Saturday, September 26, 2015

Kindergarten - Painting in Action

I just downloaded the Blogger app, so this is mostly a test post.  Here are a few pictures of the kindergartners getting their first taste of painting earlier this week.  Such intense focus.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

5th and 6th Grade - Choice Projects

I mentioned a few posts ago that the 5th and 6th graders would be working on their own projects this year.  Working through their own problems, focusing on their own ideas, finishing their own artwork.
Having art every day this year is a big plus for continuity with 6th grade.  We've had a few issues with cleaning up (after all, everyone is responsible for their own materials), but overall we've gotten some interesting work done so far.  Tons of variety in what the kids are working on.  Here's a glimpse:

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Getting Our Groove Back - Goofing up

The typical beginning of the year projects in my Art room involve risk taking and problem solving at each level.  I mentioned before that the fifth and sixth graders are blasting through their own ideas and materials with Choice, but the 1st through 4th graders had a different challenge the first few weeks.

I like beginning the year with projects like these because it sets up the idea of experimentation.  Each grade level tries something new, and it's not easy (for most).  It takes hard work to fix our "mistakes" and not give up on our piece.  That's my main focus for the kids.

Work hard.  Don't give up.

Take risks.  It's going to be okay.

So the first graders have to turn a "mark" I make on their papers as their drawing into something so that it looks like it always belonged there.

The second graders drew with 2 hands and had to figure out how best to hold their markers and keep their papers from sliding all over the place.

Most of the third graders had to draw with their opposite hands.  At the end of the lesson though I did have one group hold a marker in each hand to see what they could come up with.  Here are a few hilarious pictures of that struggle.

The fourth graders did a blind contour drawing, where they drew a partner without looking at their paper.  The emphasis was on paying attention to detail and understanding that it's okay to mess up as long as we don't quit on our ideas.