Friday, October 30, 2009

Taaffe Repetitions

Finally--the halls are filling up with color! Well, it was the essential concept for the month of October, so that was a contributing factor. I was much happier with the Taaffe-inspired art the fifth grade did this year as opposed to last year. I think I did a better job of reinforcing how repeating images naturally start to create patterns, and also, I tried to check all of the pieces before they were glued down. At left is one of my favorites. Here's a cool Powerpoint on repetition, among other design principles.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Stencil Paintings and Fall Colors

The third grade stencils are coming out great, as are the linoleum prints the fourth graders are doing. The title links to a stencil wiki. I'm posting just one example of the art, and for fun, look how much the colors seem to be influenced by our fall foliage (ex: my backyard)...As I was hanging some of the pieces in the hallway, several teachers commented on how "happy" the art displays make them. I'm also adding this link about displaying artwork.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Webtools and Adrinkra Symbols

It's been a nice week, especially our 70 degree, autumnal, colorful day today. Still trying to parse whether I go web hosting on my own (easier to modify), or stick with the district server (free). Regardless, title links to a nice resource. So then, decided to extend my third graders stencil unit which had an Adinkra "symbol frame" surrounding their compositions. The students were spellbound by the video of these textiles being printed (easy to find on "you tube"). Plus, they loved picking their symbols, which was a pleasant surprise. So next week, we will do an extra Adinkra drawing, which will also give the absentees time to catch-up on the original project. So, I whipped up an example while basking in the last warm sun rays during my lunch.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Using Google Docs for Self-Assessment

I've changed my template to allow full screen viewing of embedded videos, but note that you need to "mouse around" to find the text-embedded links!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

A Techno-Constructivist

In my research/ramblings for more classroom integrations, I found this fabulous art curriculum blog with lovely links and tutorials embedded. Best part is the self-title, "Techno-Constructivist". I love that term!...Also found this blog, a little higher-level, but still a goldmine for a T.C. like me!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Craft In America

Okay, I've been grading, a LOT. This got me wondering about why there are some students, not many, but a few, who just don't take care with crafting whatever we are working on. Exemplars are readily visible, 1:1 reinforcement and guidance is implemented, but still feel that more thought could be put into getting the idea of craftsmanship across. I'm going to look at the PBS series on this topic for future curriculum inspiration on this topic.Also related, using project-based learning, like art, to engage students. Okay, I'm adding something else I found on a rainy Friday the 9th, an interview about crafting beautiful work.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Grading and Drawing Blinders

The first month flew by, as always, and now I have nearly 750 art projects to grade (luckily, using a 4 point scale), and already feel like I am falling behind. Unlike last year, I decided to use the blind contour drawings my third graders did as a drawing exercise only, not part of a bigger project, and I am really glad I did that. Instead, they did tangram pictures from one piece of paper, embellished with line, and the drawing with blinders activity was paced last in the unit as a way to reinforce the importance of really LOOKING as they are drawing. It was cool to see students cheer when they "got" it! I felt sort of like "Yoda" as I circulated throughout the room cajoling students to relax, focus on the object, keep their "blinders" on, etc.

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