Monday, March 30, 2015

Catching Up and Story Quilts

Wow! It's been a long time since I blogged. It's been a little busy! My student teacher finished up, I tried to take an actual break for Spring Break, I started working on my garden, I've been working on a presentation about Visual Thinking Strategies and Inquiry methods for a mini conference in my school district, and I accepted a new job! Next year, I'll be starting a new adventure as a PreK-12th grade art teacher in a small school district just 5 minutes outside my hometown. I've enjoyed my position for the last 6 years, but I'm looking forward to shaving about 70 minutes off my daily commute and having the chance to work more in depth with fewer students (less than half!)
Now, because we HAVE to have some photos, here are some 1st grade and Kindergarten story quilts from my student teacher's Tar Beach lesson. The students made a self portrait as if they were flying over a memory or something meaningful to them. Kindergarten students mounted a smaller piece of paper on colored construction paper and drew a border with construction paper crayons. 1st grade students glued 1 inch patterned paper squares around the border. Students from both grades wrote about what they were flying over and why. Their writing was one of the best parts of the project! When I take them down from the hallway, I hope to have time to add the sentences to Artsonia.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Primary Collages

Here are some collages ranging from 1st-3rd grade from last semester. You can see that some kids are still in the "scribble stage" of collage, while others play with composition and illustration. It's pretty fun to see the progression. Now that I've been using the Artsonia app, I'm getting artwork photographed and published more quickly. I know this will make it easier to look back and see student growth in different media and concepts.
I can't remember the story here, but it looks like a blue guy with a sword in the middle.
1st grader making use of lots of different papers in this collage portrait.
Some students go minimalist, while others take the more is more approach, trying out cutting different shapes.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Color Theory and Painting Center Photos

The Blick challenge on the smARTteacher this month is to share photos of your classroom. I posted pictures of my painting center and they shared the color theory image on Facebook. Pretty soon after, there was a comment asking "Am I crazy? Why is yellow on the cool color example? And why is violet on the warm color example?"
Fair question. I just said that I was taught that purple and yellow could be warm and/or cool since they are split down the middle. Were any of you taught the same way I was? None of the other commenters act like they've ever heard of that.

I don't think any of my classes in university even talked about color theory. So I just go off of what I learned in high school. I think that a lot of color theory could come down to different perceptions. We learn in art that there is sometimes more than one right answer. Could this be another example? I said that my art teacher also taught that BROWN is a shade of ORANGE, therefore brown and blue would be complementary colors. A lot of art teachers can't agree on brown's complement, either.
If we learned anything from #thedress, it should be that people can have different perceptions of color. 
 Even primary colors can look different. Does blue ever look warm or red ever look cool, no. But I have seen some yellows that tend toward the warm side and some look cool. I love talking about colors- so interesting to me!

Here are the other painting center photos I shared on the smARTteacher:

How did you learn to classify purple and yellow? Am I the only one who was taught the either or thing?

Friday, March 6, 2015

Everything is Awesome- Lego YAM Bulletin Board

 The Youth Art Month bulletin board at my primary school is Lego themed. Ever since I watched the Lego Movie, I've been wanting to use the "Everything is Awesome" theme for art. This was a good chance!
I downloaded a free Lego font to print off the phrase. Big time saver.
To create the Lego mini figures, I posed an actual figure, photographed it in three positions, projected it onto big construction paper, and traced. My student teacher and I added color with color sticks and cut them out. I made a Lego brick template to trace for the top row and cut rectangles in different lengths to create the rest of the wall. I let early finishers choose a brick on which to write why they like art or why it's important before I stapled them onto the bulletin board.

Here are a few of the students' bricks.
"I care about art because it is fun and you get to paint. It is real fun. Everyone has good art. No one draws bad and draws good. It really means a lot to me and everyone come in peace. It is a lot of fun. It is full of fun."