I may have discovered the diamond of all art projects….DrawBots!!! Students have been going NUTS (in the best way possible) over this project. 4th through 8th grade have been designing, creating and building their own robots that draw abstract designs. They are to design their DrawBot in their sketchbooks, followed by working as team with their table-mates, building and constructing a DrawBot that works. It truly is a sight to see when the kids get their DrawBot to work. The excitement is tremendous. See for yourself! There are plenty of videos below of the DrawBots in action. 🙂
Students get to see the following before designing their DrawBot.
This project is truly awesome because it encourages creativity, building, and teamwork…not to mention is also a STEAM project! And parents, if your kids come home asking for an electric toothbrush, don’t fret: they’re only $3 at Walmart!
Parents & students, as I’m sure most of you might have seen in your email, HT is holding a design contest for grades 1-8. The deadline for submissions is November 20th and I have been telling the students all about it in art class. For this contest, the kids are encouraged to work on it at home. It is SUPER easy!! All they need to do in order to participate is create a design that features the number 70, the verse מתחברים לישראל ב70, and a shnazzy design! AND to make it even EASIER to participate, it only has to be done in black marker (please use pencil first just in case you make a mistake…happens to the best of us!). The top two winners will win a gift card. Store and amount of gift card are TBD.
Moving on to our classroom projects, students in grades k-4 are now manipulating and experimenting with clay. It really is fascinating for me to watch as an art teacher, how the students develop their sculpture skills as they move on from grade to grade. I had 4th grade today and they created some truly magnificent works of art. I was sincerely impressed!
In grades K-2 we are creating Israel Star Pendants. Students are getting to work with REAL clay. The first thing they tend to notice is the texture, which is a lot colder and wetter than the modeling clay we have been working with. I’ve been hearing a lot of “This is REALLY cold!”
***I had just finished explaining the Israel @ 70 contest to 1st grade, so they were inspired to create Israel works of art with their clay. How cute is this?***
Finally, I apologize for not being able to share what I did with the older grades this week as I had mentioned I would in the previous post, but we had an AMAZING guest speaker, Mr. Ernie Heimann, come in today, and give a presentation on his experience during Kristallnacht. We were so honored to have him come and share his experience with us…art will of course continue next week! I hope everyone has a lovely 3-day weekend! Shabbat shalom!
I hope everyone had a lovely Sukkot break: we are back at school and ready for the long haul. This week has pretty much been a continuance of what we had began before we left for Sukkot break, which was a Fall Theme. Kindergarten and 1st grade have transformed their painted fall color experiments into “Eric Carle” style trees. They tore up their painted paper and construction paper, and glued the pieces into a circular shape to create a collaged tree.
Here are some of our results!
We are also beginning to work with clay. The Art Class Forecast predicts clay projects in our future 😉
3rd-5th Grade have read the book Adventures in Cartooning (which they LOVED), and are now developing their own comics.
They are learning about character development, up-close shots, background, story-lines, and onomatopoeias. They are still in the works, but check out a few examples of what’s been brewin’…
Tune in next week when I reveal what our upper grades are working on!
This week I allowed my kindergarteners to play with “fall color” paints. I laid out red, yellow and brown paint and allowed the kids to “experiment” with the colors. The hope was that they would discover that red and yellow mixed together would create orange…guess what? They TOTALLY discovered it! It was amazing to watch.
We’re starting off the school year with developing fine motor skills: I’ve been having kindergarten and 1st grade work on tearing fall colored paper into small pieces and glueing them into a circle shape.
Choice time is still going great and getting even better now that we have established routines. 5th, 6th and 7th grades are continuing to develop their own art. It’s looking fabulous!
Finally, I am in the process of developing a unit titled “Me, Myself, and I”. I am going to have 8th graders use their sketchbooks as a tool to learn more about themselves as they grow into teenagers. They will consistently use photos of themselves and alter them depending on the current project.
I’m loving the results and I’m finding it to be very therapeutic for them!
