Camp Chi Trip

The past 3 days – Ms. Calleros was M.I.A. in the art classroom.  Why you ask?  Because I went to Camp Chi with 6th grade!!!  It was tiring – but of course: AMAZING.  I absolutely LOVE Wisconsin Dells.  The terrain over there is stunning.

We had numerous activities planned for the students.  The activity I led, was a weaving project that used sticks collected from the forest (after dousing myself in bug spray).  The project is called God’s Eye and it’s actually a weaving style that originated in Mexico.  The kids got super into it and it’s really quite easy and beautiful.  The only difficulty is finding straight sticks….not as easy of a find as you’d think!

Excellent work ladies and gentlemen!!!

We finished our trip with a ride on the Wisconsin Dell ducks which are these boats that drive on land and water!

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It was a blast!  Now we’ve only got 7.5 days left of school!!  Where did the school year go??

Weavings for End of the School Year Ants in the Pants

I like to save my tactile art projects for the “End of the School Year Ants in the Pants” syndrome, as I call it.  One of the projects I’ve done in the past that has been met with tremendous success – would be the Plate weavings.  I changed the project up a bit this year and had the students design their plate which serves as the loom.  5th- 6th graders are doing this project.

I first provided the students with a compass to make circles within circles – and then create designs within them.  That portion of the project took up about 2 class periods.

Next I had the students cut 19 slits all around their plate and get their loom prepped.  It somewhat resembles a bicycle wheel…

I had enough time to show some of the students how to begin their weavings and all I’ve got to say is “SUCCESS….AGAIN!!”  Hillel Torah students: girls AND BOYS love to weave.  The boys have even mentioned that the weavings resemble kippahs – so who knows….??  Maybe we will be able to successfully pull the weavings off and they could be used as kippahs.  We shall see…!

Not So Icky Bugs…

I can not believe how fast this school year flew!  I literally did a double take at my calendar when I seen how little time I had left for my remaining art lessons. On a sadder note, my phone with all my glorious pictures of beautiful student work, has ceased to work.  I am terribly sad because I had some beautiful pictures to share with you all.  However, all is not lost because I take photos regularly and have already accumulated a good amount on my new phone to show you what has been going on in the art room.

Before we left for Pesach Break, I had begun a Bug Unit with my younger kiddos.  I have a love/hate relationship with bugs.  I love their designs and patterns and I think they’re pretty cool creatures, but I HATE when they crawl on me….oooof!  I’m getting the Heebie Jeebies just thinking about it.  Anyways, the kids loved them.  They started by designing their own insects.  Then they selected their favorite insect and painted it large.  They also created a styrofoam print of the insect and made insect prints.  I think they turned out so cool.  I personally would matte and frame these!  Here is the lesson/process of how we made the print.

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And here are some of our Kiddo’s results.

 

Even if the print didn’t come out clear every time, the art was still very beautiful.

The next project on our list for kindergarten is creating 3-D paper mache bugs.

I am expecting them to be pretty rad…