.  She not only participated, but she also got several teachers in Italy to participate this year. Italy cards were amazing.  Be sure to check out Miriam's blog for several project samples.  Also, check out the video below to see my version of this card.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Spring Flowers on Black

I love the openness of choice, but once and a while, I like to offer a step by step project. Kids like it too.  I think it's important to provide as many experiences to our students as we can so sometimes that means a more uniformed lesson... like this one.

I started this lesson with simple instructions of how to draw a flower.  This was exciting for my 1st-grade class because they felt like I was giving them the secrets to creation. Many of the kids adapted and changed to create their own version of what I was showing them. All was fine with me.  Here is the video of how I taught them how to create flowers. 

After drawing, the students were instructed to 'bubble cut' the flowers. This means they leave a little space around the lines so they don't end up cutting off some of the details as you see in the tulip above. 

I used a silver sharpie for on black paper for the vase.  These markers have been in my room since I started... That was 4 years ago.  I don't pull them out often, but they have continued to work every time.  It makes me think they are worth the price.

Students used silver sharpie to trace a vase 'two fingers up from the bottom of the page'. 

Draw 5 lines from side to side on the vase.  They can be the same kind of line or different from each other. 

Add Shapes and Lines to make designs. 

Draw the table line and sign your name on the bottom. 

Next glue down the flowers to fill the top of the page.  All your flowers might not fit.  Try several layouts before gluing the flowers down.

Final Step, Add the stems... Some students added leaves too. 

They look awesome hanging next to one another. The kids were really proud. 

Friday, March 10, 2017

mARTch Madness, Round 2

We have entered ROUND 2 (ding, ding, ding) of mARTch Madness.  Hassan Elementary students have been voting for their favorite Artist from our #BitOBio series.  This has been so much fun for the kids.  We have been using a Google form to vote. Here are the final results...

How awesome is this?  Students are empowered, they have a voice. They get to see live data and understand that their vote can change the overall look of the data. Best thing is these kids are passionate about the Artists they have learned about. They cheer (or boo) when they see the live results at the end of their class. 

The four artist being voted on are... Frida Kahlo vs. Matisse Hahn and Sawyer Hahn vs. Bob Ross.

For the introduction to the mARTch Madness, click here.
To learn more about the artist in the #BitOBio Series, click here