Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Peer Mentoring Program

I have been working with our OT in one of the classes and she asked that I help her with a peer mentoring program in art. This was something she piloted last year and it was a great success. This year, the program has been going great! The 6th grade students who are mentors have been helping with modeling how to do the projects, modeling behavior, giving reminders, and lots more. I just wanted to share a picture of the Winter Tree Collages that both peer mentors and students made. We learned about what a collage is and also practiced our cutting skills.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

First Projects of the Year

The first projects of the year are completed and they came out amazing!

The fourth grade students learned about artist Keith Haring and his distinctive style. We talked about about creating movement in art using figures and what it meant if an artwork is figurative. Here are some examples of the Keith Haring Inspired Figure Drawings.

The fifth grade students learned about artist Paul Klee and how he incorporated poems into his art. We looked at his painting, Once Emerged from the Gray of Night. We talked about how he used the lines of the letters to create new shapes and patterns in his artwork. He also used different colors to create the patterns. The students created their Math Patterns using a simple multiplication problem instead of a poem. They created patterns and shapes using the lines of the numbers and symbols.

The sixth grade students created Notans. Notan is a Japanese design term meaning light and dark. In the United States, we tend to use terms like contrast and positive and negative space instead. Students created artwork just from positive and negative space.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

New Year, New School

The start of the 2017-2018 school year has been super busy for me. This year I started in a new school district, Belchertown, MA. I'm at Chestnut Hill Community School and I'm full time teaching grades 4, 5, and 6!

It was bittersweet cleaning out my old classrooms. I really did love Granby and was there since I student taught. However, I needed this change for me and my family. Setting up my new classroom has been fun, but challenging. I unfortunately have been doing it all on crutches. I badly sprained my ankle right before school started, so that's been interesting to deal with. My husband was also busy making/re-purposing things for my room.

Also with the change, I decided it would be a good time to reevaluate my class expectations. After reevaluating, I felt the need to change my expectations around rules and routines. So I started looking to see what other art teachers were doing. I really connected with what Cassie Stephens, one of my favorite art teacher bloggers, was doing in her art room, so I adopted her rules and tweaked them a tiny bit.

Just so everyone knows, this blog will be updated at least once a month with pictures, lessons, events, etc. I have updated my class expectations to reflect my new rules. I will be updating the event page for art related events in and out of the classroom as things come up. The projects page will be updated regularly. I will also be adding a "Sketchbook Challenge" page that will have the monthly challenge, the rubric, etc.

Here's some pictures of the room before the first day of school.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Open Houses

Just a quick post with some pictures, a more detailed post about the projects coming soon! Students at West Street had artwork on display in the art room and hanging in the hallway.
East Meadow students had work in the front display case and in the main entrance.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

East Meadow Update

These are the projects that were right before Square 1 Art was started. Lots of pictures in this post again!

The fourth graders created Mandalas. We talked a little about mandalas and how they have been a symbol in many cultures and religions for many, many years. We even discussed how some religions create mandalas out of sand. Students learned about radial symmetry and created a design based on radial symmetry. After designing the mandalas, students glued sand onto three different elements in their mandala. Lastly, the mandalas were painted with colors of their own choosing.
The fifth graders created their own editions of five relief prints. Students learned about relief printmaking and craved their own blocks. Students could create whatever they wanted as long as they incorporated three types of line. Sorry about the cropping of some of the pictures, I had to crop out last names as best as I could.
The sixth graders learned about M.C. Esher and tessellations. Each student started with a 3"x3" square that they then altered using the method of translation, reflection, or rotation around a vertex. After creating their new shape, they tessellated it over a 12"x18" paper. Lastly, each new shape had details added to make it look like what they saw in their shape and colored with color sticks.