We are currently in our 3rd week of school and routines are close to being established. Students are getting the hang of the art classroom again; it’s like riding a bike. One of the newest routines I’ve introduced to students are Bell-Ringers for grades 3-8. Upon entering the classroom, students have a bell-ringer assignment on the board that they are to work on right away. They have 7-10 minutes (depending on the grade). Bell-Ringers are done in their sketchbooks. Here was this week’s bellringer:
These were just a few of the lovely responses I got…
Portfolio production continues…
All classes are currently working on designing their portfolios. The portfolios will take about 2 class periods. Students are asked to illustrate their name large on one side, and draw whatever they like on the other side. The portfolio process is particularly exciting for parents of younger kids: the progressions and development of their skills is significant and VERY noticeable from the beginning of the school year to the end.
Choice time for 5th, 6th, and 7th Grade
Something new this year for our middle school students, is something called choice time. On Wednesdays, students in grades 5-8 have the opportunity to choose where they would like to go for 20 minutes. The options are gym, art, computers, library, game room and study hall. I have had several visitors 🙂 This is really a wonderful thing for the students, because they have the opportunity to explore, investigate and do their own thing…
Art Begins for the Nursery School
Finally, art is officially in session for the Little Littles as I call them. This week I read The Dot to the pre-nursery and read a book about the artist Paul Gauguin to the nursery school. Pre-Nursery worked on Dot paintings and the Nursery students worked on colorful landscapes inspired by Gauguin. I actually drew my inspiration for the Gauguin lesson from a weekend visit to the Art Institute of Chicago. They currently have an awesome exhibition of Gauguin’s work called Gauguin: Artist and Alchemist.
Thanks for tuning in! This week has been great 😀
Last week, students and I went over the rules and routines of art. This week we are working on our portfolios. Portfolios, for those who might not know, are giant folders used to hold artwork. Every HT student in the main building will now have their very own portfolio that will be used to hold their completed and in-process artwork. These portfolios will stay in the art classroom and will go home at the end of the school year. I will send home student art at the end of each term and will give parents the heads up to check their children’s backpack for their art. So far these have been very entertaining for the students to create because they are so large!
Please take a look at our students working hard, creating their “Portfolio Design”.
Students, parents, family and friends: welcome back for another fabulous year of creativity and learning! I am so excited for what’s in store for this upcoming school year! This summer I put a lot of time and energy into developing an amazing curriculum for the HT students. I feel very confident that the students and I will have a wonderful, artistic journey this school year.
There will be an email going out soon informing you all of a few good “Things to Know”, so please be on the lookout…
A few bullet points of that email will include:
- My new last name
- Sketchbook policy
- Portfolio system
- how long it typically takes to create an art work
- dates that art will be sent home
As always, I am thrilled to be working with your children and am super appreciative of all the support! Can’t wait to CREATE!!
….here’s a few pics of Kindergarten [KC] on their first day in the art classroom…
These last past weeks have been FULL of ceramics! Every single class in HT has had the opportunity to make a ceramic work of art…so parents expect your children to come home with clay art very, VERY soon (if they haven’t already)!
Students have been glazing their pieces and they are going right into the kiln afterwards.
Glazing is a very interesting process because the colors do NOT look like what you’d expect them to. So I have to explain and show the students what the colors will really look like when they come out of the kiln.
Since 7th grade made pinch pots, I seized the opportunity to teach the students about Greek vessels and the various vessel shapes. They selected a shape, practiced it, and then made a final copy.
This is a scratch away piece. So students color in their vases with an oil pastel, followed by painting in with a special scratch away paint. Once the paint is dry, the students use special greek design sheets to scratch designs into their vessels.
How cool are these?
We are on a theme right now with the younger grades, and that is Ladybugs…ladybugs in 3D versions and 2D versions.
As you seen in the previous post, the students created a 3D ladybug using the clay. To keep with our theme, I had kindergarten create a collagraph version of a ladybug. They had to also draw their ladybug’s “habitat” (we’re using fancy words here!). We then used printing ink and rollers to create a stamped work of art. It’s an advanced art technique, but our kindergarteners were totally able to rise to the challenge. And they turned out beautiful
Take a look at our collagraphs!
We are now moving on the “glazing” process of ceramics. 2nd grade began the glazing process of their ladybug.
And last but not least here is our lovely kiln with freshly bisqued artwork! Isn’t just lovely. The kids have been so excited to see their pieces bisqued!