Friday, May 25, 2012

Rotoball 2012 is Here!

Rotoball 2012 is finally done & ready to present, I am so proud of my 5th grade art club---this year we had scenery changing in the background, which required over 200 drawings to be completed! still working on keeping the camera steady, but other than that, each year, I just am so impressed with their creativity (we are at minute 2:41 through 2:53):

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Elementary Art Assessment Resource

I'm just putting some information I found in my favorite PLN, Art Ed 2.0, this is an assessment option: From site: "All 4th graders will be taking the District Art Assessment Test in two weeks. This will be a multiple choice Scantron test in which students will answer questions about art knowledge. They apply the elements and principles of art in every lesson and demonstrate learning using art tools and media within each art class. Students are typically applying what they learn by problem solving in class, therefore, this pencil/ paper assessment is a different approach and requires practice. Testing their art knowledge using multiple choice tests is required by our district. I created an online quiz using http://www.quizrevolution.com/ and students took my quiz using our class set of iPads. I formatted the quiz so that the questions would appear in random order. Therefore, students were all answering different questions at different times to ensure they were working independently." (author-Suzanne Tiedemann) Is this where we are headed? Regardless, we (meaning art educators) DO need to come up with proactive solutions to assessing (other than our usual, rich methods---art products, process formatives, & portfolios).

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Caine's Arcade

Okay, at the risk of being redundant, I'm posting a video about a little boy who spent the summer at his dad's auto parts store being creative (instead of being bored). The take-aways here are: 1) free time, unstructured & open fosters creativity; 2) the media can be whatever you want it to be---what's at hand, just laying around; 3) positive feedback; 4) this is how inventive minds flourish & we need inventive minds! (full disclosure--they also raised full college tuition by starting an online foundation based on the video) Also, my art club (5th grade) made props for the k-1 musical, which had a nautical theme, came out pretty cute! I basically just let them run with the concept, using tempera & poster board:

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The Sketchbook Project: 2011

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