Sunday, April 29, 2018

Paper Mosaics

 My storyboard.

With the end of the school in sight it's time to start cleaning up. This is a super project for all those scraps of paper we tend to save (or hoard).

I believe I found this project on Pinterest a few years back.
Some of my samples on the board.

Week 1
I started off the lesson with this power point from Mrs. Brown's Art (you will download the pp if you click on Mrs. Brown's) that I found on the internet.

Using my document camera I followed up the power point by modelling how I expected them to use the colored strips of paper to make designs. Also how we should use just a dot of glue.......

 They ALL went on the drying rack when they were done..... Some of them more gluey than others...

Week 2
I started off by sharing the book Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

 I did  step by step modelling with how to draw flowers and how to use the markers. They had inspiration sheets of flower drawings to look at.

I think they came out really sweet.

Students did their mosaic design on 9x4" black paper, then glued the black paper to 6x18" white paper and they used markers for the flowers.

What projects do you use leftover scrap paper for?
Thanks for reading!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Lunchbox as Functional Art

Every school year I do a unit on functional art. This year we did lunchboxes. In the past I have done benches, clocks, chairs, and birdhouses. (Click to read those posts.)

I started out with a short slide show of different photos of lunchboxes I grabbed off the internet. The first one was your typical plain lunchbox.

I started a discussion on what does it need to function as a lunchbox? 

Answers: Latch, zipper, or Velcro to open and close it. Handle or strap to carry it. Large enough to hold food.

Then I showed several character lunchboxes and we segued into the definition of copyrighted material. In addition to character lunchboxes there are many whimsical and unique boxes and bags available. Definitely functional art! Just do a Google search to create your own slide show.

Students were directed to fold 18x12" paper in half. Their choice as to which direction to create a long box (hotdog fold) or short box (hamburger fold). Outside would be the design and inside would contain a healthy lunch.  I did this with 2nd to 5th grade.

I love how they came out! Sorry there aren't more pictures, don't always get to it. 

Thanks for reading! What lesson do you do for functional art?

Sunday, April 1, 2018

NAEA in Seattle

On my way home from Seattle and the 2018 NAEA conference, I had time to reflect on the wonderful experiences I had.

Wednesday I took a pre-conference paid workshop titled Inspired by the Northwest k-12 Curriculum. The room was set up with 12 different stations with teachers, each with a different lesson. (Didn't get all the stations.)

In 3 hours we were able to attend four 40 minute lessons. Yes, it was very hard to choose!! It was a little easier when I decided I didn't want to get dirty....... AND we did receive a disc with ALL the lessons on it.

The tables I went to provided me with a lesson on the tidal basins using model magic.  

                                                                  -my sample-
 A spirit mask with air dry clay, a tin embossing project.
                                                         -my sample-
                                                          -student sample-
 and a bentwood box.
                                                       -teacher sample-
Thursday I went to sessions on Working with Adaptive Art, which I found to be very interesting. It was about giving all students the same experiences only adapted to what the student can use.

Inspiring & Experimental Design Thinking Art making Activities, this was all about mini challenges in designing with different items. Fun to see what people came up with.

We made a chair, self portrait with paper clips and an organizer for a wheelchair bound student.

And The Vital Role of Art Education for Students who have Experienced Psychological Trauma. This was amazing because unfortunately I believe I encounter way too many students experiencing trauma......

Friday was Art Chopped a take off of a show on the food network and a Coptic marker demonstration.
                                                                                             with Emily Samuels
In chopped you must use everything in the bag for your creation.

I left early on the last day of the conference which was Saturday, I needed a day to travel and another to recoup before heading back to work on Monday.

In addition to the sessions and workshops there was a vendors hall that I spent time making stuff. 

While all that made for a super good time the VERY best part is connecting with other art teachers! Saw old friends, met new friends and got to meet some Facebook friends! Many of which are blogging buddies.
                            with Jen Dahl                                  Phyllis Brown & Cindy Ingram
                                                               with Amy Bultena

Went to the Frye Museum with a Florida buddy. There was a large salon filled with amazing art and an exhibit of deconstructed canvas by Ko Kirk Yamahira.

                                with Glenda Lubiner
Also had some professional meet ups. I'm on the teacher advisory board for Faber-Castell. That was a  very  productive meeting and we got to play with a new product. Thanks Christa! 
 This new marker has a retractable point, so it should keep it's point longer!

School Arts magazine had an author's reception and I have written many clip cards lately. Thanks Nancy and Julian! 

Also, Art Class Curator had a meet up and that woman knows how to stuff a swag bag! 
             Thanks Cindy Ingram. (There are actually 2 things missing........)

I was lucky the conference was during my spring break. Even though I know my principal would cover my sub for me.  

If you were at the conference what was your favorite part?

Thanks for Reading!