Wow- again, I fell off the bus and I apologize to all my readers out there!
I have been just overwhelmed with life for the past couple months, the time has flown by and I have not posted anything. My apologies. I still owe you all some more lessons I haven't gone through the photos of yet- they will come!
In other on-goings I will be moving in a couple weeks, down to the ocean in Rhode Island and couldn't be more excited. With my move comes a new job- so I will be transitioning to a middle school art position. I will try to post the rest of my elementary lessons before my blogs starts to focus more on 6-9th grade.
The photo above is from the Tony Feher show which was part of a big field trip my students took the DeCordova Museum this past spring. The blue mosaic is made from layers and layers of blue painters tape - so cool! Target offers field trip grants which I applied for last fall and made out trip possible. If you are in need of funds get on it now and apply- totally worth it.
My last rant is something I need to bring up-- It has recently come to my attention that some of the pinterest pins from my blog have been posted with some negative and rude comments attached to them. There are many ways to teach and no teachers are exactly alike- that is what makes education evolve and engaging- especially art! It is our job as educators to take a proactive approach not only in the classroom but in all aspects of life and set an example. Of course people do not agree with all that one finds on the internet, whether it be bloggers, articles, pins, what-have-you- if you aren't into it that is fine, then skip it and move on, but please do not take the good work of others and post/comment/pin in a negative and demeaning way. Pinterest is a pin board- it is a tool for visual bookmarking. Every pin on pinterest is taken completely out of its originally and intentional context- by looking at a photo of one piece of a teacher's classroom or teaching materials you cannot know what grade, demographic, subject, or anything about what and how they teach. Please remember that before you post un-informed comments. That is all.
On a brighter note- I have a surprise ahead on August 21st, stay tuned!
Her examples are amazingly paint and collage filled. Due to the very small size of my classroom and other constraints I couldn't approach my project with covering the pages with so many materials but the file folder book worked still worked perfectly as the basis for this project. It was actually how I came up the idea to put the habitat studies altogether rather than making separate pieces of habitat-inspired art this year.
(Thank you Gail!)
Kindergarten made "Artist Books" that showcased four habitats that they had studied in science.
Each habitat had artwork made in the style of a notable artist.
I specifically picked two male and two female artists and very different art styles to focus on.
The file folder books worked great because each artist and habitat had a:
-back ground artwork that was attached to the book
-an animal for that habitat that could be housed in the pocket but then taken out
-a title paper for each habitat and artist
Our artists & habitats:
1. The coral reef in the style of Georgia O'keeffe
2. The rainforest in the style of Romare Bearden
3. The arctic in the style of Lee Krasner
4. The desert in the style of Roy Lichtenstein
1. Coral Reef in the style of Georgia O'keeffe : color variation & paint
For this I had the students focus on how Georgia O'keeffe is able to create many shades of a color, looking at the various tones of blues and reds and purples she includes in each piece of art.
Crayon resist with construction paper salmon/coral colored crayons,
we painted with watercolor using two different blues (royal blue and turquoise)
to try and mimic O'keeffe's variation in color.
The kids drew horizontal yellow marker lines on the watercolor paper before painting it
to create the seahorse texture then cut out the seahorse shapes.
2. Rainforest in the style of Romare Bearden : collage
The background and animals focused on collage of course!
Background: tree trunks of brown construction paper and then lots of leaves using tissue paper.
I had saved rainbow painted paper the kids had made a while back.
We used the paper to cut out the feathers for the parrots.
3. Arctic in the style of Lee Krasner : Abstract Expressionism & movement
I've never really taught a lesson about Lee Krasner. The more I read about her the more fascinating I found her to be. (And she really made me proud to be a woman artist!)
Did you know she's only one of four woman to have a retrospective at MOMA??
(the others being Helen Frankenthaler, Louise Bourgeois, Elizabeth Murray).
Background: Painted icebergs and snowy water with white tempera.
They were cut out of a black paper painted in the style of Krasner with white tempera using moving brush strokes.
*The bottom black section was saved to cut the penguin wings out of.
4. The Desert in the style of Roy Lichtenstein : Pop Art
As we looked at a slide show of Lichtenstein's work I had the kids focus on the limited color palette, bold patterns of dots and lines, and cartoon-ish outlines.
Background: Using Lichtenstein's Sunrise as inspirations students created their own version using thin Mr. Sketch markers. The cactus was drawn and cut out separately and then glued down.
I have taught art for various non-profit agencies, public school districts, and museums for years. Currently I teach art for grades K-6 at an academically rigorous charter school in Boston. I also teach art classes and workshops for families and kids of all ages at various art museums in the Boston area.