Thursday, April 27, 2017

1st Grade Artist Using the App Seesaw for Reflection


Clay goes through so much.  It is built, in this case, by 1st-grade hands. The fragile little things have to dry... in an Art room where 800 kids come through it every week. It is fired... with a couple hundred other projects also made by elementary Artist. Given back to the 1st-grader to paint and finish.  For this project, we also made a great home for our bugs, so it's often played with a bit before wrapping it up.  Once this is all done... it goes home!! Oh, that doesn't mean it's safe.  This little bug gets jammed into a backpack and gets a ride on the bus.  Often the exciting project is celebrated with friends while on the bus, taken out of the bag and paraded around. It then, if still alive, will be eagerly presented to someone at home with great excitement.  If you have a clay work of art at home from a young Artist, be sure to appreciate it just a little more after reading this :) 

Before students bring their clay home I have asked them to share a short reflection on Seesaw (just in case). I wanted to share a couple of examples.


After the reflection, students wrapped it up and I held my breath as they brought these to their lockers. Fingers crossed... Hope they make it safely home :) 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Clay Bugs - 1st grade


I can't wait to write about our Art Teacher Exchange 2017.  Sue Davies from Rogers Elementary came over to Hassan for a week.  She taught clay because I'm allergic and I taught her kids Spheros. She did some great projects with my students and she was kind enough to share her videos with all of us.  

For first-grade students created a 'Clay-d-bug'.  We did these last year, but this year we changed it up just a bit. Here are the two videos that we shared with our students before the Art Teacher trade.  



As you can see... not all the bugs were happy.  Students were able to create variety in these little bugs.  After they were created, an adult put two holes through the pinch pot beside the head. The plan was to create the antenna for the little bugs.


I asked the students to paint using tempera cakes.  I discovered that the cakes pigment, when dry, rubbed off the bugs.  I didn't want this to be a problem, so I put a seal coat of watered down Modge Podge.  When finished, the shine on the bugs looked a lot like glaze. I will use this method again, I found it really successful! 


When finishing the bugs, we have been making the environment for them as well. I have done this in the past, Please take a look at the result (click here for previous post).  This year I'm using up all my odd materials in my classroom.  So we went outside and used some 'moon sand' that has been sitting in my room for years.  It was great to get outside (and even better to make more space in my storage closet)! 



There was a fixative that came with the kits, so I poured that on and let it dry overnight.  They turned out OK.  The kids loved the process! Could be a great Mothers Day gift to take home.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Yoga Calm Camp


I love to celebrate the amazing community of Hassan Elementary.  We recently invited families to participate in a Yoga Calm night.  It was amazing.  We had lot's of students helpers and staff that helped to make this an fun night.

We had to do a little advertising so we had some of our student leaders help out with a video. 


We decided on a theme... and then... t-shirts were made, families sign up, mats set up on, s'mores were roasted, temporary camping tattoos were put on, and the room was decorated, and the calm nature music was played. I helped out with the background as seen below. 



It all looked so inviting!


There were so many families that came to get their Yoga on for the night.  We all had so much fun! 


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Weaving: Spring Nests


Weaving is one of the best fine motor challenges for our young artists.  I find that weaving can be introduced with K's but is the most appropriate challenge for the average 1st grader.  Most students have to work mentally and physically to achieve a good weave and therefore, when successful, our students feel accomplished!  I have lot's of different options for weaving right here on MiniMatisse.blogspot.com in past posts (click here).  This year, we created nests for our pre-test and introduction to weaving.  I always like to do a paper weaving before I do the end of the year fiber weaving. 


I taught the students with this video.  This way I could play and replay it for the majority of the class, and assist individuals when needed. 


The first day the students did the weaving and glued the shape on the back.  We let it dry until their next visit.


At the start of the next day, students cut the weaving out.  They then used tempera sticks to draw a branch.  We had some paper left over from an earlier project, so some of them created little eggs to go in their nests as well. 


We played them on the floor to dry.  My youngest students are at the end of the day so we leave them out on the floor so we can have a discussion about the projects and also take pictures for Seesaw to share with parents at home.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Lego Machine Easter Eggs


My kids were completely in love with a recent post from Fugal Fun For Boys and Girls.  In her recent blog post, Sarah gives great directions of how to make a simple machine with Legos and a motor.  We just happen to have plenty of those items, so away we got to work, engineering a design.  The kids took a look at the model, but then I took away the tutorial to allow them to discover and problem solvers on their own (and that wasn't easy).  That's what made it all the more satisfying when it was finished.