Sunday, September 25, 2005
Saturday, September 24, 2005
Two fifth grade boys made wrestling belts that their favorite wrestler wears for winning the championship. The middle of the belt spins so they used paper fasteners to make it move. The gold paper is sticker paper that a parent donated to the art class and the plastic letters were another donation. Sometimes we get some cool stuff!
Years ago one of my students gave me a book called Secret Garden:Photographers of the Imagination by Andre Villers. I forgot all about the book until I came across it when I was packing up my room. He is a photographer that made abstract cardboard people painted in bright colors. I showed these to my students to inspire them to use pieces of cardboard in a new way. (It seems that everyone wants 5 pieces to make a house.)Instead of using paint (paint center is not open yet!) they could get a similar effect with oil pastels. I love the fluorescent colors. First grader Gia made this cute doll.
Last year when the collage center opened, I was disappointed in some of the art that was being made. Students were simply taking the paper and gluing it to another piece without much thought. This year I showed them a wonderful book of cut paper collages done by fourth grade students (Animalogies) as well as an Eric Carle book to get them to see what can be done with careful thought and effort. I am much happier with the results.
This is a Sea Turtle collage by Kyle, grade 1
I encourage students to bring in small toys from home to draw. Some students have tiny Star Wars action figures and they are making ships and rooms for them using paper sculpture. Shaun (grade 4) carefully used pencils to make a detailed drawing of his transformer-like toy. (I forgot the name of it!)
Zachary (grade 1)is a snake enthusiast and drew a copperhead snake in the grass on the first day of art class. The next class was paper sculpture so he made the same picture but in 3-D. He told me he has a book on snakes at home and said, "there is a picture of a copperhead snake lying in the grass and it is just a beautiful, beautiful picture so I wanted to amake one like it."
I showed James (grade 3) how to draw this dinosaur using simple shapes and he used the texture sheets and crayons to color it in. The next class he wanted to use the paper fasteners to make its legs move after watching me demonstrate it during a paper sculpture lesson.
Lucas and Noel are two first graders that asked if they could make bag puppets on the first day of art class. These two boys were making puppets on a weekly basis last year in kindergarten. The only center available for them was drawing so these were the results.
Friday, September 23, 2005
Some artists draw what they know. John (grade 5) said he reads about history when he" is bored" so that is why he decided to draw and write about the History of the Amazon Rainforest. He's a smart student and I am not surprised that he chose to do this.
This is my second year of choice based art and so far so good! There are lots of changes for the students and myself. I am sharing a room with the music teacher at one school and I had to move my art room to a different room at my other school. It's still a challenge trying to plan out where all the cenetrs will be when I open them all up. So far I have opened up drawing, painting and collage. My greatest concern is storage for artwork in progress as well as art for the exhibit in the spring. The students are excited to be making art again and many have asked when the sculpture center will be open. I plan to open it this week but will put limitations on the size of their finished work. There is just no room to store it. Here are some photos from the three centers that are available. The kids are already doing wonderful work and I know it is because they have had a year of choice already.