Monday, October 12, 2015

Elements of Art Cubes

After my students created these really cool element of art graphic organizers (see original post here), I challenged them to create a cube showing their knowledge of the elements of art. Each side of the cube would represent one element of art.

"But Mrs. Carlisle there are only 6 sides and there are 7 elements!"

Yes, my children but what is a cube?

"Ah.... it's the form!"

The challenge was that they were given this project with 10 minutes left in a class period and the instructions to finish drawing it out at home. We would assembled them next time.

When students entered the room a week later I had a timer set with 11 minutes. When the bell rang I started the timer. They were told to cut on the solid lines and fold on the dotted lines. Those students who came to class with their cube work done had PLENTY of time to finish. Those who weren't prepared had more pressure. At the end of 11 minutes it was time to start something new. I then went around and graded the cubes. They received 1 point for bringing their cube, 1 point for having the elements of art drawn out, 1 point for assembling the cube and 1 point if they did a really great job.

There was some massive scrambling to get points but at the end of class we had a great discussion of how important it is to be prepared. Those students who were prepared had a simple time completing the task. Those who were unprepared were paid the price.
It was a pretty fun way to teach a valuable lesson and it was great review of the elements! 

Friday, October 9, 2015

The Element of Space

When we finished up our element of art photo collage I asked the students if they realized that no one had to photograph "space." We talked about how photographing space would require us to use lines, shapes, colors, forms and texture.
then I introduced the idea of forced perspective photography. I showed them some photos taken by other people and they were hooked. They loved the pictures and were wondering how they were created.
I did a brief demonstration on how to use the "rules" of space to manipulate the photos. We talked for a few minutes and then we headed outside to take photos.

With 10 minutes left to class we returned to the room to edit our photos. By the end of the class they sent me their best 2-3 photos and I was IMPRESSED!

I love this photo because while they were creating this... 

I was taking this...
I love how you can see how they were taking the photo and the final product. 

While not every photo turned out the best, each group was able to get at least one good photo. This is a lesson we will definitely be using again! 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Photographing the Elements of Art

I see my 6th graders for "bonus" art for one quarter worth of Wednesdays. This year we are really focusing on the elements of art. We started with a review of what are the elements of art. Next they drew tags for an element to photograph.
I sent them into the great big world of the middle school with timers set for 10 minutes. They had to photograph as many things as they could find that would "show" their element of art. After 10 minutes they returned to the room to "assemble" their photos.
Using the app PicCollage they created 3x3 photo collage's of their elements. We had a lot of good discussion regarding making sure their photos really focused on the element of art. For example the photo of the exit sign is a "form" until your zoom in on the "shape" of the letter x.
As they finished, they uploaded them to artsonia. There were a few who needed to be sent back as their photos got fuzzy when enlarged but it only took a quick minute to change the photos and send them back. It was really a lot of fun to see what they selected for their photos.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

aMAZEing Name Projects

Every year it is challenging to learn the 300+ names of the incoming 5th graders. For that reason I like to start with a project that focuses on drawing their names. I also like to have them work through the elements of art as a review. During one of the very first days I spotted a student creating their own maze and my first lesson idea was solidified.

 We used LINES to make a name maze.

Students started by writing out their name, following the lines on the grid paper.

Using a pencil they marked the start and finish of their maze.  They connected them with the "solution path"

They erased "openings" in the solution path and added the tricks and traps. The used the lines of the graph paper for all their work. 

They finished their images by tracing their pencil lines with mark. It made it very easy to see the lines when I ran them through the copier to make 2 copies for each student. 

It was so much fun to listen to them design ways to trick people as they fill out their maze.

Of course some students went their own way but everyone had a blast, used lines successfully and I learned their names (or at least got a good start on it!)

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Aftershock #1

I like to help out with our school's after school program called AFTERSHOCK. It is a great chance to know the kids a little better and tackle some art projects or ideas you just can't do with large classes or 300+ students. This year our sessions are broken into 4 week groups. For my first 4 weeks we did a beautify NMS group. We tackled the severely neglected flower bed from the front of the school. I didn't take any before or during pictures.

Here are the after pictures!  A HUGE improvement!
the hardworking crew!
2 of my 6th Grade ROCKSTARS!
Miss Haylee helping us add beautiful flowers to the inside of our building

We finished one day early a decided to fill our front windows with flowers! 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Seating Charts - the easy way

Creating seating charts for 24 classes with 600+ new students who you don't really know is VERY intimidating. I have spent a lot of years creating seating charts prior to the start of school only to figure out that students who shouldn't be together are, students have moved are missing and all my hard work needs tweeked.  I finally quit!

I changed how I make my seating charts at the start of the year and it is WONDERFUL.

This year I started by making a list of 32 famous artists. I then printed out two copies of this list and cut them out. I taped one set to the table and handed the other set to students as they entered the room. By matching their artist name with the name on the table they created their own seating chart.

There may be a few students who quickly showed they shouldn't be side by side but for the most part this has proved very successful. I give the students a task to accomplish and ask them to leave their planners out at their spot. As they are working, I walk around and copy down their names and fill out my seating charts.
** after 150 students (one day) the papers were showing some wear and tear so I switched it up and just wrote the names onto my tables with sharpies. (dry erase marker takes it off)**

It is easy to do and it frees up some of my precious pre-school starting time. Last year I used paint chips and wrote about it here.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Let Me (re)Introduce Myself

Wow - I stumbled upon this blog the other day and loved what it had to say. It hadn't been updated lately and I was sad.  Then I realized I was in charge of it.

So it is time for me to get moving!  I can't promise anything but know that I am going to try to do better this year.

I had a wonderful summer with these three crazies

and the school year it off to a great start so stay tuned for some new shares!