I'm excited to say that we are participating in a very fun project connecting our students with other students across the country. The Kindergarten students have drawn monsters as part of our lesson on lines. I've taken their drawings and shared them with a high school art teacher in Apex, NC. Ian Sands and another art teacher in his High School are taking our Kindergarten Monsters and bringing them to life. The ceramics teacher is having her students create clay sculptures based on our Kindergarten drawings (Mrs. Martin's class this semester and Mrs. Ballard's class next semester). After the clay monsters are complete, Mr. Sands will have his computer art class design packaging for the monster. Eventually the clay monsters in their package will be shipped back to our Kindergarten students!
Here's a link to an update blog post made by teacher Ian Sands http://apexhsart.blogspot.com/2011/10/monsters-in-box-part-one.html
Some classes last week enjoyed a Reward Day because of their great behavior in Art!
I have a behavior system that I call ART STARS. As part of being a school district involved in Continuous Improvement, we have SMART goals established in our classrooms. SMART stands for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. The SMART goal in the Art room for 1st quarter is that, "80% of the students will earn a green, or smiley face, on their behavior chart each art class." The students have individual accountability in their personal behavior charts each art class where they can earn a green (smiley face) for having no behavior warnings during art, or a yellow (straight mouth face) for one warning during art class, or a red (sad face) for more than one warning in a class. At the end of Art, students mark their behavior charts and line up. We chart if we made our goal or not up on the Data Center.
If the goal is made, and all messes have been cleaned up, I color a letter in on that class' ART STAR.
Once all letters have been filled the class has earned a reward!
Sometimes the reward for filling the star is a Reward Free Art Day and sometimes it is a special treat or items given to the students. It depends on the class, the art lessons or projects in progress, supplies available, and other factors.
This past week a few classes enjoyed their first Reward Day. Mrs. Watts', Mrs. Ramirez's, Mrs. Petersen's, and Mrs. Wadsworth's classes all had fun during a Free Art Reward Day.
They were able to draw, color, cut, glue, and basically be super creative during Art. They enjoyed this time to pair up with friends and create together without any lesson or steps - just create!
I love watching this. There is no worries of getting graded or even having to keep the creations.
Here are some pictures of what one class came up with.
First grade students have just finished a lesson inspired by Eric Carle. We spent time getting to know this wonderful author and illustrator and how he creates his art.
One fun art class was spent painting papers like Eric Carle does for his collage illustrations. Each student painted three papers using secondary colors and different painting techniques. We moved around the room to complete three stations to create these papers. Sponges were used at one station, big paint brushes were used to paint and then the end of the paint brush became a scratching tool at another station, and at the last station students painted and then used cardboard pieces with notches cut from the end to pull across the paint.
The next couple of classes we put our spider collages together and added some hairy crayon lines to the legs to finish them up.
Today Miss Doubler (my wonderful new student teacher from Western Ill University) and I put the spiders up in a web outside of the art room. They are now hanging underneath the Kindergarten spiders that are hanging from the ceiling.
So - If you come by the art room you can't miss seeing the arachnid invasion!
I'm very excited to be again teaching at Roosevelt this year! The students and I have such fun, creative classes together. I love the enthusiasm of our Roosevelt Bears!
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