Lately, I have been struggling with how I teach. I teach the same lesson 4 days a week to 300 kids. That means 300 projects that look very similar. I talked with some of my colleagues during our PLC and they suggested switching materials for every day of classes. That would work, but then I would have to keep track of which classes used which materials and I would have a different set up everyday. Did I mention I have 3 kids at home under the age of 7 to keep track of also :)
For my latest 5th grade project I tried something new and I think I like it!
- We talked about watercolor... it's qualities and how to use it.
- We talked about how artists have used text in paintings...from illuminated letters to modern artists.
- We talked about geometric and organic shapes and how artists use them... they looked at Paul Klee and Gustav Klimt to compare styles.
- Then I gave them homework (something I don't usually do). They had to sketch out an idea that used text to create an image that reflected geometric or organic design.
Here are few of the projects in progress.