"Be not simply good-be good for something."
-Henry David Thoreau
I recently read an article for class discussing service learning and the art room. It talked about making every day (not just Earth Day) a learning day in regards to the environment. They suggested things that are easy, such as paper recycling (and having students go into classrooms and explain the importance of paper recycling). Another easy idea would be collecting aluminum tabs for the Ronald McDonald House, or making and selling bookmarks to help out a local Food Bank in your area. A more elaborate idea might be making, repairing, and cleaning out nesting boxes for birds. The whole idea of service learning is that it is something local and that students feel the humanity in the project that you choose.
Friday, July 22, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
I love this idea- kids being kids, and solving problems all at the same time! The implications for my classroom are huge- here are kids in a classroom creating, and at the same time helping researchers solve problems. At Kidsteam, kids and researchers are design partners. The program is a collaboration between higher education, businesses, and nonprofit organizations. My goal is to open up my classroom so that it does not
inhibit innovation and free thinking, and encourage my students to think outside the box.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
I am fortunate to work in a school district that is very up to date on technology. We are lucky enough to have Smart boards in just about every room, flip cameras to check out in the library, color printer (for special printing), I Respond units, digital cameras, and a television editing studio. I feel certain that there are other technology items at my fingertips at school that I have left out. What I'd love to know is what YOU use and how you use it! Please help me out this blog post is for a class and I need some ideas of what I can do in my classroom! Thanks!
Saturday, March 5, 2011
http://www.artprojectsforkids.org/2008/08/how-to-draw-cat.html. We painted the cat (in watercolors) doing one color one art class, and the other color the next art class. For second grade we did a construction paper collage with complimentary colors (either the colors they used on their cat or a new set of compliments). Again, we drew the cats on another piece of paper and water colored one color one class period and the compliment the next art class. Both second and fourth grade glued them on black construction paper and trimmed trying to leave about a ¼” of the black showing, then glued it to the background.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Using tag board, tempera cakes, cardboard, and oil pastels we paid homage to one of my favorite artists, Frank Stella. We began by talking about organic and geometric shapes and looked at Stella's work. We discussed the fact that Stella's shapes often had shapes inside of them, and decided that this would be important to include in our work. We also looked at the variety of sizes of the shapes that Stella uses in his work. Students began by coming up with 10 shapes to use in their work and drew these on tag board. Once the shapes were drawn and cut out, we decided what shapes we wanted to cut other shapes into. We folded our shapes and made a cut with scissors, then opened up the shape to cut out the second shape. Using tempera cakes we painted our shapes and our background paper over several art classes. The paint looked better with several layers applied. Once the desired color was achieved we cut small pieces of cardboard and glued them to the back of the shapes. The cardboard provided a "lift" to the tag board to give them a three dimensional appearance. Once the cardboard was dry students glued their shapes in to place on their background paper, remembering to overlap some of the shapes as Stella does in his work. After the glued shapes were allowed to dry, we used oil pastels to give the appearance of etched lines that appear in Stella's shapes.