Things are pushing along over at the elementary! I just completed my second rotation of classes, which means I've had each class twice. (7 day rotation) My daily points system has been going well, and I like the adjustment from previous years. Current leaders are the two 3rd grade classes, as seen below. Special shout out to the 5th grade class, however, for being the first class to earn a perfect score of 100!
After completing our sketchbooks to be used this year, I read the lovely book THE DOT by Peter H. Reynolds to all classes. Using this book as inspiration, students are completing collaborative paintings with concentric circles as the focus of the design. One class will start creating rings of color, and wherever they leave off, the next class continues the process. I'm excited to see the final result.
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these large paintings turn into!
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This project was inspired by the fabulous and amazing Cassie Stephens (art teacher extraordinaire!).
I cannot believe that our third week of school is already over! Due to my rotating schedule, I have only see classes once or twice so far at the elementary. Our first mission in all classes was to create sketchbooks, learn new routines, and get accustomed to the art room. Now that we're into a routine, I'm moving onto collaborative projects. The K-2nd grade students (lower elementary) will be creating a mixed media mural similar to the image below. I was incredibly inspired by fellow art teacher Cassie Stephens, but plan to make my own twist of her original design.
1st and 2nd grade students will all be creating the flower designs first. Some classes started their backgrounds to their flowers this past week. We talked about colors that are near each other on the color wheel and mix well when we are painting. In their next class, they will be adding designs ON TOP of their painted layer with construction paper crayons and oil pastels.
The first days of painting can be seen below. Click to enlarge.
The upper elementary (3rd-6th) will also be creating a collaborative piece. This concept was inspired by Libs Elliot as well as fellow art teacher Mrs. Nguyen. More details to come soon, as they will be starting this next week! Check out some sneak peeks pictures below. These are inspirational pictures - ours will turn out a little differently. Can't wait!
Check out what we are up to at the High School building HERE.
My next large project for the elementary is a school-wide collaborative piece. Each grade will be assigned a color to create an individual feather mixing tints/shades. That feather will then become a portion of a set of wings. The wings will be displayed together with a blank space in the middle. The blank space can then be filled with a person to take a very unique photograph.
In class, we will discuss "what makes your heart soar" - what students are passionate about, what they truly love to do and makes them happy. This project was inspired by fellow art teachers, along with street artist Kelsey Montague.
I hope to display the piece at the Spring Art Show as well.
Here is a glimpse at what the process will look like -
I can't believe that it's already time for students to arrive next week!
I am very excited to see familiar faces, and meet new students as well.
The first week of class in the elementary will be spent learning the ropes of the art room, completing seating charts, learning our new behavior management system (I'm very excited to show them this!), and starting our first project.
I am beginning the year with a collaborative (or school-wide) project to get an idea of everyone's skill level.
We will be completing Monochromatic Self-Portraits.
I have seen this lesson completed by fellow art colleagues and have always wanted to try it.
I can't wait to post the results.
Each class will be assigned a color, and I will display the finished work in RAINBOW order.
Great reminder for the color wheel, and a nice, bright start to the school year!
Mrs. Martin's 4th grade finished their collaborative project last week. The piece is based on Wassily Kandinsky's Squares with Concentric Circles. Each student created their own square on the piece, 12" x 12" using oil pastels. The overall look is striking and brightens up our hallway at North Central Elementary. Next week they will start their second project on the famous artist. This project, however, will be individual.
There are two great displays you should check out at the elementary school. The first is a collaborative tree project. The tree was painted by high school students, and the leaves illustrated by elementary students.
The second collaborative piece features work from the young 4's class all the way through high school seniors. Viewing the skill progression is a sight to see!