April 19, 2013

nevelson relief sculptures

You'll have to excuse my absence from the blog as of recently.
I have been stuck writing my 28 page comprehensive examination for my graduate degree.
Planning and prepping for Fine Arts Arts night.
And working on my last course for my degree.
Oh and what's that...yah...being a teacher.

I saw // this pin // and immediately knew fourth grade was going to tackle it.
We talked about Louise Nevelson and her amazing sculptures.
We reviewed the idea of relief sculptures as we had already covered it in // this project //.

Afterwards I gave the following demonstration on the doc camera.
Choose from a plethora of colored strips.
Students will cut slits onto their strip of paper as seen on the yellow strip.
(Note: they don't need to be drawn on there)
It's okay to play with the distance between the slits and even how long the strip of paper is.
On one side fold every other section of paper up and crease.
Flip the whole strip over to the other side.
Do the exact same step on this side:
Fold each remaining section up and crease.
You'll end up with this amazing 3D-checkered line.
Put a small dot of glue on the back of each paper section.
Glue them down to a black piece of paper.
Have fun twisting, curving, and manipulating the paper.
Note the amazing changes when the distance between slits gets smaller or larger.
This project was so much fun and produced creative results.
It can take one to two class periods.

April 8, 2013

art room bulletin boards (pt.2)

Last August I showed you all what my Facebook bulletin board looked like in my classroom.
// pt. 1 //
Every month I changed the artist profile to add a little variety.
I tried to center lessons for that month around the artist, movement, or techniques.
I was amazed at how the students utilized the board for information.
Browse through and add a new friend.
Andy Warhol.
Georges Seurat.
Vincent van Gogh.
Grant Wood.
Claude Monet.
Wayne Thiebaud.
Wassily Kandinsky.
Such a fun way to introduce new artists to my students.