May 16, 2011

wrapping up

So what do I do when the end of the year rolls around in art class?

1) I don't return the last project of the year. Why? Well, I do Original Works at the beginning of the year, as well as, procedures, rules, and sketchbooks. That means the hallways look pretty bare with no artwork to hang up. Solution: Keep a project from the previous year and put them up right before school.

2) Have the older classes prep the room for the summer. My art room could use a serious face lift by the end of the year. So I make a checklist of things that need to be done and have the older classes complete them. For example: throw out the marker that aren't juicy anymore, sharpen all colored pencils, scrub the table tubs, peel the broken crayons..etc. Saves so much time for the art teacher!

3) STAR parties. My classes work towards earning a star for every class they attend. They get a star for having great behavior in class. Once they earn 10 stars (usually happens at the end of each semester) they get to watch a movie and play a review game. The movie is usually a Wallace and Gromit movie which last about 30 minutes and the review game lasts the other 30 minutes. Great fun for all!

May 3, 2011

wire portraits

I love this lesson and my fifth graders are equally excited about it and the results. We review facial proportion and facial charting to start but then we add in the creative endeavors of Alexander Calder. Students get to view photos of Calder's own wire portraits before they make their own.

Each student starts with 1 twisteez wire.
The first step is to make an oval for the head that will eventually fit on an 8.5 x 11 piece of card stock.
I do this step with the kids. We only use 3/4 of one strand of wire for the head, the other 1/4 gets cut off and can be used somewhere else on the portrait sculpture. I loop the wire around, twist it, and trim it. The kids follow suit. The students are shown some things they can do with the wire to make the portrait more creative.
Emphasize that straight lines are boring when compared to curly, wavy, and zig-zaggy lines.