Friday, October 28, 2016

Frida Faces

Hassan Elementary is now just wrapping up on Frida Kahlo as our featured Artist.  She was a blast for our students to learn about.  So much fun in fact, she was studied for three visits to the Art Studio. 

Week One:

In the last 5 minutes of class, students watched a Bit-O-Bio on Frida. (click here to see the Bit-O-Bio). I am amazed how much these students picked up on all the facts about the Artist from these little snippets of Art History. They look forward to the Bit-O-Bios.

Week Two: 

I showed students a slide show of some images of Frida.  This is the first half of the Google Slides below.  I talked about her dress, her lack of a smile, her marriage to Diego... All of this being the Elementary safe version of course. 

Week Three:

The second part of the Google Slide is filled with images of Frida's work.  We talk about the 'secret codes' (symbolism) that Frida puts into her painting.  We discuss how she can tell us a story without putting words in her work.  The strongest image for this was Frida as a wounded deer. EVERY class understood that Frida was in a lot of pain in her life and this represented that.

As students were working, I also allowed them to get their 'Frida' brow on... if they wanted.  I was shocked to see how many students wanted me to draw an eyebrow on their forehead.  They loved it, held their Frida pose and I took a picture to share with the families of the participating classes. 

As you can see I had the iPad in a stand... a black sheet draped behind them, and lot's of props for students to choose from.  Many of the students left my room sporting the eyebrow for the rest of the day.  The pictures actually turned out stunning.  Boys and girls enjoyed this opportunity and as I mentioned... This was only an option, not mandatory. 

I have also decorated the classroom with a Frida Pumpkin. All the kids have been able to identify her as they walk in.  I guess it's kind of a formative assessment. 

My lesson plans allowed me to do this with mostly the 3rd and 5th grade this week.  Not all classes had the opportunity. 

If we were pressed for time, I simply drew the brow on the kids and took a group shot.  I explained to parents what they were doing in a short email home.  I got lots of positive responses from parents and teachers.

The other Artist we have studied so far this year is Bob Ross (click here for his Bit-O-Bio).  What a great combination of Artist.  We first have Bob with his 'Happy Accidents' and cheery demeanor. Then Frida with her subdued face and thoughtful symbolism.  I am having parents and students reporting watching the 'Joy of Painting' all the time.  I think it's so fun to get the kids pumped for Art History. 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Not Just Another Pretty Pumpkin

I'm in love with these sweet pumpkins... K's and 1st grade have been making them this week and I can't get over the new skills of these young Artist and the amazing creativity and individuality of each of these wonderful works of art.  But these are much more than they appear.  I have been moving closer to choice based art this year but I'm playing a balancing game.  I'm asking students to create works of art every now and then that are a little more structured.  There are many reasons for this.  It's a way for me to talk about craftsmanship.  It's also a way for me to appeal to all my stakeholders (parents, administration, and teachers) who are used to seeing 'pretty little art' come out of the art room.  Most of all this was a way to train my students on the glue choices I have available to them.

In this lesson, the kids used the glue sticks, glue sponges, and glue bottles.  I played small clips of this video and asked them to participate.  Then I would show a bit more and give them more work time. Actually, all the kids loved creating this way on this day.  Here is the video I have been playing for the kids. 

No, these aren't just another pretty pumpkin... but they are pretty cute!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

WAEA Conference Reflection

Here is a quick recap of the weekend events. I was so impressed with the WAEA conference.  There was an amazing team that put this conference together and I was so honored to be a part of it.  It's always great to network with other Art Educators. I was able to meet many people from my #PLN (Professional Learning Network) and got lots of great ideas from the presentations that I attended and the conversations that I had with the Art Teachers and vendors at the conference. Please take a look at the Google Slide below to get a good feel for some of my experiences at the 2016 WAEA Conference.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

WAEA- Flipped Classroom

I'm presenting today at the Wisconsin Art Education Conference. What an honor to be here and I'm so excited to meet and share with my #PLN!  This is an outline for the presentation. It's a living document so I will be adjusting it as conversation and questions come to me.  This will be a great after session resource for all to use in the future.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Careers in Art- Medical Illustrator

Here is another 'Career in Art', Medical Illustrator.  This video is the introduction to the career that my students explored for the last week.  It's been hard to keep them focused on the task at hand while entering the room.  There were so many amazing specimens displayed around my room this week. 

After the intro., I do a quick explanation of the stations.  I walk the room pointing out all the wonderful activities they have to choose from.  I also learn from the first class the expectation reminders that need to be made before the class starts to work. 

How did I get the bones?? Great question.  I put an all call out there for my staff and these are the amazing resources that came my way.  WOW!! I'm a lucky gal to have so many great Art supporters in my school. 

I provided some small magnifying glasses for the students.  They were able to examine the bones but not touch them. 

Students had the opportunity to sculpt tthe bones being observed.  They loved doing this.  I was shocked at how accurate some of their sculptures were. 

They also had the choice to draw from observation. Many of the students chose to use dark paper and a silver sharpie.  This ended up looking a little like an X-ray.  It was a cool effect. 

Some students looked at the artwork of Steven Jenkins from his book Bones.  It is a very beautiful book that I was happy I had to offer for this lesson.

In the video, you heard me talk about the rubbing plates.  I asked my husband at the middle school who has a laser printer in his classroom to burn me some plates.  You can do this for any subject matter you want.  I would love to do different bones so that students could put together their own skeleton with rubbing plates. I encouraged all students to both do the rubbing and a drawing to practice a different form of observational drawing. 

Another station was this 'throw away' item that I picked up in the staff lounge one time.  Students used an iPad to help them discover all the names of the bones in the human body.

My 3rd grade is LOVING this series!  I can't wait to continue sharing the other Careers in Art that we cover.